The Five at Five: Darian Symoné Harvin

7 Apr 2022

From hidden-gems to places to people-watch, from bookshops to beauty spots – here is some inspiration, celebrating the independents in our local neighbourhoods around the world.

This week’s selection has been curated by Darian Symoné Harvin, the beauty editor at Los Angeles Times’ Image, as well as a reporter and news editor covering beauty at the intersection of politics and pop culture. Having previously worked for BuzzFeed News and Teen Vogue, Darian now uses her journalism and curatorial skills to craft distinct narratives on how beauty affects our lives.

Darian Symoné Harvin

Darian also writes the newsletter BEAUTY IRL, which is an extension of her work. And although she lives in Los Angeles, she is still a New Yorker at heart.


Darian Symoné Harvin

Déviant in Paris. Delicious and spirited.”


Darian Symoné Harvin

“Venice Beach. A hectic variety of people calmed by the beach surrounding them making for an interesting sight.”


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Reset Thrift Shop in Athens. They came to my rescue for a pair of Levi jeans that fit perfectly. I wear them to this day.”


Darian Symoné Harvin

Wi Spa in Koreatown, LA. Nobody finds me there.”


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“Chicago. The stylish girls there inspire me.”