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Katie Qian and Calvin Ma

Photographer Calvin Ma (‘13) and stylist Katie Qian (’15) are fashion’s newest power couple. Ma, a photography student at California State University, Long Beach, and Qian, a psychology student at the University of California, Los Angeles, have been working together only since last year, when Qian encouraged Ma to pursue fashion photography.  “[Katie] pushed me to try it out and I’m glad she did because it gave me a lot of experience shooting in a totally different style than I normally do,” Ma said.  Ma generally shoots lifestyle and portraiture, usua...
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Alexa Hozouri

Up until junior year, Alexa Hozouri (12) was planning to go to medical school. She planned to follow in her two older brothers’ footsteps, with her soccer skills being her “ticket to college.” But, after realizing that her true passion was fashion design and management, Hozouri dropped everything to pursue her dream. “I’ve never been so definitive about something I wanted,” Hozouri said. “It wasn’t too scary [to quit soccer], because some things have to expire for new things to open up.” At first, Hozouri’s family was not too happy with her decision...
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Chris Rellas

Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring is easily one of the most recognizable paintings in the world: a girl wearing a headscarf and a large pearl earring emerges out of the shadows and into the light, gazing intently back toward the viewer. Chris Rellas’ (‘13) rendition is an exact copy of this famous work, with one minor but obvious difference: the earring is emblazoned with the logo of French fashion house Chanel. Fashion meets art in @copylab, an Instagram account Rellas, who is majoring in art history at Georgetown University, created in 2014 while interning at Nasty Gal, an LA-based clothi...
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Myles Hamilton

Inspiration strikes unexpectedly. Sometimes, it’s a quiet moment in the student parking lot. When Myles Hamilton (12) saw Lila Flowers (12) wearing a pair of Ray-Ban Round Metals more than a year ago, it was the beginning of an ambition that would shape his future. “I wanted [the Ray-Bans] because they were really trendy at the time … I told both of my parents they should get them for Christmas, so I ended up with two pairs of the same sunglasses,” Hamilton said. “I sold one and put that money toward a the Dior Composit 1.0s, which were around $400.” Hamilton cut back on ...
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Cari and Lila Flowers

Lila Flowers (12) and Cari Flowers (11) stand side-by-side in front of a white backdrop, smiles wide and brilliant, hair catching the wind, generated by a fan, at just the right angle to lift it. A photographer rapidly snaps shots, photo assistants adjust overwhelmingly bright lights and creative directors, managers and agents look on, arms crossed and hands on their chins, watching critically but approvingly. In a movie, the scene would be a quick, painless photo shoot full of drama and panning video clips. But according to Lila, modeling is far from quick. Or painless. “There’s shoots for lots ...
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Privilege in Perspective

 As a child, Madison Walden (10) was not allowed to leave her home — not because of strict parenting or harsh weather conditions but because drug dealers constantly lurked outside her apartment door. “It was just me, my sister and my mom in a two-bedroom apartment in Mira Mesa,” Walden said. “If it wasn’t drug dealers, it was prostitutes or hookers, and our next door neighbors were doing cocaine and heroin.” But even with hookers and hard drugs just a few feet away from where she lived, Walden still managed to have a normal childhood. She and her sister spent the majority of their...
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Behind the Screen

Josh Keeble (11) plays all kinds of games. He can fly planes, swing swords, make animals run and stack Tetris blocks all with the touch of a finger. But Keeble does not simply play games; he has learned how to code and design games which, conversely, does not just take the touch of a finger, but an immense amount of creativity and precision. “One common misconception is a lot of people want to be game designers because they think, ‘Oh, that’s where I get to create the design of the game,’” CEO of mobile game company Pixelberry Studios Oliver Miao (‘93) said. “That’s true,...
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No Pain No Game

TPHS alumnus Max Angel (‘15) coordinated masses of soldiers, war machines, spaceships and alien warriors toward an enemy base. Defenders were slain one by one, fortifications burned and buildings exploded. Once more, Angel had secured victory, and he had done so with just a monitor and a keyboard. Angel was a semi-professional player for Blizzard Entertainment’s popular strategy game “Starcraft II.” Like many online games, players face off against each other in real-time matches to rise in rank and become champions of their division. In recent years, such e-sport games have risen in popularity. ...