Photographer: Manny Roman
Art Director & Producer: Ilaria Niccolini @FTL MODA
Co-Producer: Cory Couture Productions
Styling: Aleksandra Markovic
Talents: J Balvin and Leslie Grace
Stylist Assistants: Victoria Schepakina, Natalia Chagas
Photo Assistant: Gabriel Rivera
Producer Assistants: Lauren Ann, Mimi Wade @FTL MODA
Special thanks to Intercontinental Hotel NYC
Shirt top Fila
Blazer Yirko Sivirich
Swimsuit Agent Provocateur
Numero Russia: They say if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. How did growing up in New York City make you a stronger person?
Leslie: I believe that New York is a special place. It truly is a melting pot of cultures and beliefs and arts. Growing up in New York allowed me to learn from so many different people at a young age. I had my family, my siblings and cousins who for the most part lived in different boroughs, and then all the ladies who’d walk into my mom’s salon, all with different stories to tell. New York taught me to be a people person and the value in all kinds of people. I also moved back here to work on In the Heights the film with the director Jon Chu of Crazy Rich Asians and that has taught me a bunch. If there’s still time to include feel free to!
Sweatshirt Tommy Hilfiger
Ring Arme De L'Amour
J Balvin wears:
Shirt Hardcore Fashion
Numero Russia: Your family is obviously such an important part of your life. How have they helped you in your journey to fame?
Leslie: My family has been an integral part in my career. They are my team and have always been. I can’t think of a moment when my family hasn’t supported me, emotionally and physically, throughout this endeavor. My mom, sister, and aunt make up my glam squad and my dad is my road manager. Before there was anything to manage, they were there sacrificing a billion and one things for me. They set the bar for the rest of my team which only blood could bring us closer. It’s a family affair!
Oversized blazer Redemption
Earrings Jovana Djuric
Numero Russia: Living in this world full of face tune, plastic surgery, fake tans, and filters you seem to be a very naturally beautiful human inside and out. What helps you stay true to yourself?
Leslie: I think it’s damaging to our self esteem and to those we impact as people of influence to hide all we are. I understand the norms of beauty and aesthetics but the older I get, I’m realizing how subjective beauty truly is. Confidence is really what we are missing. We are all beautiful in different ways. It’s the confidence or lack thereof with which we carry that distinct, one of a kind beauty that makes a difference. And for me, that means showing my true self as often as I can and becoming more and more comfortable with that.
Coat Yirko Sivirich
Numero Russia: We saw you and Jose on set, strong chemistry and many good laughs. How important is friendship in your own world?
Leslie: True friendship is vital, especially in our world. It’s very easy to get caught up in our fast paced schedules, so much so that we never take the opportunity to check in with each other. So when you find genuine people like Jose who keep it real and always have positive vibes to offer, it’s truly refreshing. That is hard to come by in our industry.
T-shirt Tommy Hilfiger
Skirt Greta Constantine
Earrings Cory Lee
Numero Russia: How important is digitalization nowadays to convey positive values? Do you use your IG also this way?
Leslie: I find our social platforms our some of our greatest tools. I think that’s something Jose and I have in common that has made us respect each other even more as artists. Music is our passion, but it’s also the platform from which we’re able to speak on topics that really do affect people on a daily. We understand our influence comes with great responsibility so we do our best to be great stewards of that influence. I believe I speak for the both of us when I say our passion and our purpose go hand in hand and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
J Balvin wears:
Suit and T-shirt Fendi
Necklaces Nike & Ambush
Ring Jovana Djuric