Introducing The 2024 February Magazine Covers We Love

Introducing The 2024 February Magazine Covers We Love

Kylian Mbappé Graces Cover of GQ France's February Issue

Kylian Mbappé thinks more about winning the Champions League than lifting the Ballon d'Or, just as he devotes his energy to finding ways to continue his progress rather than listening to the criticism and expectations of the media and public. “We are in an era of overconsumption, with a lot of matches, where people expect a lot from the players,” he explains before specifying that his personal demands far exceed those of the observers. “I have shown that pressure does not affect me negatively and I would even say that I need it to perform. This is what allows us to maintain the degree of excellence required to play at the highest levels.”

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Writer: Maxime Joly

Well-being section manager , Maxime joined Condé Nast in 2015 after working in the sports department at Le Figaro. The entire GQ editorial team turns to him when it comes to finding a cool place to sweat, relax or look good.

Photographer: Malick Bodian

Biography. Malick Bodian is a model and photographer. He's been the face of campaigns for Dior Homme, Givenchy, Valentino and Louis Vuitton, and became the first Black male model to walk in a Givenchy Couture show in 2020. Raised in Senegal, Bodian moved to Europe at age 13 and was scouted by an agent in Corsica at 19.

Lashana Lynch Graces Cover of ELLE UK's February Issue

The actor has become celebrated for roles that reimagine the female hero – from her history-making role as the first-ever woman 007 in the 25th Bond film No Time to Die to the indomitable Izogie in The Woman King. It is anticipated that her forthcoming role as Rita Marley in the long-awaited biopic of Bob Marley’s life, One Love, will deepen her reputation for playing women who are captivating and complex, tough and yet vulnerable giants that she takes on in her own way.

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Interviewer: Afua Hirsch

Afua Hirsch is a writer, author, TV presenter, documentary maker, and former barrister.

Photographer: Ekua King

Ekua King is a London based photographer who comes from Jamaican heritage. King graduated from the London College of Fashion where her final project was entitled ‘The Black Male image’. King’s work blends portraiture and fashion, inspired by her culture.

Simone Biles Graces Cover of Vanity Fair's February Issue

Born in Columbus, Ohio, to a mother who struggled to care for her children as she battled addiction, Biles spent her early years in and out of foster care. At five, Biles and her younger sister, Adria, were formally adopted by their maternal grandfather, Ron, and his wife, Nellie, whom she calls her parents, who raised the girls alongside their two boys in Spring, Texas, the Houston suburb Biles still calls home. (Her two older siblings, Ashley and Tevin, were adopted by Ron’s sister, Harriet.) When Biles was six, Ron and Nellie enrolled her and Adria in gymnastics classes.

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Writer: Leah Faye Cooper

Leah Faye Cooper is a Vanity Fair contributing editor, covering fashion and culture. Previously editorial director at Coveteur, her work regularly appears in Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and The Hollywood Reporter.

Photographer: Adrienne Raquel

Adrienne Raquel is a photographer and creative director working between New York & Los Angeles. Inspired by femininity, soulfulness, and color, Adrienne's work is rooted in nostalgia and fantasy while remaining fresh and contemporary. Exhibitions include Aperture's New Black Vanguard, Jeffrey Deitch: Shattered Glass Miami, and Mickalene Thomas' Better Nights at Miami's Bass Museum.

Vick Hope Graces Cover of Cosmopolitan's February/March Issue

Growing up in Newcastle, Hope and her three brothers’ thirst for knowledge was encouraged by their parents. Every Christmas, the family would forgo traditional presents and instead, the six of them would embark on a big long-haul family trip to the likes of Nigeria (where her mother was born, coming to the UK at age 11 after the Biafran war), South Africa, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Vietnam. ‘It would be our gift,’ she beams. ‘I feel like the best education you can get is seeing other cultures and knowing that everyone’s different and that’s one thing I grew up being very aware of.’

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Writer: Olivia Blair

Olivia Blair is Talent Editor at Hearst UK, working predominantly across Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and Harper's Bazaar. Olivia covers all things entertainment and has interviewed the likes of Margot Robbie, Emma Stone, Timothée Chalamet and Cynthia Erivo over the years.

Photographer: Lucy Ranson

Photographer based in London - clients include Financial Times, Soho House, Lazy Oaf, Evian, The Hippie Shake, The British Red Cross, Lucy & Yak, Hotel Cafe Royal, San Carlo, Chelsea Football Club, White Stuff, Monocle

Issa Rae Graces Cover of PORTER Magazine

Issa Rae knows how to make people laugh – and the bankable sense of humor that she’s built her career on might just be genetic. “My family is very, very funny. Every single one of my siblings [Rae has four] is hilarious,” she says, citing humor as her preferred way of connecting with people. “There’s something so romantic about sharing a sense of humor. That’s my love language.” Still, despite an easy, warm demeanor – she is quick to flash that trademark grin – one swiftly gets an idea of the formidable Hollywood entity that the writer, producer and actor has become

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Writer: Otegha Uwagba

Otegha Uwagba is a bestselling author and culture journalist who has written three books: the Sunday Times bestseller We Need To Talk About Money, a part memoir, part cultural commentary published in 2021 and selected as an Observer Book of the Year, the short essay Whites: On Race And Other Falsehoods, published in 2020 and selected as a Guardian Book of the Year, and the Sunday Times bestseller Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women in 2017, which has since been translated into ten languages and was described as a “must read” by the Sunday Times.

Photographer: Deirdre Lewis

Keke Palmer Graces Cover of Teen Vogue's January/February Issue

Palmer has been in the spotlight for the majority of her life, but in 2023 she endured never-ending inspection by flashlight. The public had been let in and refused to leave. Palmer, who further cemented her status as a national treasure in 2022 with a momentous, career-defining year, became even more forward-facing as tragedy encroached. Her hardships could never overshadow all that she’s built, but they did threaten to cast a shadow over her spirit.

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Writer: Kaitlyn McNab

Kaitlyn McNab is the Entertainment News Editor at Teen Vogue. She is a multimedia storyteller based in New York who holds a self-designed B.A. and minor in Africana Studies from New York University. Kaitlyn has written for publications like GQ, Allure, i-D, Bustle and EBONY.

Photographer: Andy Jackson

Andy Jackson is a lifestyle and editorial photographer based in New York City.

Ulisses Jr. Graces Cover of Men's Health's January/February Issue

As his still-chiseled ten-pack attests, Ulisses has always been maniacally devoted to his core training. It’s a habit he built in his 20s, when he started waking up every single day to a series of bodyweight exercises (classic situps and planks, bicycle crunches and reverse crunches). He’d aim to do 100 of each before he ate his first meal. (He believes training on an empty stomach helped him “feel” his rectus abdominis, the muscle most responsible for visible abs, working.) He’d often train his abs again later that day, after he’d pushed weight with the bodybuilders, this time using weights to do more-targeted movements.

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Writer: Ebenezer Samuel, CSCS

Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S., is the fitness director of Men's Health and a certified trainer with more than 10 years of training experience. He's logged training time with NFL athletes and track athletes and his current training regimen includes weight training, HIIT conditioning, and yoga. Before joining Men's Health in 2017, he served as a sports columnist and tech columnist for the New York Daily News.

Photographer: Philip Haynes

Philip has forged a career for himself around understanding how the body moves and the expression of form that comes from within the mind. His work centres around colour and emotion, celebrating both the positive and negative moments that happen to us all, translating them into meaningful life stories through his stills and motion work.

Dua Lipa Graces Cover of Rolling Stone's February Issue

After a whirlwind couple of years, the wildly ambitious pop star is embracing freedom and fun — both in her life and in her upcoming music. As she kicks off a new era, she lets us into her dreams, her anxieties, and what she wants to stand for.

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Writer: Brittany Spanos
Brittany Spanos is a staff writer at Rolling Stone, where she covers music, fandom and pop culture. Her most recent cover stories featured Janelle Monae and Cardi B. Her favorite genre of music is boy band.

Photographer: Michael Bailey-Gates

Photographer Michael Bailey-Gates graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2015, the same year they won the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Award, launching them into the professional art world. The work Bailey-Gates is focused on most is portraiture, influenced by classical studio photography. Working with a close circle of collaborators and subjects, there is often a subversive edge to their photography. Gender roles are interrogated and norms transgressed, and the result is a body of work that is transformative, emotional and focused keenly on the self.

Victoria Monét Graces Cover of Variety

This is all new for the 34-year-old, at least as a solo artist. Over the past 15 years, she’s had a front-row seat for the success of those around her as one of the music industry’s top songwriters, with credits on tracks for Blackpink, Fifth Harmony and many others. And in an industry overwhelmingly dominated by male studio technicians, Monét produces and engineers, too — and is among this year’s nominees in the best engineered album (non-classical) category, a rarity for an artist, let alone a female one. She’s attended the Grammys once before — in 2020, for the three nominations she earned as a songwriter for Ariana Grande’s album “Thank U, Next” and Chloe x Halle’s single “Do It” — and after runaway success with the former, her stock rose as a key collaborator to the pop star.

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Writer: Steven J. Horowitz

Steven J. Horowitz is Senior Music Writer at Variety. He previously held positions at TikTok, YouTube Music, Billboard and HipHopDX.

Photographer: Erik Carter

His photography directly draws on his life experience, approach, and thought process — perfectly representing who he is and the subjects he focuses on.

Whitney Adebayo Graces Cover of Black Beauty & Hair's February/March Issue

Love takes the spotlight with Valentine’s and Mother’s Day approaching! Find inspo in our featured hairstyles and explore the journey of Michelle Scott-Lynch, founder of Bouclème Curly Haircare, marking its 10th anniversary.

Photographer: Narita Savoor

Narita is an established fashion and beauty photographer based between Manchester and London. She also travels wherever her love of photography takes her. Over the last 11 years she has been published in both national and international magazines, with numerous front covers and work in nationwide stores.


Issa Rae Graces Cover of TIME Magazine

Issa Rae’s rise is held up as one of the prime DIY success stories of the digital era. In college, Rae began making a YouTube web series, Dorm Diaries, with a camcorder borrowed from the Stanford library. She raised money for a subsequent web series, The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, on Kickstarter, and praise for the show’s humor and relatability spread. A deal with HBO for Insecure, her show about Black millennials navigating life and love in L.A., followed.

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Writer: Andrew R. Chow
Andrew R. Chow is a technology correspondent at TIME. His covers crypto, AI, tech regulation, and culture.

Photographer: Djeneba Aduayom

Djeneba Aduayom is a photographer whose work is marked by a sense of movement, performance, and personal interrogation. Her aesthetic is as much influenced by her multidisciplinary training and extensive travels as it is by her multicultural heritage. Despite her work's dreamy aspect, Aduayom always seeks to capture layers of emotions contained within people and their relation to landscape, with hints of abstraction and surrealism.

Ajok Daing and Maty Fall Graces Cover of Vogue Italia's February Issue

Ajok, born in 2002, has Sudanese origins , was born in the province of Cremona and grew up in Italy but a few years ago moved to England with her family. She studied economics with the aim of launching a beauty brand but, since she was a child, she has nourished her passion for fashion with documentaries on the Eighties and Nineties. Nicki Minaj is her favorite artist, Cocktails and Takeaways is her favorite podcast and The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer is her book that she is reading to learn how to take care of her mental health her.

Born in 2001, Maty was born in Dakar and moved to Italy when she was 9 years old. She still lives in Chiampo , in the province of Vicenza, and it was her commitment to welcoming her that has always made her feel at home. She would like to live in Florence, she would like to enroll in Medicine , if she had time she would study to become a pilot but she dreams of being a business woman who manages a real estate empire.

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Writer: Giulia Di Giamberardino
In form a Fashion Editor and a Content Writer , in substance she explores the value of words - as well as different places and ways in which to put them together - practicing the religion of listening to tell stories and people.

Photographer: Mark Kean

Scottish born London Based Photographer Mark Kean’s passion for Photography began whilst studying art and film on the South Coast of England. His portrait and fashion work inform each other and create a modern approach to timeless imagery that is often imbued with a sense of narrative.

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