Kevin Abstract photographs his first editorial for i-D
The LA creative scene including Omar Apollo, HVN and Raveena tell us their first celebrity crushes and when they feel sexy.
This story originally appeared in i-D's The New Worldwi-De Issue, no. 363, Summer 2021. Order your copy here.
Who was your first celebrity crush? Johnny Knoxville. When do you feel the most sexy? After a six-mile run when the sweat is fully covering me. What do you usually dream about? Being able to fly and hanging out with my mom.
Who was your first celebrity crush? 50 Cent. When do you feel the most sexy? When I’m laughing in hysterics or when I’m recording music and I’m expressing myself vulnerably and honestly. I feel like my true self. What do you usually dream about? Sometimes I have nightmares mixed with waves of anxiety, but the landscape is really ethereal and beautiful. Always shades of blue. NYC is often a recurring location, but it’s grittier and more vivid. Also running from or towards something. Recently I had a dream about having angel wings and cutting them off to give to someone.
Who was your first celebrity crush? I’ve never really had a real celebrity crush. But if I had to dig deep and find an answer it would Cindy Lou Who from the Jim Carrey version of The Grinch. I was obsessed with that movie and I definitely had a crush on that character when I was like six. I wanted to live in Whoville and meet her. When do you feel the most sexy? If I’m being honest, it’s kinda tough for me to ever really feel or label myself as ‘sexy’. Maybe it’s too much insecurity? Maybe it’s not taking myself too seriously? I can see and read positive or negative things said about me and my appearance online all day and it really doesn’t mean much to me because it’s all opinions behind screens and nothing tangible. And that’s probably for the better. Having said that though, I would say I only really feel sexy or good about how I look whenever my girlfriend compliments me. I can always go about my day feeling good after that. That’s real to me. That’s all I care about. What do you usually dream about? I have a few different recurring visions in my dreams. One of them in particular that stands out the most is this odd, kinda Scooby-Doo-like haunted house that I somehow designed in my brain in a dream when I was a lot younger, and sometimes I revisit the exact same place, unchanged. I always wonder how that’s even possible?
Who was your first celebrity crush? Devon Aoki. What do you usually dream about? I don’t really dream that much. To be honest, I’m up all night thinking of shit I want to do. I do have a lot of nightmares where I stop breathing, but they are kinda cool ’cause it’s like I know I’ma wake up after this scary shit.
Who was your first celebrity crush? Taylor Lautner. When do you feel the most sexy? After I work out. What do you usually dream about? My dreams are usually filled with anxiety and confusion.
Who was your first celebrity crush? Nick Jonas. Seeing him marry Priyanka Chopra was definitely a big moment for the little brown girl in me. When do you feel the most sexy? In the throes of a very passionate and fulfilling romance. In moments where I feel loved and appreciated by my partner in my most raw and natural state. What do you usually dream about? I dream about love a lot – lost love or future love. I dream about movie and music video concepts and little cinematic moments I want to bring to life within them. I dream about ways I can make life better for people I love, and people in my community. I dream about protective force fields around my energy, and visualising my aura and the contents of it very vividly.
Who was your first celebrity crush? The pink ranger. When do you feel the most sexy? Any time between waking up and fall-ing asleep. What do you usually dream about? Feeling sexy.
Photography Kevin Abstract
Styling Nick Holiday & Kevin Abstract
Art direction Kevin Abstract and Henock Sileshi.
Additional styling (Raveena) Reva Bhatt.
Photography assistance Gabe Stern.
Styling assistance Jack Rickert.
Styling assistance (Raveena) Gifty Marcos.
Hair (Raveena) Rachel Lita.
Grooming (Noah Centineo) Kara Yoshimoto Bua at A-Frame Agency. Make-up (Raveena) Zara Kaplan Chanel Beauty.
Production Coyote Studios and 4strikes.
Special thanks Unsoundrags.