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Fi­nally, Black Mag­a­zine has a black cov­erer girl girl! And oh what a cover girl. Tyra Banks, now wa a fully-fledged me­dia mogul, proves she not only still has what it takes to model, she has it fiercely, and more than enough of ‘ it’ to make us ‘ smize’. A huge thanks to our Aus­tralian ed­i­tors Justin Henry and Thom Kerr for mak­ing it hap­pen. Early on, as the Good Ship Black was just set­ting sail, we were asked by many why we had called our mag­a­zine Black. Our an­swer has al­ways been that it is the colour of New Zealand, a foun­da­tion colour of fash­ion and per­haps, just as per­ti­nently, it is the colour of our cat, the sand on our West Coast beaches and much of our favourite mu­sic could broadly be termed ‘ black mu­sic’. We have never been about to­kenism; try­ing to main­tain a quota when it comes to race, sex­u­al­ity or any other hu­man char­ac­ter­is­tic, in­stead pre­fer­ring to place fash­ion, beauty and the arts as the foun­da­tions upon which Black Mag­a­zine is built. Yet, our roots are firmly multi-cul­tural as any­one who knows our his­tory with the ground-break­ing Planet Mag­a­zine can at­test. Our kau­papa has al­ways been to fur­ther art and cul­ture, where ap­pro­pri­ate - and with­out to­kenism - so we feel a warm glow that the Black End this is­sue is hap­pily, although not in­ten­tion­ally, quite ‘ black’. Tyra Banks, Natalia Kills, Justin Henry, Honor Ti­tus - all ‘ peo­ple of colour’ - mix sweetly with NZ pop star Kim­bra, blog­ging sen­sa­tion Au­drey Kitch­ing and a 6 page story on Si­mone Cipri­ani’s Eth­i­cal Fash­ion Ini­tia­tive, an amaz­ing United Na­tions and WTO pro­gramme that is chang­ing the lives of women and chil­dren in Kenya, Mali, Burk­ina Faso, Haiti and soon, Pales­tine. We toyed with call­ing Black­list ‘ Be­hind The Seams’ this is­sue as we have a num­berb of emerg­ing and es­tab­lished de­signer fea­tures; Gail Sor­ronda, Kido Deng, The Nym­phets, Steven Park, Gabrielle El­liott, Sam Clyma and Keya Matthews, an im­por­tant cog in the wheel at the bur­geon­ing Lonely brand, are all at vary­ing stages of their de­vel­op­ment but all share that most cru­cial of at­tributes, pas­sion. From Ste­fan Knight’s Beauty In­sider pro­files to Charles How­ell’s and Rachael Church­ward’s B&W car­a­van park ad­ven­ture 140 pages later, beauty and fash­ion this is­sue is burst­ing at the seams; a heart­felt thanks to Ian Fer­gu­son and all of our part­ners and beloved con­trib­u­tors, as al­ways, with­out you we are noth­ing. In De­cem­ber we launched BLKONBLK, a por­tal of all things Black Mag­a­zine which is sup­ported by our so­cial me­dia com­mu­nity and global net­work of con­trib­u­tors - and we are ex­cited by it. Qual­ity con­tent cre­ation, un­re­stricted cre­ativ­ity, and a lack of bor­ders and bound­aries make on­line pub­lish­ing highly de­sir­able, but we are still suck­ers for the look, smell, weight - and as Honor Ti­tus al­ludes to this is­sue - tan­gi­bil­ity of print. Print is not im­me­di­ate like on­line, dig­i­tal images by and large are eas­ily made to look good and print is less for­giv­ing but that is a chal­lenge we adore. The is­sue you are now hold­ing will hope­fully be around for many years yet which means some­thing in the age of Snapchat and In­sta­gram. To coin another Tyra say­ing, we think print is quite sim­ply ‘ flaw­some’...

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