STRANGER THAN PARADISE


This issue is a celebration of family and community: two foundational pillars of Justsmile. Adonai Tesfamariam stars on the cover, together with Carmen Amare in the cover story, Stranger than Paradise.


Equal parts character study and personal recollection, Yohana Lebasi and Dawit N.M. set out to create images recounting the 1980’s scenes of their parents of Eritrean and Ethiopian descent, respectively, arrival in the diaspora. Models Carmen and Adonai, also of Eritrean and Ethiopian descent, respectively, serve as actors and liaisons to memories and communities of the past.


See the full cover story and more in Issue Two.



Credits

  • PHOTOGRAPHY: DAWIT N.M.
  • STYLING: YOHANA LEBASI
  • HAIR: MATT BENNS
  • MAKE-UP: KENTO UTSUBO
  • PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANCE: TOM MALTBIE
  • STYLING ASSISTANCE: KATHERINE HU
  • MAKE-UP ASSISTANCE: LISA IHAKU
  • PRODUCTION: JENNIFER PIO
  • CASTING: HELENA AMARE
  • POST-PRODUCTION: INK
  • MODELS: ADONAI TESFAMARIAM, CARMEN AMARE, TEFFERA, SAEED MILANO, MENELIK YONAAS, MEKDALAWIT MEQUANENT, LYONNA LYU, SENAIT GIDEY, YASSER. SPECIAL THANKS TO AUNT SOFIA, UNCLE ENDELA, ABEL, NIGHISTI ASFAHA, SEMERE LEBASI, FANA TESFAGABER AND NYC HABESHA’S COMMUNITY GROUP
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