From a celebration of the ’80s voguing scene to interviews with humanitarians, artists, and more, here’s why you should pick up Mission’s latest edition.
By Juno Kelly.
Mission’s latest iteration, The Human Issue, is a love letter to humanity. 2020 saw colossal challenges fall upon the world’s collective head: a pandemic upturned our existence, millions of people tragically lost their lives, and police brutality once again reared its monstrous head, paving the way for another wave of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Yet humankind’s resilience, bravery, and ability to create even amid the hardest of times prevailed. From an interview with culture-shaping playwright Jeremy O. Harris to a film narrated by Yousif Alshewaili about the refugee crisis, Mission’s Human Issue is not one to miss. Scroll down for five reasons to buy.
1. Get reacquainted with the voguing scene of the 1980s via “Vogue Vogue,” an interactive shoot which sees the likes of Dominican dance artist José Lapaz-Rodríguez and star of HBO’s Legendary Tati Miyake-Mugler dancing across the pages.
2. Discover how playwright Jeremy O. Harris is utilizing lockdown as artistic material, his experience growing up in an all-white school, and why he thinks it’s important to stage the complexities of interracial relationships on stage.
3. Educate yourself on the struggles of those seeking refuge on the island of Lesbos, Greece, through a mini-documentary narrated by 21-year-old Iraqi refugee Yousif Alshewaili.
4. Dive into a shoot by legendary Norwegian photographer Sølve Sundsbø featuring cover star Ellie Goldstein and other models with varying disabilities who overcame industry odds.
5. Meet Radhya Almutawakel, cofounder of Yemeni advocacy organization Mwatana for Human Rights, who opens up about Saudi Arabia’s role in funding the war in Yemen.
Image credit: Gucci, Sølve Sundsbø, Quentin Jones, David Clancy, Mwatana For Human Rights