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Lucky x Love: Meet The Winners

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On Valentine's Day we launched an open call for artists to submit t-shirt designs in celebration of Pride '19 and love in all forms. We received so many thoughtful, creative, and moving designs. Now that the results are in from our panel of judges, we're happy to announce the winners of our Lucky x Love T-Shirt Design Contest—Michael, Karch, and Shannon. Each of them will receive $1,000 and their winning design will be available for purchase in June, nationwide. Read on to learn more about them and see what they had to say about the LGBTQ community, art, and more. 
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Tell us about yourself.
My name is Michael from New Lenox, IL. I am currently a nursing student. I have a beautiful wife and two wonderful daughters that I love with all my heart. I have been aware of Lucky Brand for several years.
What was your initial reaction when you were first notified that you were selected as one of the winners of our Lucky x Love t-shirt design contest?
I was honestly blown away. I really didn't think I had a shot. I love making t-shirt designs so I just wanted to try it. I don't have any real design background, so I just go with what I like and hoped somebody else would enjoy it too.
When it comes to art, where do you draw inspiration from and what does your design process typically look like?
I just get an idea in my head and try to put it on paper. I work by trial and error. Sometimes it turns out great, other times not so good. But you can't get good at anything without failure.
Is there any specific cause that you’re passionate about? 
I'm passionate about peace. I want everybody to get along. My mother always used to say that you should always treat people the way you want to be treated. So I have tried to live my life in that way.
What does representation/visibility for the LGBTQ community mean to you?
Because I'm not part of the LGBTQ community, I'll never really understand the struggles they go through. I have always believed that equality is the true way towards a peaceful and loving planet. And who someone loves or chooses to be with should never be held against them or be a reason to think differently about them. I think if we all loved each other more, we'd be a much better society.
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Tell us about yourself.
My name is Karch. I’m 18. Born in California, lived in five states, and recently moved to Washington with my family. Though my stay will be short-lived since I’m moving in the fall to attend art school. I mostly shop secondhand, so I wasn’t aware of Lucky Brand until the competition popped up on Instagram.
Favorite Motto. 
In the words of Hilary Duff circa 2003, “Why not?”
What was your initial reaction when you were first notified that you were selected as one of the winners of our Lucky x Love t-shirt design contest?
Honestly, I didn’t think it was real. I hadn’t told anyone that I’d entered besides my sister, so when I first saw the email, I thought it was a prank. Once I looked closer and saw it was really from Lucky Brand, I was shocked. It was completely unexpected and I feel incredibly grateful.
When it comes to art, where do you draw inspiration from and what does your design process typically look like?
I draw inspiration from other artists, my favorite graphic novels, queer history, music, stories, fashion, and my own life experiences. Typically, my design process usually consists of me hunched over my sketchbook, drawing, erasing, re-drawing, until I have an acceptable base product, then lining and coloring. It’s mostly the same for digital pieces, with the addition of an undo button.
Who in the LGBTQ community do you feel is currently making a positive impact in today’s society and why?
The first person that comes to mind is Ellen Page because of her constant advocacy & activism, her work on Gaycation, and her fearless nature. Fortunately, there is a multitude of queer people creating positive change in society such as Patti Harrison, the cast of Pose, Cynthia Nixon, SOPHIE, Bunny Michael, Emma González, Hari Nef, Pete Buttigieg, Jacob Tobia, and countless others.
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Tell us about yourself.
My name is Shannon Li and I am a proud queer woman of color. I was born and raised as a city girl in Brooklyn, New York City. I am currently first year, soon-to-be second year student at University of Michigan (go BLUE!) studying for a major in Information with a concentration in UX Design and a minor in Business Administration. I hope to one day enter the tech industry while pursuing my mission of ensuring solidarity amongst everyone, especially those of marginalized communities. I was made aware of Lucky Brand through the t-shirt design contest! Lucky Brand's mission and awareness of inclusivity aligns with my values, and I am incredibly glad to see companies like Lucky Brand share the sentiments of the LGBTQ+ community.
What was your initial reaction when you were first notified that you were selected as one of the winners of our Lucky x Love t-shirt design contest?
I was first in shock, but also happy because I was never able to truly call myself an artist or designer as I’d never felt that I could be up to the standards of being an artist. Being chosen as one of the winners has taught me that anyone can be an artist, as long as you are proud of your work and find value in your creative means. I feel extremely privileged to be able to use art as an outlet for LGBTQ+ advocacy and that’s only heightened my excitement.
What does representation/visibility for the LGBTQ community mean to you?
Representation and visibility for the LGBTQ community means shining light on the numerous injustices affecting the community. For me, it means raising my voice to fight for equality and justice for everyone who does not have the same privileges or opportunities that I do. We deserve to have our identities validated, our opinions contributed, and our lives valued. It's about more than just being recognized or recognizing the issues that continuously stigmatize the LGBTQ+ community, but working to achieve the goal of social justice and manifesting the commitment to change into action.
Any specific Pride event you’re excited to attend this year? 
There are so many Pride events that I look forward to! It's too difficult to choose one. I hope to go to the New York City Youth Pride event which I went to last year in Chelsea— it was a blast, but due to my summer internship this year, there is a possibility that I won't be able to attend. Additionally, definitely the annual Pride March! While I won't be able to attend the Pride March back home in NY this year, I'm incredibly excited to be attending one this summer in a different state! Not sure where yet, but I’m totally pumped! I am also currently a campus ambassador for GLAAD and they hold numerous events for ambassadors throughout the year. I hope to be able to attend and volunteer at some of their events towards the end of the school year, including their GLAAD Media Awards!
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