By Cero Magazine
September 19, 2023

Backstage at Ashlyn Spring 2024

Take an exclusive look backstage at the designer's latest show.


(Bent and Broken) Into a Better Shape

Photographer Boe Marion and stylist Jess Roberts celebrate the power and possibility of movement with the help of former New York City Ballet dancer Jonathan Fahoury.

Generation Next
From Trans Visibility to Trans Vitality by Raquel Willis

From Trans Visibility to Trans Vitality

The trans rights activist and author writes about the importance of moving beyond mere visibility in a hostile, anti-trans political landscape in an exclusive opinion piece.

Hari Nef

Hari Nef Puts Personal Connection First

After a steady stream of roles in powerful Off Broadway plays and buzzy television series, the actor and writer finds her biggest stage yet as Doctor Barbie in this summer's highly anticipated blockbuster.

Ariana Boussard-Reifel


A selection of some of our favorite accessories from some of New York's most prolific designers.

New York by Mari Sarai

Welcome to New York

Mari Sarai's timeless black-and-white photographs offer an introduction to our new issue exploring the creativity and spirit of life in New York.

Sleeping Beauties

Ethan James Green's Sleeping Beauties

In the latest show at his new Chinatown gallery, the photographer curates a century-spanning collection of unseen and underappreciated portraits celebration the human form.

Love by Lucian Clifforth and Elly McGaw


For our New York issue, photographer Lucian Clifforth and stylist Elly McGaw have come together to create a celebration of love in all its forms—from platonic to maternal to even a bit foreboding.

Peter Do

In the Room with Peter Do and Ocean Vuong

The celebrated New York designer, recently appointed to lead Helmut Lang, and our poetry editor share a wide-ranging conversation about Vietnamese identity, impostor syndrome, and opening the right kinds of doors.

Jordan Roth

Jordan Roth Embraces His Fullest Self

The Broadway producer and avid fashionista behind some of New York's biggest theatrical hits of recent years refuses to hide who he is.

Paul Kooiker
Allyson Felix
Nick Robinson
Adam Chanler-Berat


Sonya Mohova stars in our first fashion cover story photographed by Paul Kooiker and styled by Andrej Skok.

Allyson Felix Takes on the World

After becoming the most-decorated female and the most-decorated American track and field athlete in Olympic history in Tokyo, the sprinter is ready to focus her attention on fighting maternal mortality and uplifting female athletes through her new sports empire Saysh.

Nick Robinson Wants to Know More

As the abusive ex-boyfriend in Netflix's acclaimed miniseries 'Maid,' the Seattle native shines a light on the impossible situation faced by America's working class.

Live from New York: Adam Chanler-Berat

After spending last year filming HBO Max's 'Gossip Girl' reboot, the actor is finally back onstage in a downtown revival of Stephen Sondheim's 'Assassins,' helping to illuminate the pulse of violence that courses through American politics.


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Allyson Felix Takes on the World

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Allyson Felix

Nick Robinson Wants to Know More

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Live from New York: Adam Chanler-Berat

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Anthony Ramos

Anthony Ramos Knows Where He Came From

The Brooklyn born and raised star of the new blockbuster 'Transformers: Rise of the Beasts,' found his way to acting and a Golden Globe nomination for his star turn in 'In the Heights' thanks to a scholarship and he's ready to return the favor.

Andrew Burnap

Andrew Burnap Asks the Tough Questions

As King Arthur in Lincoln Center Theatre's new revival of the classic musical 'Camelot,' the Tony winner resurfaces the man behind the myth and examines timeless issues of power, responsibility, and justice.

Charlotte Gastaut Fifth Avenue Blooms

Charlotte Gastaut Takes Over Fifth Avenue

The French artist and Van Cleef & Arpels brought her illustrations of flora and fauna to an outsized installation spreading joy on Fifth Avenue.

Irina Kravchenko


Our latest digital exclusive fashion editorial is a celebration of movement and form that pays homage to Ukraine's resilient spirit with Kiev native Irina Kravchenko.

Brooke Holm

A Trip to Mars with Brooke Holm

The photographer's latest exhibition pairs her aerial photographs of Death Valley with NASA's images of Mars in a reminder of the fragility of our planet.

Justin Peck

Justin Peck's American Visions

In his latest work for New York City Ballet, the company's resident choreographer reimagines Copland's classic dance scores to reflect a newly inclusive nation.

Jordan Fisher

Jordan Fisher Sings in Full Color

The veteran of screen and stage returns to Broadway in a lush revival of 'Sweeney Todd' as a new father seeking greater emotional and artistic depth.

Stefani Robinson

Stefani Robinson Is Enough for Herself

After four seasons on 'Atlanta,' the writer and producer brings the lessons she learned in Donald Glover's writers' room about self-acceptance to her feature debut 'Chevalier.'

Georgina Pazcoguin

Celebrating Georgina Pazcoguin's Next Step

Cero Collective helped toast the artist as she transitions from a dancer at New York City Ballet to a coproducer on 'Here Lies Love,' continuing her work to increase AAPI representation in the arts.

Live from New York
Jordan Dobson

Live from New York: Jordan Dobson

After weeks doing double duty on Broadway in performances of 'A Beautiful Noise' and rehearsals of 'Bad Cinderella,' the actor focuses on being himself and standing out rather than fitting in as Prince Sebastian in Andrew Lloyd Webber's revisionist fairy tale.

Live from New York
Georgina Pazcoguin

Live from New York: Georgina Pazcoguin

After over two decades as one of the most prominent Asian-American ballerinas in the country at New York City Ballet, the half-Filipino dancer is tackling an entirely different creative challenge as a co-producer on this summer's Broadway transfer of 'Here Lies Love.'

Jessie Mei Li

Jessie Mei Li Shows Both Sides

The mixed race and gender nonconforming actor strives to represent all the facets of her identity as the lead in Netflix's hit fantasy series 'Shadow and Bone.'

Live from New York
Michelle Rofrano

Live from New York: Michelle Rofrano

As the founder of the activism-focused Protestra and the artistic director of City Lyric Opera, the conductor emphasizes underrepresented voices as critical to the future of classical music.

Live from New York
Beth Morrison

Live from New York: Beth Morrison

As the leader of an eponymous production company and a cofounder of the annual Prototype Festival, the impresario has been at the forefront of the "indie opera" movement for nearly two decades supporting underrepresented voices.

Fionn Whitehead

Fionn Whitehead Gets Real

As Pip in the gritty new 'Great Expectations' miniseries, the English actor seeks out the truth in one of history's most adapted novels.

Live from New York
James Ijames

Live from New York: James Ijames

The Pulitzer-winning playwright and director considers his artistic future and the landscape of contemporary American theater as his 'Fat Ham,' which re-envisions 'Hamlet' with a Black family at a Southern barbecue, reaches Broadway.

Live from New York
Khris Davis

Live from New York: Khris Davis

As the legendary boxer George Foreman in a new biopic spanning decades of his life, the actor leans on his stage training coming off a turn in a Black-led Broadway revival of 'Death of a Salesman.'

Live from New York
Keerati Jinakunwiphat

Live from New York: Keerati Jinakunwiphat

The choreographer and dancer made history when she became the first Asian-American woman to be commissioned by New York City Ballet in February with her evocative new work "Fortuitous Ash."

Live from New York
Okieriete Onaodowan

Live from New York: Okieriete Onaodowan

As the nominal antagonist Krogstad in Jamie Lloyd and Amy Herzog's bracingly intimate new production of 'A Doll's House' on Broadway, the actor says stripping things back shows the landmark play in a new light.

Dominique Fishback

Dominique Fishback Stands Up for Her Community

As her platform grows thanks to roles as the murderous Dre in 'Swarm' and in this summer's upcoming 'Transformers' blockbuster, the Brooklyn native continues to uplift and speak out for the people who made her the actor she is today.

Roze Traore

Rōze Traore Broadens Horizons

With a new hotel in his family's ancestral home of Côte d'Ivoire, the chef and model bridges Western and African sensibilities to encourage cross-cultural conversations.

Live from New York
Ayodele Casel

Live from New York: Ayodele Casel

As the curator of New York City Center's weekend-long celebration of tap, the choreographer and dancer looks both forward and back, cementing her place in the long legacy of artists who have made the art form what it is.

How We Love

How We Love

Laura Cresté's work brims with a mix of violence and attraction in the latest in our series of original poetry.

Sudan Archives

The Many Layers of Sudan Archives

The singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist released one of last year's most celebrated albums with 'Natural Brown Prom Queen,' and is now ready to kick off a busy summer festival season with a return to Coachella next month.

Live from New York
Will Harrison

Live from New York: Will Harrison

After spending years in Los Angeles working on his breakout role in the new hit series 'Daisy Jones & The Six,' the young actor returns to New York for his stage debut leading a tight ensemble in the intimate new play 'The Coast Starlight.'

vintage accessories

From the Archive

Our series celebrating some of fashion's most iconic accessories continues with a selection of bags, shoes, and belts that have helped define their brands.

Mimi Webb

Mimi Webb Is Ready to Level Up

After breaking out on TikTok during the pandemic, the English singer-songwriter continues to hit new milestones, with a top-ten single, international tours, and now her debut album.

Rudy Pankow

Lifelong Learning with Rudy Pankow

On the cusp of a new stage in his career, one of the breakout stars of Netflix hit 'Outer Banks' relishes every opportunity he has to teach himself more.

Pauline Chalamet

Looking Back with Pauline Chalamet

With the release of the second season of 'The Sex Lives of College Girls,' the French-American actor reflects on her journey from young dancer in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen to industry veteran anchored in Paris.

Steph Shiu


Our fashion director makes her inaugural foray behind the camera with a celebration of the female form starring her muse.

Theo James

Theo James Does It All

Over a decade into a career that has spanned action franchises, period dramas, documentaries, and, most recently, the latest season of HBO hit 'The White Lotus,' the English actor keeps challenging himself in new ways.

Making Space on the Stage

Making Space on the Stage: Diversity in Ballet

We gathered Jovani Furlan, Georgina Pazcoguin, and Calvin Royal III for a powerful panel discussion on diversity and representation in ballet.

Bella Ramsey

Bella Ramsey Is the Hero We Need

In an exclusive, heartfelt conversation, the star of HBO's new hit 'The Last of Us' speaks with showrunner Craig Mazin about learning her lines, the proto-feminism of 'Catherine Called Birdy,' and the importance of an "anxiety buddy."

Tomo Jidai Session Work

Tomo Jidai Showcases His Session Work

In a new book, the celebrated hairstylist revisits the many highlights of a long career full of collaboration and creativity.

Isaac Cole Powell

The Reinvention of Isaac Powell

After a run of high-profile Broadway roles, the North Carolina native discusses his time exploring queer subcultures on 'American Horror Story: NYC,' breaking into new genres, and his personal philosophy on maturing as a gay man.

Oscar yi Hou

The Unknowable Subjects of Oscar yi Hou

In a standout show at the Brooklyn Museum, the UOVO Prize winner's captivating paintings invite viewers to commune with their subjects while also offering them a measure of protection.

Félix Auger-Aliassime

Félix Auger-Aliassime's Breakthrough Year

Since reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final in the summer of 2021, the Canadian tennis player has been on a steady ascent, fueled by his focus on the court and a dedication to giving back to the next generation.

The Dance x Cero Magazine

The Dance x Cero Magazine Hosted by Fin Argus

On a cold December night, we celebrated CERO05 with subject Fin Argus and Channel 1 at a classic restaurant in Little Italy.

2022 LVMH Prize
Tokyo James

The 2022 LVMH Prize: Tokyo James

After moving from London to Lagos, the British-Nigerian designer has established himself with a penchant for atypical textures and patterns and a vision that pulls from his dual heritage in both England and Africa.

Tyree Daye

Mama's Poem

Tyree Daye contributes a work about maternal connection to our series of original poetry.

Spencer Phipps

Spencer Phipps Wants to Take It Outside

The San Francisco-born, Paris-based designer is leading the movement bringing outdoorront of the evolution of outdoof gear into fashion with a sustainability-minded creative vision inspired by hiking, nature, and eclectic Americana.

2022 LVMH Prize
S.S. Daley

The 2022 LVMH Prize: S.S. Daley

After three seasons exploring Britain's complicated history of class and masculinity, this year's LVMH Prize winner is expanding his vision while keeping his focus firmly and his homeland's idiosyncratic nature.

Jordan Dalah

Hometown Boy Jordan Dalah

After graduating from Central Saint Martins, the Australian designer returned to his homeland for a stunning runway debut and is making a name for himself with his voluptuous, intricate designs on his own terms.

Jovan Adepo

Jovan Adepo Is Here to Stay

After a series of standout performances from 'The Leftovers' and 'Fences' to 'Watchmen,' the Emmy-nominated actor is now starring in Damien Chazelle's Silent Hollywood epic 'Babylon' in the true-to-life role of an entertainer making a place for himself in a punishing industry.

2022 LVMH Prize

The 2022 LVMH Prize: KNWLS

London-based duo Charlotte Knowles and Alexandre Arsenault have been creating provocative and subversive designs for empowered women for years—and the rest of the industry is finally catching up to them.

2022 LVMH Prize

The 2022 LVMH Prize: ASHLYN

Korea-born, New York-based designer Ashlynn Park's eponymous line is a blend of Eastern deconstruction and Western tailoring, marked by an emphasis on process and craftsmanship passed along to younger generations.

2022 LVMH Prize

The 2022 LVMH Prize: Ryunosukeokazaki

In only two seasons, the Japanese designer has captivated the fashion world with his swirling, sculptural designs which evoke nature, spirituality, and a message of peace and hope inspired by his hometown of Hiroshima.

Joey George


For our first beauty story, hairstylist Joey George creates a lyrical, dreamy fantasy with inventive hair sculptures.

2022 LVMH Prize

The 2022 LVMH Prize: ERL

After years as a director, Eli Russell Linnetz launched his Venice-based line of Americana classics seen through a trippy California lens and is now one of the joint winners of this year's Karl Lagerfeld Prize and a Kim Jones collaborator for Dior Men.

2022 LVMH Prize

The 2022 LVMH Prize: WINNIE New York

As one of the joint winners of this year's Karl Lagerfeld Prize, Brooklyn-based Idris Balogun brings a focus on sustainability to his designs, blending his family's Nigerian heritage with his Savile Row training to create impeccable tailoring.

Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken's Works

A new compendium collects three decades of the artist's inimitable and omnivorous works.

2022 LVMH Prize
Roisin Pierce

The 2022 LVMH Prize: Róisín Pierce

With a devotion to the revival of Irish craft traditions and an emphasis on sustainable, slow production, the Dublin-based designer is reimagining nostalgia for a bold, new age.

Olivia Liang

Olivia Liang Is the Role Model She Wishes She Had

As the lead of 'Kung Fu,' the first drama with a cast of predominantly Asian descent on network television, the actor is carving a space for younger generations who look like her.

Raúl Castillo

Raúl Castillo Bridges the Divide

In a watershed season, the actor returns to the New York stage for the first time in eight years and is already garnering awards buzz for his turn in Elegance Bratton's semi-autobiographical new film 'The Inspection.'

Live from New York
Samara Joy

Live from New York: Samara Joy

After releasing her first album amidst the pandemic, the jazz singer has been bringing her inimitable voice to the stage, earning two Grammy nominations this week, including for Best New Artist.

Live from New York
Danya Taymor

Live from New York: Danya Taymor

After directing the first play to reopen Broadway after the Covid-19 shutdown last year, the director is looking forward to a more inclusive and diverse American theater scene.

Nada Alic

Nada Alic Writes It Out

After years working as an e-commerce editorial director and strategist, the author takes the plunge into fiction with a book of eerie short stories and a novel on the way.

Ryan Pfluger Holding Space

Ryan Pfluger in Conversation with Janicza Bravo

The photographer and the director spoke about agency and art-marking to celebrate the former's new book.

Ryan Pfluger

Ryan Pfluger Is Holding Space for His Community

The photographer's new book offers agency to one hundred queer, interracial couples in intimate images and interviews about their lives and relationships.

Quintessa Swindell

Quintessa Swindell Reveals Their True Self

As Cyclone in the new DC Comics blockbuster 'Black Adam' and Maya in Paul Schrader's forthcoming festival favorite 'Master Gardener,' the rising actor is working to expand the limits of representation in Hollywood.

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez Is Doing It for the Girls

After breaking out in a historic turn on 'Pose,' the actor and singer is intent on living life in Hollywood as her fullest self while representing her community and uplifting LGBTQ+ youth.

Wild Strawberries at Gallery 125 Newbury

125 Newbury Brings Arne Glimcher Back to His Roots

After six decades at the helm of the international powerhouse Pace Gallery, founder Arne Glimcher returns to his roots working directly with art and artists themselves at a new Tribeca gallery.

Justin Vivian Bond and Anthony Roth Costanzo

Justin Vivian Bond and Anthony Roth Costanzo's Genre-Hopping Collaboration

The cabaret star and the celebrated countertenor bring their exuberant two-hander 'Only An Octave Apart' to London with a mix of pop, rock, cabaret, and classical music.

Daniella De Jesús

Herencia: Daniella De Jesús and María-Elena Pombo

Our portfolio of Latinx creatives concludes with a Dominican-American dramatist, author, and actor who crafts worlds as surreal as our own and a Venezuelan multidisciplinary artist who work confronts our organic past and our consumerist future.

Fin Argus

Fin Argus Expects More

After a breakthrough year with the 'Queer as Folk' reboot, a film making the festival rounds, and a new single, the actor is ready to hold themself and their collaborators to a higher standard.

Afropunk Festival 2022

On the Ground: Afropunk Festival 2022

Last weekend, Afropunk Festival returned to Brooklyn for the first time since 2019, drawing a crowd full of vivid and emphatic style statements.

Jovani Furlan

Herencia: Jovani Furlan and Nicole Della Costa

Our portfolio of Latinx creatives continues with two Brazilians, a New York City Ballet principal who recently launched his own dancewear line supporting the next generation of boys in dance and a poet driven to make her art form more accessible around the world.

Live from New York
Marielis Garcia

Live from New York: Marielis Garcia

After the pandemic lockdown revealed the inequities of the dance world, the choreographer and educator returned to dancemaking with a renewed focus on improving conditions for artists.

Maison Martin Margiela

From the Archive

Our new series offers an inventory of some of fashion’s most iconic accessories.

Sophie Andes Gascon

Herencia: Sophie Andes Gascon and Mariana Garibay Raeke

Our portfolio of Latinx creatives begins with a Brazilian-Canadian designer who unfolds her family history in her clothes and a Mexican artist who investigates her own body in her paintings.

Shapeshifter Glorietta Reantaso


In our latest digital exclusive fashion editorial, Glorietta Reantaso transforms with the help of an all-AAPI team.

Fernando A. Flores short story

You Got It, Take It Away

A short story from Fernando A. Flores's début collection 'Valleyesque' is the next in our series of new fiction.

Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong

With the publication of his latest collection 'Time Is a Mother,' our poetry editor finds himself at a turning point in his creative growth, and ready for the next step.

Marcus Scribner

Marcus Scribner Is All Grown Up

After finishing a groundbreaking eight-year run on 'black-ish' earlier this year, the young actor is showcasing a new side to Junior on its spinoff 'grown-ish' and expanding his dramatic roles.

Mia Isaac

Mia Isaac Is Ready to Be Seen

At just eighteen, the young actor is making a striking début in two films by female directors, the family dramedy 'Don't Make Me Go' and the social media satire 'Not Okay,' as she embodies new stories for the screen.

Bantay Tubig

Bantay Tubig

Inspired by the mythological water guardian from Filipino culture, model Ploy Rida undergoes a metamorphosis our latest fashion editorial by photographer Levon Baird and our fashion director Melissa Levy.⁠



Alongside luminous photographs of upcycled sculptures, we dissect the downsides of recycling and the perils of greenwashing in the face of the climate crisis.

Live from New York
Alex Lawther

Live from New York: Alex Lawther

After two long and "terrible" years, Robert Icke's acclaimed production of 'Hamlet' finally appears in New York with a lead performance of uncommon clarity and emotional depth.

Derek Henderson


New Zealand photographer Derek Henderson pays homage to the North Island town in this decades-long personal project shared exclusively with Cero Magazine.

Eva Reign

Anything's Possible for Eva Reign

As the lead in Billy Porter's new high school romantic comedy, the journalist-turned-actress focuses on Black trans joy in her film début.

Live from New York
Matthew Aucoin

Live from New York: Matthew Aucoin

As the artistic director of the American Modern Opera Company, one of the youngest ever to premiere an opera on the Met's main stage, and now a published author, the composer is one of the leading creative voices expanding the reach of classical music today.⁠


Elorea Redefines Luxury from an Asian Perspective

After the success of their fragrances inspired by the four trigrams of the Korean flag, the new luxury house expands into candles and looks ahead to imbuing their heritage into all their future ventures.


Andel Is Modeling a New Way Forward for Fashion

The new clothing cooperative brings together expertise in science and fashion to offer fresh ideas for a systemic approach to sustainability.

Dior x Parley for the Oceans Beachwear Capsule

Dior Partners with Parley for the Oceans for a Beachwear Capsule

For its latest Beachwear Capsule, the men's artistic director Kim Jones collaborates with the nonprofit Parley for the Oceans on a sporty collection produced from upcycled plastic recovered from shorelines around the world.

Simone Rocha

Exploring Simone Rocha's Singular Vision

After celebrating ten years of business, the Irish designer looks ahead to her next decade with a focus on womanhood, sexuality, and history.

Béni Masiala

Belle Époque

Our inaugural photography grant winner Béni Masiala shares a personal project and discusses the pivotal moments in his life that formed his creative vision.

Generation Next

Generation Next: Batekoo

Founded in 2014 by friends and DJs Maurício Sacramento and Wesley Miranda, the Brazilian LGBTQ+ collective makes space for Black and queer creative expression through events and education.

Amber Mark

Amber Mark's Music Crosses Multiple Dimensions

On her long-awaited debut album 'Three Dimensions Deep,' the musician offers a cathartic collection of songs with an enticing blend of spirituality and mathematics backed by her endless drive to create.


Welcome to the Genderful World of Altu

Joseph Altuzarra's new contemporary line finds inspiration in the wealth of gender expression flourishing across youth culture today.

Generation Next
Tracey Emin

Fighting the Spread of Abortion Misinformation

In the wake of the Supreme Court's overturn of Roe v. Wade, forty-one states currently offer legal—if in some cases severely limited—access to abortion. But a wave of bans and restrictions set to come into effect in the next few weeks and months will create a purposely bewildering patchwork of laws across the United States, making abortion funds critical last lines of defense against misinformation and confusion.

Toby Wallace

Toby Wallace Is Ready for Anything

After a breakout role in the Australian indie 'Babyteeth,' the actor takes the lead with an emphatic star performance as Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols in Danny Boyle's new miniseries.

Generation Next
How to Help Ukraine

How to Help: Ukraine

Tokyo skateboarding

Tokyo's Skateboarding Scene

Photographer Sarai Mari captures the spirit on the streets of the Japanese capital.

Dries Van Noten fragrance

Dries Van Noten Introduces a Line of Fragrances

Ten new gender-neutral fragrances reflect another facet of the Belgian designer's signature fluorescent imagination.

Paul Kooiker


Sonya Mohova stars in our first fashion cover story photographed by Paul Kooiker and styled by Andrej Skok.

Generation Next
Krow Kian

Generation Next: Krow Kian

After documenting his journey from his transition to the Louis Vuitton runway in a documentary, the transgender model is focused on increasing representation and understanding.

Food and Drink

HAGS Offers a New Concept of Queer Fine Dining

A new restaurant opening soon in the East Village will offer a dining experience full of experimentation, care, and—most importantly—joy.

Campbell Addy

Feeling Seen in Campbell Addy's First Monograph

The British-Ghanaian photographer vividly proves the necessity of centering new perspectives and visions.

Generation Next
Jawanza Williams

Generation Next: Jawanza Williams

Inspired by his own experience sleeping in a shelter, the director of organizing of VOCAL-NY is on the front lines of fighting poverty, homelessness, mass incarceration, and a range of other issues tied to racial and social injustice.

Pernilla Winberg

A Place With Many Doors

A new work from the Kenyan author and founder of the literary magazine Lolwe inaugurates our series of original short fiction.

Paapa Essiedu

Paapa Essiedu Won't Do Things By Halves

From his early role of Hamlet through his turn on 'I May Destroy You' and now with his crucial appearance in Alex Garland's new folk horror film 'Men,' the actor immerses himself fully in every single performance.


Afra's Fine Art of Hair Care

A collection of art pieces from Guyanese-American celebrity hairstylist Nigella Miller recasts traditional accessories for Black hair in a new light.

Food and Drink
Kwame Onwuachi

Kwame Onwuachi Wants to Expand Your Palate

After coming to national attention with his Washington, DC, restaurant Kith and Kin and a memoir, the chef has released his first cookbook, celebrating the influence African and Caribbean cuisines have had on American food.

Ocean Vuong

Celebrating Ocean Vuong and 'Time Is a Mother'

A reception and reading at the Times Square EDITION to toast our poetry editor's new collection.

Terrence Zhou

The Geometry of Terrence Zhou

After transferring from a mathematics degree to Parsons, the designer brings his analytical eye for shape and form to clothes that strike an emotional chord as well.

Kit Connor

Spreading Joy with Kit Connor

As Nick Nelson, half of the couple at the center of Netflix's new breakout hit 'Heartstopper,' the English actor is honored to be part of a project depicting the beauty of queer love.

Tim Ilkin

Is It Pure?

Tim Ashton and Ilkin Kurt capture Jess PW in a wardrobe of unconventional white.

Jayme Lawson

Jayme Lawson Wants to Show Us More

Midway through her breakout year—after turns in 'The Batman' and 'The First Lady' and with two major films this fall—the actor is staying true to her calling of uplifting underrepresented narratives that she discovered back in high school.

Live from New York
Silas Farley

Live from New York: Silas Farley

Having stepped away from one of dance's most celebrated companies just as Covid-19 began to hit, the choreographer and teacher returns to New York City Ballet to create his first work for the company as part of his ongoing calling to support and nurture the future of the art form.


Banks Is a Fully-Formed Thing

On her latest album 'Serpentina,' the musician offers her most intimate and personal songs yet in a celebration of independence and self-awareness.

Black Girls Surf

Black Girls Surf Is Making Space on the Waves

Rhonda Harper's nonprofit organization is focused on making surfing more inclusive for women of color, working with everyone from Olympic hopefuls to young girls at surf camps across Africa.

Live from New York
Ty Sunderland

Live from New York: Ty Sunderland

The DJ and producer behind iconic gay nightlife events like Ty Tea and Devil's Playground is dedicated to bringing together his community in celebration.⁠

Generation Next
Ahed Tamimi

Generation Next: Ahed Tamimi

After coming to worldwide attention for being imprisoned at sixteen for protesting for Palestinian rights, the young activist is pursuing a degree in international human rights law to push for systemic change.

Stella McCartney


Strong shapes and bold colors dominate in our first accessories feature.

Live from New York
Karen Slack

Live from New York: Karen Slack

After years of pushing for more diversity and inclusion in the world of classical music, the soprano says she appreciates the changes she sees her tradition-minded colleagues making but recognizes the need to go further.⁠

Live from New York
Marti Gould Cummings

Live from New York: Marti Gould Cummings

The drag queen brings their progressive vision to everything they do, from a run for City Council to voter mobilization to their role as performance director at the Q in Hell's Kitchen.

Ethan Hart and John Handford


In our latest fashion editorial, photographer Ethan Hart and stylist John Handford capture a spirit of youthful experimentation and playfulness.

The Q

The Q

David Casavant digs deep in his own celebrated archive of vintage menswear for a story with Sam Waxman shot at New York's new multistory queer nightclub.

Jihyun Yun


Jihyun Yun's new poem is the latest in our series of original work appearing in every issue.

Live from New York
Sidra Bell

Live from New York: Sidra Bell

After becoming the first Black woman to create a work for New York City Ballet last fall, the choreographer prepares for a busy year of performances, commissions, and classes.

Live from New York

Live from New York: Torres

After releasing her breakthrough fifth album 'Thirstier' last year, the musician is back on the road touring across North America and Europe but still says there's no place like home.

Aria Aber

Dante in Sardina

Our series of original poetry continues with a new work from Aria Aber.


Sustainable Hair Care, At Last, From Sándor

Founded by hairstylist Sabrina Szinay and model and sustainability-policy student Taja Feistner, a new haircare line is creating space for the neglected low-impact haircare market.

Live from New York
Dyllón Burnside

Dyllón Burnside Is Looking for Himself

After three seasons on the groundbreaking series 'Pose,' the actor returned to Broadway this winter in 'Thoughts of a Colored Man,' another step in his body of work focused on openness and self-exploration.

Ocean Vuong

Sweet Jesus

An original poem by our poetry editor inaugurates our series of new work.


Andel and Strategies for Sustainable Fashion

Celebrating the launch of the fashion cooperative Andel with a panel discussion and cocktail reception at the New York EDITION.

Simone Bodmer-Turner

Simone Bodmer-Turner and Emma Kohlmann's Beautiful Friendship

In their sold-out collaboration with proceeds going to South Bronx Mutual Aid, the longtime friends combine painting and ceramics to find community in an age of solidarity.

Air Eau de Parfum

A Scent of Air

Air Company expands its offerings with a new fragrance inspired by air, water, and sun that utilizes its patented carbon-capture technology.

Hana Vu

Hana Vu Knows You're Feeling Lonely

The Los Angeles-based musician balances her pop and rock tendencies on a debut album suffused with a sense of isolation and emotional angst.

James Cusati-Moyer

Finding the Truth With James Cusati-Moyer

As one of the few sympathetic characters on Netflix's true-life scammer hit 'Inventing Anna,' the Tony nominee continues to push for the truth behind the facade.

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Couture Technique Meets African Craftsmanship at Maison Kébé

The Senegalese model-turned-designer Cheikh Kébé returns to his homeland to launch his eponymous line as part of the new wave of African talent bringing the continent to the forefront of fashion.

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Generation Next: Reverend James Woodall

In his new role at the Southern Center for Human Rights, the former youngest-ever State President in the history of the NAACP continues his fight for racial equity and reform of the criminal legal system.

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Live from New York: Caleb Teicher

After spending the shutdown reframing and refocusing their work, the tap and swing dancer returned to the New York stage last fall with a celebration of contemporary swing now headed on a national tour.

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Lolo Zouaï Won't Sing Any Love Songs

The singer-songwriter sets herself apart from a crowded field by taking inspiration from her French-Algerian background in songs that are personal, intimate, and introspective.

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Live from New York: Terence Blanchard

As the first Black composer in the Metropolitan Opera's 138-year history, the six-time Grammy winner is expanding the art form with stories that reflect an underrepresented community.

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Generation Next: Benjamaporn "Ploy" Nivas

After staging a solo protest against Thailand's strict educational system outside a Bangkok Skytrain station in May 2020, the high-schooler and co-founder of the "Bad Student" movement is working to reform her nation's entire political structure.

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Generation Next: Thandiwe Abdullah

The co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Los Angeles Youth Vanguard continues to use their platform to uplift younger voices in support of both racial justice and gun control.

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Erika Long Shows Another Side of Sex Work

In her ongoing SXWRKER project, the photographer and documentarian invites sex workers into her studio to collaborate on their own images.

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Live from New York: Julius Rodriguez

After over a year away from the stage, the jazz pianist and drummer returned with a flurry of shows last fall and sets off on a North American tour tomorrow night.

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Kelvin Harrison Jr. Is Acting for Himself

With several roles as historical figures, including B.B. King and Jean-Michel Basquiat, on the horizon, the actor continues his quest to entertain and educate himself with every role in the upcoming musical version of 'Cyrano.'

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When the pandemic forced their supper club into hiatus last year, Jonah and Sarah Reider shifted their attention to Pith Home Goods, a line of elevated sauces, vinegars, confitures, and other ingredients meant to inspire social connection.

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The Enchanting World of Nadine Ijewere

In her first monograph, the British photographer celebrates her Nigerian and Jamaican heritage and continues to put marginalized perspectives on fashion's center stage.

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Live From New York: Teresa Reichlen

After returning to the stage mere months after giving birth during the pandemic, the longtime City Ballet principal dancer prepares for her farewell season.

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The New School

In a time of immense upheaval in the fashion industry, the latest graduates from London's celebrated Central Saint Martins prove that the spirit of creativity lives on.

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Generation Next: Zulaikha Patel

After leading a nationwide movement against school rules prohibiting natural hair and African dialects at thirteen, the self-described "Black radical feminist" continues to lead the movement for abolition in South Africa.

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The Edition Comes to the Land of Fire and Ice

The new Reykjavik Edition celebrates Iceland with a fresh approach to hospitality, offering an innovative hotspot for the city's nightlife and culture scene.

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Nick Robinson Wants to Know More

As the abusive ex-boyfriend in Netflix's acclaimed miniseries 'Maid,' the Seattle native shines a light on the impossible situation faced by America's working class.

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Live from New York: Matt Doyle

In a new gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim's 'Company,' the Broadway veteran pushes representation forward and steps into an iconic role as half of a gay couple overcome by panic on their wedding day.

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Live from New York: Adam Chanler-Berat

After spending last year filming HBO Max's 'Gossip Girl' reboot, the actor is finally back onstage in a downtown revival of Stephen Sondheim's 'Assassins,' helping to illuminate the pulse of violence that courses through American politics.

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Live from New York: Chun Wai Chan

After nearly a decade at Houston Ballet—and an unexpected yearlong hiatus in Hong Kong—the Chinese dancer joins New York City Ballet ready for a new set of challenges.

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Finding Hope for Humanity with Himesh Patel

In 'Station Eleven' and 'Don't Look Up,' the English actor faces, respectively, an apocalyptic pandemic and a comet aimed directly at Earth, and finds in both a call to action for communal solutions to our greatest crises.


Drawing the Past Into the Present

Jonas Poher Rasmussen's acclaimed new animated documentary 'Flee' illuminates the inner life of Amir, who struggled to come to terms with his identity as both an Afghan refugee and a gay man.

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Our First Collaboration Makes Use of Daniel W. Fletcher's Leftover Fabric

Our new oversized checkerboard tote bags are the next step in the English designer's focus on reducing waste.

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Live from New York: Jamar Roberts

As he completes his move from performer to creator, Alvin Ailey's first-ever resident choreographer is breaking new ground for dance in both the virtual and real worlds.

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Nicholas Galitzine Is Redefining Masculinity on the Screen

In roles as diverse as a fairytale prince, a closeted high school rugby player, and, next, a conservative Marine, the British actor is focused on shifting gender roles and expectations.

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If we play like this, we stand a chance. (to good memories)

From the shores of Accra, photographer Nana Yaw Oduro shares a dreamy meditation on relishing the present.

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Allyson Felix Takes on the World

After becoming the most-decorated female and the most-decorated American track and field athlete in Olympic history in Tokyo, the sprinter is ready to focus her attention on fighting maternal mortality and uplifting female athletes through her new sports empire Saysh.

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The Commission Designers Are Turning Into Their Fathers

As the trio behind the rising New York brand expand into menswear, they are finding inspiration in their own families to question Asian stereotypes and highlight an underrepresented continent.

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How the Community Feeds Itself

With record food insecurity in the wake of the pandemic, local mutual aid groups have turned to community-based solutions to feed their hungry neighbors.

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Generation Next: Tatiana Washington

The Milwaukee native was inspired by her aunt's murder and the epidemic of school shootings to join March for Our Lives and 50 Miles More to lead the fight for gun control in the United States.

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Generation Next: Anthony Tamez-Pochel

The co-president of the Chi-Nations Youth Council is making space for Native voices and reframing the conversation around his culture.

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Live from New York: Aaron Tveit

The same September weekend he took home his long-overdue first Tony Award, the star of 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' resumed performances with fresh eyes and a new perspective.

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Live from New York: Jeanna de Waal

After spending the pandemic shutdown focusing on her musical theater camp Broadway Weekends at Home, the star of 'Diana, the Musical' is finally back on stage.

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Celine Brings Its Art Project to London

At its new Mayfair store, the fashion house puts part of its impressive art collection on display, including a number of commissions from artists like the Russian sculptor Nika Neelova.

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The Covid-19 Resistance

As the Philippines struggles with Covid cases and a delayed vaccine rollout, a group of activists and organizers is fighting disinformation, inequity, and government repression.

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Under the Fridge

Photographer Maisie Cousins shares an examination of colorful, moldy treasures.

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Generation Next: Sara Mardini

After coming to international attention for saving the lives of eighteen fellow refugees by swimming their sinking boat to shore alongside her sister, the Syrian activist faces up to twenty-five years in prison for her humanitarian work in Greece in a trial beginning next week.

Anthony Cudahy

Anthony Cudahy Won't Censor Himself Anymore

In his first solo exhibition at Hales Gallery, the artist offered a compellingly personal creative vision inspired by queer iconography.

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Alfie Templeman Is More Than Pop's Next Big Thing

With a new mini-album and a North American tour starting next week, the eighteen-year-old boy from Bedford is on the verge of a new kind of stardom.

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Live from New York: Keenan Scott II

The playwright of 'Thoughts of a Colored Man' looks to Broadway's rebirth with hope for change, understanding, and empathy.

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Live from New York: Arturo Luís Soria

The playwright and star of 'Ni Mi Madre' was a pioneer this season in one of the first Off Broadway shows to return to regular in-person performances.

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Generation Next: Elana Sulakshana

After working on the successful campaign to divest Columbia University from fossil fuels, the young activist is now focused on effecting large-scale changes in the insurance and finance industries in response to the climate crisis.

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The Paintings of Calida Rawles Offer a Space for Healing and Self-Reflection

In her début New York solo exhibition, the artist responds to considerations of life and death for marginalized bodies in her photo-realist paintings of faceless Black men submerged in luminous water.

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Janette Beckman's Latest Monograph Captures Four Decades of Culture

In her most comprehensive book yet, the lifelong photographer revisits London's punk scene, the birth of hip hop in New York, and last year's movement for racial justice.

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Photographer Nagi Sakai and our fashion director Melissa Levy capture Alva Claire in the most beloved vintage pieces from the closets of some of our closest friends.

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Alexandra Kleeman's Future Is Here Today

In her "pre-apocalyptic" new novel, the author explores a Los Angeles ravaged by wildfires, drought, and economic inequity that is closer to reality than she had planned.

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Food and Flowers

Our food and drink editor Flynn McGarry infuses floral displays with supplies from his kitchen.

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Live from New York: Calvin Royal III

As only the second Black male principal in American Ballet Theatre's long history, the dancer is working to make the ballet world a more inclusive place.

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Live from New York

After eighteen months of darkness, our Fall issue celebrates the return of live performance to New York in all its glorious variety.

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Photographer Jai Odell and stylist Andrej Skok welcome in an exuberant and energetic new season with a fashion feature starring Vic Ishimwe.

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Seeing Lea Colombo's Work in a New Light

In her début two-part exhibition in Cape Town and Los Angeles, the photographer and artist reimagines self-portraiture with prints, sculptures, and installations that showcase her vivid sense of spirituality.

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Recent History and Ancient Heritage with Supriya Lele

In her buzzy, vibrant collections, the Anglo-Indian designer explores and revisits her family's legacy along with the iconic style of the Nineties and the early Noughties.

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Generation Next: Ruby Wharton

The young Gamilaraay Kooma student and activist with Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance is dedicating herself to the causes of decolonization, abolition, and equal rights for the First Nations community in Australia.

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Postura e forma

In an original commission for our inaugural issue, Anthony Cotsifas and Haidee Findlay-Levin offer a contemporary vision of the centuries-old genre of the female nude.

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Live from New York: Adrienne Warren

As she prepares to return to her star-making run as Tina Turner with Broadway reopening, the Tony nominee looks ahead to her next role as Mamie Till-Mobley, activist and mother of Emmett Till, and her ongoing work for equity and inclusion with the Broadway Advocacy Coalition.

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Pelle's Soft Touch

A new line of handcrafted silicone toys launches with a pair of alluringly curved designs.

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The Dior Spa Opens in Paris

At the brand-new Cheval Blanc Paris in the Marais, the storied house opens a new retreat focused on the luxury of process and care.

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Sarai Mari Celebrates New York Rising

In her latest monograph 'Sept. 2020 NYC,' the photographer captures the energy and excitement of a single month in the city at the tail end of a summertime lull in Covid-19 cases.

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Brandon Taylor Turns His "Science Brain" to Short Stories

After the success of his début novel 'Real Life,' the former biochemistry doctoral student returns with an electrifying collection of short stories about the bewildering experience of living life surrounded by others in 'Filthy Animals.'

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Dion Lee at 11 Mercer

After five years in New York, the Australian designer is preparing to set up shop in Soho with a store and events space that will bring together his creative community.

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Nensi Dojaka Is the Winner of the 2021 LVMH Prize

Taking inspiration from the Nineties fashion she saw on television while growing up in Albania, the London-based designer is preparing for her first solo show with her trademark assertive, artfully feminine designs.

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The 2021 LVMH Prize: Rui

The Chinese designer leads a celebration of the human body through a combination of carefully placed cutouts and architectural, elastic knitwear.

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Celebrating the Launch of Cero Magazine at PUBLIC

Drinks and dancing helped us kick off our very first party during one of New York City's busiest weeks in years.

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The 2021 LVMH Prize: Bianca Saunders

In just a few short years, the London-based menswear designer has established herself on the strength of her inventively "classic" designs and the larger artistic vision she presents.

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The 2021 LVMH Prize: Charles de Vilmorin

With his namesake couture line and his new role as creative director of Rochas, the young French designer is shaping his own answer to the industrywide question of fashion's future.

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Holly Humberstone Wants to Connect

After over eighteen months spent building up her career through the course of the pandemic, the young English singer-songwriter is ready to finally meet her fans in real life on her first American tour this fall.

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The 2021 LVMH Prize: Conner Ives

With a graduation collection from Central Saint Martins called "The American Dream," the young designer explores the archetypes his homeland offers from across the ocean.

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The 2021 LVMH Prize: Christopher John Rogers

The New York designer is building a world of his own with his inclusive vision of "pragmatic glamour" with vivid rainbow palettes and floor-sweeping, doorway-blocking gowns.

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The 2021 LVMH Prize: Kika Vargas

Taking inspiration from her lifelong loves of art and fashion, the Colombian designer is pulling the spotlight to her own continent and community as the first Latinx finalist for the LVMH Prize.

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The Loneliest Olympiad in History

In an exclusive essay and photo diary, two-time medalist and our sports editor Race Imboden reflects on an Olympic experience unlike any other.

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Hailey Kilgore Breaks Through On Screen

As she makes her film début as Carolyn Franklin, sister to Aretha, in 'Respect,' the Tony-nominated actress is eager to find her next role to throw herself into.

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The 2021 LVMH Prize: KidSuper

Colorful, vibrant, and confident clothing designs are just one aspect of the creative collective Colm Dillane is building with his collaborators and partners in Brooklyn.

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Model-turned-photographer Guinevere van Seenus visits her longtime friend Kirsten Owen at her home in rural Vermont to capture a lyrical essay on womanhood.

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Minjae Kim Took a Winding Path to His Art

On the occasion of his début solo gallery show, the designer and artist reflects on his journey as a multi-disciplinary creator.

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The 2021 LVMH Prize: Lukhanyo Mdingi

The South African designer mourns and celebrates his late friend with a collection that redefines luxury in terms of craftsmanship and human connections.

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Generation Next: Jordan Reeves

Born with a limb difference, the fifteen-year-old founder of Born Just Right is reframing the conversation around disability with her infectious positivity and sparkling sense of joy.

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Daniel W. Fletcher's Seaside Pop-Up

The London-based designer celebrates community close to home with a summertime shop in Margate on the English coast.

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Generation Next: Zuzanna Karcz

A longtime leader of student government and active participant in her country's recent women's movement, the eighteen-year-old is a prime example of Poland's new liberal youth.


Heven Is Home for a Couple of Glassblowing Neophytes

Breanna Box and Peter Dupont have turned their pandemic hobby into a serious new venture with cheeky and colorful designs all blown by hand.

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Marcel Dzama's Midsummer Dream

A new edition from David Zwirner Books pairs the Canadian artists lush paintings with Shakespeare's classic comedy about love and lust.

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Stella McCartney's Brighter Future

The environmentally-focused British designer finds new innovations to reduce plastic in her latest eyewear collection.

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Julia Fox Does It All

The breakout star of 'Uncut Gems' returns to the screen in Steven Soderbergh's new heist film, but acting is just one of her many creative endeavors.

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Generation Next: Autumn Peltier

At just sixteen, the chief water commissioner of the Anishinabek Nation has already spoken before the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, and Justin Trudeau about environmental justice for First Nations communities.


Tinashe Makes Her Own Way

With her new album '333,' the musician continues her independent streak, offering a collection of summer-ready songs on her own terms.

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Generation Next: Maureen Muketha

The founder of Tule Vyema is using her studies in nutrition and dietetics to offer women and families in her native Kenya a solution to malnutrition.

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Rachelle Vinberg Is Now a Writer As Well As One of the Skateboarding Stars of 'Betty'

After years of playing a fictionalized version of herself, the actress is now an official co-writer for an episode of the HBO series, paving the way for a new future behind the camera.

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Generation Next: Finn and Jack Harries

Years after first coming to YouTube fame with JacksGap, the British twins have shifted their focus to educating their followers about the climate crisis with Earthrise Studio and a new web series, 'The Breakdown.'

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Cautious Clay Offers Up Connection and Healing

On his début album, Joshua Karpeh spotlights his voice as the key ingredient in a captivating mixture of pop, indie, and R&B touches.

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Nathan Law Is Paving His Way Home

Now living in exile in London, the Hong Konger has become one of the world's leading champions of democracy.

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Marni Marine Brings Mediterranean Fun to Shelter Island

A summerlong installation offers a chance to escape as the Italian house reimagines the shoreside Sunset Beach Hotel.

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Generation Next: Karin Watson

Now pursuing her master's degree in Barcelona, the Chilean design student situates her work at the intersection of Latinx women's rights and environmental justice, with a new focus on mental health.

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Qween Jean and Joela Rivera Are Making Space for Black Trans Lives

The two founders of the year-old weekly Stonewall Protests are pushing a long-marginalized group to the forefront of the larger movement for Black lives.

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Generation Next: Nia Dumas

The president of the Spelman chapter of Fair Fight U takes inspiration from Stacey Abrams and the generations who came before her in the long fight to increase voter access for all in the battleground state of Georgia.

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Generation Next

For our inaugural issue, we have assembled over two dozen young activists from six continents who are all making a mark in their own way on some of the most pressing issues we face today.

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Janicza Bravo Lets #TheStory Speak for Itself in 'Zola'

The director of one of this summer's most highly anticipated films recounts the tale of a tumultuous long weekend of sex work by putting power in the hands of her actresses and, most importantly, the woman who originally lived through it.⁠

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Jamie Margolin Makes Her Next Move

After coming to prominence as the co-founder of Zero Hour and the Youth Climate March, the environmental justice activist looks to her next endeavor, creating space in Hollywood for LGBTQ+ narratives.

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Nicola Vassell Sets Up Shop

A new Chelsea gallery space from the all-around art world expert opens with an exhibition that expands the legacy of the photographer Ming Smith.


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Amandla Stenberg Is Working to Reform Hollywood

A "family reunion" between the star and the author of 'The Hate U Give' touches on Black Lives Matter, representation in Hollywood, and online feuds.

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MM6 releases a collection of iconic accessories reconstructed from upcycled fabric scraps.

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After delivering thousands of meals to healthcare workers last spring, model-couple RJ King and Charlie Knepper's nonprofit initiative pivots in support of LGBTQ+ youth.

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As Cora, an escaped slave making her way to freedom, the South African actress journeys across an alternate antebellum South in Barry Jenkins's new series.

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Allyson Felix

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It's hard to talk about Allyson Felix without bringing up the fact that she is one of the greatest female athletes of all time. What she represents to the world is a once-in-a-generation talent, but what she represents to female athletes goes far beyond sport.

This is exactly what has made me a longtime fan of Allyson's. Growing up in the Caribbean as a young athlete, I remember seeing her stride across my television screen, always ending each race with her signature smile. As I made my own bounds in fencing, I looked to Allyson for inspiration, as a golden example of drive and determination. Her impeccable work ethic, humble personality, and fierce competitive nature put her at the top of my list of athletes I wanted to meet at my first Olympic Games. If only I could ask her for her secrets to success.

Now here I sit many years later a grown woman, and I still find that Allyson excites the little girl in me who first believed she would be a champion one day—though the person who inspires me now is not the Olympic gold medalist. It is the mother, who battled through a difficult pregnancy with preeclampsia and now brings awareness to the inequitable rates of Black maternal mortality. It is the leader who stood against the goliath Nike after they penalized her and other female athletes during pregnancy leaves. It's the woman who, after all these difficulties, made history in Tokyo by becoming both the most-decorated female and the most-decorated American track and field athlete of all time while running in her own shoe brand Saysh, designed by women for women. Allyson has truly been a guiding light in my journey to understanding what it means to be not only a female athlete, but also a woman. She inspired me to create Essentielle, a platform for female athletes, and after hearing her speak up about her contract issues, I checked my own and realized I was vulnerable, giving me the chance to renegotiate.

I am grateful I got the opportunity to finally speak with her. It is no surprise she was even more graceful and delightful than I expected. As Allyson begins her journey to creating a female-driven sports empire, the only word left to describe her is limitless.

Ysaora Thibus It's such an honor for me to be here talking to you, so thank you so much!

Allyson Felix Of course!

YT One of the first questions I wanted to ask you is, as an athlete, how do you deal with failure? As athletes we always talk about victories and how we want to succeed, and not so much about anything that's happened before that. You're one of the most decorated athletes of all time! So how do you deal with failure?

AF It's interesting. I don't know how it is for you, but for me, it's really evolved as I've grown older and matured in my career. I think when I was younger, failure used to really devastate me and it used to have a really big effect on me. I became stuck in those emotions and in those feelings and it was hard to pull myself out of that and move forward. I think as I've gotten older, I've really seen failure as an opportunity to get better. I feel like I've learned so much more from races that I've lost and from disappointments. Looking back and reflecting, I'm able to see that they've been areas of my life that have prepared me for success. When you're going through it in the moment, it's overwhelming, you're not able to see the bigger picture. But I can definitely say, at least for me, some of my biggest losses and biggest disappointments have been really defining moments in my career and I think those moments have propelled me to have success later on.

YT Before you won [your first Olympic] gold in 2012, you went to the Olympic Games in 2008, and at the moment you were the favorite to win—you had won so many races prior to that. Then what happened in 2008? Do you remember how you felt?

AF Yeah! That's actually the story I was thinking of in my mind when I was answering your last question. In 2008, it was my second Olympic Games and I was the favorite. My first Olympic Games, I got a silver medal as a teenager and so I felt like this was my moment, like, I am going to do all of the extra work, dedicate myself, and I did all of that over the course of four years. Going into those Olympic Games in Beijing, it was a lot different because prior, being a teenager, there weren't any expectations. No one expected me to be there. But this time, people expected me to win. Sponsors expected me to win. There was a responsibility, there was just a lot. I ended up getting another silver medal, to the exact same person as in 2004, and I was just really down. I was bummed, I was devastated. It was really hard. I had to evaluate everything and say, "Am I going to do this another four years? Can I do this? Do I want to do this? How can I get better?" I tried to look at everything—my training, my weight conditioning, my nutrition, even just the way that I was sprinting—and reevaluate everything and say, "How can we revamp this to get better?" Thankfully it worked out and over the course of four years I was able to improve and then in 2012 have everything come together, but I credit a lot of it to going through that hardship and dealing with that disappointment. Sometimes you have to learn how to go through some tough moments before you can really shine.

YT That’s amazing, that is so powerful. I heard that after that you changed your team and you were working with your brother. How is our environment important for that balance in life? You talk a lot about, of course, winning in the sport, but of course nothing is guaranteed and I feel like it's important to be happy and do what you want to do.

AF It's so important to really see yourself as a whole. There are so many different aspects of us, and I think as athletes, a lot of times we only focus on the competition in our field of play, but there's so much more to life than that. After 2008, I made a change and I started working with my brother, and I think that was really big because it allowed me to just train. He took care of everything else and I knew I could trust him. I knew that he would put together the best team for me and for my needs, so it was like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders and allowed me to just train easily.

Jumpsuit by Aliétte. Turtleneck by Hermès.

YT I also wanted to talk about victory and your relationship with that. I don't know if you heard Naomi Osaka when she was talking about mental health and saying that it became a relief for her to win. I connected a lot with that and I wanted to know how you feel about that?

AF I completely understand that! It's really interesting. I think a lot of high-level athletes can relate to that. It's almost like when you go through a defeat or some type of loss, it's so big and it seems so heavy, and when you are already on that level and you win, everyone expects you to win. The emotion is not necessarily what someone would expect it to be, because I think sometimes people take those performances for granted. But when you lose, it's shocking and it's something to talk about, so it's a very interesting dynamic. I remember winning in 2012 and crossing the line, and it was a joy but it was also a big relief as well to finally have that moment happen. I think because it was something I was going after for so long and I had built it up to be this amazing feeling, it didn't quite live up to the years of chasing it. Then I reflected and thought, "Well, why is that? Why is this not what I had dreamt it to be?" I think it's because the magic is in the journey. It's in the process, that's when you're growing and when you're stretching, and you don't want to miss that because it's so valuable.

YT But why are we not feeling like that when we're living it? [Laughs] It's hard to go to practice, it's hard to go through that process. But after that, then we can see growth and building of character. I love when you talk about your values because I think everything that you have done in your career was because of your integrity. Even the way that you dealt with Nike, it was so important for you to do the right thing. What would you say are your values in life?

AF I think character and integrity have really driven me, they're really the way that I was raised. I have two amazing parents who really believe in hard work so for me, that was just natural. In every aspect of my life, I try to apply those values, so it was no different for me to bring that to sport. It can be hard because obviously in sport, there's so much that you deal with, and in track and field, there's doping and all of these other things as well. It's always grounded me to know that it might mean that I'm not always going to have success, but I'm always going to do things the right way. In the business of the sport as well, when I saw things that were wrong, it took time to get to that place, but eventually, through my experiences, I felt it necessary to hold those companies accountable as well.

YT How do you decide as a female athlete that it's the right time to have a child? It's a question for me that I really want to know. [Laughs]

AF It is very interesting because I feel like it's such a hard thing as a female athlete. It's such a hard topic and no one ever sat me down and said, "Okay, you need to accomplish all of this before you can explore having a family." But at the same time, I felt like I learned through what I saw, and I never really saw an athlete celebrated as a mother. Not to say it wasn't happening, because there are so many female athletes who are mothers, but I feel like we didn't celebrate what they were doing and we didn't tell their stories. Because of that, I feel like I felt like I had to wait. I had to wait until I was in a comfortable place to be able to move forward with something like that. Then also specifically in track and field, there was just a culture of silence. I had multiple colleagues and teammates who hid their pregnancies, who either had to secure new contracts or who didn't have time to get to the elite level. I saw contracts paused. I saw all of that and it was just so much for me. When I finally felt like it was time for me to start my family, I knew that I was probably going to face some of those hardships that teammates of mine had faced as well, and that was the case.

YT Were you scared when you decided to start a family? Did you tell your sponsor right away? How did you do it?

AF I was terrified because I was actually in the middle of contract negotiations, so that was probably the worst thing that could have happened. So I did pretty much hide my pregnancy for a long time, and then I ended up telling my sponsor and I wasn't really supported through that decision. Then it led me to speak out about what I was going through, what other colleagues of mine had gone through, and share that story. There was an overwhelming response and I think I was more shocked by the amount of women who have endured something similar to my experience, not just in sport but across industries. There were so many stories of women going through the same thing. It was hard, but I felt like it was absolutely the right thing to do and to be able to share, and then try to figure out, how can we fix this? And how can we get better at this?

YT That's such a journey. Were you afraid to speak up, to just go out there and use your voice? I think we expect athletes to stay in their box and to not talk about other things than their sport. Were you afraid to do that?

AF Absolutely, yes! You said it perfectly. As an athlete, I feel like people are just watching our performances and that's what we are, so I felt like no one really cared about anything else I had to say. I think becoming a mom, and especially having a daughter, I started to think about the world that she's going to grow up in. I think that's what helped me get to a place to be able to speak. Previously that wouldn't have been in my nature, but it did come about and I do feel like she helped me find my voice and she gave me the courage that I needed.

Dress by Marc Jacobs. Hood by Miu Miu.

YT You also had complications during your pregnancy and you talked about Black maternal mortality, something that we don't talk about enough. Even for me, coming from an island in the French Caribbean, it's a little bit taboo, but it's something that's so important and it's actually a critical issue globally as well. What are your thoughts about that?

AF It is such an issue, and like you said, there's not enough awareness about it. Even myself, I felt like I knew statistics and I knew other women who had gone through something similar, but I think as an athlete, sometimes we feel invincible. We are healthy and we train our whole lives, and I thought, "I'm in good health so I think that everything should go smoothly," and it was absolutely the furthest thing from what happened in my situation. Things went completely haywire but it really opened my eyes to this issue of maternal mortality and this crisis that so many women are facing. After going through that and being in the NICU with my daughter, I feel so blessed that we walked out healthy, but so many other people don't have that situation. Bringing awareness and partnering with organizations who are already doing amazing work in this space has really become a calling of mine.

YT Wow, so what actions do you think that sport and you yourself with your platform can do to help mothers and professional athletes who are mothers?

AF I think one of the biggest things is awareness. Away from athletics, I was able to go to Congress and share my story there and we were able to identify some things that can be done, such as more research. One of the most alarming things about this problem is a lot of these complications and deaths are preventable. If they're preventable, that means that we have to be doing something about it, identifying those things and gaining more data to be able to go through what the actual issues are because we know that it’s not just poor medical care. This is an issue that doesn't discriminate. We all are facing it and are at risk, so really doing more to understand it and then being able to take action.

YT That's amazing. You also created a grant for mothers who are athletes, right?

AF I partnered with Athleta, who is my sponsor, and the Women's Sports Foundation, and basically it's a grant for mom athletes who are competing. This is just trying to shift our industry and offer more support for women! This is a grant of ten thousand dollars for each athlete and it basically is for childcare, because one of the things that I have learned is how hard childcare is when you're trying to be on the road to compete. It's something that you don't really even think about, or not everyone would really think about. I remember at my first World Championships back, my daughter was ten months old and I had a roommate. [Laughs] Thankfully I was fortunate enough to have the resources to be able to bring my daughter and to have a separate room, but that's not something that everyone can do. Being able to support women in that way is really important. We need to be able to do better as organizations in putting our athletes that we celebrate out there.

YT Definitely! I had a conversation with Charline Picon, she's a French Olympic champion, and she experienced the same thing. She had her daughter, but she was like, "I want my daughter with me," so she was bringing her to every competition. She was like, "She's not seeing her dad, because she is with me all the time! She knows my roommate better than her dad!" It's this question that we don't think about: How can we practice every day, have good competitions all around the world, and have a baby?

AF It's so hard! Like you said, it's things not everyone is thinking about, so I think that there's such room for improvement and we can do better.

YT Awesome. Then you ran with your own brand at the Olympic Games! How cool is that?

AF It's definitely one of my proudest moments, to be able to be at the Olympics and to compete in spikes that my brand made! It has just been incredible. The way that my brand came about was really out of necessity. I got to the point in my career where I didn't have a footwear sponsor, and I thought, as a runner, how crazy is that? I knew speaking out with what happened with Nike, there would be consequences. I didn't know the ins and outs of it, but I didn't have a sponsor, so I was talking with my brother, and he was like, "Well what if we did this ourselves? Instead of constantly asking for change, we have the opportunity to create change." So we did! We came together and created a lifestyle brand for women called Saysh and our first product is a lifestyle sneaker for women. It is completely designed by women for women. It's something that we haven't really seen before: a product solely dedicated and crafted for her foot. It's also about community, really bringing women together. Initially I told you that I shared my story and had this outpouring of support and also shared experiences. I wanted to bring that group together and so that's what Saysh is about.

YT That's so insane! That's so cool because when you go to a store for sneakers, it's always for men, and then after, women wear them—but it's designed for them and we don't even think about it because it's so normal.

AF Exactly! We’ve been doing it all of our lives. We've always worn men's shoes, and even in some of the research, shoes that are marketed towards women, once we look back at how the shoe is actually made and everything, even some of the codes said, "Men's Running," on them but it's a shoe for women! I was like, "How has this not been done before?" We're really catering to the differences in our feet and all that, and we have such exciting things on the horizon and more. We just want to continue to really give women what they've been missing.

Bodysuit by Miu Miu. Stole, worn as skirt, by Pleats Please Issey Miyake.

YT Totally! It's also on the message that you’ve given with the brand because your first campaign was I Know My Place. What does that mean for you?

AF I know for me personally, I was told to know my place and to stay in that place, and I think so many women have been told that in one way or another. I felt like it was so powerful because I do know my place. I do know where I belong, and it's creating change. It's affecting change and bringing equality and doing all of those things. I think we can't let anybody else put limits on us or tell us our story. For me, I felt like once I started a family I was told that I was done and that my story was over, but I knew that I had more to give and I knew that I wasn't done, so that's what I Know My Place is about.

YT That's awesome! Who would you love to see wear your shoes? Is there a person you would love to see?

AF I would love to see Michelle Obama in my shoes! [Laughs] I will say the highlight has been seeing women who have a story to tell. There are so many messages that women have sent me about their own experiences. Recently someone reached out to me and she had a very similar story to mine. She had preeclampsia and gave birth at thirty-two weeks, exactly like me, and she was in the middle of her hospital stay. She just shared with me that my story gave her strength and was giving her strength as her child was in the NICU. To me, that's what it’s all about. That is the most powerful message and it reminds me I am absolutely where I need to be. Yes, I went through a lot of hardships but clearly there was a purpose, and I'm just grateful to be in this space now.

YT So you won't miss practice, it's okay. You are done with sports, you won't be missing practice? [Laughs]

AF I'm not sure if I'm going to compete next year. We have our first World Championships in the US. I know I'm done with the Olympics, but I'm still deciding about this year. I know that sport will be a part of my life. I will definitely bump down my training and it won't be the crazy intensity, but I think I'll always train.

YT That's so cool! Do you think that sport helps with creating a business and being a businesswoman?

AF Absolutely, it has been the best preparation because we deal with injuries, we deal with hiccups. Having to pivot and adapt to new circumstances is what we have always done, and business is very much the same. Obviously being a start-up, for us there are a lot of hurdles that we have to get over and hardships and all of that, so I do feel like it's very helpful to have had my experience in sport.

YT Awesome. What’s the next step for Allyson Felix?

AF I'm excited to continue to grow Saysh and continue to bring something to women that is specifically tailored for them. I'm excited for next year, whether I decide to compete or not, looking forward to that! Then having more time to do more work around the passions of my heart, the maternal mortality crisis and also just advocating for women in general.

YT That's awesome. I just wanted to tell you that you inspire me so much. As a woman I saw what you were doing with your contract, I checked my contract, and I was like, "Oh my god," there was nothing. There was no protection for if I decide to have a child or whatever, so I promised myself that on my next contract I will negotiate it and include it in it. Thank you for everything you're doing for women in sport, it's amazing!

AF Thank you so much! That means so much to me and I love what you're doing as well. I think it's amazing, so well done.

YT Thanks, thanks, I'm trying. I think it's little steps but if it contributes I'm happy to do that. I think also, as you say, you feel that you want to do something and you feel a part of something and a part of the change.

AF Definitely, I agree so much with you.

YT Thank you for your time!

AF Of course, it was so nice talking with you!

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