Cute Whore Swift Ones, Trishelle Esposito

Cute Whore Swift Ones, Trishelle Esposito

It’s 7:30 pm on a Thursday night in Toronto. The weather is gloomy and the air is crisp. Lux Stone has invited me over to the home he shares with Babe Laurent for tea. 

A framed poster of Amy Winehouse’s iconic Rolling Stone cover hangs above a mini bar that consists of a quarter full bottle of Bacardi, a candy dish filled with polaroids and a pack of smokes in a tea cup. 

I take a seat beside Lux at the dining table; he FaceTimes Babe who is in London, Ontario preparing for a trip to Paris, France. 

In the past five months, Cute Whore have quietly released three psychedelic, hypnotizing music videos for songs that are reminiscent of electro pop, circa 2009.

The duo, who pull inspiration from the 90’s and pop stars, have been working on music together since 2014. 

“Everyone kept telling us that we should be in a band and we both thought that would be funny,” says Babe. “It just turned from a joke idea to a real thing and then we wrote a song together that was actually good and we kept writing songs.”

Cute Whore Swift Ones, Trishelle Esposito

Cute Whore Swift Ones, Trishelle Esposito

“I was a little bit worried about my clean image and how it would effect my music.”

Cute Whore Swift Ones, Trishelle Esposito

Cute Whore Swift Ones Jess Baumung

The band’s music, like their name, plays on sexuality and innocence–which may scare the shit out of the people who have watched them grow up on Degrassi: The Next Generation

“I think that it might scare the fans who have watched us on Degrassi,” says Babe. “I just think that those kind of feelings (sex and drugs) are what go through every teenager’s mind–which is what we were when we started the band. Those feelings are what were going on at the time for us, so we wrote about it.”

Lux takes a sip of his green tea and chimes in, “We took a whole year of writing and coming up with ideas before we recorded or ever thought about putting anything out. We were just writing non-stop because we were so inspired at the time and we were teenagers.”

The two haven’t aged much since then, however when talking to them, it is quite easy to see that they are both wise beyond their years. They share the same love for classic cinema and have extensive music knowledge which is pretty impressive for their age. 

“We have very similar interests,” says Lux. “Lately, we’ve been watching a lot of Lars von Trier, Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch—Twin Peaks especially.” 

“I like very whimsical and mysterious movies, but also very stylized movies with good music and fashion,” Babe chimes in.

And I like blood and horror,” Lux laughs.

When the two aren’t working on music, they’re listening to everything from Lil Kim to Marilyn Manson to Lana Del Rey. 

Cute Whore Swift Ones, Trishelle Esposito

Cute Whore Swift Ones, Trishelle Esposito

The duo are currently on Degrassi: The Next Class, which made me ask, “Were you a bit worried to release your music, as it doesn’t coincide with the clean image you present on the show?”

“I was a little bit worried about my clean image and how it would effect my music,” Babe jokingly says and laughs. “Honestly, music is a totally different thing and I want it to not be related to my acting and the show. Degrassi isn’t our life. It is one part of our acting profession. I never want Cute Whore to be associated with it because they’re two different jobs that we do.”

“The support has been really great online,” adds Lux. “A lot of people notice the style and aesthetic and they get it, which is amazing.”

Although the two have found successes in other aspects of their careers, I asked what success would be for them. 

“Success would be recognition for what we’re doing,” Says Babe. “I want people to hear what we’re doing, because I think it’s worth hearing and I think that people will get something out of it.”

“Success to me would be being able to do or create whatever I want at my disposal with no boundaries,” says Lux.

Cute Whore are currently working on not one, but two EP’s “So Hard” and “Lost Souls” that will be released this summer. 

The video for their ultra dreamy tune, “Cult Leader” will be dropping within the next few weeks and on top of all that, the band are working on their first short film, “Dancing for the Devil”

“So what’s Cute Whore’s mission?” I ask.

Luxx and Babe both laugh.

“Cute Whore’s mission is a rocket into space mission,” says Lux with a chuckle.

I’m not too sure what that means, but I’m sure that rocket ship will be packed with nothing less than brilliance and excitement.

Cute Whore Swift Ones, Trishelle Esposito

Cute Whore Swift Ones, Jess Baumung

Cute Whore Swift Ones Jess Baumung

Cute Whore Swift Ones, Trishelle Esposito

Creative Director: Trishelle Esposito
Photos: Trishelle Esposito
Photo Assistant: Jess Baumung
Make-Up Artist & Hair: Amy Harper
Written: Trishelle Esposito

There’s Something About Melinda Shankar



Dreaming of warmer days, Swift Ones looks back on when we caught up with Degrassi alum, Melinda Shankar this past summer.



What inspired you to become an actor?

My grandmother was one of the first theatre actress’ in Guyana, my great grandfather founded the production company. My mother would tell me stories about them travelling throughout South America performing and it sounded like my ideal lifestyle. I wanted to carry on the tradition.

What projects are you currently working on?

After completing a six year stint working full time, I took a little break to travel and to regroup my energy. Most recently- a film called Filth City, premiering in the Spring. It was my first dark comedy, about the Rob Ford crack scandal. The character (Monica) was tough, caught up in gangs, had a gun.. she was definitely fun to play.



You are the founder of Miss Conception Society. What is Miss Conception Society and why is it important to you?

Miss Conception Society is a lifestyle program. The focus is to empower our generation into understanding the importance of self development as they transition into young adults. From Ottawa Film Festival workshops to coaching delegates of Miss Teen Canada and Miss Universe Canada pageants, the Miss Conception Society’s objective is to help distinguish your personal brand and to guide you through building confidence while defying your misconceptions.

Miss Conception is important to me because as an actress, I’ve had to think of myself as brand before ever getting to discover myself as a person. I grew up in the public eye, and for me the key to staying sane was setting my own standards and creating my own goals. There is something really powerful about knowing every part of yourself, and trusting your own judgement. Show business makes you grow up at a fast rate, I created Miss Conception to contribute my insight and hopefully inspire my audience to focus inward and to create their own destiny!

What song best describes you?

Money Power Glory by Lana Del Rey.

What inspires you?

I grew up obsessing over every and anything Sophia Lauren. I rewatch old classic Hollywood films starring her or Marilyn Monroe before my auditions. Their elegance and charm embodies a tone in career that I admire.

What would be your dream role?

A badass action role! I’ve been a martial artist since I was three, I come from a family of blackbelts. My older sisters and father are third degree blackbelts and were training before I was born. After my brother and I got involved in the family craft, we opened a karate school in Ottawa before my acting career started. Having grown up in a dojo, I feel like I was bread to play a role similar to Angelina in Salt, or Scar Jo in Lucy. (Action roles all over my vision board)

What have been some of your biggest achievements in your career thus far?

My first job ever was in LA, I was 14 and had always pictured a life as an actress in California. It was very surreal and inspirational. My Canadian Screen Award win for How to be Indie, was definitely a highlight in my professional life. I was nominated for a Gemini award the year prior for the same role. It’s the first show ever created with a South Asian lead, so I was honoured to pave the way. I won Best Actress award at the Spain international Film Fest for “Festival of lights”, a film I shot in New York and in Guyana. Getting to travel back to the country my parents grew up in for work, was definitely an unforgettable and humbling experience. Finishing my last press tour for Degrassi in Paris was a dream come true. After eight incredible seasons and a finale storyline taking place in Paris, it was the perfect closure to end that chapter of my life.



What have you learned in your career thus far?

To follow your intuition, and to never stop learning. The entertainment industry doesn’t have one set path to success, or even any logic to how you get there. It’s a very competitive and unpredictable environment. You need very tough skin to handle this business. It’s most important to understand that everyone is on their own journey. Jealousy gets you no where, working hard and listening to your gut instinct worked for me. I still take private acting coaching twice a week and for each audition I get. I’ve worked full time for as long as I can remember, and I can honestly say that i’m always learning who I am through the craft. How did it all happen? I have no idea, it all just sort of fell into place.

What parts of pop culture fascinate you?

The complexity and importance of Pop culture is what intrigues me. It can have a misconception of being easy and sterotypically main stream, but what fascinates me is the influence it can have on a generation. Positive or negative, pop culture grooms their following in whichever way they choose to express themselves. Whether that be generic, or niche, there is always something for everyone. It’s up to the artist to share their values through their work. It’s interesting to see which route pop stars take.

Do you have any TV shows that you are currently binge watching?

I just spent a while in London, and i’ve grown to obsess over British series like Downtown Abbey and Mr. Selfridges. I also just finished Jessica Jones, Billions, and i’m currently on Homeland.

What item can you not live without?

I cannot live without my journal. I have a love/hate relationship with technology and I’m old school/biased when it comes to writing on paper. I have about six journals on the go, each for a different purpose. Writing is therapeutic for me. I’ve been journalling since I could write.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

My guilty pleasure is anything dill pickle related. I had a pickle themed bday party in gr 4, I renamed my bedroom Pickleslovakia in sixth grade (I was president!). My best snack invention is vanilla ice cream with dill pickles pickles. Pickle back shots are my American obsession. I keep trying to make it a “thing” in Canada, it was my official bday drink last week!

Who is your favourite Spice Girl?

Posh Spice. Albeit being in a girl group, her attitude energy always stood out to me.

What is the most valuable advice your family has taught you?

That happiness equals success. To do whatever your heart and soul desires. I have an incredibly connected family of six. They keep me grounded, real, and focused. Our strict martial arts upbringing instilled us with some core values, which I love and can now appreciate. My Shankars show me unconditional love and support no matter what life throws my way. At the end of the day, what’s the point of success if you don’t have anyone to share it with?


Check out Mindy’s work out playlist on our Spotify!

Photos: Katie Sadie
Creative Director: Trishelle Esposito
Photo Assistant: Kimberley Harkness
Make-Up Artist: Amy Harper
Stylist: Chantalle Lovery
Location: Toronto,The Bluffs





Since becoming the first female to win Much’s VJ Search 2.0 in 2009, Liz Trinnear has evolved into one of Canada’s most loved television personalities. Swift Ones caught up with the music loving, fashionista for a fun-packed day of dancing in heels, good conversation and keeping warm on a cold Toronto beach.

You are celebrating 5 years at MUCH. What has been the most valuable thing you have learned in the past 5 years?
BE YOURSELF. As cliché as this sounds, one of my biggest struggles was to find inner confidence and acceptance of who I am. When you are in your early twenties there is a “self-discovery” period you go through and to be honest, I’m not sure you ever truly know “who you are”. Trying to go through that on television and growing in front of the camera adds a whole new level of confusion. Being pushed and pulled in different directions and having people challenge you to be more like ______ can really mess with your inner confidence. The best lesson in life you can learn is to love yourself for who are and change for no one.

What are your top 5 milestones in your career so far?
-Winning the 2009 VJ search and beating out 4,000 others
-Covering the winter Olympics in 2010 in Whistler, BC.
-Hosting the MMVA Red Carpet special three years in a row.
-Interviewing and hosting a half hour special with Taylor Swift
-Becoming Topshop brand ambassador

If you weren’t a VJ what would you be doing?
Before I won the VJ search, I was an intern at a really cool company called Vapor Music in Toronto, which works specifically with music placement in TV/Film, both composing and licensing. I have dreamt about working in the industry ever since I saw an interview with the music supervisor from the iconic THE O.C. soundtrack It would definitely be something related to music, fashion, and/or comedy.



What disbanded group/band would you love to get back together for a reunion?
My Chemical Romance – There are so many groups over the years that have disbanded that I would LOVE to see get back together, but My Chemical Romance played a big role in my love for music. I know some people are laughing right now, but I’m not even an ounce embarrassed. In high school I played bassin a My Chemical Romance cover band called “Throwing DownRoses” – Okay, now that is something you can laugh about!

Name one item in your closet you couldn’t live without
My black leather/pleather motorcycle coat. Dress it up, dress it down – you can literally pair it with anything and everything. My little black dress is my little black jacket.

What are some of your current guilty pleasures?
1. Watching McMorris & McMorris on CraveTV
2. Buying an excessive amount of coats/jackets
3. Listening to my iPod from high school – so much teenage angst
4. Blasting 5 Seconds of Summer
5. Organic snacks
6. Spending too much money on herbal tea that I never drink
7. Online shopping but not checking out

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?
I try not to make any new year resolutions because I always break them. Instead, this year I will try to adapt a healthier lifestyle both mentally and physically, eat right with everything in moderation, stay fit, thinking positively, and try to not be such a “Turd Ferguson” sometimes.

You’ve recently began DJ’ing under the name, DJ Lamb. Can you make us a quick playlist to get us pumped up before a night out?
Fifth Harmony – SledgeHammer
Beyonce – 7/11
Vanic X K. Flay – Can’t Sleep
iLoveMakonnen – Tuesday
London Grammar – Strong (Loston Rework)
Robyn – Should Have Known

Click here to creep what happened behind the scenes!


Photos: Katie Sadie
Creative Director: Trishelle Esposito
Photo Assistant: Kimberly Harkness
Make Up Artist: Haley Bogaert
Hair: Bailey MW Winter
Stylist: Mirian Njoh
BTS Video by: Mike Tobin
Location: Golden Boy Studio and The Bluffs
Written: Trishelle Esposito

Liz Trinnear: Sneak Peek


We had the pleasure of shooting TV personality, Liz Trinnear–the most stylish and vibrant face of MUCH. Here is a behind the scenes video of our fun filled day thanks to Mike Tobin of Body Parts Productions. We had an awesome time putting this together with a kick ass team and we can’t wait to share.
Full editorial coming January 2015, so stay tuned.



Hello world, meet your next pop vixen, Kara Lane of The Boom Boom. When you first meet her, Kara gives off this compelling vibe that makes you fall in love with her and want to know everything about her like, “What does her hair smell like?” and “Who is her favourite Sailor Scout?”. There’s no denying Kara, who has been described by Perez Hilton as a young Gwen Stefani, has the “It” Factor.


The Boom Boom met back in High School while Kara was skipping class to smoke cigarettes. “I was sitting on a curb when this deliciously awkward boy, Bobby parked himself right beside me and asked for a light. The rest was history.”
The Boom Boom have had so many surreal experiences in the past few years; One being playing the official MTV VMA pre party that Perez Hilton threw in New York City. “We got to hang with Perez and play the Williamsburg Music Hall which was definitely a milestone!”


The Boom Boom are currently making a transition into a rockier space sonically. While living in their mother’s basements, they’ve put together a 6 song EP entitled, “Stoned On The School Bus” that will be completed by mid September. We can’t wait!


Nickname: Laney

What is an item in your makeup case you can’t live without?
Oddly enough, my pocket knife in the shape of a bullet that some weird man at a party gave me. It is the most useful thing I own. And my YSL mascara, obviously.

What are some of your current obsessions?
Pokemon, spaghetti and my Venus fly trap that my boyfriend named Larry David. It died but I am convinced I can bring him back from the dead with a quick seance. It will be so goth, I can’t wait.


What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Drake. Drake. Drake. Say she want the old drake, girl don’t temp me

What is your most valued possession?
I don’t tend to value material items because in my hands they either end up broken or MIA. Although, I do value this vintage Playgirl magazine from the 70′s that my mom gave me. The centrefold is a buck naked hairy man sitting in a reclining chair and looking immensely casual. It’s honestly a priceless piece of art.

Can you describe your personal style?

I’d say I dress like a 12 year old boy who wants to come out of the closet imminently. Laid back with mom’s pearls on, pretty much.

What is your spirit animal?
Hoggle from the labyrinth


What song best describes you?
The Bad Touch by Bloodhound Gang

Who would you like to collaborate with?
Stevie Nicks or Mykki Blanco. Both unapologetic and innovative.

What is the best thing your mother has taught you?
Never let your age inhibit you. My mom is in her 60′s and exudes this incredible, unparalleled light. She is more exciting and energetic than most people my age. I think wrinkles are beautiful and awesome!


Photos: Katie Sadie
Written: Trishelle Esposito
Photo Assistant: Trishelle Esposito
Creative Direction: Katie Sadie and Trishelle Esposito (SWIFT ONES)
Make Up Artist: Maya Adivi
Location: A super awesome top secret place where magic happens

BlogTO Lists Katie Sadie as one of Toronto’s Best Up-And-Coming Fashion Photographers

BlogTO has listed Swift Ones’ Katie Sadie as one of Toronto’s top 10 up-and-coming fashion photographers.
Katie’s fast growing resume includes work with Elite Model Management, Fashion Magazine, Think Contra and more.
Most recently, Katie has collaborated with every girl’s favourite magazine, NYLON.

In the words of Drizzy Drake, um so, um so, um so PROUD OF YOU! Stay SWIFT.

Check Out The BlogTO Article, Here!



Photos: Katie Sadie

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