BUST Magazine boygenius cover

Summer 2023

by BUST Magazine

30th Anniversary Issue, featuring boygenius!

This summer, BUST is turning 30 (OMG!), and we’re thrilled to be celebrating with our favorite supergroup, boygenius—aka Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker—on our cover! Inside, we’ve got feminist firebrand Rachel Cargle, Crazy Rich Asians screenwriter Adele Lim, standup and podcasting giant Marc Maron, and much more!

And Get Ready For Even More Tasty Tidbits, Including:

  • Middle Ages visionary St. Hildegard of Bingen
  • Slammin’ summer nail art
  • DIY Balboa ice cream bars
  • Women’s lives in rural Tibet
  • Sizzling summer swimsuits
  • And More!


Photo: Ramona Rosales. On Phoebe: Brandon Maxwell Shirt and Dress; J. Hannah Rings. On Julien: Gucci Suit and Shirt; J. Hannah Rings. On Lucy: Simone Rocha Dress; J. Hannah Rings.

30 Years of BUST! Commemorating our big-ass birthday with some choice memories penned by our famous friends. By Erykah Badu, Amy Sedaris, Parker Posey, Kathy Griffin, Big Freedia, Carrie Brownstein, and more!

Genius of Love The secret to indie-rock supergroup boygenius’ success is the magical bond between Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus.
By Eliza C. Thompson

Life in the Clouds A surprising glimpse at the daily joys and struggles of a young woman living with her family in the mountains of Tibet. Story and Photographs by Eleanor Moseman

Medieval Woman Hildegard of Bingen may be the most important mind of the Middle Ages you’ve never heard of. By Dr. Eleanor Janega

She’s The One That We Want Catching up with one of BUST’s besties for decades—the incomparable Margaret Cho. By Jennifer Chen

Pool Party! Sizzling swimwear to suit the whole squad. Photographed by Brittany Bravo, Styled by Kaitlyn Lusk

On the cover: boygenius PHOTOGRAPHED BY ramona rosales; styling by Lindsey Hartman; makeup by Amber Dreadon; hair by Dita Vushaj; Animal Crackers Neck Collars; Ties: Stylist’s Own.

Photos: clockwise from left: proud mary; brittany bravo; elisabeth caren; tori dickson; matthew spalding


Joy Ride director Adele Lim; mechanical mastermind Simone Giertz; our favorite up-and-coming comedians; and more.

The Hotness Summer’s slickest pop-culture picks. By Callie Watts

Pop quiz Irene Cara’s Fame will live forever.By Emily Rems

Bra-ometer Feminist news at a glance. By Solange Castellar

Boy du Jour Marc Maron is the cat’s meow. By Emily Rems


Frosty, fun Balboa bars; celebrating Swedish solstice; Foley artist Sanaa Kelly; and more.

You Go, Girl Double your pleasure, double your fun, in Dublin. By Holyn Thigpen

Good to Know Tidbits and treats for making life better. By Lisa Butterworth

Caking Bad The Teaches of Grilled Peaches. By Terry Hope Romero


Fashion advice from stitchy woman Tabitha Sewer; a sunset manicure; plus-size badassery from Proud Mary; and more.

Get this look Barbie buys for living dolls. By Callie Watts

Looksee Little Bits About Things We Dig. By Marie Lodi, Callie Watts, and Laurie Henzel

Booty Call Throwing shade with signature sunnies. By Marie Lodi

The BUST Guide

Music Reviews; plus, a Le Tigre reunion!

Movies There was a Flamin’ Hot Birth/Rebirth at Theater Camp.

Books Reviews; plus, feminist “Auntie Supreme” Rachel Cargle!


Sex Files Tits & Clits Comix; and more.

Answers from the Queen Solving sex after 50. By Dr. Carol Queen

One-Handed Read A Prized Throat. By Grace Ballard


Tarotscopes Find out what’s in the cards for summer. By Sarah Potter

x games “Witch’s Switches.” By Tracy Bennett

Parting Glance “Before the Victory.” By M. Florine Démosthéne

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