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Dita Von Teese

The burlesque goddess on refashioning feminism. Allison Kugel

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Jesper Carlsen + Dimitri Scheblanov

Dita Von Teese has carved out an iconic reputation for herself as the most famous and sought after burlesque performer in the world. Vanity Fair dubbed her a “Burlesque Superheroine”, and Elle declared her an “all around icon.” I sat down with Von Teese during her recent tour, Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe, to discuss everything from her captivating appearance to her thoughts on femininity and feminism.

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As we greet a new season we also embrace new possibilities of expression. I was thrilled to welcome to our cover the beautiful Nafessa Williams, star of the CW show Black Lightning. 2018 is the year of the black superhero, and Williams is a breakout star, playing TV’s first black lesbian superhero. Season 1 was an overnight success, premiering as the network’s #1 new series. That’s great news for anyone who ever wondered if their authentic self would find representation and acceptance in the mainstream. We also take an in-depth look at the November midterm elections and the potential “Rainbow Wave” of out LGBT candidates. More diverse women than ever before are entering the political field hoping to enact necessary change, and that’s something worth celebrating. Enjoy our story on the Indigo Girls, who are trying something new musically, and meet other women from coast to coast who are pursuing their selfhood in the most delightful and inspiring ways. Hats off to Esther Newton and Casey Legler whose lifelong journeys made me proud to call this community my home.