2018 has been the year of learning that all the celebrities you love are problematic — but it has also given us some new faves! Here are the people we will be stanning in 2019.
After the trauma of the terror attack at her concert last year, and the sudden death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller in September, nobody would have begrudged Ariana Grande taking some time away from the public eye. Instead, she has channelled everything into her music, and focused on putting out joy into the world. Not only did she release the banger-filled album Sweetener in 2018, she swiftly followed it up with “thank u, next”, a song in part about her recent breakup with Pete Davidson, which was accompanied by an incredible music video paying homage to some of the most iconic films of the early 2000s. Amid all this, Ari even had time to put Twitter trolls in their place. We’re not worthy.
It’s no secret that we’re fans of Brummie comedian Joe Lycett here at Style Birmingham — and his latest show, I’m About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett, is side-splittingly funny. We can’t wait to see what he does in 2019.
Before this year, Lana Condor was best known for her brief appearance as Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse. But then she stepped into the cute vintage boots of Lara Jean Covey, the heroine of Netflix’s teen rom-com To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. While much of the hype around this delightful film centred on romantic hero Peter Kavinsky (played by Noah Centineo), it was Condor’s understated performance which formed the emotional core of the film, and offered up a relatable new friend crush for introverts everywhere.
Since being appointed editor-in-chief of British Vogue last year, Edward Enninful has made strides in diversifying the kinds of models featured in the magazine, and was responsible for putting a trans model on the cover for the first time. Last month, Enninful worked with 42 members of the trans and non-binary community to create this powerful video, entitled ‘We Won’t Be Erased’.
We listed all of the reasons to love Janelle Monáe back in February when she released the stunning video for her single ‘Make Me Feel’, but here are a couple more. Firstly, the Dirty Computer album is a sexually charged, fiercely political musical masterpiece which is full of utter bops. And then, when asked in an interview about the nature of her relationship with movie star Tessa Thompson, Monáe came out while simultaneously defying labels, describing herself as a “free-ass motherfucker.” We stan.
Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga
It would be impossible to choose just one or the other out of this pairing. While Bradley Cooper pulled double duty as leading man and director of this summer’s critically acclaimed A Star Is Born remake, Gaga proved her chops as a dramatic actress and also blew us away with her vocals on the soundtrack. And while “Shallow” is without a doubt the standout song from the movie, we’ve also been playing “Hair Body Face” on repeat in the office…
Cynthia Erivo has been doing great work for the last couple of years now, with appearances in TV shows like the comedy Chewing Gum, not to mention a Tony Award-winning performance in the stage production of The Color Purple — but 2018 was the year of her big-screen breakout. First came Drew Goddard’s Bad Times At The El Royale, followed by a major part in Steve McQueen’s crime thriller Widows, which saw Erivo hold her own alongside acting heavyweight Viola Davis. In 2019, Erivo’s profile looks set to blow up as she stars in the big-budget adaptation of Patrick Ness’s YA trilogy Chaos Walking and a biopic of Harriet Tubman.
When news first broke that a woman would be taking on the lead role in the BBC’s Doctor Who, fans were divided. But actress Jodie Whittaker hit the ground running (almost literally — she made her entrance on the show by falling from the sky) and has made the character her own. Her Thirteenth Doctor is full of humour and kindness, but also just odd enough that you never forget she’s an alien.
During the World Cup this summer, we all thought football was coming home — none more so than Gareth Southgate. He is only the third football manager in World Cup history to reach the semi-final with the England team, and in those three-piece suits, he looked good doing it!
In just a few minutes of screen-time, Vanessa “Vanjie” Mateo became the viral breakout of Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She might have been eliminated in the very first episode, but her prolonged, eerie exit ensured that we won’t be forgetting about her any time soon.
FX’s Pose was a joy to watch, and as ballroom emcee Pray Tell, Billy Porter was both the show’s Greek chorus and emotional core. It was through his perspective that the viewer was taken from the glittering world of the ball scene to the all-too-real horrors of AIDS, and Porter’s performance captured the agony and ecstasy of this transition perfectly, earning him a Golden Globe nomination. (He was also fantastic opposite Emma Roberts in their “occult odd couple” episode of this year’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse.)
Michael B. Jordan
Michael “Bae” Jordan came out of the 2018 gate strong with his scene-stealing performance as Killmonger in February’s Marvel blockbuster Black Panther. He’s also starred in Rocky spinoff/sequel Creed II, but our favourite MBJ moment this year was when Twitter darling Bolu Babalola posted a Photoshopped pic of herself with him from a “summer romance”, prompting Twitter to do its thing and resulting in the pair meeting IRL — the love story that 2018 needed!
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