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?
What do you do?
I am a professional basketball player, DJ and designer.
What are you most proud of from 2018?
Finding my love for basketball again, breaking records in the WNBA and leading my country to a gold medal game at the World Championships.
What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?
At the moment I am coming back from an overuse injury in my Achilles from pushing myself too hard last year. Getting my body right again and back on court is a mental and physical challenge right now, but I'm talking it day by day and enjoying time off at home here in Australia.
What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?
Every day is an opportunity. I'm very focused on getting back on court and back to America, while also working a lot on my music and design this year. Next year is an Olympic Year and I am excited to release my label for taller ladies after the Tokyo Olympics.
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)