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Under the Skin

FROM 90S ROCKER TO VANITY FAIR COVER STAR, SKIN IS A MISTRESS OF REINVENTION. BUT UNDERNEATH SHE’S STILL THE BRIXTON GIRL WE LOVE
PHOTOS EMILIO TINI

COVER AND P58: PHOTO TONY KELLY

MAKE-UP ANNA MARIA NEGRI

STYLING KIM HOWELLS

P56 AND 61:

INTERVIEW DORA MORTIMER

Skin is an anomaly. You can’t sum her up in two short paragraphs or broadly brushstroke her career. She found eye-watering fame with her band Skunk Anansie in the 90s, after a hiatus in the early 00s the band reformed in 2008. Anarchytecture is their eighth album together.

Skin gives force, face and KAPOW! to every Skunk Anansie song. She made the 90s a little less straight, a little less white and a little less lad. We meet off the Cally Road in north London to discuss, over a glass (ok, bottle) of wine, what has been, in her words, “a crazy year!”. A year which has seen Skin get divorced, judge the Italian X Factor, appear on the front of Italian Vanity Fair, record a new album and learn a new language! As anomalies go, she’s a pretty prolific one.

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In the new issue Skin from Skunk Anansie talks to us about being a successful black gay rocker. She's had the courage to play with gender, to strut, preen and mean it right from the beginning and she's made it work for her. Just wait until you see the stunning photo-shoot that acompanies the interview. Oh, and please welcome our new columnist Jack Monroe who, from this issue, will be writing exclusively for DIVA about their parenting experiences. February is, of course, LGBT history month and our time-sleuths have brought the past to light in features that examine the importance of historical fiction for lady-lovers. Also in this issue: Kate Bornstein – who knows a thing or two about breaking gender rules. Author Chinelo Okparanta. Singer Aneesa Chaudhry. Club promoter and DJ Claud Cunningham. Oscar-nominated Emma Donoghue, author of Room, now on general release as a film. With a nod to Valentine’s Day, we asked you to tell us why you love your partner. Rosie Wilby explains why she still treasures her exes. The hidden presence of bi women in LGBT history. Ursula Martinez. Izzy Rabey AKA Madame Dollar explores issues of identity. Jess T Dugan's explores a gentle kind of masculinity in her photography. Travel to Bournemouth or Niki de Saint Phalle's art garden in Tuscany and check out our top tips for a memorable holiday Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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