2020 VI­SION

What’s next for the year ahead? The ex­perts weigh in on ev­ery­thing from beauty to com­edy

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Lu­mi­nar­ies from the worlds of com­edy, beauty, and more share their pre­dic­tions for the fu­ture

Rox­ane Gay on Fem­i­nism

I hope to see more nu­anced dis­cus­sions about the big­gest is­sues fac­ing women to­day, like equal pay, univer­sal health care, and sub­si­dized child­care. I also want to see our first fe­male pres­i­dent. Amer­ica is ready for a com­pe­tent pres­i­dent, and women are just as ca­pa­ble as men. I hope we get to a place where we’re re­ally just look­ing at the best can­di­date and rec­og­niz­ing that women are part of the pack of peo­ple who are the best can­di­dates. I am deeply en­cour­aged by El­iz­a­beth War­ren and Ka­mala Har­ris. I don’t have to agree with some­one en­tirely to think they’re awesome. I’m also ex­cited by all the women run­ning for Congress and other pub­lic of­fices who his­tor­i­cally might not have run. I’m in­spired by the way that young women like Greta Thun­berg are fight­ing for cli­mate is­sues with cli­mate strikes. And I ad­mire the stu­dents from Park­land who ral­lied against gun violence af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing tragedy. Young peo­ple are chal­leng­ing the sta­tus quo. And I think that’s a model for all of us go­ing for­ward.

Gay is the au­thor of Bad Fem­i­nist, Dif­fi­cult

Women, and Hunger. She’s cur­rently work­ing on her next book, How to Be Heard.

Karla Welch on Fash­ion

I’d love de­sign­ers to share tech­nolo­gies and col­lab­o­rate on col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity. Let’s make this a non­com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment and open the plan of ac­tion to ev­ery­one. I’d ac­tu­ally love to see less fash­ion!

Welch is a stylist, de­signer, cre­ative di­rec­tor, and co-founder of the styling app Wishi.

Jodi Kan­tor & Me­gan Twohey on Re­port­ing

Over the past few years new tech­nolo­gies have been help­ful to us here and there, such as en­crypted phone apps to make sure our mes­sages with se­cret sources stay pri­vate. But over­all our work is so old-fash­ioned. In our book, She Said, we de­scribe how we broke the Har­vey We­in­stein story us­ing time-hon­ored tech­niques: build­ing trust with sources from Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Pal­trow to former [We­in­stein] as­sis­tants who had been writ­ten out of film his­tory, per­suad­ing a Deep Throat fig­ure to talk, show­ing up on the doorsteps of peo­ple who did not want to be found. We’ll be us­ing sim­i­lar tech­niques of care­ful lis­ten­ing and close ob­ser­va­tion come Jan­uary 6, when We­in­stein’s trial takes place in Man­hat­tan.

Kan­tor and Twohey are Pulitzer Prize–winning in­ves­tiga­tive re­porters for The New York Times.

She Said is out now.

Shani Dar­den on Skin Care

Long rou­tines are be­com­ing less of a fo­cus. It’s not about us­ing the most prod­ucts but about us­ing the right ones: a good an­tiox­i­dant in the morn­ing, a retinol at night if your skin can tol­er­ate it, an ex­fo­liant at least once a week. At-home de­vices are huge. You can do mi­cro-in­fu­sion to de­liver vi­ta­min C or hyaluronic acid serum di­rectly to your skin. You can use an LED, which boosts collagen. De­vices that emit low-level elec­tric cur­rents make such a dif­fer­ence too. If you start us­ing them when you’re young, they will keep your skin re­ally tight and pre­vent sag­ging. We’re be­gin­ning to see peo­ple get fewer fillers and even hav­ing them re­moved. I am ex­cited that peo­ple are go­ing more nat­u­ral; over­do­ing it is not go­ing to give you good skin.

Dar­den is an aes­theti­cian with her own line of skin-care prod­ucts and a stu­dio in Beverly Hills. Her clien­tele in­cludes celebri­ties like Jes­sica Alba and Chrissy Teigen.

Christina Tosi on Food

There is a lot of in­no­va­tion hap­pen­ing in the ve­gan space. But more than any­thing, we will con­tinue to see bright, bold, bo­da­cious fla­vors. For desserts I think grape­fruit is go­ing to take hold. We will find a lot more of those big, zesty fla­vors, which is a step for­ward in the evo­lu­tion of our palates. We will con­tinue to see a mix of sa­vory and sweet, whether it’s sage and brown but­ter or a lot more salt in desserts to bal­ance out the sweet­ness and acid­ity. Salt and grape­fruit would pair well. Tech­nol­ogy will af­ford us ac­cess to more ex­otic va­ri­eties of stan­dard in­gre­di­ents, like choco­late, and our palates are go­ing to con­tinue to evolve and be su­per-cu­ri­ous.

Tosi is an award-winning chef and the founder of Milk Bar, a pop­u­lar chain of bak­eries. Milk Bar’s N.Y.C. flag­ship is now open.

Aidy Bryant on Com­edy

We’re see­ing the rise of true, unique in­di­vid­u­als. Julio Tor­res, for ex­am­ple, is some­one who’s mak­ing work that fits only him. Other greats per­form­ing in New York now in­clude Jo Fire­stone, Aparna Nancherla, Gary Richard­son, Car­men Christo­pher, and Me­gan Stal­ter. Jac­que­line No­vak’s show, Get on Your Knees, was one of the best I’ve ever seen—we are all about to bask in her brainy glory. I’m bi­ased, but I also think the best thing hap­pen­ing is the rise of the writer-cre­ator-star get­ting to make a fully formed piece. So many peo­ple are get­ting up and do­ing the damn work to make a place for them­selves (see: Broad City, In­se­cure, Rus­sian Doll, Fleabag).

Bryant is a writer, an ac­tress, and a co­me­dian. The sec­ond season of her show, Shrill, débuts Jan­uary 24 on Hulu.

Eva Chen on So­cial Me­dia

When you like some­one’s style, you want to be able to tap an im­age of what they’re wear­ing and not only be able to see where it’s from but buy it—ideally, with just one more tap of your fin­ger. That’s go­ing to be more of a re­al­ity in the fu­ture with tools like In­sta­gram Check­out, which al­lows users to shop for prod­ucts in a whole new way. Another thing that’s go­ing to be big next year is aug­mented re­al­ity, es­pe­cially face fil­ters. Dior has launched face fil­ters in its In­sta­gram Sto­ries, like a trippy tie-dye thing that matched the brand’s cam­paign and a bucket hat with a veil built into it. Vir­gil Abloh did some­thing sim­i­lar when he in­tro­duced Off-white’s sun­glasses fil­ter in 2018. Gucci has done a few wacky and wild ones. And it’s not just brands. Peo­ple like Donté Col­ley are go­ing vi­ral for

Au­drey Gel­man on Com­mu­nity

The Wing is a phys­i­cal space where women can cre­ate com­mu­ni­ties and, in some ways, suit up to do bat­tle in the out­side world, build con­fi­dence, ex­pand their net­work, and find op­por­tu­ni­ties to col­lab­o­rate with other women. Mem­bers have or­ga­nized them­selves into groups so they can meet and talk about more per­sonal sit­u­a­tions: be­ing a sin­gle mom, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing de­pres­sion or anx­i­ety, bal­anc­ing work and fam­ily life, and nav­i­gat­ing the work­force as a new mom. We have said be­fore, “We don’t want to break the glass ceil­ing; we want to build a whole new house.” It’s about rewrit­ing the rules and form­ing our own com­pa­nies in our own spa­ces. There’s some­thing pro­foundly lib­er­at­ing and em­pow­er­ing about the idea that we can do this our­selves. Gel­man is the CEO and co-founder of the Wing, a co-work­ing space and so­cial club for women.

Jane West on Weed

I think cannabis is go­ing to play a big role in terms of vot­ing power. More Amer­i­cans than ever agree that it should be le­gal­ized in some form—and with 33 states now hav­ing laws on the books, we be­lieve peo­ple’s de­sire for ac­cess is go­ing to drive vot­ers to the polls and shape the in­com­ing class of 2021. Vot­ers care about elect­ing of­fi­cials who are pro cannabis, and we are see­ing politi­cians talk about it more and more. It is a uni­fy­ing topic. So much data has come out about us­ing cannabis for spe­cific ail­ments, like Crohn’s dis­ease and fi­bromyal­gia. It’s used by ev­ery­one from moms to vet­er­ans—it doesn’t have to be stig­ma­tized any­more.

West is the founder of the cannabis in­dus­try’s largest pro­fes­sional-fe­male-net­work­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion, Women Grow, as well as her own cannabis-life­style brand.

Charlotte Til­bury on Beauty

One in­cred­i­ble trend I adore and think will be huge is the re­turn of vel­vety nude matte lips. A gor­geous, kiss­able pout will never be out of style. I am ob­sessed with the tones that the ’90s su­per­mod­els used to wear. I also think that heavy foun­da­tion and pow­der will be a thing of the past. It’s all about the glow now.

Til­bury is a makeup artist who’s worked with Kate Moss and Naomi Camp­bell. She also has her own beauty brand.

Mónica Ramírez on Ac­tivism

The year ahead will be all about get­ting out to vote and en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to do the same, build­ing on the unity we’ve seen and look­ing for­ward to progress. I am proud of the fact that we con­tinue to fight against all odds to make bold moves. And I hope that this is the year when peo­ple who come for­ward to talk about their trauma, what­ever it is, will be able to find peace, heal­ing, and sup­port.

Ramírez is an ac­tivist, a civil rights at­tor­ney, and a gen­der-jus­tice ad­vo­cate known for pen­ning the “Dear Sis­ters” let­ter that fu­eled the Time’s Up move­ment.

Fendi sun­glasses ($460) and chain ($450); fendi.com.

Clock­wise from top left: co­me­dian Jac­que­line No­vak, an en­cryp­tion app, dancer Donté Col­ley, su­per­model Kate Moss in the ’90s, a com­post cookie from Milk Bar, cam­paign but­tons, Gucci’s aug­mented-re­al­ity app, and cli­mate ac­tivist Greta Thun­berg.

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