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She took the crown as Miss Universe back in 2012 and now, Olivia Culpo has her eyes set on dominating the fashion industry and more.


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Kode | It takes real dedication and perseverance to participate in the pageant circuit. Let alone to actually take the top honor of Miss Universe like you did in 2012. Growing up did you always want to be a pageant girl or is it something you kind of just stumbled into?  

Being in pageants was definitely not something I thought I would ever see myself doing! I knew I wanted to get into the fashion world, so I did a lot of research, and now here we are! Entering into Miss Rhode Island was a huge step towards the career I knew I wanted for myself. I was certainly not a “girly girl” growing up, and I learned a lot from the other girls in the pageants. They taught me so much about fashion and beauty and I will forever be grateful for that experience. 

Kode | You’ve truly taken to fashion now that your pageant days are behind you and you are truly killing it with your style. How did you get into fashion and what do you think best describes your personal style? I love trying out different trends and styles.

I really love the idea of being able to express myself through fashion, and I think that is something a lot of people can get behind. My style is constantly evolving. Just like you change and evolve as you grow, so does your wardrobe! I love to try out different trends – Right now I am really into fanny packs and layering. I think there is something so vintage and fun about the fanny pack, and layering is such a fun way to turn a dress you’re getting tired of into a totally different outfit by adding a simple T-shirt or even a turtleneck underneath!   

Kode|You’re pretty much a permanent fixture on the fashion week scene. What is your favorite part of attending fashion week and are there any designers whose shows you consistently look forward to seeing?

During fashion month I especially love playing with street style fashion. There are no rules during this time and I get to be as creative as I want! I see the incredible looks the fashion editors are wearing, and it is so inspiring to me. I look to them for constant inspiration for my looks.  There are so many shows and designers who blow my mind during fashion month. Every year I look forward to seeing what designers like Dior, Saint Laurent, and Vauthier will reveal. This year especially I and am very intrigued with what Jacquemus, as well as Sally Le Pointe are doing. All of the shows remind me of art, and I am so excited to see what everyone will reveal!

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Kode| You’ve now got some acting credits under your belt, what is it that drew you to acting and what type of roles can we expect to see you play?

I started acting in college and completely fell in love.  It is such a great outlet self-expression and I am constantly trying to become a stronger actor.  I hope to play many different roles, as I believe being a great actor is being able to become so many different characters on screen. As far as movies being released this year, I have a small part in the new Amy Schumer movie “I Feel Pretty” coming out this summer. 

Kode| You also recently opened a restaurant with your family in Rhode Island, what has it been like working so closely with your relatives and have you learned any new skills along the process? I’m sure that has to be special for the city with you being former Miss Rhode Island.

Owning The Back 40 in RI with my dad has been such a fun adventure! I am so close with my family in the first place, so it was natural to go into business together. Going into the restaurant business just made sense for us. My dad actually owns other restaurants in Boston, and that has really made this venture so smooth. My whole family loves to cook, and we are just having such a great time with it! This past year we had Thanksgiving dinner at Back40 with all of our extended family and friends, and that just makes it so special. 

Kode|What are some lessons you feel you learned from your past relationships and do you have any advice or other young women looking to find love?

I know this sounds so cliché, but I really do believe it is so important to always follow your heart and stay true to yourself.  It is so important to know who you are, and to love yourself before even trying to find someone else to love! Find someone that brings out the best in you and supports you in everything you do. 

Kode| We recently saw the promo for your upcoming E! docuseries “Model Squad” featuring yourself Devon Windsor, Ashley Moore, Ping Hue, and a few more beautiful ladies. What was it like filming the show and can you give us a preview of what it is we’ll be seeing you all get into on the show?

Filming the show was so much fun! It was the first time I really had a camera crew with me for all times, so at first, it did take some getting used to! I really had such a great time filming this show, and it was such a great opportunity to get to know all of the other girls on the show so much better.  They are all powerful and inspiring women!

Kode| What’s the biggest motto you tend to live by in life?

I don’t have one motto, I think that at different times in your life, different saying speak to you. My favorite motto right now – What happens to you happens for you.

#KodeNext: Ivana Baquero

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Interview by Associate Editor, Kimberly Saldana (@kimberlysaldana)


Pan’s Labrinyth favorite, Ivana Baquero, now starring in the hit American fantasy drama, Shannara Chronicles, is just getting started. 


Kode | In Season 2 of your show the Shannara Chronicles had all the fans excited, how did you see the development of your character?

Yes, there’s definitely a lot happening. Because season 1 was very much her going from selfish to selfless, really expanding her horizons and meeting Will and Amberle and joining the quest. Then season 2 she’s already gained her freedom and she’s learned so much about herself but you know the mystery of who she is, still remains. Season 2 is going to be about her discovery of who she really is and what the tattoo on her back means. I think it’s really really wonderful that people and a lot of fans were wondering- we seen so much about Will and Amberle but who is Eretria?

Kode | Did you like the development of her character?

I did. I honestly think she’s one of the coolest characters and she’s so resourceful. And she’s a fighter and not only literally a fighter but she’s fights for what she believe in. She has this amazing sense of justice so I think she’s such a badass; she gets to do horseback riding and amazing things and save the day so it’s a lot of fun I think you’ll like her a lot.

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Kode | And what was it like being her? Did you know that you were going to be a badass character?

 I honestly didn’t know because it’s my first action project that I ever done in my life. I wasn’t sure how I was going to pull that off because I’m… you know, I’m quiet and petite and some say I look sweet. They brought us about a month before shooting and they basically put us through boot camp for both season 1 and season 2. You get like a personal trainer. We get trained in all these skills so on the day we do look like we know what we’re doing which is pretty cool. We have an amazing stunt team and it ended up looking decent.

Kode |Yeah I mean in the previews they looked amazing. What’s one thing that you want people to learn about your character?  Like I know she’s discovering herself and she’s changing but what is the inner depth of her?

 I think she’s a great example of someone who comes from a really difficult background;  she pretty much was abused, had to fend for herself, she didn’t have a family, she was raised in a clan of thieves, so she had to earn the respect of the clan and it was pretty harsh there was no upbringing. Even though, that was the only thing she knew she still manages to always stick to what she thinks is right. Like I said earlier she has an amazing sense of justice and what’s cool about her is that she’s a fighter but at the same time she teaches other people that it’s okay to be vulnerable sometimes- which I think is great to have that portrayal on TV especially because Shannara has a young audience so I think she and all the other female characters are great examples of women empowerment.

Kode | How do you feel about the love triangle going on? Is there a love triangle?

Haha, there are. So season 1 is all about Will, Amberle, and Eretria. In season 2 it gets intricate because there’s many new characters. And Amberly goes but we’ll be coming back but I can’t reveal how, so there’s new characters coming into the scene and in this case she still continues her relationship with Will because they go way back and they have those amazing bond but she meets someone else. She meets Lyria. She start the relationship with Lyria but then things get tumultuous and we’ll see what happens but it’s never easy in the Four Lands.

Kode | And you and Will?

Yeah I mean I can’t really reveal much but I’m going to say there still is fire there. You know they have this amazing connection and they’re tied because obviously they save the world together in season 1. At the same time it’s been a year when season two takes off since things have happened and things have changed. We’ll see how that develops because he meets someone else later on as well.

Kode | There’s definitely a lot of different triangles.

Yeah, it’s very character driven so it’s not so much about the romance but, it’s more about the connection with the characters. I think is great for the season because it’s more about exploring and getting to know more about the actual characters and not just the quest or saving the world.Ivana_Baquero_Kode_Mag_5

Kode | That’s definitely something that I didn’t hear other shows really do so that’s really nice. So, of course I had to bring up Pan’s Labyrinth, huge fan by the way! So it’s been 10 years, how would you describe your navigation through the entertainment industry, and recently you were in a Spanish movie, Demonios Tu Ojos. What’s it like for you to go from the Spanish industry to American and doing both at the same time? How would you describe it?

Like you said it’s been 10 years. Obviously, I went from being a child in Pan’s Labyrinth to then a teenager and now an adult so you know things have changed a lot. I’ve grown more, and have done different things, tried different roles,  and learned a lot in the process.  It’s been really special for me, I feel like Pan’s Labyrinth opened a lot of doors and it was for sure before and after in my career. It’s pretty much going to like acting school Pan’s Labyrinth,  in 3 months I learned what people learned in 2 years going to class, so I’m super super grateful. I also feel very lucky that I get to work and you know Spain in Europe and now in the states with Shannara. Yeah it’s been definitely an amazing journey.

Kode | Do you prefer one or the other?

Well I mean, here [USA] there’s definitely more work and more money but I love working in both places in Spain and America because I find what I love in both Industries.

Kode | And what did you think about Demonios Tu Ojos? Did you like it?

 I did! I just, it’s just so embarrassing sometimes because I’m watching certain scenes, there’s no nudity or explicit scenes but the theme is controversial so to say the least.

Kode | Do you get a lot of interesting roles that are a bit maybe perhaps a bit out of your comfort zone?

I do get a lot of scripts in Spain but in the States I’m just getting started. My last project in the states was The New Daughter when I was 15. The rest of the time I was busy finishing up high school, so I focused a lot in Europe. I feel like Shannara is my real new start in the industry, that’s why we recently just moved a couple of months ago to LA. I’m totally open to different things for instance, I never done comedy.  It’s such a different kind of acting technique and completely different vibe that you need to be good at it. I feel like I have to train a little bit more for that but I’m super open to learning and trying out different types of project.

Kode | That would be exciting to see you in a comedy! Who would you love to work with?

I love and admire Jessica Chastain. Also, Leonardo DiCaprio is one of my favorite actors.

Kode | Do you have any guilty pleasures anything you do to relax?

I love pasta and sushi.

 Kode | What kind of pasta?

 Just any kind like I come from the Mediterranean and Barcelona so we’re all about pasta and pizza and all that kind of food and I love to cook and that’s one of the things I love to do to help unwind is cooking!Ivana_Baquero_Kode_Mag_4

Kode | And for the new year are there any new trends that you’re looking forward to?

I’m always so spot-on because I love fashion. but honestly because I’ve been in New Zealand and gone for 6 months I don’t even know what’s going on in the world so I don’t know. Wasn’t velvet like a thing?

 Kode | Haha, yeah that was a thing.

 And chokers? Yeah I love chokers. But I think those are long gone now.

Kode | What are your staple pieces? What is one thing you can’t live without?

Lip balm. I love lip balm.

Kode | What brand?

Um, I do a lot of Carmex. It does the job!

Kode | What can we expect from you coming up next, besides Shannara Chronicles?

I actually wrapped Shannara 3 months ago and that was 6 months of shooting and it completely absorbed our lives. We’re not allowed to leave because it’s super intense so it’s been a ride and now we’re promoting and the Spanish movie too and I just moved to LA so I don’t have anything confirmed right now, pretty much just these two.

 

#KodeNext: Jaira Burns

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Interscope Records’ young pop savant, Jaira Burns, is the next one up. She takes us behind the scenes in the style of late night conversations.


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Kode | This past year, you released your three singles “Ugly,” “Burn Slow,” and “High Rollin” (all we are obsessed with btw) all seem to really meld different genres together and not just rest particularly in pop. What would you say are some of your biggest inspirations genre wise when it comes to your music, can you really take us behind the creative process of making and picking a track?

My biggest inspirations genre wise stems from my love of urban music and my love of pop music. When I am in the process of creating a new record it usually starts with me explaining how I’m feeling that day in that very moment or whatever is on my mind at that time. Then I like to have the producer create a skeleton of the beat so that I can see how it makes me feel. After I catch the feeling of the beat I start to write, continue revising and writing for hours until we figure out exactly what we want the message of the record to be.

Kode | You have such an effortless and nonchalant ease in your approach vocally, who would you credit to really helping you find and hone in on your vocal stylings?

Well first of all thank you, it’s not as easy as it looks! There are definitely a couple people that I have to give credit to for helping me really find my voice. One being my mom, Ryan M Tedder (the man I’ve been working with since I was 13), and Travis Bruce. 

Kode | All your current tracks make some kind of awesome references to partacking in marijuana and you actually play a big part in the writing process. What inspires you to write music and do you have any particular formula?

 

Honestly, life in general inspires me to make music. We all have so many emotions and so many thoughts running through us. It is nice to have a place where you can write them down and let them go. Even if they are ugly thoughts, with music you can turn them into something beautiful.  A lot of the times my past problems and happiness come out in the writing process because it’s something that is relatable to my fans. We are all human and I find that talking about things you’ve been through or even want to go through can be very therapeutic. I want my fans to know that they aren’t alone in anything they go through.

Kode | You have been pretty consistent with the chill bop vibes of “Ugly,” “Burn Slow,” and “High Rollin.” What can Kode readers expect from the full ride of your first project?

What you can all expect from my first project is going to be along the same vibes as “Ugly,” “Burn Slow,” and “High Rollin.” Just as they all had different sounds and vibes, the project will be the same. Every song will give you a different feeling and each song will give the listener a piece of the things I’ve felt and have been through in my life. Can’t wait for you guys to hear it!!

Kode | Already, your fans include the likes of Olivier Rousteing, the creative director of Parisian design house Balmain. How did you feel when your song “Ugly” was handpicked for the Beats by Dre x Balmain advertising spot featuring non other than Kylie Jenner?

I honestly didn’t know how to feel at first. I was so shocked and so taken back, like they really want me? My song? Jaira Burns? Did they get this right? 😂 But yes indeed, it was real and I couldn’t  be more thankful to even have been in the discussion, let alone the one they chose!! It was definitely unexpected, that’s for sure!

Kode | Speaking of fashion, what is your relationship with it? How would you describe your overall style and do you have any current favorite brands?

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My relationship with fashion has definitely started to grow pretty big these past couple of years, seeing as though when I was younger all I would wear was hollister! My style now, I would describe as urban, grunge, glam extravaganza. I never wake up wanting to wear the same things I did the day before, just like my music it all depends on my mood that day. Some of my favorite brands right now are OBVIOUSLY Balmain. How can you not love those clothes? I love stores like Pretty Little Things and Forever 21, but my all-time favorite place to get clothes is the thrift store. One of a kind no matter what you get, and you can always alter it to your body shape. 😌

Kode | Now everyone from music to movies to television are diversifying their brands in many ways and stepping into multiple categorical ventures from fashion to technology and of course fashion. What other things are you into, what can we expect from you and the Jiara Burns brand as you grow?

Well you can expect to see me in movies one day for sure, acting was the first thing I started when I was about 10 years old. Hair products will definitely be a thing for my brand soon, my own clothing line, perfume line, and much more is to come! 

Kode | Obviously with social media such a major part of the pop cultural zeitgeist and everyone sharing so much of themselves, what are things you share publicialy and what exactly would you like your fan base to know about you?

I really like to show people every aspect I can of myself without getting too personal. It’s important for me to show my fans who I am right now, but to also show them how I got to be this person. There was a massive struggle and lots of hard work and tears to get here.  As fans continue to get to know the Jaira Burns of today, I will continue to open up and tell them all about who Jaira Burns used to be and how I got to be where I am now. I want my fan base to know this thing called life isn’t easy but it’s what we make it and we are all in this together.    Kode_Mag_Jaira_Burns_3

Kode | I’m sure it couldn’t have been easy trying to get your break in the music industry and having such a successful and supportive label like Interscope behind you is amazing. What advice would you give to your younger self and can you walk us through your process of getting your record deal?

 Some advice I would give to my younger self would be, “Get your shit together.” Haha but honestly as kids we don’t think about the future as much, we only think about the present. But if I could talk to my younger self, I would tell her to stop making excuses and work harder. I have been working with my producer Ryan M Tedder since I was 13 years old. We worked so hard trying to find my sound and my look, bouncing from basement to a tiny bedroom trying to make music. We constantly tried new things to see what worked and what didn’t. Finally we made a body of work, about 4 songs and it was the closest we had ever gotten to my sound. I had just turned 18 when Ryan left Pittsburgh for an opportunity in California.

I was in PA without the only person I trusted to work with, who knew me well enough to musically create what I wanted. At that moment, I knew I had to get to California. He lived in California for about six months before I finally gave him a call and told him that I was moving there because I needed to be making music. It was funny too because he didn’t believe me when I first said I was moving here! But it was real. The first week I was here, we were pretty much in the studio all day every day and we ended up with a small body of work. The first week of me being in Cali, I had my first meeting with a major label. That was a super amazing and eye opening experience. While we were considering that option, Ryan’s business partner, Darius Ingram who is Vice President of Upscale Music Group, had a connection at Interscope Records. They sent over the five songs that we created and after a few conversations, I was signing my contract with Interscope Records.

Now the blue hair is fast becoming a very recognizable trait for you. What made you choose blue, is it your favorite color? Also do you dye it yourself? If so what brand do you use?

When I was young, my mom never let me dye my hair or really do anything to it for that matter. Now, looking back, I probably would have done the same thing if that was my daughter with the hair I had lol. In PA I would always ask hair stylists if they could color my hair blue and EVERYTIME I got the same answer, “I’m just going to kill your hair, it’s just going to fry right off if I do that.” So the second I got to California and everyone was saying they could do it, I was like I’m doing it. Blue is my absolute favorite color, it always has been since I was a little girl. What better color to have on your head than your favorite one!! I do NOT dye my own hair! I don’t think I could achieve this look myself if I wanted to! 😂 It is actually very time consuming and quite tedious to keep up with! Kode_Mag_Jaira_Burns_6

Kode | You are actually from Vandergrift, Pittsburgh, USA but have been in Los Angeles for some time now. How would you compare it to the two and what do you like most about both places?

Hmmm…. I don’t know if I can really compare them in anyway. Pittsburgh is a small city that is all about family living. There’s lots of hard working people surrounded by small towns where everybody knows everybody’s business. One thing I love about Pittsburgh is all of the seasons. Spring and fall were always so beautiful to me. The people in Pittsburgh also have a friendlier side when it comes to strangers. When you see someone walking down the street, you wave, ask how they are doing and have small conversation. That’s not weird. However, Los Angeles is one of my favorite places to live seeing that I don’t have to be in the cold winter anymore!! Lol I love Los Angeles so much because of how free we are able to be here. We can pretty much make money doing whatever we love and it is so culturally diverse. Which gives you an opportunity to learn about other human beings and their traditions. Each day is different in LA. It is BEAUTIFUL!! 

Kode | The one thing 2017 was good for is that it brought out some great music including yourself. Who are some of the other new and current artists you are listening to and do you have any Grammy favorites?

Ahh thank you! Some of my favorite current artists are Khalid, Billie Eilish, Rihanna is my fav of all time, and I’m obsessed with Migos.

Well we are definitely expecting amazing things from you, what’s the last thing you’d love to leave with the Kode readers?

Be thankful. You may not have everything you’ve ever wanted right now but you have every tool to get there. Remember what you do have and how hard you had to work to have those things. Be kind, love your friends and your family. Reinforce to yourself that you are amazing and good enough. You don’t need permission to be you. 💙 And lastly, I love you guys so much.  -Jairbear

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#KodeNext: Megan Pormer

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Middle Eastern beauty and medical engineering expert Megan Pormer sits down with Kode Mag to dish on how she has kept up with the Kardashians, her international work in genetics, her mission and herself.


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Kode | Besides acting you have a PhD in Medical Engineering and have been involved in many fields of science and health, what do you hope to accomplish and what health advice do you have to share?

Health is our most important asset!  So, being proactive about our well beings should always be a priority. I would like to take such good care of my body that my biological age is a lot younger than my chronological age. My health advice for everyone is to be fully aware that their genetics are as unique as their fingerprint so you need to get the right advice to map a CUSTOMIZED plan for their health. Like everything else you need a roadmap for your health plan, so I say take a DNA test and understand the unique genes you are born with. With that knowledge you can plan a preventative road map and have targets on your physical bucket list. You need to have a deadlines; a deadline to reach your maximum physical flexibility, a deadline to make sure your vitamin D level is normal and so much more.

Kode | Now, about your acting career, each film you’ve starred in is impactful and has a message behind the character. When choosing a film or television role, what do you look for?

 I look for my hero in the character. No matter the circumstances in her life, I want her to fight till the end the best way she can. I look for my role model in every character who I want to become. This gives me a chance to live the ideal-me through the character.

Kode | You mentioned you are half Turkish and half Persian. Did your own background push you to study genetic testing?

Being raised by two parents from two different cultures and living in 8 different countries, opened my eyes on how unique every culture and every individual is. I remember watching Middle Easterners and all the rice they eat and comparing them to Americans and thinking about how I can see same patterns in terms of health and well being within every culture. I watched how unique every individual from each country is and also how similar they are. That got me interested to really understand people gene-by-gene.

Kode | You talked on the Kris Fade Show back in September about trying to expand genetic testing and expanding with companies in Dubai. How is your work in that going?

AMAZING!! I am now a brand ambassador for some amazing DNA testing companies in Dubai. So, this is allowing me to bring the best technology in America to every person in the Middle East.

Kode | You traveled a lot this year back and forth from Dubai to Los Angeles. Can you talk about the work you’ve been doing in Dubai?

I am taking the best of America to Dubai. A huge part of my heart and childhood memories with my family are laid in the heart of the Middle East. Due to my network in Hollywood and Silicon Valley I’m on a mission to take the best innovative products and services from California to Dubai and across the Middle East. 

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Kode | You have been instrumental in bringing some of the biggest names in the world to Dubai, from Logan Paul to Kim Kardashian and even some of the most talented hair and makeup artists around. Can you let us in on a little bit of the work you do with these celebrities and how that impacts your brand?

I have built a very good network of friends in Hollywood and due to my relationships with some of the biggest stars and influencers I have connected the dots between Dubai and Hollywood and have hosted some of the biggest events in Dubai. In 2018 I’m bringing the best health and beauty experts to Dubai. So watch out, I’m shortlisting right now!

 Kode | The UAE is one of the world’s swiftest emerging countries when it comes to fashion, architecture, and technology what part do you want to play in the build up to Dubai Expo 2020?

In 2018 I will be the celebrity spokesperson for Dubai.TV a Los Angeles based media outlet that will raise awareness among celebrities, about all thing Dubai Expo 2020. Over the next 24 months, I’ll be traveling across the United States and Europe attending and covering major events as a celebrity correspondent and interviewing the biggest celebrities and social media influencers. I will create global awareness for the build up to the Expo 2020. Dubai.TV will have access to cover 7,000 events from charity balls to fashion and beauty events, movie premieres, award shows, exclusive parties, red carpet events and beyond.

Kode | You mentioned that your mother is from the late royal family of Iran. What was it like growing up and what pushed you to be the woman that you are today?

Let’s say that since I remember myself at the age of 2, I had to wear a sleeping gown and a robe to sleep and NEVER pajamas! I was privileged that at the age of 5, I was chosen as a United Nation ambassador for children’s rights which opened my eyes to all the struggles that many children around the world are dealing with. I had to grow up very fast and was always encouraged to act as an adult. So, in a sense I feel like I didn’t get a chance to be a kid. I have to admit that I had a dream life until my dad was taken away from me which made my family lose everything we owned as well as our social life in Iran. So, I have experienced how it feels to have it all and losing it all overnight. I had to learn how to claw my way back up and create the same life for myself that once my dad has created for me but I had to start from zero. I had to jump a few years at school because my family wants me to break a record and go to university at the age of 16, which I did.

Kode | You have worked on Keeping Up With the Kardashians through your medical background. What was that experience like and what is something you want people to remember you for?

Raising awareness about DNA testing for cancer and disease prevention, gave me an opportunity to meet the BIGGEST Hollywood’s actors, royalty, and politicians around the world. This access showed me ONE major thing: No matter how rich and famous you are HEALTH IS EVERYTHING. I want to be remembered as the voice of health and make a difference in people’s life by raising awareness to BEING PROACTIVE when it comes to your health. I also want to be remembered as the first Hollywood actress who makes Iranian people mainstream actors in Hollywood blockbusters.

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Kode | You have modeled and acted, what helps you put your best foot forward? What makes you feel sexy and feel your healthiest?

First, being in good physical shape, being well-rested, and having a good range of physical flexibility and balance are the main factors in terms of my performance. Also, being in love with the character, finding her strengths and being emotionally stimulated by her passions is what helps me put my best foot forward when it comes to acting.

Kode | Who are you biggest inspirations?

Angelina Jolie because there is NO good cause in the world that she is not involved with; raising awareness about DNA testing for breast and ovarian cancer, adopting children in need, helping refugees, being an ambassador for the United Nations, helping the poor… Wait, isn’t that the definition of a saint?

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Kode | When it comes to your sense of fashion what do you feel speaks most to you and who you are as a young woman?

My mother had ALWAYS put me in smart outfits and to this day she encourages me to make an effort show people that I respect them by dressing nice, so, with that being said I like to wear gowns and formal dresses. My inspirations are Princess Diana, Grace Kelly, and Queen Rania of Jordan. Whenever I hit the red carpet I always like to mix the best from east and west so I can represent the Middle East with a touch of west!

Kode | What do you love most about the world of fashion?

I think fashion is one of the strongest ways of expressing emotions, beliefs, and culture. It silently speaks a world.

 Kode | You have a dual background in being Turkish and Persian, how has does that play into your view of the world?

Having a dual background showed me how culture can affect your view of life, your perception, your feeling and how you express yourself. It taught me how people that are born in this world and have gone through revolutions grow up faster and are more self-aware. I learned that what makes one person happy can make another person upset. So when I deal with people, I always customize my approach depending on their culture and background.

Megan_Pormer_Kode_Mag_1Kode | On your Instagram you posted a video of you teaching YouTube star Logan Paul a little bit of Arabic for his trip to Dubai. Do you enjoy teaching others about your culture and where you come from?

I LOVE IT! It was one of the happiest moments of my life when I realized how many Middle Eastern children I made happy by having their American idol speak their language. As I said, I am going to bring the best of the west to the east.

 Kode | You’re pretty well versed in the LA scene what are some of your favorite hot spots and frequent eateries?

 My morning ritual is Kreation Juice Bar and my favorite spots are Nobu, Malibu and Soho House, Malibu. I love Sunday brunches at Soho House in Malibu. I love the ocean so Malibu is my favorite spot!

Kode | Finally what’s next for Megan Pormer?

Starting a business of bringing the top players in the world of health and beauty to the Middle East and continuing my mission to become the first actress to put Iran on the map in Hollywood!

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An Exclusive Interview with 16 year old, Chlo Subia

Written by Kimberly Saldana

chlo subiaTo be sixteen and have a successful musical career already established is something, Chlo Subia can be proud of by the time she graduates from high school. I sat down with Chlo earlier this month to discuss the release of her latest single, 5 Minutes.

 Continuing her style of music, Chlo has released a song relatable to all. Just like Wrong Side of Love and For the Love, this new track has to do with relationships. However, it’s not your run of the mill girl gets heartbroken song or “i hate him”, but rather it focuses more on another kind of relationship — a friendship. Just like other singers of the time and many before her, heartbreaks are the go-to inspiration for a new release. Chlo wanted to do something a little different. Something a little underrated in this day in age for the music industry. As told by Chlo, friendships, especially one from a best friend, hurts just as much as when a boy breaks  your heart. Growing up girls and boys can simultaneously understand the emotional rollercoaster when someone close to you leaves you. Whether it’s from a fight or them simply just letting  you fade out of their life, not having that friend you shared your life with is something painful.

 Written way before the release date, 5 Minutes, encompasses the loss of Chlo’s best friend. The most amazing thing about this young singer, is that she also writes her own songs. She expresses how beneficial it is to have the ability to compose a lyric out of her thoughts. She can explicitly identify with her audience through authentic emotions by becoming a transparent singer on stage and off the stage.

 What can we expect for Chlo next? Well, she’s currently in the works on music that’s more acoustic and ballad-like. This is something completely different for the singer, but not new to her. Growing up, she performed in live theatre and she can surprise us all with her talented voice. In the next few months, we can’t wait to see what this young star will do to revolutionize music.

 

#KodeNext: Keiynan Lonsdale

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Keiynan Lonsdale better known as Wally West on CW’s hit series The Flash sits down with us to talk about him coming out, his favorite actors and his other not so hidden talents. 


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Kode | You’ve been a part of big projects like “The Flash,” and even joined projects that hit social issues like some of your latest projects, “Like.Share.Follow.” and “Love, Simon.” Do you connect with any of these projects on a personal level? What do you look for in a role?

Yes, I connect with them all in different ways. For “Love, Simon” in particular, I feel like this movie can change the world, and I know that because if I got to watch something like this growing up.. I would have realised that I wasn’t alone. 

In terms of what I look for in a role, now that I have a few credits under my belt, I look for at least 1 of 3 things: Will this provide an opportunity to make ridiculously fun memories? / Do I feel challenged by and connected to this character? / Does this story have the power to shift the way the world thinks?

 Kode | You had several projects release in 2017, as an actor and an artist how do you manage to make time for yourself and really stay balanced with your hectic schedule?

Yeah that’s something I specifically focused on this year actually, finding my balance, finding myself amidst all the chaos. I’ve taken a fair amount of time away from work this year to figure a lot of things out about my spirit and about the world. I thought all of my problems would go away when I found “success,” but the line always gets further…and the personal issues eventually creep their way in and build up to a boiling point – this is for anyone. I never hung with friends, I never partied, I never just went to a beach to relax, and I never wanted to ask myself deep questions…I just spent my days trying to work hard and push my career forward…I was unconsciously stuck on a loop.

Eventually I broke at the beginning of this year and I started getting anxiety attacks in both private & public environments. I got to several breaking points for several different reasons…and thank god, because they actually led me to learn how to let go and enjoy life. Through that process, I found myself in the most special way – I went to this music festival in May called Lightning In A Bottle, and on the 2nd night I got struck (pun not intended) with an epiphany/answer, and from there my world changed forever. I still work hard because I enjoy being challenged, but I now know that my worth is much more than a TV show, a movie, an album, a whole dream even… ultimately my worth is in my heart, my worth is in the fact that I’m a living and breathing human being who gets to experience what it’s like to be alive. Everything else is just a bonus, & when it stops feeling like a bonus, when it makes me forget my worth, I take time away.

Keiynan_Lonsdale_Kode_Mag_2Kode | You’ve sang several genres with the songs you have released or featured on. As an artist What kind of music genre would you like to dabble in and explore? Is there any specific artists that influence or inspire you?

I want to dabble in and learn from all genres. I especially love popular artists who’ve become genre defying – Rihanna, Michael Jackson, Pharrell, Frank Ocean, Beyoncé etc. I think anyone who brings new life into music, whatever kind they do, is inspiring.

Kode | In Your recently released single, “Good Life” you talk about the ease and freedom or living life without complications. What inspired you the most for creating “Good Life” and what does it mean to you?

When we were making “Good Life,” it was me projecting what I wished my reality could be, but when the time came to creating the music video months later…I had actually gotten to the point where it really was my reality! I didn’t even know it could exist. The experiences I had this year with my friends…the love, the honesty, the highs and lows…they define such a life transition for me, and we all came together to represent a celebration of that in the video. It’s essentially how I view the future of the world, and I want to share what I see in hopes that others can see it too one day.

Kode | Wally just recently decided to leave Central City after feeling like he needed to find himself after his breakup and the return of Barry. Does that mean he’s off the show for good? Can we expect a Wally West spin off?

Hmm… Nothing’s permanent. I don’t expect a Wally West spin off, but it would be cool.

Kode | If you could write your own spin off for Wally West, what would he be doing besides being a kickass superhero of course… Any other CW franchise that you would love to make an appearance on?

Wally and I are in a similar place, he’s on the path to finding himself and he’s giving himself the space to grow and learn beyond what he currently knows. I think it would be awesome to see that journey, to see where his travels take him, and to find out what being a superhero actually means to him. You can have powers & save the world, but what if even that didn’t fulfill you anymore? You’d need to reassess your values and your views on life.

Kode | We’ve seen actors like The Chris Hemsworth bloom from Australia to World famous with his character of Thor. Are there any influential actors that inspire you in your career?

I love how many Aussie actors are killing it here, I hope it opens up even more opportunities for the industry back home. 

I love actors who transform, not necessarily in a physical way…but more so in their essence. I think people like Dane DeHaan, Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender (to name a small few) do that extremely well. I also love watching someone like Michael B. Jordan, he’s a great actor and I think he’s portrayed some really important characters.

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Kode | You mentioned you came out publicly 5 months ago, while also promoting a project you’re a part of, “Love, Simon.” What was your personal struggle with coming out? You mentioned that you wanted to stay quiet about your sexuality until you were around 80, what changed your mind? What was it like when you finally did?

It’s been a life long struggle, as many, (if not all) queer people will understand. At an early age in childhood, you can very quickly pick up on the views of society and even though you may question them at first, at some point over the years you start to process those views as fact. When the lie is embedded in you that non-straight people are less human, less incredible, less valuable, and less worthy…you do what you can to change your identity…because nothing feels worse than believing you as you are, is less than enough. I placed my significance on being liked, being loved, because I didn’t love myself. I became obsessed with the idea of fame, success, and perfection, because I hoped it meant that I mattered, it mattered more to me than being happy. 

When I first came out to my friend Dylan at the age of 20, it wasn’t by choice. I felt pure devastation and at the time it seemed like the worst thing that could ever happen, but he told me an important thing…that I was just Keiynan, and maybe I don’t have to be anything other than that. It planted a seed, cemented our friendship, and gave me a safe space to be myself, but it wasn’t enough to take me out of my almost 20 years of self-training where I believed the opposite. 

 It was through both beautiful and terrible experiences, through pain, through desperation, through falling in love, through heart break, through overcoming fear, through friends/family, through my therapist (thank you lol), through questions, and through searching for answers. It was through the story of my life as Keiynan…that eventually enabled me to unlock the key to my heart. I felt it opening, I felt what it was to actually like myself for the first time ever in my life…and it felt so fucking cool. I’m crying as I write this now because sometimes I forget how long I spent hating Keiynan…I get complacent with the fact that now, I love him. He’s (sorry for the third person) a fucking great human being, who only wants to learn about the world, and open up other people’s hearts to believing in real magic. When I finally came out publicly this year, I allowed myself to become the guy I was destined to be – a man who knows what it’s like to experience love in the highest possible form, a man who loves existence itself, & absolutely everything within it, whether it loves him back or not.

Keiynan_Lonsdale_7_Kode_MagKode | Recently a lot has come to light on the pressures of making it in the industry and serious issues of sexual assault. What are your thoughts on being an actor in Hollywood since the recent news of all the sexual allegations with Harvey Weinstein and now Kevin Spacey?

I think it goes hand in hand with what I said at the end of my second answer, ya know we’re taught to believe that we are just a small piece in this industry and that we should feel nothing but lucky to get a role or a great career opportunity (I’ve been told this by bosses in the past, it’s a form of deflection and manipulation). But, this is another lie. The film, the show, the art, the industry, is equally as lucky to have us, as we are lucky to have it… this is a MUTUAL exchange in all forms. Unfortunately, our society doesn’t think that way, nor does Hollywood, therefore abuse of power is bound to happen, and it’s bound to be supported. It can be scary world, and there are monsters, but there are angels too.

Kode | Have you ever been in a situation like this? How would you encourage future actors and actresses to stand up for themselves?

Thankfully, I haven’t. And who knows if I would have had the courage to do anything about that kind of situation if it happened to me while I was starting out…I honestly don’t know.

I will say this for actors though, you chose this path so that you can create art and live your dream, not to be assaulted. If you are being abused, mistreated, disrespected, and/or cornered into uncertainty, then you must speak up, and you must do it knowing that you have the right to speak up. Times are also changing, and although your bosses or the company you work for might not help you, there are plenty of people out there who will. Hollywood does not own us, it only thinks it does, so we either let the cycle continue, or we break it.

Kode | You have worked on many big acting projects in the last three years and have even taken up singing, with your own released singles and some Instagram videos on your personal profile. If you had to choose between acting or singing, what would you choose?

I get asked this all the time, but I don’t believe we should compare art forms and I don’t really want to. Whether or not I do them professionally forever doesn’t matter, I will always act, I will always sing, and I will always dance. Right when I neglect one of those things, I become imbalanced.

Kode | Now that you have come out and have become a public figure for the LGBTQ community, how do you use your social platforms to speak on social issues, especially the ones that affect the communities closest to you? How is it important?

All I really do right now is share my truth, lead by example, and let others know that they’re not alone. I do that through my music, fashion, social media, etc. I want to creatively destroy our perception of normal, and in turn open up people’s minds to be accepting of what is different or unknown to them. 

But in general, when there is something I don’t feel equipped to speak on, I keep the thinking process to myself and within my close circle of friends. This is all still new ground for me. I need to educate myself on LGBTQ issues I probably don’t even know exist. I can preach about how wonderful my time has been since coming out, which it has, but everyone’s situation is different. The best thing I can do is learn and hear people’s stories, that’s what I’m focusing on right now & that’s what I think will help me help others.

Kode | After being a superhero, you have basically accomplished everything but what’s coming up next for Keiynan Lonsdale?

No idea, but I can’t wait to find out!

#KodeNow: Dove Cameron

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Chameleon actor, theater kid, and philharmonic artist, it’s easy to fall #InLoveWithDove. Fresh off her “Descendants” run, Dove Cameron lets us in behind the scenes of her upcoming projects and gushes about her beau.


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Kode | Dove, You’re currently filming for the movie Dumplin’ with Jennifer Aniston, an actress well known for her work as Rachel Geller on the hit show “Friends” and other projects. What are other big name actors you would like to work with? Any specific storyline or roles?

Dove | I am! I am so happy to be a part of such an incredible cast and work with such an incredible director. I’ve always been a huge fan of Jennifer and she’s been so kind to me. In terms of other big names, I’ve been lucky enough to work with a lot of my heroes already…Kristin Chenoweth, Kenny Ortega, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Nettles…a lot of Jennifers! I would say, after those, next on my list would be Stanley Tucci and Jessica Lange! They’re my favorite film actors.download.gif

Kode | You seem to connect with your co-stars on projects like Descendants and develop strong friendships. Do those relationships come naturally for you or are they more of it takes a while to build these friendships? Are there any actors you’d work with again?

Dove | What a cute question! Yes, I’ve kept practically every friend that I’ve ever made on all of my projects so far. People are my favorite part of being alive, and loving them comes easily to me! I am in almost constant communication with my peers and loved ones. It’s a treat, and I feel lucky that they love me back! I would work with everyone again, ten times over.

Kode | Your range of characters have gone from good girl in “Liv and Maddie” to bad girl with your character in “Hairspray”… When you’re handed a script or think of characters you would want to play what comes to mind? What draws you to a certain character or role?

Dove | What usually draws me is a number of things. If the character is well-written, the lines come easier, there’s less of a struggle to sell the lines. So, I notice that immediately in any script, when they read like a real human being. Second, even though I have played a wide variety of characters, they’ve all had a through line of what I would call “healthy mania”. I am definitely a high energy, highly emotive human with lots of thoughts in my head all the times, and I want my characters to reflect that! So, they have to be interesting and watchable and multidimensional.

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Kode | As a Disney artist you’ve been able to sing songs for the Disney brand. What kind of music genre would you like to dabble in and explore? Is there any specific artists that influence or inspire you?

Dove | In terms of announcing “Talks About”, it was a little premature because I don’t have a release date, but I just needed to give my fans something to chew on and feel like they were on the inside of the process. I know they’ve felt that my music has been something they are a bit in the dark about! The song is a bit edgier, a bit louder than a lot of what my fans have heard from me so far, but my true fans will know that it’s nowhere near outside my wheelhouse. It’s the kind of music I’ve always wanted to create! In terms of an album, I have more announcements coming soon…but you’ll have to stay tuned for those!

Kode | It’s your day off and you’re relaxing, sitting on your couch and listening to your favorite jams… Who do you listen to? What genre is the most played on your ipod?

Dove | I have always been a fan of blending genres. I would love to blend pop and jazz in the future, as I’ve always had a romance with older music…but as of right now, I’m a bit of a noise-pop girl! I love heavy production, and I love to sit on the floor of a studio and play for hours. I love to be very involved!

That’s actually what I’m doing right now! Currently playing is Witchcraft by Frank Sinatra, next is Amy Amy Amy by Amy Winehouse, then Misbehaving by Labrinth. I love music that makes my heart swell right out of my chest, music with a sense of humor and a dark note to it. Music to grin and smirk to and dance barefoot on a hardwood floor.

Kode | You started with theater at a young age and have worked on theatrical productions Hairspray Live and Mamma Mia! What sparked your interest and you drew you to entertainment? What production(s) would you like to work on in the future?

Dove | Since I can remember, I’ve vacillated between musical theatre, film, television, and music. Right now, theatre has somehow found its way to the top of my heart all on its own! My experience with Hairspray Live and Mamma Mia left me breathless and so creatively and emotionally fulfilled that I can’t help but think about theatre all the time, like a new romance. I have been wanting to revive “The Light in the Piazza” FOREVER now, star as Clara…Lucy in “Jekyll and Hyde”…obviously Glinda in “Wicked”…Baby June in “Gypsy”…I’m also going to need them to turn “Bombshell” into an actual musical, and I’ll be first in line to star as Marilyn. I also REALLY want them to make a Stepford Wives the musical! I think it would lend itself SO WELL! Ok, I’ll be done.

Kode | The reaction to both “Descendants” and “Descendants 2” have been overly positive and fans have said they’re excited for the third. Are there any upcoming Disney projects outside of the “Descendants” brand you’re excited to be working on or looking into?

Dove | I love the Disney Family so much, and I’d be grateful and excited to work with them on new projects in the future, but with a full 4 years of my sitcom series under my belt, and a happy franchise that’s on wheels at this point, I think my relationship with the channel is coming to it’s natural, happy end! I’ll always kick about with the family, be happy to produce or direct some channel things, but I definitely feel like I’m in senior year and I should move out of my loving parents home and pick my major!

Kode | Many Disney stars grow out of their Disney image through the roles or projects they take on. Are you planning on leaving your Disney days behind and trying to develop a more edgy, grown up image?

 Dove | I don’t think I would ever say that I am purposely attempting to create an edgier image to depart from my “Disney image”. Just as I’ve never attempted to cultivate an inauthentic image with my Disney life, I would never try to do the same as I naturally grow up and into whomever I am on my way to becoming. Attempting to be anything at all communicates an insecurity in one’s own sense of self and level of self-respect. The only person I need to prove anything to is myself! And I think ones work stands on its own, much louder than any projected “image” one could cultivate.

Kode | A lot of the time actors do their best to fully immerse themselves in a role and really connect to the character they’re portraying, for instance you got spray tanned, outside in a tent, in Georgia, at night, in a hairnet. What’s the most strange or difficult thing you’ve had to do for a role? Are there any limits to the strangest or most difficult thing you would do for a role?

 Dove | I love to transform for a role! I think that physical transformation is such a huge part of acting. I’ve never had to do anything too too crazy, just the basics: getting in better physical shape, lots of cardio, spray tans, wigs, dying hair…covering some of my tattoos. But there is virtually no limit to what I’d do! I’d love to either lose a ton of weight or gain a ton of weight or maybe even shave my head!

Kode | You and your boyfriend Thomas Doherty met on the set of “Descendants 2”, What does your perfect date night consist of?

 Dove | We are all over the place. We’re practically the same person, which is actually a phenomenal thing for us in our relationship! We range from ditching major holidays or parties and lighting candles, buying bags and bags of candy, closing the blinds and not coming out of our apartment for 3 days, to flying to a random city on a whim, getting dressed to the 9’s and ordering $100 worth of pastries. We’re a tad dramatic, and it works for us.

Kode | You both have such demanding schedules with music and movies, how do you guys manage to balance that and keep your romance burning strong?

 Dove | Well, if one of us is working and the other isn’t, we will always fly out to the other and just stay attached at the hip no matter what we’re doing. We never get sick of each other, and we’re always flying anyway, so it’s not hard to catch a random red eye and disappear together for a week! It also doesn’t hurt that we’re crazy about each other. Doesn’t take much to keep the romance going.

Kode | Some would compare your relationship with your castmates from Descendants to that of the camaraderie of the High School Musical gang. Do you guys still keep in contact? Can you share any really fun war stories with us from the set?

Dove | We all are insanely close. I’m honestly closest with the boys. Dylan, Mitchell, Thomas and I were INSEPARABLE on Descendants 2. Also, Boo and Cam are like my real life siblings. We all just got so lucky! It’s a lot of big hearts, and a lot of trust. We are also a group that loves to laugh, so that keeps us bonded.

#KodeNext: Thomas Doherty

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 Acting, singing, dancing, and geeking out to Lord of the Rings, Thomas Doherty never cease to surprise us. And this Scottish actor, best known for playing Harry Hook in Descendants 2, is just getting started. 


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Kode | You’re originally from Edinburgh, Scotland. With both parents in the banking business, how did the acting bug find you?

Yes I was born and raised there my whole life. I grew up playing football and was seen as a ‘footballer’ than anything else. But that’s partly to do with the fact that I kept my love for theater and acting a secret. I’d go to football training, leave early, jump on a bus, and find myself an hour later in a studio pretending to be the color purple. It was a gradual process falling in love with acting, but I was first introduced when I was about 5. Me and my best friend Ronan Burns used to go along to amateur theater, and I guess I just never stopped. 

Kode | You started acting at the age of five, what was your first role?

My first role when I was five was as a farmer, but being five I never stuck by the script so who knows how it ended. 

 Kode | You were trained in acting, singing, and various types of dance including contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and ballet, besides acting, would you want to delve into any other talents?

I was yes! I went to the MGA academy of performing arts in Edinburgh for 3 years, but I always wanted to try TV and film. Since then, I guess I want to do everything. I have such a respect for people who can play musical instruments – I played the piano for a few grades but I’d love to be able to write something of my own one day. I also want to make a film one day, direct it, travel and see more of the world, do it all. It’s also imperative that I finish the US office before I do all of this. 

 Kode | You and your Descendant’s castmate and girlfriend, Dove Cameron have been dating for almost a year now. What first drew you to her? What is your favorite thing about her?

I am dating her, lucky girl. I’m joking, I am the lucky one. She’s just a wonderful human. She’s so kind and loving, funny, extremely talented, has the most beautiful eyes, and puts up with me being weird. She’s also weird – that’s why it works so well. Dove’s very down to earth and real.

Kode | You and Dove go on plenty of dates, take us back to your first… What was it like? What did you do? How did you feel?

Our first date was at a pancake cafe. It was one of those things were she was sat opposite me, drenched because it was raining outside, making terrible jokes that I was obliged to laugh at, and I kinda just fell in love with her. 

Kode | You developed a love for musical theater after the Lothian Youth Arts and Musicals Company, is there a musical or anything in the Theater that you would love to be apart of or tackle?

YES. I would love to do live theater and live musical theater. There are so many incredible artists and performers out there that it would be an honor to work along side. I’m the list is too long for print. Musical theater wise I’d love to have the opportunity to perform on Broadway in a number of shows, the top of the list would maybe be spring awakening if they ever revived it or next to normal. But I mean regardless of the show, if someone’s going to put me on Broadway I’ll probably say absolutely. 

Kode | You’ve acted in both Disney’s “The Lodge” and the Descendants films. What is your most memorable Disney project?

Both DISNEY projects have been incredible experiences. I’ve met some superb people and had so much fun on both. In terms of scale and career exposure, Descendants 2 is up there. To be part of such a globally adored film is pretty humbling, and to work with such an incredible cast of wonderful people under the direction of Kenny Ortega is a dream come true. But the lodge was my first and will always have a special place in my heart. Thomas_Doherty_3_KodeMag

Kode | You’re in post production for High Strung: Free Dance, where you play a choreographer. Was the choreography hard to get a grasp of or just the opposite?

I am in post for High stung: Free Dance – it’s exciting times, I can’t wait for everyone to see the film. I played Zander who is a choreographer in Broadway. Fortunately for the film I didn’t dance a huge amount. I do have a small dance sequence which is pretty special, but generally I’m just directing the insanely talented professional dancers. After a take of shouting at them and “correcting” them, I always had to apologies and remind them that I was just acting because I didn’t want to insult their craft.

Kode | Since you’ve studied contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and ballet, what is your favorite type of dance?

My favorite type of dance is tap. I love how charming and sexy it can be, but also how entertaining. And I love the noise it makes. A good taper’s shoes are an instrument in them self.

Kode| Living in America, we have our own mix of cultures and lifestyles. What is better in Scotland versus America, whether it be food, fashion, etc.?

You know I guess you’re accustomed to what you are brought up in and it’s all a subjective matter when comparing. But y’all don’t have IRN-BRU (Scottish carbonated drink). And y’all are missing out. Big time. 

Kode | When choosing a role, you probably look to other shows and actors for inspiration. Is there a Netflix show you just have to binge or anything that inspires your choice of choosing certain characters and roles?

I’m always grateful to be offered a role or a part – it shows that someone has the believe in you to bring their creation to life. It comes down to whether I can connect to a character and do it justice. I will sit for hours and hours watching actors like Christopher Walken, Christopher Waltz, Dicaprio, Streep, Gosling – you name them, I’ve probably watched their interviews and films. 

Kode | Titanic inspired you to become an actor. What film is your secret obsession?

My secret obsession film is Lord of the Rings. I’m obsessed and heavily judge those who refuse to watch it – including my own girlfriend. She’s watched the first one but I just can’t get her into the second and third. I have a tattoo in elvish (the language they speak in LOTR) from a line from the first film. Gandalf says “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that’s given to us”. I try live by that simple way.

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Kode | Lastly, to wrap this whole thing up, where you do you see yourself in the next five years?

You know I try not project that far in advance. I don’t know where I’m going to be by the end of the day so five years is quite a tall order. If I can still be acting and meeting new characters and people, I’ll be happy. After all, happiness is all a state of mind.

#KodeNext: Cameron Boyce

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Photos | Courtyney Phillips | @courtneynp

Creative  + Fashion Direction | AllanTroy | @allantroy_

Fashion Editor: | Alex Shera | @alexandersherastyle

Hair + Makeup | Mateo Sifuentes | @mateo_sifuentes

Video (Shot By) | Dallas Hurt | @dallrulz

Video (Edited By) | Serrandon | @shotbyserrandon


From singing, acting, and dancing, there’s nothing Cameron Boyce can’t do. The talented 18-year old lets us in on what it’s like growing up as a Disney star and behind the scenes of the widely successful Disney original movie, Descendants 2, where he plays Carlos.


Kode | The entertainment industry has a reputation of being very cutthroat, especially for young talent. Have you always wanted to be apart of this world and at such a young age?

I’ve never wanted to be a part of the politics and exploitation. I had a pretty rude awakening when I found out the agent I had hired almost a year ago was involved in a scandal involving sexual assault. The only thing I can think of when something like that happens is how much of an outlier I must be. It’s difficult to find honest people with pure intentions in this circle. That cutthroat approach only breeds more, turning artists pure intentions into something very different. I stay away from that as much as possible and remind myself why this is what I chose to do in the first place. What I love about this industry is everything but the “industry” itself. I love the artistry, the storytelling, the unifying nature that steers our entire population in directions we hope will better us as a whole. We change lives and ways of thinking. Being a part of an exclusive group of people who influence others through creative means makes working around egos, and in some cases, real monsters, worth it.

Kode | You’ve been killing it on Disney for almost a decade, what are you thinking the next decade is going to look like for you?

In a perfect world the next decade of my career would include acting, dancing, directing, developing, fashion and philanthropy. In a broad stroke, I want to create.

Kode | Has there ever been a moment where you wanted to live a “normal life” and what are some of the most challenging things for you personally in regards to being in the public eye?

At times I envy 10 year old me, who would get recognized 2 or 3 times a month. That was probably the last time my life was still relatively normal. I’ve been lucky enough to have a steady increase in the number of people who recognize me, unlike a lot of my peers who’s rise to fame was quick and over-whelming. On the street I went from “The Lunchables kid!” to “Sandler’s son! Remember? Stone-aged shiznit!” to “Luke Luke Luke!!!” to, finally in the past couple years, Cameron Boyce. At every stage I learned to cope and embrace. I hold on tight to the personal details of my life. Having secrets is normal, and when more than just school friends want you to spill, you cherish them even more.

Kode | You’ve garnered a fervent following of dedicated fans. What would you say has been your most memorable encounter so far?

I’ve never understood how the sight of me could bring someone to tears. That’s happened a bunch of times and when it happens all I want to do is cry with them. To mean so much to someone is still crazy to me, it’s one of those things you’ll never get used to. I remember there was one time I was doing a radio call and a Descendants fan and I were talking about the ultimate cosplay. We decided she would have to incorporate a piece of every villain kids look in one. Long story short I forgot all about it, and months later she showed up to the D23 convention meet and greet decked out as Mal, Evie, Jay AND Carlos. She didn’t cry, but that was only because she had already cried the first time she met us at the same event a year earlier. That was pretty impressive.

Kode | You’ve already appeared in standout roles with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Who are some of the names on your list of upcoming or hopeful collaborators?

I’ve been lucky enough to gain a lot of knowledge from people who know what this line of work entails. I’d love to work with well rounded people, most of which seem to have an amazing head their shoulders. Jaime Foxx, Sandra Bullock, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hardy, Halle Berry, Donald Glover, Andre 300, Ryan Gosling… The list of people I want to model the way I approach my decisions after is pretty extensive. If  I could gain an ounce of the respect that those names command I’ll have done something right.

Kode | Descendants 2 garnered smashing ratings for Disney. That must have felt awesome to be a part of something that resonated with so many people. What was that process like?

The movie performed better than most of us expected, it became a global phenomenon. I was riding a bike through the dirt backroads of Urubamba, Peru and spotted a little girl walking home from school with a Descendants backpack on. It’s crazy to experience the overwhelming approval from so many people. So much so that people buy anything with your face on it. Lunch boxes, balloons, cakes, anything. I guess we did something right… It really starts with everyone buying in to what we’re trying to accomplish. Once we all direct our focus to making an entertaining and inspiring movie, we’d do anything to make it happen. Even if it means embarrassing yourself in the recording studio or on the dance floor. Once we get that out of the way, we all feel ready to tackle the filming process and both times we’ve ended up with a pretty fantastic result.

Kode | The Descendants cast seems pretty close. What was daily life like on set and what’s your thing about your costar the gorgeous Dove Cameron?

We’re a driven bunch, that’s for sure. It’s hard not to become close with people who you spend every day of a two month period with working to achieve the same goal. Yeah, Dove is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. She thinks things through like 12 times over. We have an interesting bond in that we’d both been on the channel for a long time. We discuss a lot of the ins and outs of the business and keep each other in check. It’s a crazy life we live, so it’s really nice to have intelligent people you can talk to who are going through similar stuff. 

Kode | You act, sing and dance. Are there any other avenues in the entertainment industry that you’d like to try?

By the time I’m done I like to think I’ll have tried a bit of everything. Maybe Broadway, maybe stand up… I’m open to it all.  I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

Kode |  You’ve accomplished so much at such a young age, what’s coming up next for Cameron Boyce?

 I have a whole lot in mind. No spoilers…

 Kode |  Growing up I’m sure you had to be so inspired by some of the greats and were influenced by their legacies. Who were some of your biggest inspirations and what kind of legacy do you wish to leave?

The reason I jumped over two dancers and landed in the splits in the finale of D2 was because I idolize the Nicholas Brothers. (look them up kids!) So yeah, I’ve drawn inspiration from a lot of different places. I just hope people remember me as a student (hopefully with something to teach one day) and a good person who volunteered his opinions in the hopes that he could improve the lives of others.

Kode | You have so many young people who look up to you and what you do as an accomplished actor. What are some tips you would give your fans who would like to be in your position in the acting field?

Without persistence nothing will ever come to fruition. It takes a long time to find your footing in this business and on this Earth. Try things. Be creative. Stay truthful. Above all, trust your gut, do what you feel makes you happy, and reject what you disagree with even if you’er advised to do otherwise because it would be “good for you”. Everyone’s path is different, so there’s no way to truly mold your career after someone else’s. Trust that your current position is the one you’re supposed to be in!

#KodeNow Exclusive: Normani Kordei

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Photos | Bradford Rogne | @bradfordrogne

Fashion + Creative Director | AllanTroy | @allantroy_

Hair | Cesar Ramirez | @cesar4stylez

Makeup | Rebekah Aladdin | @rebekahaladdin

Retouching | Felipe Menezes | @menezesdigital

Art Direction | Tony Todd | @xtonytodd

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From X Factor to the top of the billboard charts as a member of the girl group, Fifth Harmony, Normani Kordei is officially on fire. We sit down with Normani to catch up on everything from Camila’s exit, the VMA’s split seen round the world, and even her new solo deal. 


Kode | You and the ladies of Fifth Harmony released new single “Down” back in June, and your latest album in late August. What was your personal favorite or highlight from the full album and the era itself?

I would say my most significant highlight from this era would definitely have to be the four of us being able to have freedom for first time as artists and musicians. In all reality we are a group that was manufactured from The X-Factor, so people automatically expect us to play by the rules and do what we are told, which we did for a long time – but we got tired of going through the motions and getting on stage performing songs that we didn’t fully believe in. This time around we took initiative to grab hold of our business as business women. We’re so much happier. We wake up every day motivated, inspired, and excited. We are heavily involved—more than ever before. We co-wrote more than half of our self-titled album, and the records that we did not write, we still had a great influence on. It’s a body of work that people can definitely hear is truly from our hearts. We have fallen in love with music all over again.

Kode | Fifth really seems to shine when they are accompanied by a Hip Hop artist, as some of you ladies’ highest charting singles have featured guests; and you’ve recently worked with Gucci Mane for your single “Down”. Anyone you would like to collaborate with?

I would definitely like to collaborate with SZA. I think that she’s such a unique artist and one that is important for this time in music. She came in and completely changed the game and direction in which music is taking. I think that she is really important for the culture and I would love to be a part of something like that… AND she’s the sweetest human being ever and were really great friends. The week that CTRL was released, I had it on repeat. “Broken Clocks” is my favorite record.

 Kode | How would you describe the the Fifth Harmony aesthetic and what do you believe each girl contributes to the group?

I think the Fifth Harmony aesthetic and who we truly are as individuals are four strong, individual, independent women that love music and love people. We never take the opportunity and platform that we have for granted and being able to shine light in other people gives everything that we do meaning. We’re really about women empowerment and self-love, and it’s amazing because we have so many fans that trust us with their stories. For me personally I struggle with letting people in which makes me appreciate our fans being able to talk about their insecurities and fears. It warms my heart and puts a smile on my face knowing I can be that light or that outlet. We hope to be remembered by our legacy. It’s an incredible honor being the biggest girl group in this decade but an even greater honor to make a difference through our music.

Kode | Fifth Harmony is the biggest girl group stateside currently. What advice do you have for future girl groups?

For future girl groups out there, I would say: Know your worth. It all starts with you as an individual. Before you are able to confidently step out amongst talented striving artists, you have to be happy with yourself. It’s human nature to compare yourself to the next person, which we have all experienced. But through that we recognized that everyone has something special to bring to the table. If you believe in the skin that you’re in and also recognize that other people can shine, you are on the right path. Take time to focus on the qualities that make you feel good about yourself and know that nobody has the power to take that away…AND communication is key – we learned that the hard way, haha…

Kode | Any girl group influences you look to stateside or international?

I really looked up to Destiny’s Child growing up as an African American young girl having someone that represented me, the color of my skin, and my culture (which is something I’m very proud of). Self-identity is important for anyone so the fact that I was able to watch music videos, awards shows, and look in a magazines and see women that looked like me made me feel I could do the same thing. Its artists like Destiny’s Child that have helped pave the way for girl groups like Fifth Harmony. They mean so much to me personally and will forever be my favorite girl group.

 Kode | Fifth Harmony had 2 of the most talked about moments at this years VMA’s. One, the obvious hint at your former band member Camila Cabello’s exit from the group. How did that viral moment come into fruition?

The four of us have been through so much together. We’ve been eachothers’ strength thorough absolutely everything and we feel like we’ve finally come into what it is that we were supposed to be all along. We are Fifth Harmony and we wanted to make that known to the rest of the world. We’re in an amazing place, and at the end of the day it’s about happiness and being able to go to sleep at night. We love what we’re doing and were continuously inspired by one another.

Kode | The second epic VMA moment had to be your now iconic split during the performance. Was that rehearsed or improvised at all?

Honestly, I would have to give the credit to my choreographer Sean Bankhead. He pushes me to the fullest of my capacity, and inspires me to think outside of the box and never limit myself. He said, “For your verse I was gonna have you do a split,” and I was like “What? I have to sing and bust a split?!” I wasn’t sure if I was gonna do it, but when it came time for the live show I went for it! There’s no better place to “go for it” than the VMAs stage. I remember watching the VMAs for the iconic moments like Beyonce’s baby announcement and Lady Gaga wearing a meat dress. This awards show is different than any other.

People were coming up to me weeks later telling me how iconic it was and all I could do is laugh about it. I remember this guy coming up to me and telling me it was iconic and I laughed and his reply was “You’re laughing but it goes down in history as an iconic moment.” I didn’t think it was that big of a deal but apparently it was! Haha…

Kode | You recently competed in the 24th season of Dancing with the stars, what was that experience like and what would you say you took from it most?

Honestly I got everything I wanted out of the show. The first thing that my amazing partner Val Chmerkovskiy asked me was what my expectations were and what I wanted to accomplish and all I said was, “I want to grow,” and I feel that’s exactly what I did in so many ways more than imaginable. Being able to see my family in the audience having fun and having something to look forward to each week was a highlight. It was so rewarding for me to see the smile on their faces, especially for my grandma, who is a huge fan and was able to be a part of one of the dance pieces. She went to wardrobe and everything. That was amazing. I can’t thank my partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy enough. I’ve always had a passion for dance and I feel like it’s the time to be my truest self. I learned so much about myself as a performer, creatively, and personally. For me this experience led me to my breakthrough. I could’ve never imagined the fulfillment that I would gain from a celebrity dance competition. DWTS has elevated me immensely and broadened my expectations with myself. They allowed me the creative freedom each week to become a different character to step into different worlds. This was honestly one of the best times of my life. I can’t imagine having gone through this experience with anyone else. I consider him family. I have a lifelong friend, I love you Val!

I miss it a lot – I reminisce and I watch my own videos and see if I could still do some of the choreography, haha!

Kode | You finally turned 21 this year in May, do you feel any different? What did you do to celebrate the occasion?

I finally turned 21 this year! I feel like it’s been a dream of mine since I was five! I celebrated with family and friends in New York City. On the day of my birthday we went to Beauty & Essex for dinner and then after that we went to 1 Oak Nightclub and it was all that I expected my 21st birthday to be. Every birthday I get emotional because I think back on everything I’ve been through and I’m still so young but I feel like I have years beyond my years. I don’t feel like the average 21 year old. My lifestyle is so busy that sometimes I forget to stop and reflect. I have to remind myself to be present… Dinah bought me my first bottle of champagne now that I’m FINALLY LEGAL!!!

Kode | Did you happen to celebrate with any certain significant other? There must be a special man in your life?

No … just no.

Post-Production by Menezes DigitalKode | You and all the ladies of Fifth Harmony have truly come so far in your journey as artists. What do you feel you’ve learned most from that journey?

(sigh) It’s kind of a whirlwind. I think I’ve learned to trust myself in absolutely any situation I’m put in – because a lot of the time people react and make decisions based off of circumstance they’re in and I’ve been thru a lot good and bad but I’m grateful for all of it and I’m really proud of myself. I guess it’s like me witnessing myself flourish from the outside perspective – like an out-of-body experience. I would’ve never imagined that I’d be in this position, to be on stage in front of thousands of people a night, being able to inspire them the way that my inspirations did. The woman that I have become is a reflection of the women that I am around. I love my girls with all my heart. They’ve allowed me the space to grow and have been there for me in times of hardship. Our bond is one that isn’t easily understood. Only we know our truth and are able to be there for each other in some of the toughest times. It’s always been us against the world and I think it’s proven more now than ever before.

Kode |It’s unfortunate, all the tragic events that have taken place recently, with the political climate and tragic events that take place, such as hurricanes and shootings, how are you using your platform to make a difference?

The official Fifth Harmony Instagram posted in honor to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. How connected are you to your fans? What do you do to connect with them on a more personal level?

I’m using my platform by speaking out. I feel as a public figure and someone that has an influence on millions and how they think and handle certain situations and act towards another human being, it is my responsibility to do so. I’m grateful and blessed to be able to have my opinions and thoughts on what’s going on and able to speak out about it whether people agree or not. It’s important to make it a conversation and not sleep but being awake and realizing the reality of what our world. Climate change is real. Racism is real. The violence is real. All of these things do exist. We have to know that we have power through our words and through a simple act of kindness that can change someone else’s life or be the difference between if they are here or not.

 Devastations like the Las Vegas shooting really did hurt my heart. Nothing can prepare us for devastations as great as the these. I think what the world is in need of is fearless individuals to speak up on these matters like gun violence and that’s just what we do – which is something that we use our platform to do.

I connect with my fans on a very personal level. We all go as a group. I think that it’s been like that since the beginning, that’s just how we work. We consider our fans family—they are the reason our dreams have come true, and the reason we’re able to pursue what we love every day. We don’t take that for granted, we know there are so many we still haven’t been able to meet. Social media is an incredible tool if used properly. 

Through tragic events we have to recognize that the only this we have is each other and we need to be unified in order to survive. At end of the day were still in this together point blank, period.

 The families of those who lost their lives are in my prayers.

Kode | Of all your musical influences – Beyonce, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, and Janet Jackson, who would you want to collaborate with first?

Honestly I can’t even choose because I feel like collaborating with any of them would be such a privilege especially because they influence me in different ways. Choosing one artist would be like me neglecting another part of myself…so I would love to collaborate with all of them, they’re amazing and they’ve changed music for the better. Being a woman who is all about girl power and feminism, I would love to collaborate with one of the ladies first.

Kode | Last year you released a cover of Solange’s “Crane’s in the Sky” Any plans for a solo endeavor anytime soon? If you branch out for a solo album, what path would you like to take in terms of musical genre and style?

I think the beauty of art is not having to restrict yourself and music is not meant to put artists in a box and make them feel that they have to choose a musical genre. For me, music for the last five years has been an evolution and it will continue to be as I hone into what it is that I hope to create. I have recently been in the studio and it’s been such a spiritual experience, it is like a playground for any artist.

 As for A Seat at the Table, I may say that this woman is one of my ultimate favorite artists and she is a true innovator. This is a monumental time in her career, she is the truest version of herself and she is not afraid to share that with the rest of the world. Her music has done so much for me personally. I aspire to have the freedom that shines through her and not make it anyone else’s choice but my own. I witnessed her in concert for the first time at the Hollywood Bowl and it was one of the most magical experiences of my life. Yara Shahidi is like my little sister and I was over the moon when she invited me to attend with her. An ordinary Sunday turned into one of the most memorable and impactful moments. Solange walked through the aisle and was literally a foot away from us. We froze, which doesn’t typically happen us. She is a super nova.

Kode | Any thoughts of jumping into acting a little more in the future?

Being a leading lady in film is a challenge that I would love to take on. I have always visualized myself on the big screen any time I went to the movie theater. It has played a very important role in my life and has been my escape many times before. Because there is such a wide range of creativity, I feel like it can be like a best friend or shoulder to cry on when you need it, but it can also be an educational tool that keeps you consciously aware or brings up a conversation regarding social issues that need to be talked about. Sometimes it’s as simple as bringing up the conversation that makes the greatest works of art.

This is something that I have wanted to be involved in ever since I was a little girl. I look forward to immersing myself in it. I would love to find myself at the intersection of music, dance, and film. I have dreamt of this my whole life.

I’ve been following Oprah for many years now and I would love to work with her. Just throwing that out there, haha!

Kode | Where do you see your career in in five years? Any plans?

Well considering I’m only 21, in five years I’m only going to be 26, lol. By then I hope to achieve many of my aspirations while still being a work in progress and continuously growing and learning. I have a lot more career ahead of me! I want to be making music that I’m proud of that is timeless, to have a lot of amazing records, and influence music, film, fashion, and this generation and those to come. I want to be working towards my own empire.

Kode | Rumor has it that you and Khalid have been wanting to do some sort of collaboration? Can you share any info on that, any sneak peaks or collabs to look forward to?

Yes, OMG this question makes me so happy! Khalid and I have been wanting to work together for some time. We actually got into the studio and were excited about a record we wrote together along with Taylor Parks. It was all one huge vibe session. We wanted to create something that our peers would fall in love with. I remember him telling me “I want this to be my favorite record, if I were listening, I want it to be something I vibe with that’s just dope,” which is something I relate to because I listen to our song every day. Issa vibe. But the greatest part of it all is that were genuinely two friends that created something special that were so proud of. We’re in two different countries on tour but we still text each other sometimes like, “but that record though…” Haha. We’re so excited!

Kode | We saw you this past fashion week and your outfit at the VMA’s stood out, being very fashion forward. How has your has your fashion evolved over the years? Who are your favorite designers and why? What fashion brand would you love to have a campaign with and why?

I would love to influence fashion and the culture in the near future. I have always been inspired being able to express myself through what I’m wearing. Many barriers in the fashion industry have been broken and I aspire to break even more. Rihanna is the perfect representation and example of dominating music as well as fashion. I intend to do just that. Think music meets Vogue. Such a dream of mine. 

I have a few favorite designers! Dqsuared because they are edgy yet always on trend. Tom Ford because its just continuously classy and makes me feel like the woman that I am. Moschino because its playful yet fun. Reminds me not to take life so seriously. Christian Louboutin literally has a shoe for EVERY occasion and type of individual. And last but not least, Yproject definitely complements my tom-boy esthetic but doesn’t neglect my feminine side

Kode | Let’s dig a little deeper into something more personal, we know you and your family are Hurricane Katrina survivors and relocated to Houston… Hurricane Harvey has just hit Houston. Is your family doing okay? How are you coping and are you able to discuss the losses and how you deal with devastation and struggles such as these?

I’ve been through hurricane Katrina in 2005. I was 9, it wasn’t easy to process that you have to leave everything that you’ve known your whole life. It really took a toll on me.

I remember my best friend and her family. They decided to stay and ride it out, but we had to leave and it hurt me inside. I couldn’t understand and still don’t understand why these things happen. But through it all, it really did bring people together. In such a hard time, it brought the good out in people, it was cool to see neighbors healing neighbors. But my family is okay, they’re safe. A few friends got flooded and had to get out, but they’re safe at end of day. We are healthy, strong, and resilient. One thing I definitely took away having gone through this two times, is that I recognize that humans are resilient. Also, thank you to anyone that has contributed in helping the city of Houston.

Kode | What’s next for you as an artist?

As an artist I’m just having the time of my life finding myself and being in the studio figuring out what music means to me. It’s kind of like being in an amusement park, there are so many different possibilities, especially because of having the freedom, knowledge, and wisdom that I’ve taken from last five years with Fifth Harmony. It’s amazing because it’s like a new beginning within a new beginning. We were reborn and now I would be able to take away everything that I’ve learned. I’m ready to see what is next for Normani.