Yet another good news from the World of Bernardine. She is on the cover of the July 26 issue of Sunday Times Style Magazine, which she also guest edited.
The cover photo is shot by Ruth Ossai, a Nigerian photographer known for positioning her subjects before vivid Nollywood-style backdrops.
In her announcement of the cover on Instagram, Evaristo notes that the issue is queer-inclusive and features Black women/womxn in music, comedy, journalism, art and activism, as well as a project in partnership with the Black Writers’ Guild. You’ll recognized names like Minna Salami, Theresa Lola, Travis Alabanza, Smita Patel, and many others.
In addition to guest-editing this week’s issue, Evaristo contributes a 2,000-word essay that delves into her own sexuality and personal journey with fluidity and queerness, which she refers to in another Instagram post as her “lesbian era.”
The Sunday Times is a mainstream British newspaper that has been in circulation since 1821.
In one powerful quote from the issue, Evaristo writes about the impact of this particular issue of the magazine, which centers women of color at the hear of a major British cultural platform:
“Until very recently, even though I am a lifelong consumer of women’s magazines, Black women have been almost entirely absent from their pages. Yet it didn’t make sense to exclude us because we Black women buy clothes, wear make-up, do up our hair and houses, have relationships and female friendships, and are as involved as all other women in every other aspect of our society.”
Here are few photos from the spread.
Congratulations to Bernardine Evaristo!