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On the Cover: David Hogg and Tessa Thompson on the Flip Side

Photo: Andres Kudacki, Awol Erizku / New York Magazine

The Cut, New York Media’s site for women, took over this year’s Fall Fashion issue with a “flip” edition of New York Magazine. A regular issue featuring Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School graduate and anti-gun activist David Hogg on the cover flips over to actress Tessa Thompson and Fall Fashion by the Cut, its first issue in print. “It’s an experiment — like hanging a painting upside down and then deciding it looks interesting that way,” writes Stella Bugbee, president and editor-in-chief of the Cut, in her editor’s letter. Of Thompson, profiled by Allison P. Davis and photographed by Awol Erizku for the issue, Bugbee says: “The Cut is interested in any actress that can become a meme overnight, and Tessa Thompson has that internet-y quality, with the real acting chops to make her last.” Davis writes that Thompson “seems engineered for contemporary stardom, checking off several boxes at once: beautiful, a woman of color, sexually fluid, socially conscious, politically aware, using her social-media platform for good but also for our entertainment.”

This is not the first flip treatment for New York’s fashion issues: From 2006–2008 the magazine ran men’s and women’s flip covers, with Rachel Weisz and Justin Theroux on the first.

Rachel Weisz and Justin Theroux on the covers of New York’s 2006 Fall Fashion issue, photographed by Serge Leblon Photo: New York Magazine
On the Cover: David Hogg and Tessa Thompson on the Flip Side