ACUBIEN Launches Special Issue "DESIRE"

Gus Franklyn-Bute Editor-in-Chief

ACUBIEN as the emerging and disruptive Caribbean-centric media house recently launched its inaugural digital issue on the theme of “DESIRE”. The Caribbean’s own Lia Gajahdar, a rising film director, model and former Miss Barbados was chosen to grace the cover of the special issue.  Ms. Gajahdar is stunningly captured by ACUBIEN’s Lifestyle Editor, Anthony Best in Barbados on a sweltering day in August. The gorgeous Ms. Gajahdar is also the issues lead feature (pg. 4 – 11) and in an enlightening interview is described as ‘naked or clothed, that person in the room with the most original concept.’

Ms. Gajahdar has worked with Caribbean music royalty, including Alison Hinds, Machel Montano, Patrice Roberts, Universal artist and songwriter Shontelle and Universal Recording artist Vita Chambers. Best says Lia’s beauty is evident. In perceiving the topless cover page, we set out to provoke a discussion. The world isn’t balanced. A man grows wrinkles in his face and this connotes ‘wisdom’. On a woman this signifies fading beauty.”

The ACUBIEN Special Issue “DESIRE” takes readers on a journey from ‘Where The Magic Happens (pg. 12 -15); Caribbean gastronomy with a review of Pure Ocean beachfront restaurant (pg. 16 – 19); Caribbean fashion with a feature on the intriguing Odini Sutherland, the rising designer from St. Vincent and the Grenadines and artistic director for the soca music titan Skinny Fabulous (pg. 20 – 25; culture with ‘Sweet and Sour Shanghai’ by Asia Editor, Mortiz Cheung (pg. 26 – 29); a trip down memory lane with a rummage through vintage fashion (pg. 30 – 33; a provocative and sensual interpretation of ‘Caribbean Desire’ delivered by Barbadian photographer Adrian Richards (pg. 34 – 39); and Objets of Desir with ACUBIEN Editor’s list of Top 10 desires of luxury living.

“ACUBIEN is for and about Caribbean people everywhere and for and about our friends and families across the globe” says Founder, Gus Franklyn-Bute. “As a media platform we are set to disrupt the traditional ways of working across the Caribbean region and create genuine opportunities for aspiring Caribbean entrepreneurs who continue to struggle because of limited opportunities to actively sell their good and services in international markets.ACUBIEN is changing the way we view ourselves, and each other and changing the way the world views the Caribbean.

ACUBIEN “DESIRE” – Special Issue


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15 December, 2015