Breaking into the TV industry is something that countless individuals dream of but only a few actually achieve. The work is demanding and even if you have the talent, it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be a success. Being a child actor is even more overwhelming because you have to balance an acting career and trying to live a normal life as a kid. Fortunately for actress Marsai Martin, she has the talent and a level-headed attitude rarely seen in an 11 year-old. Whether she’s being interviewed by Conan O’Brien or appearing at an awards’ show, she always shows off her precocious and adorable personality. As one of the co-stars on the hit ABC series Black-ish, Martin certainly isn’t afraid of the limelight or showing the world just how special she is.

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Her dulcet voice, which slightly registers above a whisper, has a hypnotic tranquility that puts listeners in a trance. She’s a pop star in the making, but she also brings a hip-hop edge with some abrasive and authoritative lyrics. The Illinois-native, known simply as Kiiara, is an overnight phenom who’s poised to take over the pop charts.

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Contrary to popular belief, graffiti isn’t petty vandalism or a niche medium; it’s much more than that. Graffiti is just as artistic and creative as any piece you’d find in the Louvre Museum or the Museum of Modern Art. Some artists, such as O.G. Slick, have used graffiti and street art to launch successful careers. Although O.G. Slick sounds more like a rapper’s stage name, he’s actually a very accomplished artist and clothing designer.
O.G. Slick, whose real name is Richard Wyrgatsch II, has been making graffiti and street art for most of his life. Slick’s love for art is hereditary. His mother painted as a hobby and he gained inspiration by watching her create. He came up with the name O.G. Slick because when he attended Catholic school as a child, one of the nuns said that he thought he was pretty “slick.” O.G. Slick also grew up embracing hip-hop culture. In Hawaii, he was exposed to hip-hop in clubs held on military bases. Slick naturally gravitated to street art because it encompassed elements of hip-hop. As he perfected his art style, aerosol became his primary medium. He became notorious for graffiti which drew the ire of local police enforcement. To avoid any possible punishment, Slick decided to leave Hawaii to study art in California.

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Typically, when people think of models they envision the gold standard of beauty—they have an unblemished, picturesque look. In the fashion world, imperfections are stigmatized while flawlessness is coveted. Models are constantly in the public eye and endure grueling regimens to maintain a polished image. With such a narrow interpretation of beauty, it can be very difficult for aspiring models to break into the fashion industry, especially for someone who doesn’t fit the norm. If you don’t conform to the standard, your chances for success are virtually nonexistent. However, there are always exceptions. By shattering the mold, Winnie Harlow has defied industry standards and become one of the most popular fashion models in the world.

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