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Introducing The Rebel Yearbook, The Alt Girl’s Superlative Guide

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Photo by Drew Levin; Styled by Heather Dunphy; Makeup by Leilani Sunglao; Hair by Staci Child

Presented in partnership with Rimmel London

High school would've been more enjoyable had it celebrated the rebels. Yearbooks and superlatives were all about best dressed, best smile, most likely to succeed, blah blah blah. That's all fine and good, of course, but let's hear it for the punks, the weirdos, the ones who stood out because fitting in was so, well, boring. Imagine how colorful and wondrous those yearbooks would have been.

Imagine no longer. We partnered with Rimmel London to bring to life the superlatives we would've wanted to see in our yearbooks, where bold bests traditional beauty and edginess trumps everything. It's the outspoken people that run the world, after all. Here's where they got their start.

Photographer: Drew Levin
Stylist: Heather Dunphy
Makeup: Leilani Sunglao, assisted by Lauren Elizabeth
Hair: Staci Child
Models: Cheeky Maa, Lee Armoogam, Lune Tournesol
Nelli Virchenko 

Director: Ren Potts

Brand Partnerships Director: Meredith Davis

Photo by Drew Levin; Styled by Heather Dunphy; Makeup by Leilani Sunglao; Hair by Staci Child

Best Renegade Eye Roll
There's an art to the eye roll. It requires nuance and sweet, sweet aloofness. It's not that you're necessarily over everything, you're just over it—whatever that may be. The individual deserving of this title keeps it real by telling it like it is without so much as a word. And why should they have to spell it all out, when an eye roll is worth a thousand words?

Photo by Drew Levin; Styled by Heather Dunphy; Makeup by Leilani Sunglao; Hair by Staci Child

Nelli wears... Rimmel London, Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in 'Blue Iris,' $4.97, available at Walmart.

Photo by Drew Levin; Styled by Heather Dunphy; Makeup by Leilani Sunglao; Hair by Staci Child

The Life Of The Party
You wanna know the newest beats to bump at the freshest party? You wanna know where that party is? Look no further than right here. The Life of the Party is equal parts rebellious and playful. Innocence is a tool, and pastels paired with glitter are never not an option. Count on them for a good time. Some people have a lot of friends for the sake of having them, this person has many but, in a sweet turn of events, actually cares for each and every one of them.

Photo by Drew Levin; Styled by Heather Dunphy; Makeup by Leilani Sunglao; Hair by Staci Child

Lune wears... Rimmel London, Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in 'Heartbeat,' $4.97, available at Walmart.

Photo by Drew Levin; Styled by Heather Dunphy; Makeup by Leilani Sunglao; Hair by Staci Child

Most Likely To Start A Revolution
Leaders aren't raised, they're born. They listen, form their beliefs, and fight for them. A feminist by nature and punk at heart, they bring a fiery passion to everything they do. Call them activists, call them outspoken—we're calling them revolutionaries.

Photo by Drew Levin; Styled by Heather Dunphy; Makeup by Leilani Sunglao; Hair by Staci Child

Cheeky wears... Rimmel London, Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in 'Fire Starter,' $4.97, available at Walmart.

Photo by Drew Levin; Styled by Heather Dunphy; Makeup by Leilani Sunglao; Hair by Staci Child

The One With The Hottest Graffiti Game
When you're an artist, the world is your canvas, and you can paint the town red—or whatever color you please. Sure, you may get caught from time to time, but the thrill is a part of the fun, right? You know you're destined for greatness, you just have to pay your dues. Spray on, girl.

Photo by Drew Levin; Styled by Heather Dunphy; Makeup by Leilani Sunglao; Hair by Staci Child

Nelli wears... Rimmel London, Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in 'Latte To Go,' $4.97, available at Walmart.

She considers herself "one of the luckiest kids on the face of the earth"

Dani Okon, NYLON's associate creative director of video, sat down with her great-aunt, May Okon, to talk about their shared experiences—despite vastly different time frames—living as queer women in New York City. Prior to retirement, May was a journalist for the New York Daily News, having first entered the male-dominated workforce when "the boys were all at war." And, of course, she absolutely killed it. Her only regret? "Retiring at 55," she tells Dani, joking, "Who the hell knew I was gonna live to 100?"

Upon retiring, she moved out to the Hamptons with her partner and bought a home. If she had to do it all over, May says "there are a lot of things I wouldn't do," but she still considers herself "one of the luckiest kids on the face of the earth." Get to know May in the video, above.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Rob Smith and Eddie Jarrel Jones
Lauren Morelli and Garcia
Marlene Colburn and Naima Green
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by: Alexandra Hsie
Camera: Gretta Wilson + Katie Sadler
Edited by: Madeline Stedman

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Lauren Morelli, the showrunner and executive producer for the new Netflix show Tales of the City, is fostering a space where multiple queer realities can be shown on-screen. She spoke with one of the cast members, trans actor Garcia (who plays Jake Rodriguez on the show), and, in the video above, they explore why it's wrong to treat queer stories as representative of the entire community. Tokenization is something that they both want to avoid at all costs, and they're on the right track.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Dani and May Okon
Rob Smith and Eddie Jarrel Jones
Naima Green and Marlene Colburn
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by Alexandra Hsie
Directed by Charlotte Prager
Shot by Gretta Wilson + Charlotte Prager
Edited by Gretta Wilson

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"Nothing is truly a binary"

We put non-binary activist Eddie Jarrel Jones and The Phluid Project founder Rob Smith in conversation with each other, and the two spoke some powerful truths about the continued gendering of products like makeup and clothing. Smith recalls that 30 years ago, the only way that he was able to experience the joys of playing with makeup was to work at a beauty counter. Even today, Jones notes that it's hard for non-binary femmes like them, or even trans women, to get that experience in stores.

In the video above, get a sense of why Smith created a genderless store, and see how important it is for people like Jones to have a space where they don't feel criticized for dressing like they want.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Dani and May Okon
Lauren Morelli and Garcia
Naima Green and Marlene Colburn
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by Alexandra Hsie
Directed by Charlotte Prager
Shot by Charlotte Prager + Dani Okon
Edited by Gretta Wilson

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