What does country music look like in 2019? For some it’s the ethereal country pop songs of Kacey Musgraves or the classic Carrie Underwood revenge ballad “Before He Cheats.” But for fans who envision a handsome, Christian boy-next-door singing about trucks and beer, their guy is Thomas Rhett. 

Sometimes music just happens. In the case of pop singer Sigrid, the opportunity quite literally fell into her lap while studying in Norway. “I wanted to be a teacher, or I wanted to be a lawyer,” she told TIME magazine earlier this year. “I had very specific plans. But then music happened.”

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There are two sides to every story according to Cayce Zavaglia, including her subjects. As a classically trained painter and embroidery artist, she stitches handmade portraits out of yarn. Her work illustrates a person the same way a sketch artist can create a court scene with colored pencils and a sketch pad. 

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“I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch,” Lizzo raps in her breakout single, “Truth Hurts.” And according to all accounts, she’s not exaggerating. "

The track, featured on Lizzo's third album, “Cuz I Love You,” is on its way to hitting platinum status according to Billboard music charts. Her album was released in April 2019.

“I was such a baby,” singer Billie Eilish said with a frown, while watching a recording of herself from last year. The video, titled “Billie Eilish: Same Interview, One Year Apart,” features Eilish in 2018 reacting to a Vanity Fair interview she gave exactly a year prior. “I’m kind of jealous of Billie a year ago,” she muses.

Steven Victor sees the music industry as more than just a numbers game. In the world of Spotify streams and YouTube views, he needs to see the artist as more than just their statistics. As Def Jam’s executive vice president and head of A&R (Artists and Repertoire), Victor is always on the lookout for new talent. He oversees a staff of 20 people responsible for A&R. Together, they’re in charge of the task of finding each new breakout artist the label signs.

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Few fashion designers can say they began their career by ripping up doll clothes. After sketching outfit ideas for most of her youth, Atlanta based designer Adorr Reynolds-Jessie started to sew at age thirteen by creating new designs for her first clients— her toy dolls. “I loved it so much that I would cut up old clothes of mine just to have more fabric options for my dolls,” she told Savannah College of Art and Design student magazine SCAN. “I knew then I was destined to design.”

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Halima Aden is not afraid to be the first. Paving roads for Muslim models since her introduction in the 2016 Miss Minnesota USA pageant as the first contestant to wear a hijab and burkini, she now graces the cover of the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The cover features Tyra Banks, the first African-American model to ever be featured on the cover of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

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