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Beautiful People: Raquel Willis, Activist + Writer

Residing in Brooklyn, New York, Raquel Willis is a Black trans woman whose role encompasses journalism, organizing, and activism, and is using her voice to bring necessary change by ending isolation, and increasing beauty by sharing opportunity.

Beautiful People: Kanya Sesser, Skater, Surfer, Model

Kanya Sesser is a skater, surfer, activist, motivational speaker, and model. Born without legs in Thailand, Sesser was found on the steps of a Buddhist temple at just three weeks old. You’ll rarely find her using a wheelchair to get around—instead she uses her skateboard.

Beautiful People: Deun Ivory, Founder + Photographer

When Texas native Deun Ivory won a grant from VSCO in 2018, it offered her a runway into a whole world of good. The interview and portrait project she began transformed into a 501c3 organization—now The Body: A Home for Love—through which she encourages Black women heal from trauma through joy. "I believe that everything is working out in my favor," says Ivory. "And having that in the back of my mind allows me to navigate the world with so much confidence and boldness and assuredness, and I'm able to give other people permission to navigate the same way." 

Beautiful People: Jacob Jonas, Choreographer + Dancer

Jacob Jonas is the founder and artistic director of Los Angeles-based Jacob Jonas The Company, which communicates stories through a wide range of movement, from breakdance and acrobatics to contemporary ballet. Jonas and his Company’s work have attracted a broad and appreciative audience, and in turn, they’ve been drawn into the orbit of a universally-known creative—in late 2019, Kanye West tasked the dancer with creating the choreography to accompany his Sunday Service performances.

Beautiful People: Lou Oates, Executive Chef at Little Pine

Lou Oates is the head chef at Little Pine, a plant-based restaurant in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Little Pine is owned by Moby, an electronica icon and a staunch animal rights activist who has been vegan for over 30 years. His dedication is such that he has pledged 100% of his restaurant’s profits to animal rights organizations/ Like Moby, she also has roots in the music industry and still finds ways to meld her diverse interests: plants, wellness, music, and community.

Beautiful People: Kinsale Hueston, Poet

By Alyssa Shapiro Kinsale Hueston is a student at Yale University, recognized widely for her work as a poet, much of which orbits around her person...

Beautiful People: Amanda Montell, Pop Linguist and Author

Amanda Montell is a pop linguist and a writer who lives in Los Angeles, and if her name looks familiar, staff jobs at Byrdie and WhoWhatWear (where she has profiled talent including Olivia Munn and Chloë Grace Moretz) might have helped. Written or verbal, “words,” Montell tells us, “are everything.” So it’s no wonder that after a lifetime of interest in the function of language and the sound of words themselves, she got to writing about words more deeply, diving into sociolinguistics and why we speak and use language the way we do.