H&M Life has asked young talents to share their hopes and dreams for the future.

H&M Life has asked young talents to share their hopes and dreams for the future.

This is me

If they aren’t models or artists, they’re aspiring singers or designers. In-demand photographer Collier Schorr captured nine young talents on camera – straight off the NYC streets.

Featured in H&M Magazine for the first time, Collier Schorr is not only one of the most in-demand fashion photographers right now (with titles such as British Vogue, Self Service and i-D under her belt, and clients such as Jil Sander and Comme des Garçons), but also an internationally renowned fine artist. She is best known for her photographic portraits, which are always infused with realism, youthful energy and undeniable cool. 

For this fashion story, shot in Schorr’s favourite New York City studio, street casting is of utmost importance – the subjects are real talents and inspirational people. The looks they wear are very much in line with their own personal style, but also exude confidence, cool and character.

H&M Life asked the nine young talents to share their hopes and dreams for the future.

 

Lily Walden.

LILLY WALDEN, ARTIST

AGE: 29

@lillywalden on Instagram

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
”Sunglasses.”

WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?
”I try to be warm.”

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
”When something is washed in light.”





 

Leal Zielinska.

LEAL ZIELINSKA, DANCER AND MODEL LIVING IN BROOKLYN

AGE: 22

@lealzie on Instagram

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
”The future depends on each and everyone of us.”

WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?
”I try to use experience to help anybody who’s struggling with something I have overcome. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the help of my loved ones.”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WORD RIGHT NOW?
”Gaga. It’s a dance vocabulary developed by the incredible Ohad Naharin.”

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
”Coffee and dancing. Preferably in that order.”
 

I save animals and the planet by being a vegan.

Model and actress Sable Boykin
 
Sasha and Sable Boykin.

SABLE BOYKIN, MODEL AND ACTRESS

AGE: 23

@saysable on Instagram / sashansable on Twitter

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
”Big things!”

WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?
”I save animals and the planet by being a vegan. Perform activism through art, support movements and groups for the advocacy of the people!”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WORD RIGHT NOW?
“Bunnty land” a word made up to describe a place invented by my sister and I. A feminist space, where all beautiful souls write and inspire and uplift and shine.”

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
”My sister. Making others happy. Doing good work.”

 

SASHA BOYKIN, NICKNAME CHACH, MODEL AND ACTRESS

AGE: 23

@chachhere on Instagram / Sashansable on Twitter

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
”Beautiful and mysterious things.”

WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?
”I smile at strangers, I eat vegan to restore the earth and save animals.”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WORD RIGHT NOW?
”Bunnty. I have created this from hunnty* and bunny which I use to refer to beautiful (all) women. Bunnty is an endearing term that is cool and uplifting. All bunnties are unique and wonderful; we uplift others & create a unified world!”

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
”Being with friends and family makes me happy. I love the peacefulness of being with my twin sister or best friends; I am in my most serene/playful state when I am with them.”
 

Edie Charles.

EDIE CHARLES, MODEL AND JEWELLERY DESIGNER

AGE: 23

@edie_charles on Instagram

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
”I am a jewellery designer. I recently graduated from Central Saint Martins in London and I am now living back in my hometown of New York City. I plan to launch my own jewellery company in the near future, with an emphasis on mixed materials, through designs that fuse the simplicity and modernism of Art Deco with the texture and history of traditional tribal jewellery.”

WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?
”I am a transgender woman. This is my truth and I live my life openly. I aim to affect change in the acceptance and understanding of trans people through my visibility.”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WORD RIGHT NOW?
”I’ve always loved the word sesquipedalian. It describes a word that is polysyllabic and long but also someone or something that is characterized by using long words. So basically it’s a word that describes itself.”

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
”Seeing people respond positively to my jewellery makes me so happy, and when someone really appreciates and engages with the work and understands the creativity and effort that has gone in, then I feel truly happy. When they love it so much they get excited about wearing it and making it their own. That’s the best!”
 

I am a transgender woman. This is my truth and I live my life openly.

JEWELLERY DESIGNER EDIE CHARLES
 
Vincent Barile.

VINCENT BARILE, DESIGNER

AGE: 23

@v_bondhardware on Instagram/@bondhardware on Twitter

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
”Building the Bond Hardware brand. Developing friendships and combining forces with other design houses. And the best part is... who really knows?!”

WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?
”My idea of a better world is believing in other creatives sharing the opportunities that have been created by Bond Hardware. Celebrating an inclusive culture so that together we may create the ultimate platform to have our visions realized and our voices heard.”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WORD RIGHT NOW?
”Whatever: a term I use to show how much I care i.e. ‘I mean… it’s whatever.’”

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
”I'm at my happiest when I know that I can make people smile. I think we're all trying to find our happy place in life. See you on the other side.”
 

Jillian Hoey.

JILLIAN HOEY, ADVERTISING AND MEDIA STUDENT

AGE: 23 

@jillianhoey_ on Instagram

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
”Well, I’m graduating from NYU with a degree in Advertising and Media studies in the next couple of months, so hopefully a job is in my future… Apart from that - adventure, new experiences, and new opportunities.”

WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?
”I laugh. A lot. I’d like to think that being able to laugh and make other people laugh is one of the most positive things in the world.”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WORD RIGHT NOW?
”Nutella calzone. It means the dessert I can’t stop thinking about since eating it last week.”

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
”Honestly, all I need is ice cream and cute dogs.”
 

Heather Boo.

HEATHER BOO, SINGER-SONGWRITER

AGE: 20

@Heat_her_beau on Instagram

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
”Being a rockstar, travelling the world playing music, singing my messages to the world.”

WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?
”I give back by creating music every day, and music that is positive.” 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WORD RIGHT NOW?
”Anomelectric – mysteriously electric.”

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY? 
”Old couples.”
 

Mac and cheese makes me very happy.

Model Jordun Love
 
Jordun Love.

JORDUN LOVE, MODEL

AGE:  18

@jordunlove on Instagram

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
”I’m not sure! Hopefully it’s full of love, positivity and success!”

WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?
”I love to make people feel good about themselves! I enjoy encouraging people to be their best and to never give up.”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WORD RIGHT NOW?
”O.D. – it means to over do something.”

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
”Mac and cheese makes me very happy but nothing can compare to the feeling I have when I make others smile.”
 

Kendyll Legier.

KENDYLL LEGIER, PRODUCTION COORDINATOR AND PROP STYLIST

AGE: 28

@kendyll_legier on Instagram

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
”The opportunity to work on a feature length film – learning more about production design and art direction – and more travel!”

WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?
”I enjoy creating environments or visual narratives that elicit reaction or strong emotions from others (whether they be participants or passive viewers). To help create or enhance an idea of mystery, glamour or fantasticality is almost like a coup d’état for the mind/imagination.”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WORD RIGHT NOW?
”What is fascinating are words like crepuscular which suggest something vulgar or sordid in a vague or ephemeral way, but actually mean something truly innocuous – in this case, an animal that is active primarily during early evening/twilight hours or others.”

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
”Being able to push myself beyond either my own or others self-imposed boundaries or expectations is one of the most pleasurable things I experience, professionally or otherwise. What’s immensely gratifying is as a prop stylist, the ability to source that unexpected or impossible piece that makes the story or image that much more impressive.”

*An amalgamate of the nice word ‘honey’ and a word that is… not so nice.

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