“This book deals with some big problems and while writing it, I had the sense I might have bitten off more than I could chew,” admits Australian author Bri Lee of her new release, Who Gets To Be Smart. Touching on “how race, class, and gender impact the way we allow some people to be smart but not others,” Lee says she set out to “make complex concepts and issues really readable.” She hopes the extract about bilingualism and its effect on the brain in this issue (see page 96) achieves that.
“Dynamic” is the word Sydney-based hair stylist Pete Lennon uses to best describe the look he created for 21-year-old Olympic hopeful, skateboarder Poppy Starr Olsen, who makes a stellar turn in ‘Air time’, from page 120. “Watching someone so young at the top of their field is incredibly inspirational,” says Lennon, who worked to create a “light, natural texture” for the action-packed shoot captured at Sydney’s Five Dock Skatepark, ahead of the Tokyo Games. “Poppy was super easy to work with – she gave Joel and I free rein in regards to hair and make-up.”
“As my first shoot for Vogue, it began as a roller-coaster of nerves and excitement,” says junior fashion and market editor Harriet Crawford, who was tasked with styling DJ, social media influencer, podcast host and now author Flex Mami for the feature ‘Let’s talk about Flex’, from page 134. “Working through concepts with the team, and with their support and encouragement, it became a fun project.” The former
GQ Australia fashion assistant shares that the ultimate multi-hyphenate inspired the looks on the day. “I wanted Flex to feel comfortable and to feel like herself in what she was wearing – in that way, she influenced the pieces I picked out for her. Flex is a boss and knows what she likes.”
For this issue, writer and journalist Jessie Tu interviewed author Lisa Taddeo, who is best known for her critically acclaimed non-fiction book Three Women, released in 2019. “I was super nervous, I could barely sleep the night before,” she says of speaking over Zoom to Taddeo about her debut novel Animal, which explores female rage. In the resulting conversation (from page 64), Tu shares that she set out to show readers just how “incredibly down-toearth” the American is. “Fame has not changed someone who is really just trying to make the world a safer, more nourishing place for women to express their sexuality and desires,” she says. “She was so friendly and lovely and warm-hearted.”