OWNER / EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
I started Deitra in 2008, blogging about local musicians in the greater Ozarks area. The first print issue of Deitra Magazine was published in December 2011, and I have since published 13 more, each issue evolving into something greater than the former. I grew up in a family of musicians, so I have a background in singing, piano and I can rock a mean saxophone. My first true love was creative and journalistic writing, but I have grown to love every aspect of what I do at the magazine, including graphic design, concept creation and photo shoot direction, fashion design and event production, among other creative endeavors. Above all, I love managing my team, which has bloomed into a creative force greater than I could have ever dreamed! I am grateful that these people want to follow me into my ultimate vision.
ON MENSWEAR: I’m such a huge fan of a man dressed in a suit! I also enjoy an androgynous wardrobe for myself, with suit jackets taylored to fit my figure.
ON GENDER IDENTITY: I love being recognized as a powerful woman. I never subscribed to the idea that women were inferior to men, and wasn’t even exposed to the idea until someone complimented my work with the added qualifier, “for a woman.” As added insult to injury, this comment came from another female. Confusing as that may have been, a person is about what’s inside their mind and soul. Outward human expression is a natural part of all of us, and I can identify with anyone who wants to be seen for who they are on the inside.
ASSISTANT EDITOR / PHOTOGRAPHER
I’ve worked variously as a writer, photographer and designer since 2009, when I landed my first journalism job despite being hilariously unqualified for it. Whether through divine intervention or sick, cosmic joke, I was able to parlay that into a host of other work ranging from photographing college sports to co-writing books with tech CEOs. I’d tell you the secret to my success, but the truth is there isn’t one — I just throw myself at anything that piques my curiosity and figure out the rest when I get there.
IN ISSUE 14: I photographed the “Awakening” spread (pg. 20), conceived, co-styled and photographed the menswear spread (“Style & Substance,” pg. 26) and proofread everything else.
ON MENSWEAR: Dressing well is important to me for a whole host of reasons, not the least of which is that it’s a great way to nonverbally convey respect for the people who grace me with their company. When I find myself in less hospitable surroundings, I value a good suit the way a medieval knight might have valued his armor — it shields me from the rhetorical fray and keeps the unwashed assholes off balance.
ON GENDER IDENTITY: The way people discuss gender identity reminds me of a famous zen koan about seven blind men feeling different parts of an elephant and arguing among each other about what they’re touching. The guy feeling the tusk says, “This is a plow!” Another guy, holding the tail, says, “You idiot, this is a flyswat!” And so on. The point is, everybody thinks their perspective is the only one that’s valid. But the truth is, we’d all be a lot better off if we spent more time listening to others and trying to understand them instead.
Hey, I’m Kristen Lentz, the beauty director for the magazine. I’ve been a stylist for more than nine years and a Sexy Hair educator for seven of those years. I absolutely love everything this industry has had to offer me. Being a part of things both on the national and local fronts keeps me on my toes in fashion and trends to help provide fun things for you, the readers.
IN ISSUE 14: I had the privilege of working the “Awakening” (pg. 20), Trinity Mayer (pg. 38) and “Boss Babes” (pg. 12) photo shoots. They were all so unique and fun — and “Boss Babes” provided me with a new perspective being in front of the camera. I love working with the whole Deitra team. While we may not all be at the same shoots, we all bring something to the table to help. We have big and small personalities, organized and chaotic mentalities, shy and outgoing demeanors — but all are a huge family that can make amazing things happen.
FUNNIEST DEITRA MOMENT: My funniest moment with Deitra, specifically for this issue, was working the “Awakening” photo shoot with Jasmine Gabriel. I had entirely too much fun dumping baby powder over her.
PERSONAL STYLE: As of late, I’ve been loving the ripped tomgirl/boyfriend fit jeans. They are incredibly comfy, and are so stylish to pair with wedges and a fun top — or Converse with a nerd/fandom tee. The guy’s section typically has the better options regarding those tee’s.
I grew up in Rogersville, and then went on to college at OTC for a couple of years. After that, I graduated and went on to College of the Ozarks, where I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Theatre in the fall of 2009. When it comes to creative paths, the ones I’ve gone down were a mix of theatre and photography. While it’s been a while since I’ve been onstage, I’ve been in three different productions at the Gillioz Theatre through OTC, as well as small stage parodies in downtown Springfield. As for photography, my initial interest was snapping photos of downtown Springfield as a means of historical documentation (I’m a Springfield history nut). Over time, I eventually branched out of shooting architecture to bands at the Deitra Nights at the former Highlife Martini Lounge, and then moved on to people.
IN ISSUE 14: For Issue 14, I did the photography for the spreads on Trinity Mayer (pg. 38), David Samples (pg. 54) and SIX (pg. 70), as well as the “Boss Babes” shoot with Tam and Kristen (pg. 12). I also captured a behind-the-scenes look for Charles’ “Awakening” shoot (pg. 20).
FAVE ISSUE 14 MOMENT: I think I’d have to say it was when we were at the Queen City Wine Dive before our photo shoot with Trinity. As we were getting ready, the guys from the kitchen brought out a ton of food. There were waffles, sausages, bacon — and, my favorite — fried chicken. Damn, that was a good meal!
DEITRA GOALS: Oh simple: To take over the world! Oh wait, I was supposed to keep that a secret…
PHOTOGRAPHER / WARDROBE MANAGER
I feel that I am a lady of many talents. I like to try different things that will expand my knowledge and help me advance to other levels of awesomeness. I’m hoping that my work with Deitra will help me achieve my dreams of becoming a master of my many crafts, and I think I’m on the right path.
IN ISSUE 14: I am the photographer who brought Stevie Victory to these pages (pg. 62).
WHAT DEITRA MEANS TO ME: Deitra is in the upper echelon of local arts, culture and music publications. It is the home for my creative outlets and without it, I may not be where I am today.
CREATIVE RITUAL: I don’t really have a creative ritual, nor do I really plan my photo shoots. Whenever I try to make plans or have elaborate ideas, they usually fall apart. I go into my photo shoots with no plans or ideas and that’s when my best work happens.
STAFF MAKEUP ARTIST
CORYN DIONE CLARK
My name is Coryn Clark. I love makeup, I love creating beauty and I love people. My creative career brings all three of my favorite things together to make magic.
IN ISSUE 14: I had the job of doing makeup, anything else Tam needed and eating snacks.
WHAT DEITRA MEANS TO ME: Deitra Magazine means the world to me. I can show the world my talent and what I can do with the best people. My goals and aspirations with the magazine are to try and make the world a prettier place. The Deitra team is a mix of some of the most amazing people. When we all get together and our creativity combines, really amazing things happen.
FUNNIEST DEITRA MOMENT: There is never a dull moment in Deitra, and I couldn’t possibly pick one single moment.
CREATIVE RITUAL: My creative ritual is to just not think too much about it because for me when I overthink, my ideas start to get cloudy. I just like to go in with a little inspiration and work hard.
ISSUE 14 CONTRIBUTORS
DESIGNER - JOSEPH PYATT
DESIGNER - RANCE LOFTSGARD
WARDROBE ASSISTANT - TRISTAN SAJONA
VIDEO - CAT RINALDI
PHOTO EDITOR - JESSE SIMS
ASSISTANTS TO THE EDITOR
PRODUCTION MANAGER - ROBERT PIPER
PRODUCTION LEAD - CHARLES GOODIN
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT - MATT LOVELAND
BEAUTY DIRECTOR - KRISTEN LENTZ
FASHION DIRECTOR - LACOMA JEFFERSON-BASS
WARDROBE MANAGER - LESLIE TUCKER
ASSISTANT WARDROBE MANAGER - CAT RINALDI
MAKEUP LEAD - CORYN DIONE CLARK
MAKEUP LEAD - ASHLEY COIN
MODEL COACH - TINA MCLEAN
ACCESSORIES DESIGNER - AJ BLANTON
GOWN DESIGNER - JOSEPH PYATT
GOWN DESIGNER - JENNIFER VAUGHN
GOWN DESIGNER - KARISSA MCINTIRE
MENSWEAR ACCESSORIES - RANCE LOFTSGARD
MENSWEAR DESIGNER - PAULIE GIBSON
BODY ARTIST - DAVID SAMPLES
CONTRIBUTING RUNWAY STYLISTS
SARAH RAE NICHOLE GAROUTTE