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150 Inspiration

Check out the creativity uncovered by the 150 team, representing the creators we are loudly obsessed with and lowkey stalking.

RUPI
KAUR

As a 21-year-old university student Rupi wrote, illustrated and self-published her first poetry collection, milk and honey. Next came its artistic sibling, the sun and her flowers. These collections have sold over 8 million copies and have been translated into over 42 languages. Her most recent book, home body, debuted #1 on bestsellers lists across the world. Rupi’s work touches on love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, and migration. She feels most at home when creating art or performing her poetry on stage.

Rupi Kaur
Sandu

Iddris
Sandu

Iddris Sandu is an anomaly. He is a 23-year-old Ghanaian architectural technologist, responsible for the algorithms in apps such as Uber, Snapchat, and Instagram, has become a leader in technology. Sandu, who was born in Accra, Ghana and raised in South Central Los Angeles, was as young as 10-years-old when he began to learn programming at a local library. His skill ultimately led to him being discovered by a designer from Google.He received a commendation certificate from President Obama. Conceived the world’s first smart retail experience, The Marathon Store, with the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. Designed an album cover for Kanye West. Check out his Ted Talk.

Hassan
Hajjaj

Hassan Hajjaj is a contemporary Moroccan artist known for his photography, printed fabrics, and films. Known as the “Andy Warhol of Marrakech” Hassan is very much a child of the pop art generation. Using portraiture (photography and video), installation, sculpture, and performance, Hajjaj aims to seduce the viewer whilst confronting culture-specific beliefs and values. His multi-layered works fuse traditional and contemporary North African culture with familiar Western imagery and iconography through appropriation and adaptation. Today, Hajjaj’s works are held in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Lazaar Foundation in Tunisia, among others. Born in Larache, Morocco and lives between Marrakech, Morocco and London, UK.

A solo exhibition of Hajjaj's VOGUE, The Arab Issue is currently on view at Fotografiska New York. Check out his latest work at My Rockstars at Yossi Milo Gallery in NYC.

Hassan
Ndidi

Ndidi
Emefielde

Among the leading voices of contemporary Nigerian art is Ndidi Emefiele, a painter in her early 30s who is working to subvert Western expectations of African art. The women shown in her paintings have wide eyes protected by colorful glasses and are dressed in rich fabric scraps. Emefiele’s work raises questions about gender, culture, and style. In 2020, Ndidi Emefiele's works were included in the exhibition 'Queen: From the Collection of CCH Pounder' at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit and 'The Cookout: Kinfolk and Other Intimacies' at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in New York. Ndidi Emefiele lives and works in London, UK.

AMANDA
GORMAN

Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer and cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she studied Sociology. She has written for the New York Times and has forthcoming books with Penguin Random House - Change Sings, and poetry collection The Hill We Climb.

Amanda Gorman
Mcflyy

MCFLYY
SENSEI

This self-taught LA-born artist knows how to mash-up all his creative influences - childhood, dreams, and Japanese art to illustrate a masterpiece. #artbae

EZINMA

Ezinma is a classical fusion violinist pulling on our heartstrings with her new album, drummer bae. Not only is she a super talented musician, but Ezinma yearns to increase access to quality music education for children of color. This past holiday season she did a violin giveaway! #classicalbae

Ezinma
no turns

LEWIS
MILLER

Lewis Miller calls himself a storyteller through the art of floral design and his recent flash campaign across the great city of New York did just that. #flowerbae