The theme for this issue, Revelations, delves into the unfiltered aspects of life. It’s an appreciation and exploration of raw beauty, where authenticity reigns supreme; the unconventional is not just accepted but celebrated.
There’s often an urge to meticulously polish everything to a high gloss and relentlessly pursue the sheen of perfection. All our contributors remind us that beauty is often found in the genuine and unapologetic. It is the revelation of a person’s character.
DJ and producer Nina Kraviz, who graces this issue’s cover, shows us how beauty can be disguised in chaos; Anna Prudhomme’s reflections on Thibaut Grevet reveal the blurred boundary that exists between art and life; through her paintings, Renée Estée explores the beauty of memory and loss; make-up artist Lochie Stonehouse and hair stylist Sky Cripps-Jackson show us how they have mapped out their own beauty journeys; Daphne Thao Nguyen’s photographs of Del Water Gap capture the enigmatic spirit beneath the moniker; and Elena Velez’s designs unveil the strength and allure found in the gritty corners of fashion. Through all their work, we are reminded that beauty can be darker and more obscured, shadowed in the anomaly.
to Be continues to evolve and bring more individuals together to publish their ideas and stories. This issue features a myriad of talented photographers, stylists, artists, designers and writers, including Hector Clark, Tré Koch, Alex Wall, Edward Mulvihill, Ilan Galanti, Jasmine Penman, Daniel Roché, Claire Summers, Isabella Mamas, Ellie Coker, Hakan Solak, James Edson, Chloe Borich, Julian Klincewicz, Juan Pablo Espínola and many others.
In a world of manufactured perfection, this issue chooses to validate our quirks and idiosyncrasies. After all, they are what make us inimitable.