Staff


Yiling Zhao | Editor-In-Chief, Creative Director 



Yiling is a seventeen year old high school senior living in Toronto, who spends her time buried in the archives of online mags - occasionally coming up for air to take some photos and write an article or two
She is an avid bubble tea consumer with interests in visual cultures and styling fashion, some of her favourite artists being Annie Leibovitz, Leon Bakst and Eugenia Loli. 




Keep up with Yiling's Toronto life and worldly adventures through her instagram:   
INSTAGRAM: @yilzhao 



Olga Korovina | Fashion + Arts Director


Olga is a seventeen year old fashion and arts enthusiast from Ukraine. Her life is all about research and getting inspired by new ideas, which she believes will truly make a change in the state of our contemporary society. She is trying to enjoy every moment of her life whilst spreading beauty, ease, and clarity across the minds of people whom she interacts. She is sure, that self-development and her discovery of the surrounding world (whether that'd be spiritual or moral), will finally lead to inner peace and harmony.


Olga is an aspiring fashion designer. According to her vision, a true designer is a highly comprehensive and intelligent visionary, who is able to define true art and beauty from lie.
To conclude, she believes in the power of art and the influence of fashion - pursuing her boundaries for the sake of everlasting development, discovery and mutual inspiration! You can follow Olga's creative journey via social media from the links below!




Follow Olga on instagram, add her on Facebook, or check out her website to stay on track with her latest projects:
INSTAGRAM: @OLGA.KOROVINA
WEBSITE: behance
FACEBOOK: Olga Korovina




Lucia Bellini | Editorial Assistant 


Lucilla Bellini is an italian born photographer, collages artist and Art-director. Graduated in Visual Anthropology and Cinema in Florence, she specialized in fashion photography, focusing her interest on the female portrait, poetic, emotional and strongly cinematic. 


She travelled through Europe and Asia and lived in Italy, France and Spain, acquiring an eclectic and multicultural vision of the world that is reflected in her way of telling stories through any medium of photography, analog, instant or digital. 
Her work is characterized by the strong imaginative component and the sophisticated use of color. She doesn’t just describe things in a plain way but with altered colors and doubled images, she drives reality to be open to different interpretations. 
The body of her work always takes the form of hypotheses, scattered at various levels of being and it overcomes the tension between what “has been” and that what “is”, crossing into a new dimension that of what “could be”. 
The admiration for Art drives her artworks to be declined in different forms that surpass the photographic medium for going towards the creation of hand-made mixed-media collages where, the analysis of the female figure, portrayed by her or cutted from fashion magazines, outlines the conceptual basis of her artistic work on the fragility and transience of beauty. 
Currently she lives between Florence, Italy and Tenerife, Spain, where she matches her artistic projects and exhibitions, with photography and Art-direction.





Tessa Mack | Editorial Assistant 


Tessa is a sixteen year old French American born in Brussels, Belgium and living in the hectic yet beautiful Istanbul, Turkey since 2014.   Growing up in an international environment with family on two continents and friends from all over the world, Tessa identifies as a social butterfly eager to meet and interact with new people.  Born bilingual, Tessa is passionate about languages and, in addition to her native French and English, is studying Spanish and Turkish – and even did a few years of German.  Creative by nature, Tessa loves writing, photography and videography, fashion, and all genres of music. She believes it is important to stay true to yourself and not get lost trying to resemble others: “Rely and trust upon your own decisions. On your own beliefs. – Be Yourself, Frank Ocean”





Victoria Sandico | Founding Editor, Journalist 



Victoria is a eighteen year old from Toronto. She is a Senior Writer for Written Citizen, and a patron of WIND magazine. She loves eighties post-punk and Old Hollywood glam.

She describes the kinds of works she enjoys to be nostalgic and unconventional. She has an adoration for pop culture icons like Jim Morrison, Serge Gainsbourg and River Phoenix. In her spare time she enjoys making collages, sewing her own clothes, taking photos with friends, and watching movies with her older sister.

     Victoria hopes for BLOOME to flourish as a home for other young art lovers to share their undying passion and enthusiasm through their craft. She considers founding BLOOME to be a new and exciting adventure for her to partake, but she's looking forward to seeing how BLOOME will progress through the years. 
You can keep up with Victoria's activities by following her on instagram and tumblr:
INSTAGRAM: @HOSTILEFAERIE
TUMBLR: hostilefaerie



Domonique Harris | Journalist


Domonique is sixteen years old and from the second she knew how to read, she really hasn't stopped. This passion for books eventually crossed over into her love for writing, which only all fed into her love for expressing creativity.

Domonique loves taking photos, even if they come out mediocre. Pairing them with short stories or some loopy drawings is enough for her. She finds passion in creativity in general, but it always comes back to her writing. Poems, short stories, log stories, reviews, lists; EVERYTHING!

While her creativity begins and continues to bring forth new experiences, she hopes by doing these things while she looks forward on the future, when she looks back on the past she won't forget it in the future.
To find out more about Dominique's life, you can follow her on instagram by clicking the link below:
INSTAGRAM: @BABEYPEACH



Maia Medel  | Journalist


Maia is a seventeen year old girl living in the city of Austin, in the state of Texas. She is also a coffee addict, lover of Vincent Van Gogh, music fanatic, vietnamese food enthusiast, and full time photographer.


Photography was something that came to Maia as a surprise. She was mostly interested in music at a young age, writing songs the moment she could start speaking. However, as soon as she picked up a camera, she found she could express her thoughts and feelings through images as well.

Maia believes strongly in the power of photography, it’s magic in conveying emotions and thoughts to others, as well as its importance in capturing moments in time. She runs a photography blog on tumblr (obscure-image.tumblr.com) and is forever annoying her friends with the frequent spur of the moment photoshoots she holds. She is extremely excited to be a part of such a cool magazine and cannot wait to see it grow and thrive.

To get involved with Maia's photography and other artwork, give her a follow on her tumblr and instagram:
INSTAGRAM: @MAIANAOMI
TUMBLR: obscure-image



Jessica Nauta | Journalist

Jessica grew up in Amsterdam and moved to Toronto, where she is currently attending her last year of high school. Jessica Nauta is in every sense a poet, and not much more.

"It seems they were all cheated of some marvellous experience
which is not going to go wasted on me which is why I am telling you about it"




INSTAGRAM: @JESSNAUTA





Mona Cordes | Senior Photographer 


Mona Cordes, 21 years old, is an artistic London based being. Mona moved from a small German town to London to create work as a Photographer + Stylist whilst doing her degree in Fashion Textiles, specialising in Print. First thing to realise is the striking colours she shows in both Photo + Styling work.
She likes to produce work that shows people's different identities as well as youth culture in a natural way - achieved through the use of 35 mm photo series. 

Characteristics of Mona's work are also the layering of clothing set in playful urban environments surrounded by nature including elements such as graphics f.e. to be found on London's streets.


—> Follow up her work at @princess_moona / @mona_cordes_photos 



Imani Green | Contributing Photographer




Imani is a self-taught photographer and art director. She has always been interested in making her visions come to life. At the moment Imani is attending Georgia State University majoring in Art History. She strives to become a curator at a museum to create opportunities for young poc. When she's not behind the camera she enjoys being out in nature, catching local art shows and exploring the city. 



Instagram : imani.nzuri/eastaurora.jpg



Anastasia Pozhydaeva | Artist & Illustrator 


Anastasia (Nastya) is a 19 years old fashion designer, fashion illustrator and artist. Born in Ukraine, she surrounded by chechno and CXEMA club. At the moment she is a student of Polimoda University, with further education set at Central Saint Martins. Nastya is a big fan of avangard, Maison Margiela and white wine.


Here are some links with all of Anastasia's works


Ruven Samaraweera | Music editor



Ruven Samaraweera is a 16 year old Canadian music enthusiast, as well as an aspiring musician. He focuses primarily on blues and classical guitar, however, he can play a multitude of other instruments (emphasis on multitude, the list is very long and boring). Ruven has studied musical theory and harmony at St. Michael's Choir School for the past 7 years, the school which has also fed him a consistent dose of choral music, which has probably helped my tolerance for all types of music.

 For the heck of it, Ruven likes to believe he's the protagonist of a YA novel. He animates his imagination by annoying anyone who will listen about his love for music, film, photography, and literature. This futher helps him believe he doesn't fit in in the world, and he awaits for a world leader to tell him he is the world's only hope.

 While sarcasm may be his evident downfall, he also has a horrible addiction to buying record for albums which he could listen to digitally on his phone at 320 kbps; even though his financial advisor (his left brain) advises against such actions. With Ruven's love for music, he is able to write with a childish excitement for albums through Bloomemag. You may find Ruven taking pictures of homeless people and dogs on Queen St West in Toronto if you're ever lurking.

You can learn more about Ruven and his love for music through his instagram accounts:

INSTAGRAM: @RUVENSAMMY + @RUVENSAMMY2



Hilary Sommerhalder | Music journalist



Hilary is a seventeen year old from Toronto whose life is surrounded by music, art and poetry. Since the age of five she has played piano and more recently started to play the French horn and trombone in the Canadian Sinfonietta Youth Orchestra. 

At age six Hilary started karate and is now black belt after 11 years. The goal that she wants to aspire to is becoming a music teacher and continuing to play in orchestra so that she can motivate and encourage passion in others and bringing light to the art’s community.


Immi Johnson | Journalist


This is Immi. Immi with a double M because she feels it has a cool ring to it. She is sixteen years of age, and lives life surrounded by the essence and spirit of London, England. 

 Immi is a student at Kingston College, studying fashion, textiles and art. She enjoys collecting cool magazines,listening to jazz, going to cool places and doing cool things with her equally awesome friends

Immi is inspired by the world around her and everything it has to offer. She feels privileged to have been offered the opportunity to contribute her ideas through BLOOME, and is ready to share her crazy world and see what happens from it. 
To keep up with Immi's awesome life and adventures, give her a quick follow on Instagram, and check out her website:
INSTAGRAM: @IMMIJOHNSON