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QP FASHION MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2020

COVER: CASTELLANOS AZUAJE SISTERS: BARBARA CASTELLANOS - ALESKA GENESIS - MICHELL ROXANA BACK COVER: MARI FONSECA

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DECEMBER 2020

FASHION and lifestyle MAGAZINE

BARBARA & ALESKA GENESIS & MICHELL

CASTELLANOS

AZUAJE

BY EDSON SMITTER




TEAM

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

JOSE-MARIA JIMENEZ

SENIOR EDITOR

ALEXANDRA BONNET

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

YASMINE KATEB

FASHION EDITOR

SHARON JANE

SENIOR DIRECTOR

OF SELECTED PROJECTS

FASHION STYLISTS

CLAUDIA LOMBARDO

MICHELLE WU

CARA GORDON

KATHRYN GOSIK

HANNAH KERRI

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS

CONTENT CREATORS

JUSTINE DUCLAUX

SHANNEN TIERNEY

MATT KOGER

ALEXANDRA BONNET

SHARON JANE

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

No matter the holiday you are celebrating, it’s important to remember that there is always

a light on the other side!!

2020 has been very chaotic to say the least but as we ring in the New Year, let’s think

about the good that came out, however small it may be! Now is the time to find that

Holiday cheer and remind those you care about that you love them. Singing, dance, sleep,

eat…whatever it is, do it and ENJOY! Here at QP, we wish you all a blessed holiday and

despite the pandemic, wishing you all a marvelous 2021 filled with love, joy, and success!

For our last issue of this year, we are so excited to share with you some amazing

editorials which includes fashion pieces, interviews, and more. Our cover with the gorgeous

Castellanos Azuaje sisters will make your jaw drop alongside interviews with Cara

Gordon and Kathryn Gosik who are amazing and talented stylists. These are just to name

a few so stay tuned and make sure to check out the full issue!

Happy Holiday.

Stay Happy. Stay Safe. Stay Loving.

ALEXANDRA BONNET & JOSE-MARIA JIMENEZ

Senior Editor & Editor-in-Chief

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COVER

TALENTS: GENESIS ALESKA @aleskagenesis &

MICHELL ROXANA @michellroxana &

BARBARA @c.bstefani

ART DIRECTION: ELIZABETH LUGO @elizabethmua &

CLAUDIA FERNANDES

PHOTOGRAPHER: EDSON SMITTER @edsmitter

WARDROBE STYLIST: HASSNI CAINA @styledbyhassni

STYLIST´s assistants: NICOLE MENDOZA @marienicole19 &

PAOLA BACALAO @paobacalao

MAKEUP artistS: LUCIA ALBUIN & LARISSA SANDOVAL & HAROL PRADO

HAIR STYLISTS: CAROLINA FANUCCHI & SILDI HAIR

production: ELIZABETH LUGO @elizabethmua

production ASSISTANTS: IVONY HERNANDEZ & MIGUEL DITROLIO

rETOUCHER: JESUS MARCANO

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IN THIS ISSUE

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14-25 |

26-39 |

40-49 |

50-61 |

62-77 |

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EDITORIAL: KILLING ME SOFTLY

EDITORIAL: DITA E LABRA

COVER: CASTELLANOS AZUAJE SISTERS

EDITORIAL: WILD BEAUTY

EDITORIAL: BLINDING LIGHTS

INTERVIEW: KATHRYN GOSNIK & CARA GORDON

EDITORIAL: DJELLZA

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COVER

ALESKA GENESIS & MICHELL & BARBARA

CASTELLANOS

AZUAJE

Interview by ALEXANDRA BONNET @alexbonnetwrites

TALENTS: GENESIS ALESKA @aleskagenesis &

MICHELL ROXANA @michellroxana &

BARBARA @c.bstefani

ART DIRECTION: ELIZABETH LUGO @elizabethmua &

CLAUDIA FERNANDES

PHOTOGRAPHER: EDSON SMITTER @edsmitter

WARDROBE STYLIST: HASSNI CAINA @styledbyhassni

STYLIST´s assistants: NICOLE MENDOZA @marienicole19 &

PAOLA BACALAO @paobacalao

MAKEUP artistS: LUCIA ALBUIN & LARISSA SANDOVAL & HAROL PRADO

HAIR STYLISTS: CAROLINA FANUCCHI & SILDI HAIR

production: ELIZABETH LUGO @elizabethmua

production ASSISTANTS: IVONY HERNANDEZ & MIGUEL DITROLIO

rETOUCHER: JESUS MARCANO

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GENESIS

ALESKA

When did you decide to launch your

swimwear brand and what inspired

you to do so?

It was 2 years ago, I was at my home seeing the

sunset from the terrace. At that moment I decided

to bring something cool and different inspired by

the colors of the sunset of the places that I love the

most.

If you could describe your

brand in 3 words, what would

they be?

Fresh, sexy, and sport.

What are the top components

you must pay attention to when

launching a swimwear brand?

The three key factors are the

fabrics, the colors, and the

shapes.

If you could describe

yourself as one of your

swimsuits, which one would

you pick and why?

I would choose the “Malibu”

one. Pink and baby blue are my favorite colors, I

love the sunset in California. I love the sand and

the beach over there. I think it perfectly describes

me, I am a surfer girl.

In a world where people are still body shaming

etc, how do you show acceptance and promote it

too?

I show it and promote it through my brand, where

“My mom

has taught

me the

values of life,

and to never

give up.”

one of the good things of the designs is that they

can fit any type of body shape, you do not have to

be super fit or slim. Neoprene has the advantage of

conforming to your body, and that's the way to

promote it.

What does fashion mean to you?

At this time, it is a lifestyle.

Who has been your biggest

supporter(s) in life up until

now? What lessons have they

taught you?

Definitely my mom. She has

taught me the values of life, and

to never give up.

If you could be any designer

for a day, who would you pick

and why?

CHANEL, that's where all the

cardinal points meet. It is chic,

sexy, unique, stylish, … It is the

reference and statement on the

industry. Definitely my mom.

She has taught me the values of

life, and to never give up.

Any secret hobby most people do not know you

have?

I build LEGOs.

What do you hope for in the New Year?

That everyone remains safe and healthy.

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BARBARA

What was your favorite part of

working at the Palm House?

Sharing the experience with such

talented Latina women, where they

all opened their hearts.

Do you remember the day you

booked this? Share with us how

you felt.

I don’t remember the exact day,

but I remember I was excited and

nervous. And then, when I went to

the casting and they told me that

I was without a doubt selected, it

was a great satisfaction. I cried of

happiness.

If you could go back in time

to give yourself one piece of

advice, what would it be?

Dare to do what you dream of,

with no fear of being wrong.

Who did you connect with the

most on set?

I felt a great connection with all the

girls, they are incredible people.

What do you hope your

viewers will get from watching

the show?

I hope they see the reality behind those happy

and perfect characters that are shown on social

networks.

“I’m happy

with who

I am, and

the path

that I’m

taking,

expecting

to inspire

others.”

What does beauty mean to you?

Beauty is relative, depends on the eyes of the one

who sees it. For me, inner beauty is the most

important, it is what you reflect.

Who is someone who has really

inspired you and why?

My parents. They have

undoubtedly been my driving force

and an example that with constant

dedication you can achieve what

you dream of.

Tell us what motivates you to work

hard every day.

The satisfaction of proving myself

that I can do anything, that dreams

are possible.

If you could be anyone else for one

day, who would you choose and

why?

I wouldn’t be anybody else, I would

be me. Trying to meet your goals is

an everyday job. I’m happy with

who I am, and the path that I’m

taking, expecting to inspire others.

What will 2021 be like?

It will be full of surprises, new

goals and projects to fulfill, I guess everyone will be

driven by the hope of restoring the normal way

of doing things even with the pandemic, realizing

that together we can win this.

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MICHELL

ROXANA

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ell us more about your children’s book

coming out soon.

My new book talks about the pollution on

Earth and how this is affecting life on this

planet and what we can do to start a change on

this matter.

What inspired you to write it?

When I became Miss Earth Venezuela, I

started to be more conscious about how we

treat the planet we live in, and I

realize that the best way to stop this

is by changing the mind of future

generations.

Share with us your favorite

moment in creating it.

The moment when I saw the first

draft. Also, when the first copy

was in my hands and I could

see that this was getting real.

Tell us what you hope this book

will do for kids who read it.

I hope that this book can put

a seed on the kids´ minds, and

they can have an opinion and

become more conscious about their

planet, and if they want to

enjoy it in the future they

could be the grain on the sand

that promotes the change.

Have you always known you wanted to be

a writer?

More than being a writer, I always knew that

I wanted to do something that could improve

our society for the common good of humanity.

“I always

knew that

I wanted

to do

something

that could

improve our

society.”

When you are not writing, what do you like to

do?

I love to exercise. Running and biking helps me

to think, to relax, to enjoy the air and nature.

Growing up, what role did books play in who you

are today?

Books gave me the criteria to discern about life, and

how knowledge is the most powerful tool that we

have to fulfill our goals.

How would you describe your

fashion?

Modern, fresh, chic but

comfortable, I like to be the

example that you can be

dressed with what fits you best,

regarding the style on vogue and

still be you and be up to date with

fashion at the same time.

Something between classic and

modern, as well as youthful.

What is your purpose?

You can be whatever you want

if you work hard and have a

constant plan and maintain

it. Also, you can have many

aspects in your life that can collide

without sacrificing one or

another.

New Year’s Resolutions?

Publish my book, inspire others to be the best

version of themselves, being the best version of

myself. I would also love to be the host of a TV

show, as well as being a statement on fashion and

lifestyle.

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WILD

BEAUTY

PHOTOGRAPHER: KENT AVERY @kentaveryphoto

MODEL: CAITLYN MWENIFUMBO @bby_cai

AGENCY: THE INDUSTRY MODEL MANAGEMENT LA @theindustryla

wardrobe STYLIST: HANNAH KERRI @hannahkerrri

hair and Makeup ARTIST: KESHA @keshabyme

location: DECLAN @5thletter

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PHOTOGRAPHER: KENT AVERY @kentaveryphoto

MODEL: CAITLYN MWENIFUMBO @bby_cai

AGENCY: THE INDUSTRY MODEL MANAGEMENT LA @theindustryla

wardrobe STYLIST: HANNAH KERRI @hannahkerrri

HAIR AND Makeup ARTIST: KESHA @keshabyme

LOCATION: DECLAN @5thletter

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BLINDING

LIGHTS

PHOTOGRAPHER: CHRIS MARTIN @bychrismartin

MODEL: MARI FONSECA @marianne_fonseca

AGENCY: NEXT MANAGEMENT @nextmodels

wardrobe STYLIST: MICHELLE WU @michellewustylist

Makeup ARTIST: TEAL DRUDA @tealmuah

HAIR STYLIST: LEA JOURNO @leajournosalon

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INTERVIEW

KATHRYN

GOSIK &

CARA

GORDON

THE FUTURE

OF FASHION

Introduction by RYAN MICHAELS @ryanmichaelsss

Meet Cara Gordon and Kathryn Gosik, Los Angeles’ newest

styling duo. The two complement each other’s strengths:

bending any style or gender into something undeniable,

sensual, and potent. They are electric in their creativity

while sophisticated in their attitude.

PHOTOGRAPHER: GEORGOS KARAMANUS @geogoskaramanus

WARDROBE STYLISTs: KATHRYN GOSIK @kathryngosik &

CARA GORDON @cara_gordon

MAKEUP artist: ASHLEN @glamxashlen

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PHOTOGRAPHER: MEGAN BATSON @megbatphoto

MODEL: ALLI MARTINEZ @allimartinez

AGENCY: WILHELMINA LOS ANGELES @wilhelminalosangeles

CARA

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KATHRYN GOSIK &

CARA GORDON

Gordon started at Condé Nast and W Mag before moving to Los Angeles,

working closely with the likes of Janelle Monáe, Selena Gomez and Katy Perry.

Gosik comes from a music background, spending time at Warner Bros

Records and in management, before her 2019 pivot to styling.

Gordon’s style is often recklessly expressive: vivid colors, varied silhouettes

and a distinct sexiness. Gosik is just as bold with her colors while aiming at

an effortless, composed kind of cool, something that has translated well

to her professional athlete clientele and rappers alike.

Recently, Gordon and Gosik were signed to The Wall Group, propelling

them to a new level in the styling world. We can’t wait to see what

they do next, but we do know it’ll be good.

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What are the benefits of working as a

duo?

Kat: So many, but having an extra

set of eyes is definitely up there. Cara

will see the art we are making from a different

perspective than I sometimes do, getting me out of

my comfort zone, and vice versa. We both bring

different elements to the table, Cara is a pro at

editorial work, whereas I am more fluent in street

style, and we both meet in the middle.

Cara: They say the more the merrier and that

definitely applies to styling as well. Kat opens

my eyes to a lot of concepts creatively that I

wouldn’t think twice about and vice versa. She is

constantly motivating me to be better.

Additionally, no one understands what we are

going through more than each other and I’m so

grateful for that. Two heads are better than one

and together we are truly unstoppable.

What inspires your personal style?

Kat: I think the coolest thing is when a girl looks

sexy without showing too much skin. I would say

I’m more drawn towards androgynous pieces, it

is not unlikely to find me shopping in the men’s

section for myself. I like to look put together but

also effortless.

Cara: Anything that makes you think twice

and deviates from the norm. I don’t really take

trends into consideration. I’m drawn to anything

larger than life, polarizing, youthful, and unique.

I have a deep satisfaction knowing no one else can

emulate my style successfully. It is truly one of a

kind.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Kat: Hmm… it’s not easy for me to pinpoint one

thing or moment and say: “There. That’s my

inspiration”. I think moving through life,

experiencing art, watching music videos,

walking around the streets of Los Angeles, traveling,

I draw inspiration that way. Usually late at night

I get bursts of creativity, and I’ll be on my laptop

emailing designers and putting together mood

boards until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore.

Cara: Before fashion, it was figure skating so I

inevitably draw a lot of my inspiration from

skating costumes (especially for music videos

and editorial). I ironically try not to look to other

people too much because I think it fails to be

original if you do. I’m inspired by technology,

astronomy, robotics, books, art, love, music, the

whimsy of fantasy and romance. I certainly

consider myself a romantic. I’m inspired by

anything that makes me feel something. If it doesn’t,

I don’t want it.

What advice do you have for aspiring stylists?

Kat: It may sound corny, but always remember

that no one else is you and that’s your superpower.

I feel as though there’s an unspoken competition

among stylists in LA, but really the only person

you should be in competition with is yourself. I try

to outdo myself on every new project and always

give 110%. When stylists come to me for questions

or advice, I have no problem helping them, you can

give someone else the recipe, but the sauce won’t

taste the same. Stay in your own lane, have a clear

vision and goal, put your head down, and work,

the reward will reveal itself.

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Cara: No one makes it overnight so putting

yourself out there is invaluable. There is something

to gain from every internship, assistant job, shoot,

and so forth. I live by the quote “put your heart on

a platter and let people stab it.” In short, it means

to never hold back. Do it all. Wear your heart on

your sleeve. What if it can turn out better than you

can imagine?

What are your career goals?

Kat: I worked in music management for 5 years

before getting into styling, though always had

an interest in fashion. My boss at the time

knew it was a passion, so he would send me to

photoshoots with clients to be his eyes on set. I vividly

remember watching the stylists do their jobs and

thinking, “Wow, I want to do that”. I started

helping some friends who are performers with their

looks for shoots and events and really developed my

interest in the field. After interning with a couple of

stylists and learning the fundamentals of the job,

I found a stylist who gave me a chance in a more

creative role, and I assisted him before breaking off

and working with my own clients. It has been a

lot of learning along the way, but I feel so fulfilled

with the sense that this is God’s plan for me.

Cara: I’ve known my entire life I’d work in

fashion. That was never a question for me.

After graduating, I moved to New York City and

worked at DuJour, Marie Claire, Brides and W

magazines then went on to assist former British

Vogue editor Bronwyn Cosgrave. Bronwyn told

me she saw me as a stylist based in Los Angeles

and that stuck with me. However, working under

Alexandra Mandelkorn was really my

introduction to the celebrity styling world and my

shove to move to Los Angeles full-time. It was scary

at the beginning to make the commitment to be

self-employed and show up for myself but taking

the plunge was the best thing that ever happened

to me.

What are your favorite designers/brands?

Kat: As much as I love designers, I’m not

really a ‘designer girl’. I believe clothing is how you

wear something and you can make a $20 shirt

look as dope as a $2,000 top. Buuuuttt…. I do love

Balenciaga, YSL, Helmut Lang, Heron Preston...

some Off-White is cool, and who doesn’t love

vintage Chanel and Versace? I’m also into

Sally LaPointe, Jacquemus, y/Project, Maisie Wisen

is dope, AREA, Unravel, Saks Potts, Mugler, 1017

ALYX 9SM…. the list goes on. I love where fashion

is at right now. I love the unexpected collaborations

that are happening more often than not nowadays

- NBA x Louis Vuitton?? Yes, please!

Cara: This changes all the time but currently

Olivier Rousteing of Balmain, Jeremy Scott of

Moschino, Hedi Slimane of Celine, Alexander

McQueen, LaQuan Smith, and Christian Cowan.

Anyone who understands the times (past present

and future), uses their power and influence for the

better, isn’t afraid to be fun (and sexy of course),

and morphs the scope of trends through their own

creative lens.

What is the biggest misconception about working

as a fashion stylist?

Kat: Biggest misconception is definitely that we

always have a bunch of clothes sitting at home

waiting to be styled. Yes, we have our kits; but

when a client calls me an hour before an event

thinking I have a rack just ready and waiting for

this moment, that's not the case. Just like any

artist, stylists take pride in their work and I

never give less than my absolute best, never put

something out that I’m not proud of. When I’m

given a project, I am sourcing items all over LA

and the world for that specific project, which can

take over a week. There are so many moving parts

to styling, you have to be extremely organized and

really love it because it's not easy.

Cara: My friend Victor Vaughns (who is now

at WWD) and I would joke that people not in

the industry think we just throw Prada bags

around all day but working in fashion takes a

lot more grit and relentlessness than that. It’s

really a fight but is worth every second of that fight.

Kat: “I never give less than my

absolute best, never put something

out that I’m not proud of.”

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Cara: “I have a deep satisfaction

knowing no one else can emulate

my style successfully.

It is truly one of a kind.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER: MAYK AZZATO @mayk_azzato

MODEL: DJELLZA @gugidjellza

PRODUCTION: FRANCESCA BONO AZZATO @thecreatives

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