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For Spring 22, we’re platforming the next gen of cultural catalysts. From the worlds of fashion, music, art and food, our new fam of creatives are challenging the norms, breaking down boundaries and owning their originality.

Chances are, you’ve seen Jiahe Zhang’s face around. A lot. From Bottega Veneta to Burberry, Zhang has been fronting campaigns of some of the hottest brands of the moment. On the side, she’s also building a solid following on Instagram thanks to her fresh, raw and no-holds barred approach to creating content, which sits alongside her own paintings.

From what freedom means to what she’s listening to right now, get ready to meet model Jiahe Zhang, dressed head-to-toe in Balenciaga.

What gets you up in the morning?

Most days I don’t really want to get out of bed. I love sleeping, it’s kind of a bad habit of mine. Usually, what gets me up is the urge to listen to a song or something that I’ve been thinking about a lot, or I’m being obsessed with, and I just want to get up and listen to that.

What keeps you out at night?

I usually prefer spending evenings till early mornings at home really, on my own. But what keeps me out is probably friendship. Love for my friends and having a good time with them is what keeps me out at night, I guess.

What does it mean to be free?

I’m not really sure what it means to be free. I guess I haven’t really figured that out yet. But, if I had to say, maybe acceptance right now is the only way to be free in this world we’re living in. It’s kind of a tough time to be free for a lot of people. For most people.

What are you listening to right now?

I was just listening to some ambient music that was playing in the park just now. There’s loads of sound gardens in Mexican parks, which is really cool. Otherwise, I’m pretty obsessed with Frankie Cosmos at the moment. I didn’t realise she had a new EP out and I’ve been listening to her song ‘Slide’ a lot. It’s really pretty - I like it.

What three words encapsulate you?

Confused, curious and calm.

Who would you haunt if you were a ghost?

I’d probably haunt the racists, and the fascists and the richest. That’s who I’d haunt. I’d haunt all of them people.

What’s something you had but you wish you loved?

Spiders. I wish I loved them but they’re just so creepy, I can’t. But I know they’re a good bug. I love you spiders, I’m sorry.

What can we expect from you in 2022?

I hope there will be more paintings and more reading for me and just a way more peaceful version of myself.