Spring has sprung here at BUST! And to celebrate the season, we’ve got Insecure’s dynamic creator and star Issa Rae gracing our cover! Inside, we’ve got in-depth interviews with Riverdale’s hottest dad Skeet Ulrich, percussion powerhouse Madame Gandhi, and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’s Lana Condor; a guide to spring cleaning for witches; true tales from women who buy sex; and more.
ON THE COVER & THIS PAGE: ISSA RAE PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANIQWA JARVIS IN LOS ANGELES FOR BUST. STYLED BY JASON REMBERT; MAKEUP BY DELINA MEDHIN; HAIR BY FELICIA LEATHERWOOD. ISSA IS WEARING A SOLACE LONDON DRESS; ALEXIS BITTAR EARRINGS. LEAF ILLUSTRATION BY SKORIK EKATERINA / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
Table of Contents Spring 2020
Powerhouse actor/writer/producer Issa Rae has nothing to be Insecure about. By Sabrina Ford
Even Witches Do Dishes
Tips and tricks from BUST’s favorite witch for adding meaning to your spring cleaning. By Callie Watts
Mademoiselle de Maupin’s Tales of the City
In the 1600s, a bisexual, sword-fighting, opera star held all of Paris spellbound. By Kelly Gardiner
Flight of the Condor
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before made Lana Condor everyone’s imaginary best friend. By Jennifer Chen
Something Doesn’t Add Up
When it comes to math, kids perform equally until they hit their teens. That’s when patriarchy steps in to trip up girls trying to learn. By Rachel Leibrock
Sick streetwear modeled by badass Brooklyn skateboarders. Photographed by Erin Patrice O’Brien, Styled by Keia Bound
PHOTOS: ARNA BAJRAKTAREVIC (COOKIES); GIZELLE HERNANDEZ (MADAME GANDHI), MADAME GANDHI IS WEARING SUNGLASSES BY MATSUDA, JACKET BY OTTOLINGER; LAURA MULKERNE (ZEBRA); ADRIENNE ANTONSON (STATE)
Madame Gandhi leads a revolution you can dance to; fighting period poverty; Instagram gets intersectional; and more..
The Hotness: The best spring things. By Emily Rems
Boy du Jour: Skeet Ulrich is Riverdale’s hottest dad. By Lydia Wang
Bra-ometer: Feminist news at a glance. By Solange Castellar
Pop Quiz: Hooray for Ava DuVernay! By Emily Rems
Museum of Femoribilia: The herstory of women’s pockets. By Lynn Peril
Cookies too pretty to eat; decolonize your diet; women-owned seed companies; and more.
Eat Me: Chicken sandwiches are having a moment. By Chef Rossi
You Go, Girl: You’ll be fond-a Kigali, Rwanda! By Isis Briones
Fashion advice from La Santa Cecilia’s frontwoman Marisol Hernandez; wigs 101; fix your favorite jeans; and more.
Booty Call: Upcycled ocean trash is a trend for 2020! By Callie Watts
Good Stuff: We’re seeing spots. By Stephanie J.
THE BUST GUIDE
Music: Reviews; plus the return of Best Coast!
Movies: Saint Frances thought it might be Premature to Swallow.
Books: Reviews; plus a trio of major memoirs.
Why women pay for sex; and more.
Questions for the Queen: Medical stuff can make sex tough. By Dr. Carol Queen
One-Handed Read: Sleepless in Seoul. By Nora Harsh
Cosmic Vibes: Horoscopes for Spring 2020. By Emmalea Russo
Party Pix: Sweet snaps from the BUST Holiday Craftacular!
X Games: Miss Interpretation. By Tracy Bennett
The Last Laugh: Tammy gets a call. By Esther Pearl Watson