Welcome the Nasty40—Creative Class of 2018! This list celebrates the emerging visionaries within the fields of fashion, image, literature, photography and art. These game changers have made their mark in 2017—they have inspired youths, subverted regressive cultural norms and combated social issues and injustices in their home countries. They are the frontiers of social and cultural change, and we are more than proud to highlight these distinguished individuals.
We spent the past couple of weeks scouring the internet looking for talent all across the continent: from well-known figures to lesser-known names who are working just as hard to pave the way for their communities. While some artists on the list do have wide-spread acclaim, we made sure to never lose sight of what was most important – the bodywork of the artist and the social or cultural impact they have created.