This Spring, Journeys collaborated with four unique influencers from around the country that live life with an attitude that celebrates self-expression. Check out their stories below, and look for their photos in our catalog, on social and in stores.
Dessie Jackson is a Los Angeles, CA based artist - known for her powerful, introspective paintings that explore concepts of femininity, sexuality, representations of gender and identity, beauty as performance and personal responsibility, and the overall experience of growing up. Born and raised in Lancaster, PA, she went on to receive her BFA from Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia and has now lived in LA for over two years. Her work has been featured by W Mag, NYLON, Milk Studios, and VICE and in art galleries throughout Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle.
Filmmaker Justin Escalona hails from Chicago, IL and has been based in Los Angeles, CA for the last three years, while studying Film & TV Production at the prestigious University of Southern California. Escalona boasts more than a quarter million Youtube subscribers and has been featured by the likes of Complex and BBC News. He’s best known for his down to earth, intimate style of filming others – as well as his own personal reactions. His latest film subjects range from daily videos about youth culture, his own life in LA and his friendship with musician, Khalid, to more in-depth looks into the world of competitive poker, suburbia, Los Angeles and beyond.
Indyamarie Jean does it all: Wilhelmina model, songwriter, accessory designer, stylist, and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Indyamarie Jean has now lived in Los Angeles, CA for over three years, where she embraces the scenery, warm weather, and above all the opportunities the city provides. Best known for her bold style, confidence, and perseverance, Indyamarie has already been featured in campaigns for Puma, Fenty Beauty, adidas, UGG, Apple, Google, Coca-Cola and Powerade. She was also recently featured on Chelsea Handler’s inspiring Leading Ladies Panel at ComplexCon, alongside actress Dascha Polanco, Emmy Award-winning writer Lena Waithe, CEO of Beautycon Media Moj Mahdara, hip-hop artist Young M.A., fellow model Iskra Lawrence, and of course, Chelsea Handler.
Up and coming Anaheim-based hip hop artist and entrepreneur Phora is best known for his honest and emotional lyrical storytelling and his strength in overcoming adversity. Signed to Warner Brothers Records in early 2017, Phora has already been recognized for his impressive rise towards success by the likes of Forbes, Los Angeles Times, XXL Mag, VIBE Magazine and more. Phora has sold out numerous headline shows all throughout California and is currently on a full US tour with G-Eazy.