The Dazed 100 is back. After a year that made young people’s lives precarious in unforeseen ways, it’s clearer than ever that urgent change is needed across the creative industries. Which is why this year’s Dazed 100, in partnership with Converse, asks the question: “How will you shape the future?”
Curated with help from Dazed 100 alumni of years gone by, 2021’s list – part of Open To Change, a larger platform from Dazed and Converse aiming to carve out visibility for underrepresented voices – spotlights cultural creators breaking new ground across the globe, alongside their ideas on how to enact radical change and looks at what’s next for the creative industry.
From 23 year-old Atlanta rapper Lil Keed, who went from working in McDonalds to finding a fan in Drake (and Young Thug, who nominated him for the list), to Kennedi Carter, the youngest photographer to shoot the cover of British Vogue, with none other than Beyoncé as her subject, or Flock Together, the UK-based POC birdwatching group with a global reach, the list, as Dazed Editor-In-Chief, Ib Kamara says, is “truly geographically representative”. From Accra to Beirut, Tokyo, Lagos, and beyond, this year’s Dazed 100 takes a conscious effort to cast a wide lens on the cultural shifts happening all over the world.
Guided by public votes, Converse and the Dazed team will select a winner, with a $30,000 grant awarded to make the winning idea a reality. This year, we are also showcasing original work from five creatives on the list on Dazed Digital.