The world is still adjusting to a new normal, and here at BUST, we've been spending our COVID-19 quarantine creating our best Summer Issue ever! On the cover, we’ve got New Orleans’ dynamic ambassador of bounce music Big Freedia doing the absolute MOST! And inside, we’ve got in-depth interviews with Stranger Things’ new young star Maya Hawke, comedy powerhouse Jaboukie Young-White, and the women behind some of the most beloved puppets on Sesame Street. We’ve also got a rowdy roundup of work by flapper cartoonists; true tales from America’s first female-led terrorist cell; and more.
ON THE COVER: BIG FREEDIA PHOTOGRAPHED BY M. SHARKEY IN BROOKLYN; STYLING BY MYAH PEDIFORD; MAKEUP BY LAKEN GLOVER; HAIR BY MICHAEL HOWARD. BIG FREEDIA WEARS DARRELL THORNE HEADPIECE; THE BLONDS JACKET; FREAKBUTIK CHOKER. ABOVE: CHROMAT JACKET; RAG & BONE T-SHIRT; BOND HARDWARE HARNESS AND CHAIN BELT; LARUICCI EARRINGS; RING AND PANTS: BIG FREEDIA’S OWN.
Table of Contents Summer 2020
Freedia Be You And Me
New Orleans’ bounce superstar Big Freedia is “bringing people together through the power of ass.” By Emily Rems
To date, America has only had one homegrown, domestic terrorist cell led by women—and they had a blast. By Rachel Leibrocks
When flappers took over the funnies in the 1920s, it was women cartoonists doing the drawing. By Miss Rosen
Rumor Has It
Country music rebel Margo Price is ready to rock. By Kathy Iandoli
How To Get To Sesame Street
True children’s television tales from the women who bring Grundgetta Grouch, Abby Cadabby, Prairie Dawn, Zoe, and more to life. By Phoenix Leigh
Don’t sleep on these sweet summer styles. Photographed by Kat Borchart, Styled by Jardine Hammond
PHOTOS: LEVON THURMAN HAWKE (MAYA HAWKE); COURTESY OF THE FLAPPER QUEENS: WOMEN CARTOONISTS OF THE JAZZ AGE BY TRINA ROBBINS, FANTAGRAPHICS, 2020 (FLAPPER); ANNIE MONTGOMERIE (FELT CATS); SEHER SIKANDER (JABOUKIE YOUNG-WHITE)
Stranger Things’ Maya Hawke; amazing animal artist Annie Montgomerie; “The Black Girl Bill of Rights;” and more.
The Hotness: Summertime pop culture finds. By Emily Rems
Boy du Jour: Comedian Jaboukie Young-White keeps it light. By Bry’onna Mention
Bra-ometer: Feminist news at a glance. By Solange Castellar
Pop Quiz: Remembering rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Big Mama Thornton. By Emily Rems
Get your fizz on with tepache; unleash the dark goddess within; spread some sweetness with raspberry honey jam; and more.
Good to Know: Bits and bobs for making life better. By Lisa Butterworth
You Go, Girl: Live tu vida loca in sunny L.A. By Lisa Butterworth
Fashion advice from vintage expert Sam Klein; pretty painted peepers; a peek inside Alice Bag’s cosmetics bag; and more.
Good Stuff: Let’s get physical. By Stephanie J.
Get This Look: Go Overboard with styles inspired by Goldie Hawn’s most fashion-forward film. By Callie Watts
THE BUST GUIDE
Music: Reviews; plus Israeli pop princess Netta!
Movies: The Truth is that selling your Babyteeth will make you a Kajillionaire.
Books: Reviews; plus bibliophile banter with Ann Friedman, Aminatou Sow, Kim Krans, and Roxane Gay!
Novelist Jasmine Guillory’s tips for writing sex right; and more.
Answers from the Queen: Arousal 101. By Dr. Carol Queen