Kwame Onwuachi

By Gautam Balasundar
May 26, 2022

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.

Television
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.

Fashion
Tim Ilkin

Is It Pure?

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

Television
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.

Film
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.

Beauty
Afra

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.

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.

Events
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.

Fashion
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.

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.⁠

Allyson Felix
Nick Robinson
Tinashe

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.

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.

Allyson Felix Takes on the World

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Tinashe Makes Her Own Way

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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.

Fashion
Ethan Hart and John Handford

Boyhood

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

Music
Banks

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.

Sports
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.

Fashion
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.

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.

Fashion
Stella McCartney

Elemental

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

Live from New York
Torres

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.

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.

Literature
Ocean Vuong

Sweet Jesus

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

Events
Andel

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.

Literature
Jihyun Yun

Safe

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.

Design
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.

Literature
Aria Aber

Dante in Sardina

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

Beauty
Sandor

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.

Television
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.

Live from New York
Caleb Teicher

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.

Music
Lolo Zouaï

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.

Live from New York
Terence Blanchard

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.

Beauty
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.

Music
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.

Generation Next
Benjamaporn Ploy Nivas

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.

Fashion
Maison Kébé

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.

Generation Next
Reverend James Woodall

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.

Live from New York
Julius Rodriguez

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.

Photography
"Haut," Shanelle Nyasiase, Vogue Ukraine, July 2019

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.

Live from New York
Teresa Reichlen

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.

Fashion
Gui Rosa

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.

Generation Next
Thandiwe Abdullah

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.

Photography
SXWRKER Erika Long

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.

Generation Next
Zulaikha Patel

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.

Film
Kelvin Harrison Jr.

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.'

Food and Drink
Pith Home Goods

Pith Home Goods Bring People Together

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.

Live from New York
Matt Doyle

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.

Television
Himesh Patel

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.

Film
Flee

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.

Fashion
Cero Magazine tote bags

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.

Travel
Reykjavik Edition

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.

Television
Nick Robinson

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
Jamar Roberts

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.

Live from New York
Adam Chanler-Berat

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.

Live from New York
Chun Wai Chan

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.

Sports
Allyson Felix

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.

Generation Next
Tatiana Washington

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.

Generation Next
Anthony Tamez-Pochel

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.

Live from New York
Aaron Tveit

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.

Film
Nicholas Galitzine

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.

Photography
Nana Yaw Oduro

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.

Live from New York
Jeanna de Waal

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.

Fashion
Commission menswear

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.

Food and Drink
community fridges

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.

Photography
Maisie Cousins

Under the Fridge

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

Music
Alfie Templeman

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.

Live from New York
Keenan Scott II

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.

Live from New York
Arturo Luís Soria

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.

Fashion
Celine store London

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.

Generation Next
Covid-19 vaccinations

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.

Generation Next
Elana Sulakshana

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.

Generation Next
Sara Mardini

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.

Art
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.

Fashion
Alva Claire

Alva

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.

Live from New York
Calvin Royal III

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.

Live from New York
Karen Slack

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.

Fashion
Jai Odell

Vic

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

Art
Calida Rawles

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.

Photography
Janette Beckman

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.

Art
Lea Colombo

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.

Literature
Alexandra Kleeman

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.

Food and Drink
Flynn McGarry

Food and Flowers

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

Photography
Anthony Cotsifas

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.

Beauty
Dior Spa

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.

Photography
Sarai Mari Sept. 2020 NYC

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.

Literature
Brandon Taylor

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.'

Fashion
Supriya Lele

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.

Generation Next
Ruby Wharton

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.

Fashion
Dion Lee

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.

Live from New York
Adrienne Warren

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.

Technology
Whim by Pelle

Pelle's Soft Touch

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

Events
Cero Magazine Launch Party

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.

Music
Holly Humberstone

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.

LVMH Prize 2021
Conner Ives

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.

LVMH Prize 2021
Christopher John Rogers

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.

LVMH Prize 2021
Nensi Dojaka

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.

LVMH Prize 2021
Rui

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.

LVMH Prize 2021
Kika Vargas

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.

LVMH Prize 2021
Bianca Saunders

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.

LVMH Prize 2021
Charles de Vilmorin

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.

LVMH Prize 2021
KidSuper

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.

LVMH Prize 2021
Lukhanyo Mdingi

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.

Generation Next
Jordan Reeves

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.

Fashion
Daniel W. Fletcher Margate

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.

Sports
Race Imboden Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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.

Film
Hailey Kilgore

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.

Generation Next
Zuzanna Karcz

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.

Photography
Kirsten Owen

Sylvan

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.

Design
Minjae Kim

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.

Fashion
Stella McCartney sunglasses

Stella McCartney's Brighter Future

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

Music
Tinashe

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.

Generation Next
Maureen Muketha

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.

Television
Rachelle Vinberg

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.

Design
Heven

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.

Art
Marcel Dzama

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.

Generation Next
Finn and Jack Harries

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.'

Film
Julia Fox

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.

Generation Next
Autumn Peltier

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.

Travel
Marni Marine

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.

Generation Next
Nia Dumas

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.

Generation Next
Generation Next

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.

Film
Janicza Bravo

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.⁠

Music
Cautious Clay

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.

Generation Next
Photography by Anonymous

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.

Generation Next
Jamie Margolin

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.

Generation Next
Karin Watson

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.

Generation Next
Joela Rivera and Qween Jean

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.

Generation Next
Amandla Stenberg

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.

Culture
Charlie Knepper and RJ King

[Non-essential] Finds a New Purpose

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.

Television
Thuso Mbedu

Thuso Mbedu Is the Beating Heart of 'The Underground Railroad'

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.

Culture
Cero Magazine logo

Introducing Cero Magazine

Why does the world need another magazine?

Art
A photograph by Ming Smith

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.

Film
Trances

In a Trance

A new Criterion Collection edition of the cult 1981 documentary 'Trances' reintroduces the Moroccan avant-pop band Nass El Ghiwane to the world.

Fashion
Guinevere van Seenus by Hanna Tveite and Melissa Levy

Guinevere

In our inaugural digital cover story, the iconic model Guinevere van Seenus stars in a study of contour and texture dressed in some of Spring's most intriguing designs.

Fashion
A bag from MM6's upcycled patchwork capsule collection

MM6's Patchwork Pieces

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

Nick Robinson

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For much of this fall, the top two shows on Netflix both offered, with vastly different approaches, biting critiques of modern-day capitalism, bringing into focus the desperation of those who find themselves on the less fortunate side of the widening wealth gap. One was a vivid and violent Korean thriller about a series of children's games reimagined with deadly stakes, and the other an incisive and revelatory character study of a single mother struggling against the punishing bureaucracy of the welfare system. With its striking visual design, copious violence, and memeable moments, it was perhaps no surprise that Squid Game was one of the most talked-about shows of the year, but the enduring popularity of Maid is reflective of its emotional honesty and powerful performances. "The people that have reached out to me the most are women, and specifically mothers, which I think is really great to see," says Nick Robinson, who plays Sean, the ex-boyfriend of Margaret Qualley's central figure Alex. "I feel like if moms are watching this and really feeling like they're wrapped up in the story and they're invested, that's a great sign. I think that means we hopefully did our job."

Based on Stephanie Land's memoir about her months spent scraping by to care for herself and her young daughter on a combination of housecleaning jobs and tenuous government support after escaping an abusive relationship, Maid is a sharply realistic depiction of a system that, as Robinson says, is "designed to wear you down to the point where you just give up and don't ask for assistance." After spending her first night sleeping in her car, Alex is told by a social worker that housing assistance requires a job, which requires subsidized daycare, which requires proof of employment, one of the many impossible hurdles the government imposes. When she does find a job with Value Maids, she is warned that working too many hours a week will disqualify her from receiving benefits while still leaving her far from able to afford basic necessities. "I hope that it can dispel some of the myths around poverty and welfare," Robinson says about the show. "There are a lot of misconceptions around welfare and the social safety net. People think that folks are just living off of these fat government checks but it doesn't really work like that. The systems are designed to be confusing and contradictory."

As Alex struggles to find any sense of stability, encountering setback after setback, Sean, whom Robinson describes as the "biggest villain in Alex's life," wrestles with his own demons. An alcoholic who makes his living as a bartender, he displays flashes of rage and fury—as on the night Alex flees after he drunkenly punches a hole in the wall of their trailer—while remaining steadfastly devoted to his daughter. "One of the show's biggest strengths is that every character is complicated and multidimensional and contradictory and frustrating and charming and terrible all at once," Robinson says. "It's this big jumble of humanity." Without defending Sean's behavior, he adds that he understood the character in a new light after the director John Wells explained to him that Sean was "somebody who had been taking care of other people his entire life," trapped by circumstance in a situation he can't escape. "I also think that he is someone who can't ask for help," Robinson elaborates. "He doesn't know how to ask for help and has been modeled a certain set of behaviors by his parents that he unfortunately falls back into. It just turns out to be this cycle of poverty and trauma that is just being passed down from generation to generation and he is the latest inheritor of this terrible heirloom."

Alongside her journey out of poverty, Alex also begins to come to terms with the true nature of her relationship with Sean. After insisting in the first episode that he hasn't abused her, she eventually comes to realize that the term encompasses so much more than just physical violence. For Robinson, inhabiting the role of Sean required him to understand that he is driven by his love for both Alex and their daughter Maddy, even if has "a perverse way of showing it." Some of the most gratifying responses he has received since the show's premiere have come from women who have re-examined their own pasts in a new light after watching. "I'm seeing people stand up and be like, 'Wow, this show helped me realize that I was in an abusive relationship,' or, 'It was abuse, it was not my fault,' and that has been really amazing to see," he says, selecting both the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as the recipients for proceeds from direct sales of this magazine.

A native of Seattle, the 26-year-old Robinson says that he cherished the opportunity to tell a story set in the Pacific Northwest, with its towering forests and imposing mountain ranges, for the first time in a career that has ranged from the indie hit The Kings of Summer and the blockbuster Jurassic World to the groundbreaking Love, Simon and last year’s acclaimed miniseries A Teacher. Filming on Vancouver Island, just across the closed border from his childhood home, was both comforting and disconcerting. "I could ride my bike to the coast and literally a quarter mile away was the Washington coastline. It was the Olympic Peninsula right there with all the mountains," he recalls. "I could basically see Seattle but I couldn't go visit. It was this weird mix of being home but also being homesick, where it's familiar but it's also so far removed from actually being back in the place I grew up."

With its focus on Alex and Sean, Maid elevates a demographic rarely depicted with such nuance onscreen while balancing precisely between educating and entertaining. The obstacles they face are soul-crushing at times, but the show also captures the little joys of life, offering up hopes that are often, but not always, dashed. "There is an irony in a bunch of actors getting together to tell a story about working-class, poor people that was not lost on me," Robinson admits, "but I think that everyone on the show came in with a desire to learn." After nearly two years of pandemic-induced unemployment, food insecurity, and widespread economic malaise, the struggles of the "working poor" have become vastly more visible, now impossible to deny or ignore.

A number of Robinson's recent projects have displayed a similar interest in surfacing underrepresented perspectives. In A Teacher, he played a high school senior who is groomed and seduced by his English teacher, with the show focusing less on the tawdry details of the scandal than on the lasting scars his character endures in a rare depiction of adolescent male trauma. For the 2018 film Love, Simon, Robinson starred in the first major studio production to center around a gay teenage romance. "The reaction to the movie was so powerful and inspiring and it just felt like it really had this cultural moment, especially among LGBTQ+ circles," he explains. "It was just so gratifying to see that." In the years since, he has taken a producer role on the Hulu sequel series Love, Victor, which follows another gay student, played by Michael Cimino, whose religious family is significantly less accepting than Simon's was. "I was up to continue the story and to tell it not just through Simon's eyes, which is the POV of a privileged white cisgender guy, but to try to tell this story, the coming-out story, through someone else's completely different experience," Robinson adds, "and try to broaden the inclusiveness and vision of the movie to as many more POV's and experiences as possible."

Now at a turning point in his career—"anything but high school," he jokes when asked about what he is looking for next—Robinson is clearly a young actor who is not afraid to push himself in new directions. Early last year, he was making his Broadway début as Jem in Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird before the industry shut down, reprising a role he had performed as a youth in Seattle—under the same director, Bartlett Sher. "To play the same role with the same director fourteen years later was just one of those moments that you can't really make up," he laughs. "It was just life fucking with you at that point. It just felt so meant to be." When the show, along with the rest of the live performance industry, went on hold in the wake of Covid-19, Robinson eventually found his way to Maid, but says that his truncated experience back on stage was reinvigorating. "Theater was where I first started acting as a kid and it just felt like something that I really wanted to revisit," he adds, "for the challenge of it and also to explore a different medium of acting and to see if it reawakened something in me from my childhood or relit a fire."

For Robinson, the success of Maid, which has already picked up a number of awards nominations, has reinforced his desire to use his platform as an actor to uplift others, both those who have rarely recognized themselves represented onscreen and those who are encountering these stories for the first time. "The show touches on a lot, so it's been really powerful to see what people take away from it," he notes, pointing to everything from its revealing depictions of the enervating cycles of poverty to its honest account of emotional and mental abuse. "There have been people that have reached out and stuff has been trickling in about people's own personal experiences watching the show and how it touched them or moved them or made them feel seen or empowered. All of that's been great."

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Nick Robinson
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