Designer Telfar Clemens of Telfar and model Paloma Elsesser have landed a spot on TIME Magazine‘s 100 Next list, which the magazine calls “an expansion of the flagship TIME100 franchise that recognizes 100 individuals who are shaping the future and defining the next generation of leadership.”
A companion to TIME’s Most Influential People list, securing a spot on any of the TIME100 lists is a big honor; it means that you and your work have made a lasting impact on the world, and that others look to you to set the trends, usher in innovations, and make the world move. Paloma and Telfar are dubbed an Advocate and an Innovator, respectively, and are joined by fellow earth-shakers like Amanda Gorman, Chloe x Halle, Euphoria‘s Hunter Schafer, NHIE‘s Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Bridgerton‘s Regé-Jean Page, and Dua Lipa.
Telfar, who made the list in part due to his namesake brand’s ethos of accessible luxury for all, is profiled by the one and only Solange Knowles. “Where the industry restricts identity with outdated expressions of presentation, correctness, and exclusivity, Telfar has created a new language of truth, through design,” she writes of the NYC designer. “The Telfar symbol is one that acts as an affirmation for how we fully and confidently show up in the world. It is Telfar’s own inspiringly firm sense of identity that makes possible the label’s uncompromising aesthetic: purposeful basics reimagined for a more inventive future.”
Solange went on to praise the fashion family that Telfar has created. “Telfar’s approach to business and art is an affirmation of how we can fully and confidently show up in the world while uplifting those who have made us who we are.”
Model Paloma Elsesser, who has made great strides in bringing inclusivity to the fashion world, got some love from her modeling peer, Ashley Graham. “You don’t know cool until you’ve met Paloma — outgoing, dynamic and magnetic. She challenges the norm and refuses to conform to what society has set as the typical beauty standard. She reminds her friends, colleagues, and fans to constantly be loud and take up space,” Ashley wrote. “In doing so, she’s helped so many women feel powerful within their own strong and beautiful bodies. We need more role models like Paloma telling young people that they are beautiful and worthy in the skin they are in. Paloma has arrived, and she is not going anywhere anytime soon.”
You can check out the full list on TIME’s website.
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