For PAPER's 2019 predictions list, we looked across every aspect of pop culture — music, film, art, activism, social media, fashion, beauty — for fresh new faces that are about to look a whole lot more familiar. Tierra Whack, Slayyyter, and Tayla Parx are set to feature heavily on your pump up playlists. Justice Smith, Chance Perdomo, and Emma Nelson are starring in upcoming blockbusters in cinemas and on Netflix. Writers Sally Mao and Morgan Parker are headed to bookstore shelves, and artists like Damon Davis and Jessi Jumanji will headline gallery shows. We've figured out exactly whose profiles you're about to follow: Layla F. Saad, Allen Salway, Hunter Harris. Plus the people you'll be getting fashion, makeup, and self-love inspiration from: Isaac West, La'shaunae, Crystal Methnay. It's going to be a good year! These are the 100 names worth getting to know in advance.
Who are you?
Hunter Harris — an Annette Bening warrior first and foremost, and a writer on the Internet second.
What do you do?
I'm an associate editor at Vulture, the culture/entertainment site of New York magazine. (Mostly that means I write about movies, music, and Timothée Chalamet.)
What are you most proud of from 2018?
I interviewed Julia Roberts (about Ben Is Back) and resisted the urge to walk into the room and quote Erin Brockovich, line by line.
What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?
What can I personally do right now to get Donald Trump out of office?
What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?
Greta Gerwig's Little Women adaptation will come out this year, and there's a 99% chance it is made extremely and exclusively for me.
Where can we follow you?
As chosen by Justin Moran, Claire Valentine, Michael Love Michael, Kat Gillespie, and Jael Goldfine
Illustrations by Austin Call (@Duhrivative)