Nothing defines our current moment quite like “DIY”. Politicised by the events of 2020, creatives, activists and thinkers alike are all tearing up the rulebook and doing things their own way.
Our Autumn/Winter issue reflects this cultural shift, showcasing the individuals embracing the DIY attitude to dodge past crumbling systems and make change when no-one else will.
Today, as The DIY Issue hits newsstands, we share some of our favourite features and fashion and beauty moments.
1 – Malachi Kirby in conversation with Letitia Wright
In conversation with Small Axe castmate Letitia Wright, the actor talks about representing Black British history on screen and working with Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen.
2 – Kim Petras
The pop star gets candid about moving from small-town Germany to LA, the life-changing importance of trans visibility and her bold next steps
3 – Little Simz
Grey Area, Little Simz’s critically acclaimed third studio album, tackled the disorientation of her twenties – but she explains how 2020 has brought a new clarity.
4 – Boundary-Pushing Beauty
Under the guidance of Beauty Editor Marco Antonio and Hair Editor Nick Irwin, we go back to beauty school: serving tie-dye looks for our Schwarzkopf cover, getting the crayons out with Shiseido and exploring self-expression with tender story “Quicksilver”.
5 – Paapa Essiedu
The I May Destroy You breakout star talks about his friendship with Michaela Coel, how London has shaped him and taking charge of his own narrative.
6 – Bree Runway
Rising singer-songwriter and rapper Bree Runway discusses her “superhero” persona, Internet trolls and how therapy has helped her grow as an individual and an artist.
7 – Harold Offeh’s Art Guest Edit
Harold Offeh is this issue’s Art Section Guest Editor. The multidisciplinary artist spotlights Tanoa Sasraku, Michelle Williams Gamaker and Zadie Xa, three artists who are crafting their own tools to dismantle the master’s house.
8 – Ziwe
Speaking to fellow comedian and writer Athena Kugblenu, the host of Baited opens up about navigating the entertainment industry and making powerful people face difficult truths.
9 – The Secret Life of CSM Students
To accompany Balint Alovits and Lina Stallmann’s photo series “That’s So CSM,” featuring over 300 portraits of prestigious art school Central Saint Martin’s students, we investigate how the institution continues to foster creative inspiration in an age of austerity, arts funding cuts and COVID-19.
10 – Speakers’ Corner
Artist Cassie Thornton sounds off on feminist peer-to-peer healthcare, author and model Jamie Windust who discusses pinkwashing at Pride, academic Melz Owusu who discusses decolonising education with the Free Black University and the power of grassroots politics.
Like what you’ve read so far? Get your hands on a copy of HUNGER’s The DIY Issue here.