﷯As a great city-state, Los Angeles is a work in progress, tweaked and altered by its residents each step of the way — and they in turn are changed and shaped by the community and city in which they have chosen to live. Each year, the editors, staff writers and freelancers of L.A. Weekly search out the people in Los Angeles whose life stories represent the breadth of the region’s creativity, aspirations and achievements. From the unknown to the famous, each of the People issue subjects we selected is a participant in the manifold process by which this metropolis of 10 million attracts those seeking a bigger canvas or a place to grow. We honor the little-known researcher who may finally map the human brain, the self-made fashion designer inspired by her native Mexico, the tagger who escaped the ’hood to paint signs for Trader Joe’s, the charter school master who can quickly take a kid from near-illiteracy to high-level math, the unveiled Saudi nightclub singer who will one day challenge the rules in her native land.
Our job is easy, because behind the doors of the houses, offices, converted garages, lofts, mansions and factories in L.A.’s 114 neighborhoods are thousands of people pursuing quests, taking risks, seeking community and embracing change. Here, then, are our 54 L.A. Weekly People of 2015 — plus one horse.

photography by Ryan Orange

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