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Meet Designer Edvin Thompson of Theophilio

Photo: Kendall Bessent

Theophilio’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection will leave you inspired, craving a touch of island breeze, and wholeheartedly excited for the future of fashion. At least, that’s how it made me feel when I watched the streamed runway show this past September.

Titled “Migration,” the video features models and friends of Jamaica-born designer Edvin Theophilus Thompson wearing sustainably-made garments that channel the soul of the island. The looks appear over a video of a Jamaican highway — footage Thompson shot himself, on his way to the airport from his family’s home. From the clothing to the beauty choices to the format, “Migration” tells a visual story about Jamaican culture.

Thompson was born in Kingston but moved to America at the age of 9. He’s interested in capturing not just the spirit of Jamaica, but also

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Meet the first transgender, Filipina woman to compete in New Zealand beauty pageant

Arielle Keil is a 26-year-old creative advertising student and who was crowned Miss Intercontinental New Zealand 2020 in early November.

Keil, who is of Filipina-German heritage, is the first transgender woman and first Filipina to represent the country in the beauty pageant. She was born in Davao City in the Philippines and spent most of her life in Auckland. But her journey has not always been easy. 

When Keil first began transitioning in 2017, her family disowned her and kicked her out. 

“I’d already spent the formative years of my life as the wrong gender, I didn’t want to waste my twenties in the wrong body either,” Keil told The Guardian. “This way of thinking really helped me come out to my parents because I knew that whatever their reaction was, this was something I needed to do for myself.”

However, after the difficult rough patch, her relationship

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