V Magazine Announces the Class of 2018
10 members of V's Class of 2018 will be proudly presented with Uniqlo U tonight.
10 members of V's Class of 2018 will be proudly presented with Uniqlo U tonight.
Today, V is proud to announce our Class of 2018, as presented in partnership with Uniqlo U. We've selected 50 of today’s most creative tastemakers across the realms of fashion, music, art, and design, all of whom will play a big part in shaping culture this year. Signaling a new generation of talent and ideas, these up-and-comers are forging their own path within the creative spheres that are bound to make an impact.
To launch the program, Uniqlo U will present 10 select creatives of V’s Class of 2018 at a special party tonight, January 24, to celebrate both the Class and the new Uniqlo U Spring/Summer 2018 collection, which features progressive essentials, employs advanced materials, pursues new standards in craftsmanship, and explores new shapes. Check out our entire Class of 2018 below, and stay tuned for more from these exciting talents.
The Class of 2018
Daughter of Tommy Hilfiger, Elizabeth is a designer to watch in her own right, having launching her own brand, Foo and Foo, at age 23.
Maya is a rising actress (and the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke), whose breakout role is playing Jo March on BBC’s TV series adaptation of Little Woman.
A granddaughter of Bob Marley, Zuri graduated from the prestigious Clive Davis Institute at NYU and has teamed up with Dev Hynes; she is ready to make a name for herself musically.
The rising New York-based musician Aaron Maine, formed Porches in Pleasantville, New York in 2010. He recently released his third studio album, The House, to critical acclaim.
Alex is a Spanish graphic designer and typographer who has created some famous album covers for Katy Perry and The Rolling Stones; he’s even nabbed a Grammy nomination for his work.
Adam Eli and Marc Sebastian
Marc and Adam co-founded Voices 4, a non-violent activist group that advocates for action on global issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, using social media to rally around causes like Gays Against Guns and gender equality.
The stylist and art director from tiny New Zealand town established a creative collective in Auckland, and has trekked to New York to continue moving up in the fashion world, contributing to publications like Oyster and Purple Magazine.
The 24-year-old furniture designer worked with designer Carol Egan before his creations were shown as art in New York exhibitions.
Tschabalala is a New Haven-based painter who has already made huge waves in the art scene; her solo exhibitions are featured in large international venues.
The 18-year-old musician gained recognition as a member of the Grammy-nominated R&B group The Internet. His debut project was a 13-minute “song-series” titled Steve Lacy’s Demo. He has also produced songs for artists like Kendrick Lamar.
The electronic and soul musician’s debut album, Take Me Apart, garnered major critical acclaim. She was recently featured in a Calvin Klein campaign cast by Solange, and will be performing at Coachella this year.
The rising vlogger’s videos focus on his edgy DIY style and have reached over 16 million YouTube views. He is about to release his first unisex capsule collection with Nephews.
The self-described “actorvist” has landed big roles in shows like Younger and uses his podcast The Love Bomb to raise awareness about topics like gender equality and the LGBT community.
Alton Mason Jr.
The 20-year-old Gucci model was discovered on Instagram as a teenager, got signed to Bad Boy Records, and has performed at the VMAs. He was cast in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 show at Madison Square Garden.
This singer-songwriter has toured with James Blake and Sufjan Stevens, and was featured on a song on Solange’s hit album A Seat at the Table; he’s kicking off an international tour for his fall 2017 album, Aromanticism, later this month.
Matt is a fashion stylist and photographer based in New York whose work and Instagram have garnered attention for his merging of bold textures.
The transgender model was scouted in 2015 by Louis Vuitton’s creative director, Nicolas Ghesquiere, and has appeared on runways and in campaigns for brands like Dior, Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, and Jeremy Scott.
Grace is a Brooklyn photographer’s authentic and gritty portrayal of New York youth and the skateboarding scene has caught the attention of titles like i-D, Dazed, and The New York Times.
The rising model and rapper from Canada has caught everyone’s eye for her experimental music and edgy look. She was dubbed the “Internet’s most rebellious underground rap queen” by Dazed.
The actor got his start with a role on the hit show Boardwalk Empire but is getting major buzz for his role as John Paul Getty III in All the Money in the World.
Lizzo’s Coconut Oil EP, bombastic humor, and uplifiting message has gained her a following of empowered, body-postive women and men all over the country.
Model, rock chick, and Saint Laurent muse: this girl is doing it all. The bleach blonde beauty from New Zealand has already walked for brands like Marc Jacobs.
Miles stepped into the spotlight nearly overnight with his huge role as Alex Standall on the groundbreaking Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. He also produces his own experimental music on SoundCloud.
The model was just recently found on Instagram via a post that went viral, and she’s been signed to Next Model Management. She has several upcoming ad campaigns, is poised to take on the industry in a big way.
Jazmin Venus Soto
Known best by her DJ name, Venus X, she has been behind the decks at various fashion functions, making her a creative industry favorite and a pro at getting the party started.
Better known by his DJ name Total Freedom, Ashland is credited with ushering in big changes to the club scene.
A Chilean transgender actress and lyrical singer, Daniela received critical acclaim for her acting debut in Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman.
The aspiring model has leveraged her considerable Insta-fame towards building a successful career for herself in the fashion industry; she’s currently face of Hugo Boss.
The French actor and former masseuse is breaking out after his acclaimed role as AIDS activist Nathan in the buzzworthy new movie 12o Beats Per Minute.
The transgender model never set out to be a model before being tapped by Hari Nef to pose while she was guest-editing an issue of Candy Magazine.
Cole rose to fame as Cody Martin on the Disney series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and gained it-boy status with his recent role as Jughead Jones on the smash hit series Riverdale.
The Welch-born singer got her start in fashion after working at Balenciaga, before returning back home to pursue a music career. She released her self-titled debut album last year.
Ella’s big break was a cameo in the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue; she recently scored a contract with IMG Models.
Arsun and Gray Sorrenti
Arsun and Gray are rising models who have already appeared on the cover of high-end fashion publications like Vogue Italia. They are the children of famed photographer Mario Sorrenti, with Gray also stepping behind the lens on her own.
The Atlanta native was first discovered at 18 years old after attending an open call with a close friend. Her quick wit and undeniable charm did not go unnoticed, and ever since she has been booking major editorials.
Son of legendary British rocker Liam Gallagher, Lennon is an aspiring actor-turned-model, who was recently tapped by Pharrell to be the face of G-Star Raw.
Mari is a Brazilian luxury shoe designer, perhaps best know for her signature Mule silhouette, which has proven to be a hit among fashion editors and the street style set.
Kim is one of the youngest people to get gender reassignment surgery, and now she’s creating some of the catchiest pop music out there. Her video for “I Don’t Want It At All” featured a cameo by Paris Hilton.
Even though he’s photographed for brands like Zadig & Voltaire, Pierre-Ange has become known for turning the camera on himself and documenting his life.
This Parisian model has hit the catwalk for brands like Prada and Vetements; he also has dabbled in DJing, acting, and his own ‘zine.
The actor stars in two 2017 films garnering Oscar buzz this awards season, but is most notably getting rave reviews for his breakout performance in Call Me By Your Name.
The daughter of legendary supermodel Cindy Crawford is rapidly climbing up the modeling ranks, nabbing campaigns and walking runways for brands like Calvin Klein and Burberry.
The indie-pop singer got his start on SoundCloud, releasing his debut album Vertigo this year and embarking on a sold-out world tour.
Better known by her stage name Clara 3000, she has become the go-to DJ for designers, creating special soundtracks (and even walking the runway) for houses like Balenciaga, Vetements, Sies Marjan, and Jacquemus.
The London-based designer and Central Saint Martins is an impressive burgeoning talent to watch, thanks to her intricate, subversive designs.
The rising rapper is a proud transgender artist and activist -- to wit, her debut EP is dubbed Transphobic, and her verses focus on various issues concerning the trans community.
Ludovic de Saint Sernin
This rising designer is embarking on a solo career, after three-year stint at Balmain under the tutelage of Olivier Rousteing. His clothing has been celebrated for its inclusive unisex designs.
This Korean artist-producer has shaken the music scene with her blend of house music, witty one-liners, and rapping in both English and Korean.
The rising rapper-producer is the female member of famed hip-hop collective Odd Future. Her soulful music, written from the perspective of a proud lesbian, has gotten her critical acclaim.
Slick’s breakout moment was in Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” video, but now she’s everywhere, walking in shows for houses like Burberry and making an appearance in the 2018 Pirelli Calendar.