Summer is heating up here at BUST HQ and glamorous go-getters are all over our June/July issue, starting with our awesomely outspoken cover star, Amandla Stenberg! Inside, we’ve got an interview with trans justice pioneer Janet Mock; a revealing essay by a woman who divorced her mom; a guide for gals who want to run for office; an intriguing historical piece on a legendary tribe of sub-Saharan warrior women; and more.





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ON THE COVER: Amandla Stenberg Photographed By Kat Borchart; Styling By Jardine Hammond; Hair And Makeup By Danielle Mitchell; Top: Prinkshop Eroticize Equality T-Shirt; Samantha Pleet Pants; Leigh Miller Earrings; Sydney Evan Ring.


Table of Contents June/July 2017

Rebel Heart

Actor and activist Amandla Stenberg has a way with words. And millions online are following her progressive lead. By Lisa Butterworth

Don’t Get Mad, Get Elected!

A primer for women who are curious about candidacy. By Jill Miller Zimon

Mock Star

Trans-rights pioneer Janet Mock makes the personal political. By Jamia Wilson

No Ordinary Love

Getting out of an abusive relationship is critical self-care. But what happens when your abuser is your mom? By Samantha Ladwig

Conquer Or Die

Meet the fierce female warriors who terrified men far and wide for over a century. By Johanna Gohmann

Farm Fresh

Wild summer styles modeled by the band L.A. Witch. Photographed by Molly Cranna, Styled by Hilary Folks

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Illustration: Mai Ly Degnan; Photos: Heather Moore (House Of Collection); Molly Cranna (Flamingo Fashion); Linda Xiao (Nail Polish)


  • Chewing Gum’s Michaela Coel; making school safer for girls in Kenya; Pretty Big Movement shakes up the dance world; and more.
  • The Hotness: Pop culture to savor now and later. By Emily Rems
  • Boy du Jour: Boy du Jour Hasan Minhaj’s hair secret—revealed! By Erika W. Smith
  • Bra-ometer: Feminist news at a glance. By Solange Castellar
  • Pop Quiz: How will you score on Mary Tyler Moore? By Emily Rems


  • Have a ball with poke bowls; start a feminist support group; Brooklyn’s coolest loft; and more.
  • Caking Bad: When life gives you lemons, make the world’s most bangin’ beverage! By Terry Hope Romero
  • You Go, Girl: Pop your cork in Hudson Valley, New York. By Valerie Bronte


  • Style advice from designer Amarachi Ukachu; sugar scrubs to sweeten your next shower sesh; Niecy Nash gives good face; and more.
  • get this look Glam it up with G.L.O.W. By Callie Watts
  • Booty Call: Mountains of marvelous mermaid merch. By Callie Watts
  • Good Stuff: Road-trip must-haves. By Stephanie J.


  • Music: Reviews; plus the return of Feist!
  • Movies: Maudie told Megan Leavey she came From the Land of the Moon.
  • Books: Reviews; plus brief books by big names.


  • Getting back in the saddle after trauma; and more.
  • Questions for the Queen: An oral-shy bro and no big o. By Dr. Carol Queen
  • One-Handed Read: Thankful. By Lauren Emily
  • Whore-O-Scopes: Hey baby, what’s your sign? By Jonna Bond


  • Party Pix: Sweet snaps from BUST Craftacular’s Primped!
  • X Games: To Wit. By Tracy Bennett
  • Parting Glance:  “Leaning In.” By Laura Berger



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