In the motorbike world, Márquez’s riding style has been called risky by the press and enviable by his competitors—the former of which he completely agrees with. “Last year in the MotoGP category, everything was new [to me],” he says. “So I was able to be faster and, of course, take more risks than others because I didn’t have the experience.” That fearlessness sent him on to be the first rider since 1978 to take the MotoGP title in his first season in the premier class, and the youngest rider to win the title overall, only 20 years old at the time.
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Marfa is nothing if not extreme: The sky is vast, the earth is dry, and the location is beyond remote. Yet the tiny West Texas town has become a sleepy sanctuary for a wide selection of personalities. Creatives live and work alongside real-deal cowboys, and tourists from around the world travel to the high-desert oasis to revel in small-town quirk (we're talking population 2,000), international art, and a landscape that looks more like Mars than the Lone Star State.
You may remember Kira Plastinina as she burst onto the U.S. fast-fashion scene in 2008 with a playful, pink-cursive logo and boatloads of saccharine party dresses lining her short-lived NYC boutiques. You may also remember that Plastinina was just 15 years old at the time, and deemed “the youngest fashion designer in the world" — a dubiously lofty title for a teenager to assume, especially when her business was orchestrated by the adults around her.
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Behind Gail Chovan's Groundbreaking Designs
Fearless in the Face of Adversity
“There’s such beauty in imperfection,” says designer Gail Chovan, whose eccentric, minimalist garments stand out in a town known for its casual chic. Some might say that life has dealt Chovan a far-from-perfect hand, but she would never think so. Learning the nuances of raising twins born with congenital toxoplasmosis and surviving a battle against breast cancer, including a double mastectomy, have not weakened her resolve or point of view. Rather, these experiences have made her zest for the life that she shares with her family of four stronger and the concepts she communicates through clothing even more powerful.
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The Texas music scene is as varied as the Texas landscape—and so are the venues. From hole-in-the-walls to world-class concert halls, the state offers a wide array of places to take in musical artistry of every conceivable kind. As the birthplace of so many iconic musicians, it’s no wonder the state is also home to as many interesting, storied, and emblematic venues where you can celebrate sound—from country to classical and punk to pop.
From sipping fancy cocktails in plush surroundings to downing ice-cold beers in a glorified bungalow, Austin offers a full range of classy, quirky and basic bars to suit every night owl.
10 Best Bars in Austin
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The American Psychological Association estimates three out of 10 people have a learning disability (LD). As the only accredited, independent middle school and high school in Central Texas that teaches solely individuals with learning differences, Odyssey picks up where the special education component within Texas’ public school system often leaves off.
Odyssey School on embracing learning disabilities
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One California architect’s vision to elevate the community with space-conscious construction
With large lots at a premium and a commitment to resource preservation on the rise, Glen Irani Architectshas pioneered its own interpretation of elevated homes in coastal Southern California. The Hover Houses are a series of angular structures marked by natural outdoor living areas, streamlined square-footage and an elevated building envelope. “[The Hover House] was really just a practical solution for living in a healthier way in this environment,” says principal designer Glen Irani of the impetus for his first Hover House, a 3,500-square-foot live-work space for his family.