Cultured’s Top Profiles of the Year

2019 was a year for rediscovery, for self-discovery and for championing new voices. From blooming art star Amy Sherald and late fashion icon Isabel Toledo to CGI It-girl Lil Miquela, we’ve rounded up our best-read profiles from this year.

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Photo by Max Vadukul.

Isabel Toledo
Eugenie Dalland paints an intimate portrait of the prodigious fashion designer Isabel Toledo, who died in August at the age of 59.

Lil Miquela
Jenna Sauers offers a look inside the life of Miquela Sousa, aka Lil Miquela, the wildly popular, Instagram-friendly LA socialite who also happens to be computer generated.

Photo by Catherine Opie.

Helen Molesworth
In her first interview since being abruptly fired from MOCA, Helen Molesworth reflects on her career and where she’s heading next. Catherine Opie photographed the occasion.

Photo by Tina Barney.

Broad City
Cultured executive features editor Kat Herriman speaks to Broad City’s Abbi and Ilana, who—true to form—cut through the BS to talk shop and life.

Photo by Shaniqwa Jarvis.

Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross has spent her career refocusing Hollywood’s myopic lens to showcase those typically beyond its purview. Here she speaks with Killian Wright-Jackson and poses for photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis at Los Angeles’s historic Schindler House.

Photo by Kyle Knodell.

Simone Leigh
Simone Leigh has long put the black female experience at the center of her work and this year she took over the Guggenheim’s iconic rotunda. Here, we take a look inside the artist’s studio.

Photo by Matthew Morrocco.

Giancarlo Valle
Mieke ten Have steps into the wonderfully unique world of Giancarlo Valle, whose firm melds the creative disciplines of architecture, design and furniture making.

Photo by Olivia Locher.

Shirin Neshat
One of the defining artists of our era opens up to Fariha Róisín about her home, her inspirations and her work.

Photo by Kyle Knodell.

Amy Sherald
Amy Sherald entered the public eye with her historic portrait of Michelle Obama. Hilarie M. Sheets looked inside the painter’s studio as she geared up for her debut at Hauser & Wirth, which quickly became one of the most talked about shows of 2019.

Top Profiles of the Year

Photo by Awol Erizku.

Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas
Visionary writer Lena Waithe and director Melina Matsoukas speak to Joelle Monique about their first feature film, the groundbreaking Queen & Slim. Awol Erizku photographed the collaborators and friends for our winter issue cover.