AS IF MAGAZINE

Issue nº14 / Hari Nef

Photographed by Tatijana Shoan, transgender actress and model, Hari Nef, transforms into a silver screen icon for our cover story. Nef’s trademark long, blonde locks of bohemian wispy hair have been usurped by an Elizabeth Taylor inspired coiffure that helps conjure Nef’s inner film diva. Our creative cohort, who collaborated to bring drama to the set, was notorious street artist, Bradley Theodore. Theodore’s colorful, exuberant, and untethered splashes of pigment reference Nef’s spirit, and are splashed across her face! In our exclusive interview, Nef shares her thoughts on social media, identity, how she feels about being called transgender, what it means to be authentic, and what makes her happy!

Renowned international street artist, Bradley Theodore, wants everyone to have a piece of his art. From gallery shows across the globe, to colorful murals gracing the walls of busy city streets, Theodore’s work can be purchased for thousands, or enjoyed for free. This self-proclaimed fashion lover depicts the skeletal likenesses of key players in the fashion world from today to as far back as Marie Antoinette.

Dennis Hopperis a name synonymous with Hollywood. He changed the way films were made with his film, Easy Rider. As an early member of the Actors Studio, he helped introduce a new generation of actors to method acting and continued to push the boundaries of acting with his performances in films such as, Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, True Romanceand Hoosiers. Despite his weighty film credentials, Hopper’s true love was photography. In this exclusive interview with Hopper’s daughter, Marin Hopper, she shares intimate memories of her father, what photography meant to him, how it sustained him throughout his life, as well as sharing some of his favorite photographs.   

Despite actress Lucy Boynton’s enchanting beauty and delicate demeanor, this quintessential English rose is far more than meets the eye. Having grown-up on-screen in films such as Miss Potter,Sing Street, and Murder on the Orient Express, Boynton now brings us a powerful performance in the much-anticipated film, Bohemian Rhapsody, an electrifying bio-pic about the late front man of Queen, Freddie Mercury.

It’s not every actor that can play a renowned sniper (American Sniper) just as convincingly as a vampire in a darkly magical alternate universe (True Blood), but 34-year-old Luke Grimesdoes so with a rugged and intense cool that beguiles audiences. The Ohio-born, formally trained actor, and son of a pastor is also the face of Chanel fragrance, Allure Homme Sport, and can be seen in the Paramount Network series, Yellowstone, and film, Into The Ashes.

Chicago-based artist Nick Cave doesn’t just make art, he creates spectacles, glorious happenings, where sculptural costumes -- namely his ‘Soundsuits’ -- bend, bounce, flounce, flutter, and flirt for enchanted viewers. Installations that can, and have, fit into a space as large as a football field, are transformed into otherworldly destinations where crystal balls, crocheted tea cozies, and reclaimed racist objects live in harmony. The objects and materials he uses are not random, but have a larger meaning, and a social significance. They are meant to fuel our curiosity, diplomacy, and our understanding of our place in society and how we view each other and ourselves. 

Growing up in Netherlands, actress Sylvia Hoeks dreamt of a life outside her small town of Maarzheeze, finding escape, and inspiration in American episodics such as Charlie’s Angelsand Knight Rider. Hoek’s dreams came true at the age of 14, when she was scouted to be a model, which led her to drama school, and eventually, a burgeoning film career. The actress now stars opposite Claire Foy in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the much-anticipated sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, followed by All the Devil’s Menwith Milo Gibson.

Issue nº14 also includes fashion editorials; Objectify, our editor’s must-have picks from our favorite collaborations of the season; and Out There, our travel section featuring the best luxury fashion hotels.