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Readers’ Favorite

Camille Hoffman; Art, Cultural Identity and Polly Pockets

There is work and then there is play, or so we thought. Camille Hoffman—artist, arts educator and community organizer—is not afraid to do both at the same time. As an artist, she does not let the intensity of her works’ messages stop her from having fun with her creations. Hoffman takes everyday materials—anything from the popular Maruchan ramen packaging to medical records—and creatively gives new meaning to each element by transforming the material on the canvas. Playtime takes on an entirely new meaning in Hoffman’s studio. By repurposing consumer products, her choice of substances carries a heavy symbolic weight. Many pieces echo a dark critique of the American values rooted in colonialism and capitalism. Her creations, though serious in their message, are the result of the excited energy that radiates from dedication and palpable passion. From February to May of this year, Hoffman has been a Van Lier Fellow at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). Her passion has been put, quite literally, on display. On a recent visit to MAD, I caught a glimpse of Camille …

I Booked a One-Way Ticket and You Should Too

I did it. I am going. I have purchased my one-way ticket to Colombia and I’m not turning back—for now. In May, I leave for a two-month solo backpacking trip throughout South America. I’m nineteen years young and I’m doing it. I’m taking off and going on the trip of my fantasies. I’m excited, terrified, electrified, and hopeful. More than anything, I’m ready. After I first tasted the thrill of travel, I was hooked. When my parents first took me abroad to Mexico, they did not expect that I would fall in love. His name was the World and I was undeniably enamored. I was unleashed into the colorful layers of culture and people and exploration. It was a place so different than my New Jersey suburban standard. I didn’t want to go back. The World invited me on the best date of my life. Come travel, said the World, as he bestowed upon me the most glorious of gifts: wanderlust. Since then I have buried my face in gooey cheese in Paris, France bathed in thermal springs …

Limor Ben Yosef: The Bridal Couture Designer Every Bride-To-Be Needs to Know

Limor Ben Yosef, an Israeli bridal couture designer constructs stunning custom-made wedding dresses. Embellished with hand sewn gems and draped with a touch of power, she designs from the heart. She is self-taught and spent many years crafting her skills in beauty and fashion. Her 2017 collection, “Goddess,” is a true testament of “practice makes perfect.” The collection exemplifies how her adolescent years as a budding designer can produce not only a work of art, but a designer who is inspired by other women more than fashion trends. The “Goddess” collection began with the careful selection of high-quality laces and fabrics. The gowns are adorned with an array of hand-stitched pearls and crystals on chiffon and silk fabrics. Limor sketched each dress by pulling from late night imaginations to early morning motivations. “Goddess” deserves much applause for its pitch-perfect fairytale designs. Her dresses are made for strong and sexy women who have an affection for power and beautification; hence the name “Goddess.” “I took the name from [Greek] mythology. Many of them are women; strong …

Letters to Hillary: You Are Our Champion

The 2016 United States presidential election results have left a bitter, cold, and sad feeling amongst many. While it might feel too soon to move on and accept what has happened, we can cherish the monumental movement Hillary Clinton has started for women in America. Whether you agreed with her stance or not, you cannot deny the success she has obtained: professionally and socially. She has changed the standards. She has transformed the game. This was more than politics for women and for that we thank you, Hillary. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. My team and I strive to make Young Hot & Modern a place where the voices of women can be heard and after the election results were announced our job has never felt more meaningful. Below are notes from young women expressing how Hillary Clinton has inspired and impacted them. THIS IS FOR THE WOMAN WHO SHOWED ME TO BE STRONG. THIS IS FOR THE WOMAN WHO TAUGHT ME TO STAND UP FOR WHAT I BELIEVE IN. THIS …

10 Ways to be Totally Prepped and Organized

Staying organized is no easy task when you are young and filled with a bunch of ideas to take over the world—or maybe that’s just me. Whatever your day brings we’ve got you covered with fun and creative ways to help you become your best personal assistant. Tip #1: Send your daily reminders in a text message. If you are not great at remembering to check your paper to-do list then this tip is perfect for you. You will have a constant reminder on your phone for when you are on the go. Tip #2: Find the perfect little notepad. It is important to connect your goals in a way that feels tangible. When you write down a goal don’t be afraid to take an entire page up, make bullets and even set deadlines. Having a page or two for your goals with a timeline helps put your thoughts into perspective and soon into action. Don’t just settle for any notepad. Make it personal, make it chic, and make it you. Tip #3: If you must write do it right. …

Tanesha Awasthi: A Girl With Curves, Positive Vibes, & Style

Tanesha Awasthi; if that name doesn’t ring a bell, then you’re clearly missing out on major style trends and some serious body-positive-attitude! Awasthi is a dominant force in the influencer realm with Old Navy, WhoWhatWear.com, Cosmopolitan, and Vogue in her top ranking of press time. She has gained quite the popularity since her blog, formerly known as Girl With Curves, was conceptualized in 2011, but the full-time mommy, wife, and entrepreneur has her super supportive husband, Dave Awasthi, and fan base to thank for her success which she counts as a brave move. “I think sharing who I am and sharing my life online with strangers is fearless, especially considering the person I used to be, painfully shy and insecure about my body, my height, big feet, the list goes on.” Awasthi breaks down her journey, most memorable moments – thus far, and her next chapter in life. YHM: How did you make the transition from a tech-savvy woman to a style influencer? TA: My husband suggested I start the blog back in 2011 when …