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Before it’s in fashion, it’s in Vogue—stories from emerging talent around the world, told in six posts, curated by Vogue teams globally.

3 of 6 Follow Québécoise-Honduran illustrator @isabellefeliu’s story this week. ⠀ “Life becomes more interesting when everything is a potential source of inspiration. A trip to buy vegetables can bring out shapes and colours to work with. ⠀ “Lately, my inspiration originates from a thought, however simple. The other day, my boyfriend kissed me before leaving for work at dawn. When I woke up later that morning, I had a vague, lingering memory of that kiss. It’s little thoughts like that.”

2 of 6 Follow Québécoise-Honduran illustrator @isabellefeliu’s story this week. ⠀ “When I started [drawing], it was more about developing my style. I knew how to [draw] fashion technically and I felt more comfortable illustrating it. Also, at the beginning, you want to be liked more. I’m not saying fashion illustration was a way for me to be liked as an illustrator, but it gave me more confidence.”

1 of 6 Welcome to the vivid and dreamy imagination of Québécoise-Honduran illustrator, Isabelle Feliu (@isabellefeliu). “I often find myself gazing at photographs from NASA,” says the 29-year-old, who now lives in Oslo, Norway. Isabelle’s art stems from a deep passion to know more about our world, and what lies beyond it. “I’ve always been inspired by travel and more recently by space. It always comes back to the search to learn and the exploration of basic human curiosity.” ⠀ Her figurative artwork has a strong sense of escapism too. “I often see my work as a wish list of things I’d like to do and places I’d like to go... I daydream a lot!” ⠀ Follow Québécoise-Honduran illustrator @isabellefeliu’s story this week.

6 of 6 See more of Spanish photographer @josefinaandres’s story this week on @vogue. ⠀ When asked about her future, Josefina (@josefinaandres) doesn’t want to be constrained to one medium. “I am a curious person with very diverse passions. I like to read about quantum physics and I attend creative writing classes,” says the photographer. “I like exploring as a way to have fun, with sculpture and writing for example. I’d also love to publish a book.” ⠀ // ⠀ Sigue la historia de la fotógrafa española @josefinaandres esta semana en @vogue. ⠀ Preguntando a Josefina (@josefinaandres) sobre su futuro, no quiere que un solo medio la defina. “Soy una persona curiosa y con pasiones muy diversas. Me gusta leer sobre cuántica y hago cursos de escritura creativa” comenta la fotógrafa. “Me apetece explorar por diversión, por ejemplo la escultura y la escritura. Me encantaría publicar un libro con fotos y textos.”

5 of 6 Follow Spanish photographer @josefinaandres’s story this week on @vogue. ⠀ “Being surrounded by beauty is very inspiring. However, as absurd as it may sound, it also forces you to look at yourself and judge yourself harder. Our society’s definition of beauty is quite limited, though that’s changing. ⠀ “Getting to know talented women – inspiring, strong, vulnerable and brave women – from very different backgrounds has not only helped with my self-confidence, it has enriched the way I live and see life.” ⠀ // ⠀ Sigue la historia de la fotógrafa española @josefinaandres esta semana en @vogue. ⠀ “Estar rodeada de belleza es inspirador pero aunque, sea absurdo, también hace que gires la vista hacía ti misma y te juzgues con más dureza. En nuestra sociedad la belleza se mueve entre unos parámetros bastante pequeños, aunque eso está cambiando. ⠀ “Conocer a mujeres con talento - inspiradoras, fuertes, vulnerables y valientes - que vienen de entornos muy distintos, y han tenido vidas muy diferentes, no solo ha ayudado a mi confianza, sino que ha enriquecido mi forma de vivir y ver la vida”.

4 of 6 Follow Spanish photographer @josefinaandres’s story this week on @vogue. ⠀ “The success of an image depends on the sum of all the parts. When I'm preparing a story, I like to work closely with the team, I like to develop the concepts together with all the people involved. ⠀ “I always ask everyone how they’re feeling; something we need to voice at work too. I think it is very important to make visible that we are not always [feeling] good. The perception that is portrayed on the internet of absolute happiness is a lie, as well as unsustainable. In a way, I think we are already changing; people are getting tired of seeing perfect lives.” ⠀ // ⠀ Sigue la historia de la fotógrafa española @josefinaandres esta semana en @vogue. ⠀ “El éxito de una imagen depende de la suma de todas las partes. Cuando estoy preparando una historia me gusta trabajar con el equipo, me gusta desarrollar los conceptos con toda la gente implicada. ⠀ “Siempre pregunto a todo el mundo como está porque me parece súper importante a la hora de trabajar. Pienso que es muy importante visibilizar que no estamos siempre bien. La imagen que se da en Internet de absoluta felicidad es mentira, además de insostenible. En cierto modo yo creo que ya estamos en ese cambio. La gente se está cansando de ver vidas perfectas.”

3 of 6 Follow Spanish photographer @josefinaandres’s story this week on @vogue. ⠀ “It is difficult to get rid of the ‘male gaze’. Although we are all more conscious these days and try to change it, in the end it is part of us, a kind of historical DNA which we need to fight. ⠀ “In my photos I aim for minimal retouching. This isn’t always down to me, but as far as possible I encourage it to happen. I treat images in a certain way so that the result highlights the natural beauty of the subject. I do not like passive positions, or models to look sad or subdued. I try to prevent this from happening, but that doesn’t mean that I always do it well, I’m only human.” ⠀ // ⠀ Sigue la historia de la fotógrafa española @josefinaandres esta semana en @vogue. ⠀ “Es difícil deshacerse de la punto de vista patriarcal. Aunque todos seamos cada vez más conscientes e intentemos cambiarlo, al final forma parte de nosotros, como una especie de ADN histórico contra el que tenemos que luchar. ⠀ “En mis fotos, intento que el retoque no sea excesivo. Esto no siempre depende de mí, pero en la medida de lo posible impulso a que eso pase. Trato las imágenes de base de cierta manera para que el resultado resalte la belleza natural. No me gustan las posiciones pasivas, o que las modelos parezcan tristes ni sometidas. Intento evitar que esto pase, pero no quiere decir que lo haga bien siempre, soy un ser humano.”

2 of 6 Follow Spanish photographer @josefinaandres’s story this week on @vogue. ⠀ “Generally, I like my photography to be positive and present women with a certain power, a certain strength and even a bit of humor. This does not mean they always have to smile or be happy – for me the key is to treat them as equals. ⠀ “When I meet someone [for the first time], I feel like a journalist. I am very curious and I’m not scared of showing my vulnerability.” ⠀ // ⠀ Sigue la historia de la fotógrafa española @josefinaandres esta semana en @vogue. ⠀ “En general, me gusta que mi fotografía sea positiva y que la mujer esté representada desde un punto de vista que le otorgue cierto poder, cierta fuerza e incluso cierto humor. Esto no quiere decir que ellas tengan que estar siempre sonrientes o felices, para mi consiste en tratarlas de igual a igual. ⠀ “Cuando conozco a alguien soy un poco entrevistadora. Soy muy curiosa y no tengo miedo de mostrarme vulnerable”.

1 of 6 Josefina Andrés (@josefinaandres) sees herself as a woman who photographs women. The inspiration came first from the women in her own family: “My mom and my aunts have spent their lives taking care of and helping others while remaining kind and loving,” says the 32-year-old, who lives in Valencia, Spain. “They taught me how to focus on my goals and inspired me to do so from a patient and caring place.” ⠀ See more of Spanish photographer @josefinaandres’s story this week on @vogue. ⠀ // ⠀ Josefina Andrés (@josefinaandres) se ve a sí misma como una mujer que fotografía a otras mujeres. La inspiración empezó con las mujeres de su familia: “Mis tías y mi madre han pasado gran parte de su vida cuidando y ayudando a los demás; y todo ello repartiendo amor y bondad” comenta Josefina, de 32 años, y que reside en Valencia, España. “Me ha enseñado cómo enfocarme en mis objetivos y me ha inspirado a hacer todo desde el cariño y la paciencia.” ⠀ Sigue la historia de @josefinaandres esta semana en @vogue.

6 of 6 “The great thing with henna is that it’s temporary so you can go crazy,” says handbag designer, chiropractor and henna artist Azra (@dr.azra). “We also invite henna artists to help us celebrate before Eid, which is basically like a three-day Muslim Christmas, a very family-centered holiday that happens twice a year,” she explains. “It’s all about eating, drinking tea, playing cards and relaxing.” ⠀ For this August’s Eid al-Adha, “On the first day in the morning, we went to the Eid prayers. The practice is usually done outdoors. At sunrise, you see thousands of people dressed up and gathered together for a 10-minute prayer outside. It’s really an amazing experience to see everybody together from all different walks of life.” ⠀ See @dr.azra’s story from earlier this week on @vogue.

5 of 6 Follow Dubai-based chiropractor, artist and designer @dr.azra’s story this week on @vogue. ⠀ “A lot of the designs I do are very much mood-based. I’m also inspired by online trends. There’s a been a huge baby hair trend recently, but I can’t do it because I cover my hair, so I hennaed baby hair on my hands instead.”

4 of 6 Follow Dubai-based chiropractor, artist and designer @dr.azra’s story this week on @vogue. ⠀ “Henna is an old cultural tradition in the Arab world and a part of my life. I first did traditional Emirati designs, like the Rawayeb, which is henna on the tips of the fingers, and the Rubeya, which is the circle on the palm. Then I experimented with Libyan and Tunisian designs. ⠀ “Henna also has a lot of healing benefits, but it’s one of those things which has been lost with the generations. People love seeing henna being brought back, it reminds them of their grandmothers. It’s nostalgic and it’s beautiful.”