Introducing The Cover Stars of May Issue

Introducing The Cover Stars of May Issue

Whitney Peak Graces Cover of ELLE Canada's May Issue

“In Uganda, I would never have thought of doing this job. Not because it doesn’t happen there but because it’s as if, in my mind and in my family’s mind, we already had a completely different path mapped out for our lives. Instead, Canada has opened up new opportunities for me that I could not have imagined.”

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Photographer and Creative Directors: Sofia Sanchez Mauro Mongiello

Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello are a photography duo known for their fashion and beauty photography. They have worked with numerous high-profile clients and publications, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle. The duo has also collaborated with major fashion brands such as Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton. They are known for their unique and creative approach to photography, often incorporating surreal and fantastical elements into their work.

Halle Bailey Graces Cover of British Vogue's May Issue

Best known until now as one half of the pop R&B duo Chloe x Halle – with her older sister, Chlöe, 24 – Bailey caught the eye of The Little Mermaid director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Mary Poppins Returns) after she and Chlöe performed Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack’s duet “Where Is The Love” at the 2019 Grammys. “[Producer] John DeLuca and I were watching, and I said, ‘John, who is that? She looks like an angel,’” Marshall recalls. The former choreographer turned director, whose 2002 feature debut, Chicago, garnered six Academy Awards, is widely credited for reviving moviegoer interest in seeing Broadway on the big screen.

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Writer: Jen Wang

Photographer: Sharif Hamza

Sharif Hamza is a British-Egyptian photographer and director based in New York City. He is known for his fashion and portrait photography, and has worked with a number of high-profile clients and publications, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and The New York Times. Hamza's work often features a cinematic quality, with a focus on capturing the essence of his subjects. He has also directed music videos for artists such as Beyoncé and The Weeknd.

Ice Spice Graces Cover of Billboard

At the beginning of 2021 — a year before she introduced herself to the world as Ice Spice, with her signature cinnamon curly afro ­— Isis Gaston wrapped her hair into two braids and tucked them underneath a silk scarf. Wearing a black lounge set, she smiled for the camera while a sample of Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” faded into the background and the hook of “Buss It,” rapper Erica Banks’ breakout 2020 single, started. The clip cut, and Gaston, now clad in a teal cut-out dress, dropped it low and twerked with her long, light brown locks cascading over her frame.

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Writer: Heran Mamo

Heran Mamo is an Ethiopian American music journalist and a staff writer at Billboard. Her work has previously been featured in The Hollywood Reporter and The Huffington Post. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2019 with a B.A. in journalism. In 2018, she was a finalist in the national Hearst Journalism Feature Writing Competition for a digital magazine story about collegiate rocket science. She specializes in pop, hip-hop, R&B and Afrobeats music coverage and believes in amplifying the voices of underserved communities within the industry. When she’s not busy writing about fellow Habesha The Weeknd or being in the 0.05% of Kehlani’s Spotify listeners, Heran enjoys refining her DJ'ing and playlist-curating skills.

Photographer: Christian Cody

Christian Cody is a director and photographer whose work explores and celebrates Black beauty. His vision is inclusive and humanistic with a sophisticated fashion edge, conjuring a world where the meaning of masculinity, gender, race, desirability, and self-worth is defined by the individual. In visualizing the specific, he opens new worlds and offers fresh possibilities for all of us. Christian is the visuals director of the fashion brand Theophilio and is part of See in Black, a collective of Black photographers who invest in, uplift, and build community around Black visibility.

Savannah James Graces Cover of The Cut's May/June Issue

When Savannah met her would-be husband, she was a softball player and cheerleader, and LeBron James was a junior at a rival high school. When you hear their origin story, it makes sense that she has been hesitant to step into the spotlight — after all, she had no idea that falling in love with the boy who was thoughtful enough to bring her the Outback Steakhouse leftovers she’d accidentally left behind on their first date in 2002 would lead to the life she lives today. This year will mark 10 years of marriage for the couple, and 22 together overall

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Writer: Sylvia Obell

Sylvia Obell is a journalist and on-air talent whose relatable and entertaining approach to news has made her a valued rising voice in culture. She hosted popular shows like the Okay, Now Listen podcast and Get You A Me, both collaborations with Netflix's Strong Black Lead, and Hella Opinions, an unapologetically black Twitter show she helped develop at BuzzFeed News. She was a producer/correspondent for the news site’s flagship morning show AM to DM. A celebrated writer, Sylvia has penned cover stories on Zendaya, Lizzo, Issa Rae, both Serena and Venus Williams, Keke Palmer, and more for popular magazines.

Photographer: Katie McCurdy

Katie McCurdy is a photographer based in New York City. She specializes in portrait photography, with a focus on capturing the unique personalities and stories of her subjects. McCurdy's work has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. She has also worked with a variety of clients, ranging from individuals to major corporations. In addition to her photography work, McCurdy is also a licensed therapist, and often incorporates her knowledge of psychology into her approach to photography.

Taraji P. Henson Graces Cover of HelloBeautiful's Muva's Day Issue

Henson, 53, is a Hollywood pillar with credits in blockbusters like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Hidden Figures. She’s given color and complexity to the characters that we tend to overlook in everyday life. We’ve been conditioned to avert our gaze away from baby mamas, service employees, and sex workers. Henson looked them square in the eye.

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Writer: Brooklyn White-Grier

Brooklyn White-Grier is a journalist, editor and an award-winning Gen Z expert. She currently serves as ESSENCE’s features editor. She is also the founder of Cool Mamas Club, a media outlet for moms. In 2019, she made history as the founding Gen Z Editor of ESSENCE. She oversaw editorial for Girls United, the legacy publication's platform for young Black women. White-Grier’s bylines include Teen Vogue, NPR, Fashionista, PAPER Magazine, and InStyle, among others. She’s also interviewed an array of A-list talent, including Simone Biles, Megan Thee Stallion, Summer Walker, Lil’ Kim, Jazmine Sullivan, Erykah Badu, City Girls, Zaya Wade, Chloe x Halle, Zaila Avant-garde, Keke Palmer, Marsai Martin, Normani and Naomi Osaka. 

Photographer: Mr. D. Adams

Dalvin Adams is the CEO and Owner of the Atlanta based photography company D.AdamStudios. He is a bicoastal photographer raised in Louisiana and has captured visionary photographs and visuals since 2015. Adams began his photography career while obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communication at Grambling State University. 

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