The authentic expression: Eladio Carrión, on the cover of ICON in April | ICON

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Adrian Cuerdo

It took Eladio Carrión a little while to discover the best way to express himself genuinely. He had already tried to become a professional swimmer and had found success as an online comedian. However, he decided to abandon everything and bet on music, where he finally found himself. His Puerto Rican origins inclined him towards reggaeton, but in the end he opted for rap and hip hop. “It makes it easier for me to tell my story. It’s the challenge I like: score ten punchlines in eight bars, flow with a rhythm, offer references that people can understand…”. The choice paid off: he has two consecutive sold-out concerts at the WiZink Center in Madrid (and a third with 80% of the tickets already sold) and another at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. The artists he used to imitate when he was a comedian, such as Arcángel, Ñejo or Cosculluela, became friends and collaborators.

Eladio now enjoys having found himself so much that he obsesses over his listeners enjoying their moment as much as he does. At a concert in Costa Rica that went viral, he asked those present to put away his cell phones. It was such an unusual request that he remembers it as almost countercultural. “They behaved like they did at Woodstock. “No phones, everyone jumping and jumping like crazy.” He wants people to fully experience everything he has to offer: “Nowadays you can buy views, but you can’t buy the emotions people feel with your music. “Sometimes it amazes me that my followers know all my songs verse by verse.”

Actor Jeremy Pope also had difficulty finding a true way to express himself. Asked about his portrayal of Jean-Michel Basquiat in the film The Collaboration, He commented that the artist looked like him: “He was a black man trying to prosper, with a lot of talent and the feeling of not knowing how to express it.” In the end, Pope discovered that there was no single way to express himself: he acts on television, in film and in theater, where he became the sixth actor to receive two nominations in the same year for two different performances in the history of the Tony Awards. . Furthermore, he dances, he has just debuted with the first exhibition of his photographs, Flex (bitch) and, after releasing six singles, this year he will publish his first EP, Blind Faith.

He influencer Beka Gvishiani found her voice in an unexpected medium. Through her unique blue squares, she sought her space in fashion journalism with her Style Not Com page and now she is a frequent presence in the front rows of all the shows. “The collections can be seen in photos, but not the music or the guests. The images have no smell or emotion. And I wanted to capture that aroma. Tell what people say, where the events have been held, what material the chairs are made of or how many hours it took to set up a catwalk. I wanted to fill that void. Tell the experience beyond the clothes,” she says.

In the end, it is also about dedicating yourself to what is most authentic within yourself. They know it from Francesc Fortí, of the legendary Racó restaurant, to Manu Ríos and Marc Forné, with their new Carrer brand. In this issue we also discuss the use of digital models of cities to predict their future, the trend of nail paint for men and we learn about the secret (and Spanish) history of the now defunct magazine Vice straight from the mouth of its former editor. All this along with our recommendations for fashion, hotels and a motor special that presents a new car inspired by the past. All this and more, this Saturday, free with EL PAÍS.

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