Kiersey Clemons is one to watch: A cool, unapologetic actress with fashion cred

As part of our monthly Icon series at WGSN, we look at the tastemakers who stand out from the crowd. It’s a chance to put the spotlight on emerging talent and certified mavens in their field, from Linda Rodin to Grace Jones to Amandla Sternberg.

In the youth market there are lots of new faces emerging all the time, which is very exciting but also it can be hard for just one to stand out. However, Clemons is definitely top of our list.

We stumbled across actress Kiersey Clemons after her turn in the 2014 move Dope, which also featured actress Zoe Kravitz and rapper A$AP Rocky. Since then, her star has kept rising. And like her peers, Clemons’ magic lies in her ability to be more than just a brilliant actress, to also speak up and speak out about the world we live in, calling out injustice, alongside fantastic turns on the big screen.

Here’s three reasons she’s one to watch.

1. She’s already a fashion darling

She just teamed up with Instyle Magazine in the US for their celebrated September issue, rocking Gucci, the fashion label of the moment. She spent last New York Fashion Week as a new face seated on the FROW at the shows, and even made a statement about women, feminism and body hair while rocking Prabal Gurung. She is not a clotheshorse (thank goodness!) she is someone who knows what she wants and likes about fashion, and the power of clothes to help make your mark.

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2. She has a whole host of ‘Dope’ movies coming out

Following up the 2014 hit movie, and her run on the TV show Transparent, Clemons is back this month. First up is The Only Living Boy in New York, a story about coming of age and first romances. And following that? A Marvel tale. She’ll be playing Iris West in the new superhero movie, The Flash (West is a super journalist, and female friend (plus potential love interest of Barry Allen, the Flash’s alter ego). Since Marvel movies = box office hits, look out for more from Clemons.

3. She wants equality for all.

Clemons uses her position to speak out against injustice, asking her 316k Instagram followers to choose love over hate and to stand up for Trans rights. There isn’t an issue that she is afraid to speak on. Much like the rest of her Millennial generation and fellow actresses (who are currently speaking out on everything from the Dakota Access pipeline to equal pay), it’s all about standing up for the causes you believe in 2017. 



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