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Creating change

CARRIE LYELL MEETS A WOMAN ON A MISSION TO CHANGE THE WORLD, ONSCREEN AND IRL

I’ve been low-key crushing on actor, writer, producer and “artivist” Fawzia Mirza for the longest time. Witty, wacky and wonderful, she’s been tearing it up with the likes of Brown Girl Problems, Her Story, Kam Kardashian, and as Donald Trump’s illegitimate Muslim daughter, Ayesha. But that crush became a full on obsession last year, when I saw her brilliant film Signature Move at BFI Flare. So when l found myself shoulder to shoulder with her on a Cardiff dancefloor, signing and dancing to some truly awful karaoke during the Iris Prize Festival last October, I couldn’t help but ask her to marry m… for an interview.

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Activist, model and “gender capitalist” Rain Dove is our cover star this month, the first time an openly non-binary person has appeared on DIVA’s cover since our launch in 1994. In another exciting first, we’re making history by synchronising the launch of this groundbreaking issue with iconic men’s title Gay Times, who also have Rain on their cover. Rain Dove, a former firefighter from the US, has appeared in numerous spreads for magazines like Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan, as well as ad campaigns for brands such as Calvin Klein. Famous for modelling both womenswear and menswear, Rain is part of a movement simultaneously reinventing modelling while challenging traditional ideas of binary gender. In an exclusive interview with DIVA’s Roxy Bourdillon, Rain talks about the importance of pronouns, the impact working in the fashion industry has had on their self-esteem, and how they are capitalising on society’s perception of gender. Also in this issue… Scottish Labour politician Kezia Dugdale talks to DIVA editor Carrie Lyell about life after the jungle Roxy Bourdillon gets up close and personal with “flirty AF” YouTuber Ari Fitz Little acts of defiance: Comedian Suzi Ruffell tells us why she’s taking on the trolls Creating change: Filmmaker Fawzia Mirza on activism through art The future is fierce: Queer migrant poet Sonia Guiñansaca is breaking down borders Travel like you give a sh!t: Fat Gay Vegan shares his tips for moving through the world with kindness What’s next for the uprising? Plus: style, dating and so much more!