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.
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Who are you?
I'm Juan Alvear and I live in NYC.
What do you do?
I'm an artist.
What are you most proud of from 2018?
Graduating from Cooper Union.
What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?
The biggest challenge I see going forward is expanding my world of nails and joining it with my other practices like sculpture and painting, legibly. But this is also one of the things I'm most excited about.
What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?
There are so many possibilities and I'm excited for all of them. I think 2019, being my first year since graduating will be a year to really make things happen. I'm excited to meet new people and start building my own life and reality.