MEET THE TEAM

Our contributors work hard to bring you the content that you enjoy here on the web platform, and in our annual print issue. Learn more about these creative voices, and share the love by checking them out at their linked social profiles.

IMANI BUSBY

Editor In Chief | She/Her

Imani Dominique Busby is a third year undergraduate student studying Creative Industries at X University. Imani aspires to become an art gallerist/lawyer/curator with the goal of supporting marginalized artists as they navigate the art industry. She is so excited to be working alongside StyleCircle’s team of talented creatives to create inclusive, accessible, and radical content. With roots in creativity and entrepreneurship, Imani is passionate about the art and fashion industries, representation, and community building.

OPERATIONS

KLARISA AVERINA

Director of Operations, Graphic Designer | She/Her

Klarisa Averina is a third year Fashion Communication student at X University and is joining StyleCircle as the Director of Operations and Graphic Designer. Exploring fashion through her intersectional identities, she is passionate in utilising fashion as a method of expression to connect with her identity as a multicultural creator. Outside of StyleCircle, she works at the SLC as a Specialist and is a part of the Fashion Union as a grade representative. 

EVENTS TEAM

JILLIAN POLLOCK

Director of Events | She/Her

Jillian Pollock is a fourth-year student in the Creative Industries program at X University. She is pursuing the program’s Fashion and Communication modules, in addition to a minor in Communication Design. As the Director of Marketing & Events at StyleCircle, Jillian looks forward to combining her knowledge of communication, fashion and business with her passion for fashion, beauty and event planning. Jillian has previously worked on the StyleCircle team as an event coordinator, interned at Ideation Events and worked as an e-commerce coordinator at Vintage Jewels by P. Jillian looks forward to creating captivating events and campaigns to engage with students in the X University community.

JULIANNA BRADY

Event Coordinator | She/Her

Julianna Brady is currently a first year Professional Communications student. This is her first year with Style Circle as her position as an Event Coordinator and she is excited for what’s to come for the publication. Julianna has previous experience in event planning by working with non-profit Bleed the North and is ready to build with Style Circle. Some of her interests include content creation, beauty, and all things food. 

Lily Sartison

Event Coordinator | She/Her

Lily Sartison is a second year Fashion student concentrating in Communications, and she is excited to be joining StyleCircle as an Events Coordinator. Lily values sustainable and inclusive fashion, and she enjoys project management and events planning. She was born and raised in Calgary, and while she loves Toronto, she misses the mountains.

Yaus Salehomoum

Event Coordinator | She/Her

Yaus Salehomoum is a fourth-year Creative Industries student at X University. While pursuing the program’s Communications and Visual Culture modules, she is also in the process of earning a minor in Public Relations. Additionally, Yaus currently works as a marketing assistant at an art and culture consulting firm. As Event Coordinator at Style Circle, she is looking forward to bringing her passion for events, communication, fashion, and beauty altogether. Overall, Yaus is very excited to plan exciting StyleCircle events for the X University Community.

marketing team

JILLIAN POLLOCK

Director of Marketing | She/Her

Jillian Pollock is a Fourth-year student in the Creative Industries program at X University. She is pursuing the program’s Fashion and Communication modules, in addition to a minor in Communication Design. As the Director of Marketing & Events at StyleCircle, Jillian looks forward to combining her knowledge of communication, fashion and business with her passion for fashion, beauty and event planning. Jillian has previously worked on the StyleCircle team as an event coordinator, interned at Ideation Events and worked as an e-commerce coordinator at Vintage Jewels by P. Jillian looks forward to creating captivating events and campaigns to engage with students in the X University community.

Grace Jung

Marketing Coordinator | She/Her

Grace Jung is a second-year Fashion student at X University, entering her first year with StyleCircle as a Marketing Coordinator. She is involved with the Fashion Course Union as a Grade Representative and is a member of the Asian Fashion Student Association. She has an interest in sustainable fashion and the growing role of biotechnology within the creative industries. With prior experience in fashion marketing, she is looking forward to progressing her skills and connecting with the creative culture at X University. 

Stella He

Marketing Coordinator | She/Her

Stella He is currently a third year Business Management student majoring in Marketing and minoring in Retail Management and Graphic Communication Designs at X University. She is excited to take on the role of Marketing Coordinator at StyleCircle where she looks forward to exploring creative narratives and presenting art and fashion in innovative ways. Stella loves being involved in student-run organizations, she is involved in the TRSM community on the RMA and TRSS, in addition to the StyleCircle. Beyond X University, she continues to practice her marketing skills through working for the NBA protein bar start-up, Level Foods as their social media manager. 

Smiksha Singla

Marketing Coordinator | She/Her

Smiksha is a third-year student at X University from Dubai and is interested in anything biz-tech, artsy, and storytelling in media, she is also a huge nerd for self-help books (and light philosophy)! Smiksha is currently exploring her interest in multimedia storytelling, design and communications and currently is an executive at SCS (Society of the Creative School), and is working as a communications assistant for the Vice Presidents Office and The Creative School!

editorial team

IMANI BUSBY

Managing Editor | She/Her

Imani Dominique Busby is a third year undergraduate student studying Creative Industries at X University. Imani aspires to become an art gallerist/lawyer/curator with the goal of supporting marginalized artists as they navigate the art industry. She is so excited to be working alongside StyleCircle’s team of talented creatives to create inclusive, accessible, and radical content. With roots in creativity and entrepreneurship, Imani is passionate about the art and fashion industries, representation, and community building.

Eishvinder Gill

Copy Editor | She/Her

Eishvinder Gill is a third year Fashion Design student at X University. Eishvinder is joining StyleCircle as a Copy Editor and is excited to embark on this journey as it will be her first time working with the team. Outside of StyleCircle, Eishvinder is also Marketing Director for the Visual Artists Association at X University. In her work, she strives to constantly embody the importance of self-expression, individuality, and being your true self, especially when it comes to fashion! If she’s not designing, Eishvinder can be found on long nature walks or binging a new Netflix show!

Madeline Liao

Copy Editor | She/Her

Madeline Liao is a student journalist currently in her second year at the School of Journalism. She is new to the StyleCircle team, joining as a copy editor for the 2021/2022 year. Much of her journalistic work and interests lie in conversations about art and culture, including in the fashion industry. Primarily, she aspires to amplify marginalized perspectives with her work. She is passionate about documenting her findings as she learns more about the world everyday, and she hopes to extend that passion to her work at StyleCircle. 

Anh Phan

Copy Editor | She/Her

Anh Phan is a third-year Creative Industries student specializing in Storytelling and Printing/ Publishing, with a passion for copywriting and creative direction. This is her first year joining StyleCircle as a Copy Editor. She is always looking for new perspectives in brainstorming new ideas and keeping her ideas fresh. She loves experimenting with different types of communications to fully express her ideologies through storytelling. Outside of work, you can find her tuning in to the latest album of Honne while whipping up some new recipes in the kitchen.

Erica Weekes

Copy Editor | She/Her

Erica Weekes is a fourth year English major at X University. She will be returning to the StyleCircle team for her second year, this time taking on the role of Copy Editor after contributing as a Writer last year. Her passions include music, fashion, and literature. She looks forward to contributing to discussions surrounding social issues within the fashion industry, particularly those which concern race and diversity. Outside of StyleCircle, Erica can be found combing the aisles of various thrift stores, and rereading The Bell Jar endlessly.

Simren Jaswani

Writer | She/Her

Simren is a second year Fashion student at X University, and she’s excited to explore her ardor for fashion through written pieces for StyleCircle. She loves learning about and experimenting with different styles of communication in fashion, but she is particularly interested in journalism, magazine and layout design, art direction, and photography. When she’s not working on fashion-related projects, she can be found writing fiction novels, watching K-dramas, or exploring new parts of the city with a set of earphones and a (low storage) camera in hand. 

Samira Balsara

Writer | She/Her

Samira is a third year journalism student. She is joining StyleCircle this year as a writer. Samira is interested in pursuing a career as a news anchor or a fashion writer. Outside of StyleCircle, she can be found at Indigo or watching Gilmore Girls.

Lizzie Knowles

Writer | She/Her

Lizzie Knowles is a fourth year Creative Industries student at X University, with a focus on Graphic Design and Fashion Studies, and is joining Style Circle as a writer for the Editorial Team. Lizzie has a passion for fashion, styling, theory, Graphic Design, books, comedy, and film! Coming from the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Lizzie is passionate about Caribbean/Caribbean heritage designers and viewing the fashion industry through a critical lens that highlights the people who are typically left out of the industry. When asked what her dream is, she always jokingly responds to be able to “play dress up” for a living.

Soukita Morgan

Writer | She/Her

Soukita Morgan is a journalism student currently in her first year at the School of Journalism. New to the StyleCircle team, she is a writer for the 2021/2022 year. Much of her interests include fashion, archive clothing and reading Wajdi Mouawad. Her interests inspire her writing and she hopes she can continue to expand her knowledge whilst creating pieces that will help her express her love for fashion at StyleCircle. 

ART TEAM

ISABELLA PAPAGIANNIS

Art Director | She/Her

(Isa)Bella Papagiannis is a third year Fashion Communications student at X University, minoring in News Studies. She is a returning Writer and first-time Associate Art Director at StyleCircle. Papagiannis looks forward to working with the team at large while cultivating an inclusive environment. She has always been interested in mixing the seemingly cold fashion industry with current social, political and world news within her writing and art. You can pretty much always catch her rewatching the Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter series for the millionth time, or with some sort of coffee in her hand. 

Shirly To

Senior Graphic Designer (Branding) | She/Her

Shirly To is a graphic designer and third year student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology. As the first Senior Graphic Designer of Branding at StyleCircle, she is enthusiastic to create and translate StyleCircle’s message to the community and beyond. Her work revolves around her inspirations from culture, music, and fashion, influenced by her experiences in her ordinary life. Shirly specializes in visual identities, motion graphics and 3D modelling, and uses her knowledge of trends and understanding of the social and political environments to handle projects.

Audrey Chen

Senior Graphic Designer (Print) | She/Her

Audrey Chen is a second year Fashion Design student at X University, Senior Graphic Designer (print) at StyleCircle, and Graphic Designer for Overachiever Magazine. Her alias, aud c: or audsmiley, encompasses how she views and approaches design: playfully. Stemming from this core desire to play, Audrey’s work from fashion design to photography is experimental and expressive, and she is excited to see how it will grow and evolve!

SAFA KUBTI

Senior Graphic Designer (Print) | She/Her

Safa Kubti is studying Graphic Communications Management at X University, and minoring in Communication Design. She is a multifaceted artist, taking inspiration from a variety of genres and art styles. Her main form of expression is through the creation of digital art and design. Her work often speaks a message to the viewer, describing with softness and presented in a bold manner. Safa has done work as a Graphic Designer for a range of clients, including working with UNICEF to create a logo for their One Youth program. She has joined the team at StyleCircle as the Graphic Designer in order to contribute to something greater than herself.

Lauren RIZZO

Fashion Editor | She/Her

Lauren Rizzo is a third year Creative Industries student. She is currently obtaining her modules in Fashion and Interior Design. As this is Lauren’s first year joining the StyleCircle team as the fashion editor, she is excited to join forces with other creatives throughout the team and produce some striking content. Lauren runs her own small business, Are + Our making sustainable handmade to order clothing more accessible. These are some of her guiding principles throughout her work, and she is excited to bring those to life through her work at StyleCircle.

JOHN DELANTE

Photographer | He/Him

John Delante is a student at X University pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. He often described his work as documentary and fashion-focused. He aims to create interesting relationships within his imagery, while exploring topics like his personal identity, culture and everyday life. His work has been published in The Book, Issue 05, and will continue to contribute to the publication this year as a photographer.

Imani Edwards

Photographer | She/Her

Imani Edwards is a third year Fashion Communication student at X University. Imani is one of the In-House Photographers at StyleCircle. With over 5 years of photography and editing experience, Imani is excited to use those skills at StyleCircle and collaborate with other creatives. Imani is committed to communicating the stories of the BIPOC through photography, art direction, and fashion.

Lynn Nguyen

Photographer | She/Her

Lynn Nguyen is a third year Creative Industries student specializing in Media Business and Printing/ Publishing, currently interested in art direction. Joining the team as a Photographer, Lynn wants to immerse herself in the magazine to inspire others with her art piece. She is flexible in creating art, since she enjoys experimenting with various themes and styles within the creative industry and getting to know people’s perspectives on creativity. She enjoys taking photos that are inspired by everyday activities and focus on one’s inner self. Her ideal day off is to binge-watch K-dramas or wander around Hanoi (Vietnam) on the motorbike with her friends.

Molly Steels

Photographer | She/Her

Molly Steels is a Toronto based artist currently pursuing her BFA in Image Arts at X University. Her practice often involves visualizing emotion while exploring themes of vulnerability, identity and the human condition. The majority of her work leans towards conceptual photography as well as creative portraiture. She uses photography as a tool for self-expression, adventure and contemplating the world around her.

JACKIE BORG

Graphic Designer | She/Her

Jackie Borg is a graphic designer at StyleCircle and fourth year student of X University’s Fashion Communications program. Her art has been featured in various art shows across Ontario, and hopes to expand her creative abilities during her time at StyleCircle. As a graphic designer, she looks forward to exploring various creative outlets and techniques. She is inspired by pop culture, art movments and television shows such as Sex and the City. You can catch me rih in the new laferrari. 

Kamesha Abraham

Graphic Designer | She/Her

Kamesha Abraham is a 1st year Graphic Communications Major at X University, and is working towards a minor in Marketing. She will be the newest addition to the 2021-2022 StyleCircle team as a Graphic Designer.

General Interests: playing volleyball, drawing, watching anime and finding new food places 

What I’m most excited about this position: I’m excited about exploring more about the different types of fashion trends around the world and exploring different creative outlets.

ARUSHI CHOPRA

Graphic Designer | She/Her

Arushi Chopra is entering her final year of the Fashion Design program at X University while contributing to StyleCircle as a Graphic Designer. She has had the opportunity to showcase her work and study fashion internationally, working with inspirational designers along the way. Currently, Arushi is inspired by the fight for racial representation and inclusivity. Her recent works illustrate her experience of growing up as a Canadian-Indian. By infusing western and Indian culture with contemporary design, Arushi hopes to inspire people to actively appreciate and educate themselves on international fashion. After graduating, she plans on embodying a brand that strives to represent cross cultural fashion in mainstream media. She can be contacted at contact@arushi.ca.

Jenifer Dao

Graphic Designer | She/Her

A Vietnamese-Canadian multidisciplinary creative, who is majoring in Fashion Communication with an interdisciplinary approach to creative direction. Her skills centre around concept exploration and marketing approaches. Dao is inspired by music and fashion in music. She hopes to intersect the two industries and continues to work towards amplifying emerging creatives. She uses graphic design as an outlet for her creative vision and is beginning to explore fashion styling. 

Patricia Gascon

Graphic Designer | She/Her

Patricia Gascon is an artist and graphic designer. She is a first year student in Graphic Communications Management and is excited to be joining this year’s StyleCircle team as a graphic designer. She’s passionate about art and loves to experiment with different art forms but she mainly works with digital platforms. She’s inspired by many things but mainly anything disco, camp, and films. Recently, she created a collection of posters for the brand Huevis called “Wallpunks”.

Olivia Hall

Graphic Designer | She/Her

Olivia Hall is currently a third-year student in X University’s fashion design program. Her love of creating began in traditional media, which has expanded into more stylized digital work. As her program would imply, interesting outfits and character design are at the forefront her favourite pieces. She is excited to join StyleCircle as a Graphic Designer where she is hoping to contribute some playful but thoughtful concepts driven by her love of illustrative storytelling. When not working Olivia can be found watching reruns, admiring dramatic lighting schemes, and getting frustrated drawing hands.

Charlie Lake

Graphic Designer | She/Her

Charlie (Charlotte) Lake is a third year Fashion Communications student joining the Style Circle team for the first time as a Graphic Designer. Charlie has dreamt of print since The Devil Wears Prada and 13 Going on 30 so she is very excited to be a part of Style Circle this year. Her passions include illustration, particularly with traditional media like watercolour, as well as sustainability and vintage/second-hand shopping. Charlie’s longtime love of creating has led her to graphic design and translating her visions both traditionally and more recently, digitally. She looks forward to collaborating with an incredibly creative team and further developing her design skills in this role. 

Ryan Macdonald

Graphic Designer | He/Him

Ryan MacDonald is a multidisciplinary artist and student in his third year of Fashion Communications at X University, joining the StyleCircle team for the first time as a Graphic Designer. Passionate about all things art, fashion and pop culture, his work explores a wide range of mediums, including painting, illustration and photography and has been displayed in multiple galleries across Ontario. He is interested in exploring the intersectionality of fashion and social change through his work. When not designing or drowning in school work, he can be found shopping to fuel his jacket addiction (he has way too many jackets in his wardrobe), hiking with friends or eating copious amounts of dried mangos.

CINDY PHUNG

Graphic Designer | She/Her

Cindy Phung is a third year Performance Production student at X University. She is excited to be a part of the 2021-2022 StyleCircle team as a Graphic Designer. With a passion for costume design and fashion, she’s always on the lookout for ways to get involved in fashion while incorporating her love for theatre and design. Outside of her role with StyleCircle, she is also a part of the X Musical Theatre Company as a member of the Media Team, and works as a Graphic Designer at Antifragile Zine. Elsewhere, you can find her working on editorial magazine photoshoots until 2 am, blaring the Hamilton Cast Recording.

zoe statiris

Graphic Designer | She/Her

Hello, my name’s Zoe and I’m a graphic designer based in Toronto. I’m entering my fourth and final year at X University, studying Graphic Communications Management (majoring in Packaging and minoring in Communications and Design). I just received PMMI’s (Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute) PACK EXPO Scholarship; I was the only Canadian to receive the award! Currently I am working as a graphic designer at Laboratory Creative Agency; I’m also working to print and publish my own zine. My work is sleek and fun; I use bold colours and outlines to create compelling imagery. I love the collaborative nature of the fashion, design, and art community, and am always open to work on new projects; if you want to chat please reach out, I don’t bite!