Seventeen year old New York native Em Odesser has been a teen for most of her life and feels very strongly about guaranteeing the accurate representation of her generation. She joined the Teen Eye team at it's 2014 inception as the fashion editor, citing Tina Weymouth as her main influence, and wants more than anything to have a worldwide matriarchy where no one makes Lolita jokes and everyone understands the huge range of talents that teenagers worldwide have always possessed.
Clara Scott is an eighteen year old college student in the Midwest with a passionate interest in culture and all that comes with it. Whether that be the arts, sociology, media, or politics, Clara has always been committed to following the ripple effect that culture creates in modern society. The rich culture and history of her home in the Detroit area began this passion, and it has grown into a full-blown pursuit to share culture with the world. Her work with Teen Eye focuses on highlighting the experiences of diverse youth while giving them a platform to use their editorial voice in an encouraging environment of free thought.
Téa Lindsey is an eighteen year old college student in love with art, creation and challenging the status quo. She has a drive to innovate, and often pulls inspiration from the spirit of her generation to do so. As someone who overflows with passion, putting it to good use is her life mission. It is with activism, innovation and little bit of bad-bitchery, she hopes to accomplish this. Her divergent thinking, combined with that of her peers, is a force to be reckoned with.
Sophia Hall is an 18 year old artist and designer from Bellingham, Washington. In her work, she seeks to examine the past and learn, expand, and grow from it. She currently attends Parsons the New School for Design in New York City.
Born and raised in Toronto, fifteen year old Furqan Mohamed has the big city experience, and as the daughter of two immigrants she's had her fair share of culture and the clashes that come with it. Having identities that cross multiple intersections, things can get hectic, which in turn makes for beautiful art and word play. Using poetry and the magic of spoken word, she expresses her views on injustice and being a young woman of colour. She gets her opinions on politics out to young people just like her, using the occasional rant, article, or composed essay. In a world that attempts to silence women and people of colour, she knows just how powerful words can be, and isn't afraid to use them to her advantage.
Sixteen year old Nyah Hardmon spends the majority of her time freeing her thoughts through her writing, whether it be spoken or written word. She is an avid fan of the arts and often finds herself re-watching Tarantino movies or getting lost in endless music playlists. Nyah resides in Miami, Fl where, like many of the places she’s travelled, she has fallen in love with the melting pot of cultures. Throughout the years, she has used her online platforms to voice her countless opinions on anything from social justice to fashion week. An aspiring journalist, Nyah has learned the value of screaming what’s important to you from the rooftops, and continues to make sure her perspective along with the voices of the unheard are accounted for.
Growing up a Turko-Japanese woman in New York City taught seventeen year old Sarah Issever the value of culture and identity. This curiosity for self and surrounding bled into her writing as a poet, and into her everyday life as someone with an appreciation for style and design. Sarah wishes to intertwine culture into all her passions, and hopes that someday her work may speak to somebody else’s identity, as well.
Eighteen year old Jessie Gilles is a bay-area native and has lived on the outskirts of San Francisco for her whole life. Her passions include drawing, playing music, taking pictures of everything from the sentimental to the mundane, and fighting against fascist institutions. Now, by moving to New York City this year, she is pursuing her artistic dreams and expressing herself using the sidewalk as a runway for her eccentric wardrobe while also making a difference with her art. She attends School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and majors in fine arts with a small group of students. Above all of hopes and dreams, she wants to be a catalyst for change, by any means necessary.