First Act

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Good­fel­las was the first film that had a big im­pact on me. When you comb through the bloody vi­o­lence and vul­gar ban­ter—which I was likely too young to be ex­posed to—you’re con­fronted with elec­tric cin­e­matog­ra­phy and act­ing, as well as in­cred­i­ble cos­tume de­sign—Ray Liotta’s wardrobe is to die for. The men in Scors­ese’s mafia master­piece were crim­i­nals, but they had hu­man qual­i­ties you’d find in your fam­ily and friends. This du­al­ity re­ally touched me; even gang­sters make time to eat spaghetti with their loved ones. This is the power of filmmaking. Through con­sid­ered sto­ry­telling, we can be ex­posed to the un­der­ly­ing hu­man­ity (most) peo­ple possess.

For our sopho­more film is­sue—my first as Editor-in­Chief—it was our vi­sion to move be­yond the usual sus­pects. Case in point: our cover star, Ta­tiana Maslany, who’s no stranger to play­ing mul­ti­fac­eted char­ac­ters and go­ing against the grain of what’s ex­pected from a Hol­ly­wood ac­tor. In Stronger— her first role since the se­ries finale of the crit­i­cally-ac­claimed Or­phan Black— Maslany plays Erin Hur­ley, the on-and-off girl­friend of Jeff Bau­man (Jake Gyl­len­haal), whose life is for­ever changed when he loses both his legs dur­ing the sense­less Boston Marathon bomb­ing. Based on the mem­oir of the same name by Bau­man, the heart-wrench­ing drama ex­poses the af­ter­math of the tragic event and the emo­tional jour­ney ex­pe­ri­enced by the cou­ple. The cre­ative process of ac­tors has al­ways fas­ci­nated me. How do they ef­fort­lessly step into char­ac­ter? Par­tic­u­larly a re­al­life char­ac­ter? And how do they push them­selves to the edge and make sure there’s room to re­treat? For the Cana­di­an­born ac­tor, run­ning through the streets of Boston served as the per­fect start­ing point.

Across fash­ion, beauty, and film, the topic of rep­re­sen­ta­tion as it re­lates to race and gen­der has been heav­ily dis­cussed. Are we all do­ing our due dili­gence in be­ing in­clu­sive? And what does that look like ex­actly? While some might call it “jump­ing on the band­wagon,” it’s im­por­tant to note that we have be­come more in­clu­sive. But of course, as al­ways, there’s more work to be done. With this shift in mind, we set out to cre­ate our most di­verse beauty shoot to date to join the conversation. In “Star Qual­ity”, one of Canada’s bright­est pho­tog­ra­phers, Justin Aranha, reimag­ined the ex­hil­a­rat­ing—and of­ten gru­el­ing—au­di­tion process. Be­fore you ask, yes, a num­ber of the mod­els actu

ally act! An­other ques­tion also comes to mind: When does makeup cross the line of cover­ing up your true essence? I be­lieve beauty prod­ucts should en­hance but they should never cloak. Whether or not you’re ex­per­i­ment­ing with this sea­son’s vary­ing palettes and prod­ucts, the power is in your hands to di­rect your beauty story.

De­spite the abrupt change in weather and the in­su­lar at­ti­tude of the gen­eral public, one thing I al­ways look for­ward to with the ar­rival of fall, is turn­ing my wardrobe up­side down. My uni­form usu­ally in­volves a mix of vin­tage lab coats—my favourite be­ing a royal blue one—white t-shirts from Muji, and my Alexan­der Wang denim which feel like sec­ond skin th­ese days. On the run­ways, as al­ways, de­sign­ers sent beau­ti­ful mixed mes­sages. From se­vere, all-oc­ca­sion leather to time­less florals, there’s enough sar­to­rial in­trigue to save you from sea­sonal blues.

Lastly, it would be un­pa­tri­otic to not men­tion the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. Every Septem­ber, Hol­ly­wood elite, film crit­ics, and cinephiles from around the globe flock to Toronto to pre­miere, sup­port, and watch the best cin­ema has to of­fer. The en­ergy in the city is un­shake­able. Be­sides foot­ball—or soccer as we call it here—and mu­sic, film is one of the few medi­ums that breaks through cul­tural dif­fer­ences, lan­guage bar­ri­ers, and con­nects us all. A uni­ver­sal con­nec­tion we need now more than ever.

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