06.26.13

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Location: New York City
Occupation: Founder and Editorial Director, hearty magazine
Hometown: Vancouver
Astrological sign: Libra

No other word describes our latest muse better than cool. Hana May, also known as @hanamaymay to her league of Twitter followers got her start in the big apple as the Founder and Editor of hearty magazine, an online platform that informs on emerging culture, fashion, music and art, all from the female perspective.

As the queen of hip-hop, this homegrown lady is all about loving life, her work and pushing herself know matter how challenging – We go way beyond the fluff to discuss important issues like superpowers and zombie defence moves.

Where do you feel most at home?
In my new bed. It’s made of clouds.

Who is your style icon?
Lil Kim.

Currently obsessed with:
Football, I can’t wait for the new season to start.

Are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?
Duh, I watch Walking Dead.

How would you describe your own personal style?
It was once described as “Harajuku-90s-rap-prep” let’s roll with that.

What is your favourite hair trend?
Thick French braids in crazy different directions. Ooh, I’m also into the big top side bun.

What was the last thing you bought for your closet?
Big round sparkly sunglasses.

What prompted you to move to New York?
I visited once. It was over after that.

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Can you tell us a bit about your next big project?
I’m currently working on redesigning hearty. The launch is set for August. We’re very excited to share the new site with everyone!

What was the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Launching hearty. I’m still learning everyday.

Which person do you most admire – alive or deceased?
My father.

Supernatural power you’d like to posses?
The supernatural power of dry cleaning.

What’s on your iPod?
A lot of rap. And “work out” music, which also happens to be rap.

What’s the last thing you read?
Does the Internet count? ‘Cause if so, that. If not, I’m currently reading Tom Wolfe’s latest book Back to Blood. Before that I read all three Hunger Games books in like five days.

How does growing up in Vancouver affect your perspective on living in NYC?
I think growing up in Vancouver, Canada allowed me to come to New York wide-eyed and hungry–everything was a new opportunity. It can be easy to get jaded here, so I try to remember back to a time when I wasn’t living in New York and how exciting particular moments and opportunities would have been then, so I don’t take them for granted now.

Tell us three things we need to know about New York?
Everything you need is within a three block radius. Individuals have jobs here, that no one would consider a “job” anywhere else. It may seem massive but you’ll see the same people all the time.

What do you love about AG hair?
The smell of the Keratin Repair Reconstruct product. It’s like cake for your head.

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Photography by Justin Bridges.

 

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