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Blonde Ambition

Based on a groundbreaking lesbian romance, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara spin a superb web of unlikely attraction in Carol.


AT A DEPARTMENT STORE where Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) works at the doll counter, Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) is looking for a Christmas gift for her young daughter. “What would you have wanted when you were her age?” she asks, but instead of a doll, Therese says she would have preferred a train set. An unconventional toy for a four-year-old girl to be sure, especially in 1952, but no mention is made of this by either woman.

“Then that’s that,” resolves the wealthy Carol, and she writes her name and shipping address for the train set’s delivery. When Carol leaves the store, the captivating encounter leaves the shopgirl wanting more – and then she notices Carol’s gloves left on the countertop.

Therese mails the gloves back to Carol who, we discover, is in the process of divorcing her husband and about to begin a bitter custody battle. When Carol calls the store to thank Therese, in the spur of the moment she invites the young woman to lunch. So builds a slow-burn romance that will have long-term implications for the two very different women. Published under a pseudonym in 1952, Patricia Highsmith’s (1921-1995) groundbreaking novel, The Price Of Salt was, in fact, inspired by an older blonde woman in a fur coat she saw while selling dolls as a part-time sales clerk during the holiday season.

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DNA #191 is our Annual Swimwear Edition. Our cover model this month is Quinton Wynn. Check out his fun shoot with Hayden Su inside. For more fellas, check out the guys of Luke Austin’s new Beau Book, we have a Fire Island fling with Brandon Cole Bailey, beach boy Cory Frederick hits the seashore with Jorge Rivas, tattooed model Vince Ramos poses for West Phillips and beach bear Risan works his magic with photographer Leo Castro. There’s plenty of swimwear inside this issue. Check out the season’s hottest trends in our Swimwear Review of 2016. Our Grooming Guru Will Fennell is back and this month with a focus on monogamy and coconuts, we take a look at Cate Blanchett’s new film Carol, check out exciting new travel bookazine Elska, Siki Daha chats to us about his new music, we’re on the search for a folk hero and see awarding winning play Buyer and Cellar. For your serious reads, we meet a man who escaped certain death from ISIS and is now helping to save others from the brutality, check out indie flick Kiss Me Kill Me and how the 20th Century was influenced by Oscar Wilde and Robert Baden-Powell. We also check out why being intimate is healthy for you, Josh Piterman is our Straight Mate, plus all our regular favourites including Boys Toys, Month in a Minute, Loving, Dear Diva and Burntoast.