Hard to fathom that it’s the start of a new decade… When I was asked to pull together Volt’s ‘One’s to Watch’ feature for the second year running, I found myself less clear this time round as to whom I wanted to include. After a long think one thing became clear – the boys are most definitely back in town. I’m excited to present to you some 2010’s most innovative gentlemen. When I first pitched this feature to Volt it was the end of 2008. At that time I wanted to focus on female talent. The aim was to celebrate the colossal individuality of some girls that were seriously rocking the boat of their chosen fields. This resulted in Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes), Gemma Slack (designer), Brigitte Aphrodite (comedian/musician), VV Brown (singer), Josephine Oniyama (singer), and Laura Dockrill (published poet). Will the boys end up doing as well?

By Gemma Cairney

Gemma Cairney, 24, is a broadcaster. She currently presents the BBC 1Xtra Breakfast Show with Trevor Nelson between 7-10am.

Hair and Make up by Jamie Thomas @ Phamous Artists using Estee Lauder

Stylist’s assistant: Marshall Johnson

Shot at The Temple, Andaz Hotel


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