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Our super 8’s lives were changed forever when they beat 13,000 hopefuls to win modelling contracts with Milk Model Management and form the New Look Model Squad.

Now fully acquainted with the model lifestyle, we let them loose on the British seaside to enjoy some ice cream, amusements and good old fish ‘n’ chips.

“I’m quite a nervous person in general but when I’m about to go on stage my nerves disappear.”

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Camella
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“I’m quite a nervous person in general but when I’m about to go on stage my nerves disappear.”

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By day she runs one of the biggest and most successful British festivals, by night she’s the mastermind behind Cosmic Strip, but where does she gain her inspiration? Find out that and more here...

What comes to mind when you think about...

Women
When I think of women I think about all the girls I know and all the women I’ve worked with in music that inspire me everyday, they’re always challenging concepts and traditions and it’s just a great time to be alive if you’re a woman.

Politics
That’s tough. I’m really lucky because I grew up in France and we’re very political there and I was quite disappointed by the lack of understanding in that field but it’s been great to watch over the last three or four years the growing interest in it here. It’s a dark time to be alive in politics but I feel like there’s an awakening happening and that’s really encouraging.

Music
Probably my mother. She had such a huge passion for music, we were always very musical at home which definitely had an effect on me. Also letting me discover the genres, sounds and styles that really connected with me.

How would you change the world?
I’m not sure I want to change the world, I’d probably just want to find a new one.

What’s your vision?
I guess with my vision I've always wanted to give someone the opportunity to shut off, completely clear their minds and lift off to a new space.

Do you ever fear judgement?
I guess with fearing judgement, it’s mainly from myself. I’m very judgemental of myself and my own worst enemy in that sense.

What’s it like to manage a festival?
It’s really fun, it can be incredibly stressful but I think the main thing I’ve learnt is really appreciating the people you work with and working as a real team. I think that’s what makes the team I work with better than any others, we’re really in it together.

Best thing about working on a festival?
I would say the feeling you get when you get to go out and enjoy the festival on the day. You don’t usually get to see much of it as you’re really busy but when you do get a chance to go out and see everyone enjoying themselves after all the work you’ve put in it’s an amazing feeling.

The worst?
Announcing them. So much work gets put into building a website, getting the artwork right and delivering all of that with such a small team working long into the night, sometimes 24 hours to make sure you deliver the announcement perfectly.

Why Cosmic Strip?
Cosmic Strip is an amalgamation of two words - Comic Strip - which is my favourite song by Serge Gainsbourg and Cosmic Trip which really influences the type of music we play. So those two things came together to create Cosmic Strip.

How did you start playing guitar?
I started playing guitar as a teenager, I played in a few bands in Paris and just stopped when I moved to London. Then a few years ago I went to Brighton and really randomly bought a guitar and played every day for three hours but was terrible. I then booked a gig to play in a bar and played four songs in front of practically no one and from then on loved it and continued to develop my songwriting.

What artists are you listening to at the moment?
Lana Del Rey, I’m a huge fan of her, we’ve also just been working on a new single with a huge 90s influence so I’ve been listening to a lot of The Dandy Warhols, The Cardigans, The Brian Jonestown Massacre but I’m an old soul at heart and love old 60s music.

When do you feel the most free?
I’d say just as I’m about to go on stage. I’m quite a nervous person in general but when I’m about to go on stage my nerves disappear and that’s a wonderful sensation.

What process do you go through when songwriting?
It’s quite a challenging process as a lot of my lyrics and songs are based around the most painful parts and experiences of my life so a lot of Cosmic Strip is based around that. So I don’t necessarily find it the best experience personally but the outcome is really worth it.

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Sanny
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“I’d change the privilege of travel, you shouldn’t need lots of money to see the world.”

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He’s a five-time Muay Thai fighting champion, but what else does the face of NL MEN SPORT, Sanny Dahlbeck, get up to?

How long have you been fighting for?
I’ve been fighting for about eight years now and training for 12.

How did you get into it?
It was by accident really, I used to live in Spain with my family and there was a lack of things to do in the day so me and my sister used to fight, it just kick started an obsession.

What’s the worst thing that could happen when you step into the ring?
I would say disappointing myself and my trainers. Winning and losing is a part of the game but to go out there and not do my best is the worst thing. If I don’t count breaking legs and stuff!

Obviously there’s a physical struggle to get fit, but what about the mental struggles that come with fighting?
I would say the mental struggles and training amount to about 70% of what makes a good fight and fighter. It doesn't matter how hard you train, if you don’t have the mental part and feel like you don’t want to be there then you’re not going to perform as well as you want to.

Can you explain some of the emotions you have to battle in the ring?
There’s anxiety, nerves, fear of making a fool of myself. I want to perform my best and make my family and trainers proud. The nerves are good as long as I can turn them into a positive energy and help me perform better.

How does it all effect your parents?
My parents hate the fighting but at the same time love it. My dad’s been to every fight I’ve had around the world and they really support me and have since day one. I’m so glad I have them as my biggest fans.

You’ve won another title, what happened?
It’s my fifth Swedish gold medal, it was a really tough fight, definitely the toughest I’ve had so far. My opponent in the final really wanted to win and I could see that but it did make for a great fight. Luckily I got the win!

That’s a huge high but what are some of the low points you’ve had to overcome?
It’s not so much the losing to be honest, that’s what makes you grow. It’s when I’ve not approached the fight properly and then not performed to my best, I feel really bad within myself just because I’ve let everyone down.

You have to really dedicate yourself to the fighting, how does this affect your loved ones?
If I’m not 100% dedicated and hungry to fight then I won’t win, it’s as simple as that. So the day I’m not dedicated enough to spend time away from my family and loved ones is the day I should give up. It’s obviously tough on the people I’m closest to but they understand that’s what I need to do to get to the level I want to be. It can be difficult when I’m away and missing my girlfriend or family but you just have to block it out. It’s all part of the training and being 100% focused on the win.

Anything you like doing outside of fighting?
I’ve got a lot of things planned in my mind but it’s hard to make that a reality just because fighting takes up so much time. I love travelling and enjoying good food which I’m really lucky I can do with my fighting. I also love teaching Muay Thai so I want to continue doing that.

You’ve got a really close relationship with your trainer, can you tell us a little about that?
I’ve known Andreas for about 11 years. We’ve been together from the beginning so we’ve developed a real family bond. He’s travelled the world with me and he really helps me with the mental side of things.

What would you change about the world?
I think I would change the privilege of travelling because I don’t think it’s fair that you need lots of money to see the world. More people should be able to see the world, I love it myself and I think more people should be able to enjoy it.

What is your greater vision?
I want to leave a legacy that fighting is as much of a sport as anything else and people who are in martial arts deserve just as much respect as any other sportsman.

How much do you try to show the artistic side of Muay Thai?
Yeah I believe I do. All martial arts have their history but nowadays it’s not the same as it was before, a lot more people do it and it’s far more accessible.

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“What I love about style is it’s all about showcasing your personality.”

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ADAM CLARIDGE

“What I love about style is it’s all about showcasing your personality.”

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As an art director and freelance illustrator, Adam Claridge is your go-to for creative inspiration. So where does he look to for inspiration?

How did you get into customising clothing?
I started off by designing my own trainers purely out of the enjoyment and putting them on Instagram. People seemed really interested in them so I set up a website and it’s just continued to grow and grow.

Where did the inspiration come from for your trademark rose?
It basically comes from old school tattoos and I’ve always had a love for the rose as a flower. So I just emulated other people’s tattoo designs and developed them for the trainers.

Where did your love for art and illustration come from?
It started at school, all my books would be covered in drawings and doodles, that was my way of expressing myself at the time. I then took up art as a subject at college then turned my hobby into a job.

What is it you enjoy about advertising?
I love the fact you’re always looking for the latest trends and styles and trying to express that for different people. You get to work with so many different brands and you never really know what project is just around the corner. It’s also good for my more personal art as it feeds my creativity on a daily basis.

Do you like to put your own personal spin on your projects in your 9-5 job as well?
No not really. As I’m working with a lot of very established brands, I try to remove my personal tastes from the job as I need to make sure I’m on brand, which is actually really good as it teaches me a lot of discipline but also forces me to work in ways I wouldn’t usually choose to. But that's’ also why I love the customisation stuff, it’s just me and I can express myself however I want.

What’s your favourite medium for doing your own artwork?
My favourite stuff at the moment is customising trainers, it’s just how I started and it’s a great size, I love trying to get as much detail as possible onto each trainer.

Which designs are your favourite?
I’ve got the white Superstars with red roses and my initials on the back, they’re also my most popular. The first trainers I did were Air Force 1s, they’re just perfect for this type of work.

How do you work with the client and what sorts of projects excite you the most?
Everytime I get an order I’ll speak directly to them. It doesn’t always have to be the rose, they could have a unique design and we can work together and create that. It’s always exciting when you get an order and you don’t know what they’re going to ask for.

What designs are your favourite?
I’ve got the white Superstars with red roses and my initials on the back, they’re also my most popular. The first trainers I did were Air Force 1s, they’re just perfect for this type of work.

How has social media helped?
Social media has massively helped. Without that it wouldn’t have grown as quickly as it has without a doubt. It means reaching out to people is easy, people can get in touch with me easier and then they tend to post the work I’ve done for them on their social media which is amazing for word of mouth.

What do you love about working in creative industries?
just love the fact that people express themselves in all sorts of ways and art is constantly changing. It’s all just really inspiring as an artist myself. A lot of my inspiration is from tattoo artists, particularly the American artists who do the really intricate line drawings, I wouldn’t necessarily draw inspiration from proper artists most of the time.

What do you love about tattoos?
I guess it’s the marking of them, it’s the fact your tattoo, or my kind of art, they carry it with them and wear your art. I get a buzz from that.

Have you always had confidence?
I guess I’ve never really worried about what I’m wearing at all, just keep it all quite simple. I see people all the time that wear stuff that I don’t think I can pull something off but I’d love to. I’ve always worn what I want to though, I’ve never tried to fit into a certain theme or look which I think is the same for all my mates. I just gain inspiration from Pinterest, Instagram and online, I’m not into the whole high end look but it’s more the everyday people and the guys you look up to.

If you could change the world, what would you do?
I would change the world by making everyone a lot more positive. My own outlook on life is there’s no time for negativity so I’d just want everyone to be more positive.

Any particularly memorable clients?
Yeah I actually got chatting to Justin Bieber’s mum on Instagram saying Justin Bieber wanted a pair. So I did them and then a couple of days later he cancelled his Instagram but he’s just got it back so hopefully I’ll be able to send them out to him!

What is it you like about fashion and people’s style?
What I love is how you could have the same piece of clothing, say a black t-shirt, but the way one guy wears it is completely different to how another one would. It’s all about showcasing your personality.

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Mo abdulle

“As a creative, you have to surround yourself with like-minded people.”

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He’s worked with some of the biggest brands and musicians, as well gaining a dedicated following on social media. But who is Mo Abdulle and where can you find him when he’s not on a shoot?

What photography do you specialise in?
Anything really, mainly street, fashion, music, portrait, anything that I take an interest in really.

Best thing you’ve done in 2017?
Travelling, I’ve gone to all different types of places purely through my photography which I never would’ve thought I’d be doing this time last year.

How is it working with and shooting big artists and names like Skepta?
It’s just a lot of fun, being able to go the show and experience it is so cool. I love going to events anyway, as part of a crowd, but being able to experience it from behind the scenes is a whole new experience. You get a bit of adrenaline when you’re next to the stage and the artist is performing, it’s amazing to capture those moments.

You work with and surround yourself in a creative group of photographers and artists, how does that help you?
As a creative, you have to surround yourself with like-minded people because at the end of the day it’s all about inspiring each other. You’re constantly surrounded by the right environments and people that will push you to be better.

Is there a certain type of photography you prefer?
I think I prefer more of the documentary film making or street photography just because you can see more of the world through that and work with some really cool people. You can also apply it to anything from music to fashion to travel to sport.

Who do you look to for inspiration?
The people I look up to most are actually the people I work really closely with so Toby, Moses, Nifty, Greg, Ron, Olly, Victor, Vicky Grout, Ashley, there’s just loads of photographers out there that are doing the same thing as me that I look up to.

And where can we find you outside of work?
Mainly in Shoreditch! Or just anywhere around East London, it’s where I’ve grown up so it’s where all my good mates are and it’s just a really creative place to be.

You’ve seen East London change a lot over the years. What have been the positives and negatives of that?
It’s changed a lot, especially over the last five years or so. For some people it’s been negative because of gentrification but I think for me it’s definitely been a good thing, it’s brought more opportunities.

Have you seen it effect your friends negatively?
For some yes but in general I’d say it was more positive just because it’s opened up more opportunities.

How would you change the world?
I’d make guac free! No but on a serious note, I wouldn’t change the world too much, I’d just want people to be more connected. The world’s a messed up place but it would be better if we were more connected.

What do you mean by connected?
Well, in a creative sense, it’s about making friends with the right people, networking and being a community. At the end of the day no one can do anything on their own. You should be looking out for each other, collaborating and just doing awesome things together.

How has social media helped you?
Social media has really helped and changed my life. It's given me and other people a platform to show who they are, what they do and what they’re interested in. If it wasn’t for Instagram, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today, period.

What’s your greater vision?
I just want to carry on doing cool and creative things for the rest of my life. Whether that’s photography and videography or something else, I just want to have fun and enjoy life.

Do you ever fear judgement?
I used to but the more I did it for myself and went outside my comfort zone the more confident I became and trusted in my ability.

What moment changed it all for you?
I’d say there were several. The first was when I realised the amount of opportunities there were if you were a creative and hardworking person. The second was when I got my first paid job and realised people actually liked my stuff and were willing to pay for it. That’s when I said to myself I’m going to do this for a living and have fun with it.

Any motivational quotes that have always stuck with you?
It’s quite cheesy but one my friend said to me once which was, “you can achieve anything you want to and the only thing stopping you is yourself.”

Any advice for anyone wanting to get into photography out there?
Just do it. Go out of your comfort zone, meet different people and keep going.

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“My vision is a world where women aren’t afraid to break the rules that bind them.”

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ROWENA LEWIS

“My vision is a world where women aren’t afraid to break the rules that bind them.”

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Film critic, radio DJ and female activist Rowena Lewis, has a frank and honest discussion about the challenges facing women and the world today.

How would you change the world?
I would firstly close the gender pay gap, don’t wait to 2069, that ‘s just ridiculous and way too far away. I would give far more support to the LGBTQ community and I’d give more education to so-called men’s rights activist people. Finally I’d tackle the stat that 70% of women suffer some sort of violence or abuse.

What’s your vision?
My vision is a world where women aren’t afraid to break the rules that bind them.

Do you fear judgement?
I used to a lot more than I do now but then I realised that judgement was more trying to silence you or put you in your place and if I’m rubbing people up the wrong way then that’s actually a good thing as it means I’m getting through to them and there’s no point in preaching to the converted.

Do you fear judgement of your style at all?
I feel with my style I try not to think about what others see me as. I try to be quite feisty and bold in my dress sense. For years I was told, as a redhead, I shouldn’t wear certain colours but, as you can see today, I just don’t care. I want to make a statement, I think that’s important.

Have you always been confident?
No I’ve not always been confident I think it came with age, learning and trial and error. Try things, and it won’t be the end of the world if you don't look your best. People won’t be pointing at you in the street or anything, wear what you love and that confidence will come through.

Have you ever had bad experiences about what you’re wearing?
Yeah I’ve often been called ginger, I had skinny legs at school and I'm quite pale so people would say I had chicken legs but you just have to say “OK, I might not be perfect, but this is the best I can be”.

What sparked your social activism?
It came from my dad leaving when I was 6 years old and being raised by my very strong mother and sister and seeing the struggles and obstacles my mum had to go through to work up the career ladder. It made me feel very protective and fiercely want to fight for our rights as a female.

Have you always had that view of gender equality or did it transpire from a bitterness towards men and then develop?
I think I’ve had trust issues with men because of my father leaving but it’s more about elevating the status of women rather than bringing men down.

When did you first start to vocalise?
I started at quite a young age mainly because my mum and sister were both very vocal and that had a huge effect on me.

What issues most concern you at the moment?
Probably the fact a man who is openly sexist and misogynistic has managed to get into the most powerful position in the world over a woman which I find very depressing. I find it upsetting that a lot of women did vote for Donald Trump but I think it’s more to do with a lack of education, no other option and because he spoke to them at the time. I don’t live in America so I can’t understand what they were going through to see him as a viable option. The whole thing about feminism is it’s about choice, a woman has the right to be and choose to be what she wants to be whether that’s a politician, a housewife or anything else.

What other issues do you think should be tackled?
The other concerns to me in the UK are the under funding of the NHS and the brutal cuts from the current government that are affecting women and low socioeconomic households.

Any inspiring words to help others to progress in the world they’re in?
If you're feeling deflated about anything, use your voice, protest and do anything you can to get your voice heard.

Any other passions?
I’m really passionate about film I love the way it makes me feel when I come out of the cinema. I also get to discuss film in my jobs at BBC and Hoxton Radio as well as here at Boogaloo Radio.

Can you tell us a little about Riot Girls?
I remember when I was younger I saw a video of Kathleen Hanna performing and she brought all the girls to the front of the crowd for safety because they were being touched up by guys and then she sang ‘Rebel Girl’ and the lyrics “In her kiss I taste the revolution” just sparked something in me that I still feel tingles about.

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WOLFIE

“My mum inspires me a lot stylistically, I’ve always looked up to her.”

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She can count Tinie Tempah as part of her loyal fan base, has toured with The Internet and just released yet another single, but what makes Wolfie tick? Find out below...

Why did you go to the Trump rally?
I think equality is something that should be across genders, religions and cultures so I think, particularly in the political climate we’re in now, it sounds cheesy but there’s power with the people and power in numbers and that’s something that needs to be shown with protests, social media and getting together, and that’s why I went to that really. The tools we have now to show other parts of the world what we’re capable of is phenomenal really and we need to use them.

Do those types of beliefs, particularly gender equality, ever come into your music?
With my music, when I do write, I consciously try to make it balanced. It’s not just for women or just for men. Although a lot of my tunes are very female empowering in respect to my lyrics and how I write, as I’m a female myself of course, but I don’t try and slate men so I think that itself helps to reach a lot of people and has equality written within it.

Is music your best form of self expression
Yeah I couldn’t think of anything else really. My first form was dancing but that wasn’t really for me and I quickly moved into music, learning to sing and writing songs.

How’s it make you feel?
Just at one, at peace, I know it sounds cheesy but it’s a therapy for me to sing and to put my feelings, emotions and thoughts into music.

Is it an intimate thing or do you prefer to share it with others?
It’s different, they're very different things. I love being in a studio and writing and being with very few people but when you then transfer that to a stage or a show and share it with all those people it’s a very different experience.

What artists are you listening to at the moment?
The current artists are Steff London, Sid from The Internet, Cedra Moses, Wolfie, she’s ravey and Stormzy.

What’s your vision?
Musically? My vision sounds quite selfish but it’s to always express my sole self through my music and connect to people through that. I think what music does is brings completely different people from completely different backgrounds together and I love that power of music. I think for me the best thing would to be on stage and see a huge variety of different people in the crowd from all types of races, backgrounds and ages. I’d love to bring people together through music.

If you could work with any artist who would it be?
Gipsy Kings, they’re this Spanish group that sing that “Bamboleo” tune. Even though I don’t understand what they’re saying, musically, it’s very inspiring for me and I don’t think many other people would’ve done a collaboration like that. Them or Snarky Puppy, for the same reason.

How do you express yourself through style?
That’s a tricky one, I’m not sure really. I don’t know what my style is, I just wear what I like. Some days I’ll wear a big pink love heart coat and other days I’ll just be in men’s comfortable clothing. My mum inspires me a lot stylistically because she knows how to put colours together really well and I’ve always looked up to her.

Do you fear judgement in how you present yourself?
Yeah I do fear judgements from others but I know that’s just a mirror of my own critique anyway. If I’m not happy with something and I’m going to other people “What do you think of this tune?” or “What do you think of this top?”, obviously I’m not happy with it otherwise I wouldn’t need to ask them for reassurance.

Have you always been confident?
No, going to uni for me was the best thing I ever did for confidence building. College showed me I wanted to be a writer and musician but uni really gave me the confidence in myself as a singer and songwriter and showed me I can be just as good or even better than anyone else.

What’s the worst thing that could happen?
My tortoise could die, the reason I bought her is they live to like 130 years and I’m not good with pet deaths. That would be the worst thing to happen to me!

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