Introducing The Cover Stars of September Issue (Part 2)

Introducing The Cover Stars of September Issue (Part 2)

Tarlisa Gaykamangu Graces Cover of Vogue Australia's September Issue

A collected exterior is already something of a trademark for Tarlisa. On this day, The bilingual model—who speaks English and Djambarrpuyngu; one of the many languages of East Arnhem Land—is a fold of never-ending legs in skinny jeans with a tumble of black hair. As she talks, she is considered and understated, a demeanour underscored by her pillowy lips and striking black brows that frame her soulful eyes like deep pools. Her sense of humour, though, constantly threatens to break through the surface, her aunty making her laugh with recollections like this.

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Writer: Alice Birrell

Alice Birrell is a fashion journalist with over ten years of experience in fashion publications most significantly at her current post for Vogue Australia, specialising in commentary on trends, profiling designers, personalities, models and key tastemakers in the creative spheres. Alice has written for print and digital and is interested in the cross section of culture, music and fashion, examining the context that surrounds fashion and documenting change in one of the most dynamic and exciting times in style history, something that is reflected in the pages of Vogue.

Photographer: Robbie Fimmano

Robbie Fimmano is a first generation Italian Aussie / Italian photographer who was born and raised in Sydney. Robbie’s practice revolves around the photograph being able to tell a story purely with its core energy.

Method Man Graces Cover of CASSIUS' Latest Issue

We all know Meth, sort of. With his distinct vocal timbre and boundless energy, he succeeded in shining on the megawatt debut Wu-Tang Clan single “Protect Ya Neck” among a nine-deep crew of rap titans. Then, he pretty much rhymed his career into high gear when the aforementioned song’s b-side, the solo cut “Method Man,” became a hit in its own right. A Def Jam Records album later, 1994’s Tical, along with a Grammy-winning single “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By” featuring Mary J. Blige, and Meth was a certified rap superstar. From the flow to his style, to the movie star good looks, Johnny Blaze checked all the proverbial boxes, yet felt fresh and unique. Having the audacity to cut a record with the Notorious B.I.G. (“The What”) despite RZA insisting the Clan keep everything was a hint that Meth could never be contained.

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Writer: Alvin Blanco

Alvin aqua Blanco is the Director of Content in the Men's Division for iOne Digital, steering Cassius Life and Hip-Hop Wired. Representing the Bronx, he was nurtured by a steady diet of Hip-Hop culture and music.

Photographer: JD Barnes

JD Barnes is a photographer who, although having lost complete vision in his right eye due to uveitis, takes pride in his ability to see beyond the typical and in doing so create something special every time he picks up his camera.

Halle Bailey Graces Cover of Cosmopolitan's Style Issue

YouTube, meaning back in 2013, when a 13-year-old Halle and her sister Chlöe uploaded a video of themselves performing a cover of Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts.” In the stuff of every teen’s wildest dreams, it caught the eye of Bey herself, who signed the duo to her record label and invited them to be the opening act on her tour.1 What followed for Chloe x Halle were countless magazine covers (including a Cosmo one in October 2020), four Grammy nominations, and regular appearances on the Freeform hit series Grown-ish.

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Writer: Sylvia Obell

Sylvia Obell is a writer and podcast host who lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in New York magazine, Cosmopolitan, and Essence. Previously, she was an entertainment reporter for BuzzFeed News.

Photographer: Lenne Chai

Lenne Chai (b. 1991) is a Singaporean photographer and director who’s deeply curious about the world. Based in Los Angeles, Lenne got her start as a fashion photographer in 2010, shooting for publications and brands such as Vogue, Gucci, W Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar and more.

Aris Singleton CEO of Thank God It's Natural Graces Cover of Jet Magazine's September Issue

Singleton, the youngest CEO of a leading textured hair care brand, is the niece of late tgin Founder Chris-Tia Donaldson and has been involved at tgin since the company’s inception in 2009. From working in the tgin social media department and as an administrative assistant to the CEO to taking on roles in the company’s Marketing, Operations and Human Resources departments, Singleton cultivated the skills she needed to effectively become the successful CEO she is today. Utilizing her degree in Finance, the Texas Southern University graduate worked closely with Donaldson to hone her skills in preparation for taking the brand to its current multi-million dollar global status.

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Erykah Badu Graces Cover of The Cut's Fall Fashion Issue

“Erykah cut through like a knife in one of the darkest times,” Terrace Martin, who helped produce Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, told me. Martin met Badu in 1998 at jam sessions around Dallas. He calls her “the Queen”: “Erykah has been like our Betty Carter, our Ella Fitzgerald, our Sarah Vaughan, all in one. And she’s been our MC Lyte, our Queen Latifah — I mean, she has all these powerful women in her left arm!”

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Writer: Casey Gerald

Casey Gerald is the author of There Will Be No Miracles Here, a memoir that stands the America Dream narrative on its head, while straddling the complex intersection of race, class, religion and sexuality. TWBNMH was named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR and The New York Times, among others. It received starred reviews from Kirkus, Shelf Awareness, and Booklist, and was the December 2018 pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times Book Club. The book was a finalist for the LAMBDA Literary Award, a longlist selection for the Carnegie Medal for excellence in Nonfiction, and was described by novelist Marlon James as “the most urgently political, most deeply personal, and most engagingly spiritual statement of our time.”

Photographer: Zhong Lin

From intimate personal portraits to close-ups of natural forms, Zhong Lin’s photographs seem to inhabit the aura of another world. Born in Malaysia and based in Taiwan, Zhong Lin has become known for her splendid, surreal, and sensuous style. We caught up with the self-taught photographer to discuss her childhood, creative process, and inspirations.

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