Coming of age stories have been an integral part of literature, television, and movies for decades, from the Bildungsromangenre of literature to the ever-present groups of friends growing up together, like The Sandlot or even the IT movies. Coming of age is less present in music, as music usually focuses so much on one moment, not changing between songs or albums, or even within a single song.
Denma Gvasaliais an esteemed name in the fashion world. Working originally with Maison Margiela and Louis Vuitton, and later becoming the creative director for Balenciaga, Gvasalia has garnered quite a name for himself over the years. However, of his contributions to the fashion world, the most important might be Vetements, a brand known for subverting fashion expectations and taking streetwear in a new direction. He co-founded the brand with his brother Guram Gvaslia in 2014, with Guram as the CEO, and Denma as the creative director.
As heavy rock instrumentals start in the background, the music video begins with the frontman falling backward while the rest of the band rocks out in slow motion. The heavy guitar and drum get your blood pumping and your body moving to the beat. The song “Two-Way Mirror” goes along with the angst of rock in which UK rock band Loathe says in their lyrics:
Relatability is the essence of the Internet. No matter what you read, someone, whether it be an author, an actor, a random twelve-year-old on Reddit—or a political figure trying to secure your vote—is trying to relate to you. The basis of online interactions, particularly with strangers, is finding common ground. Celebrities often seem so inaccessible, due to their lavish homes and elegant lifestyles, but with the advent of social media, celebrities have taken to social media, relaying to their fans and followers insights of their daily lives.
I love reading stories of resilience, especially the ones that highlight a person’s troubled past. It’s a story that many can relate to, but through the lens of a black man from the inner city, it’s a different level of compelling. Having seen firsthand so many of my friends grow up with one foot in the streets and the other in the classroom, these are stories that I relate toTo see people overcome immeasurable odds throughout their lives and come out on top is inspirational. Civil rights attorney and activist, S. Lee Merritt, is one of those people whose triumphant story needs to be told.
Modeling is an industry that often reflects the epitome of Western ideals; the “traditional” supermodels are often white, skinny, not disabled, and cisgender. Even if models outside of the traditional scope are used (every now and then), problems such as colorism, ableism, fatphobia persist. However, as time goes on, new faces emerge on the modeling scene, like Mari Malek Mbaye.