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?
I'm a musician, recording artist, singer and songwriter born in Peru, who came to this country at 5 years old.
What do you do?
I pretend to be normal even though inside I'm feeling crazy.
What are you most proud of from 2018?
My mental stability, while not putting music out the rest of the year. The end of 2018 was great for me: I launched Ropa Gaz, which is our merch line at Gazi, and put out new music for my fans, through my EXOTIGAZ EP.
What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?
Looking forward to finding out!
What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?
I don't know yet! Take advantage of all the biggest opportunities that will come my way.
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)