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On the Cover of New York: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on one side, the cast of Euphoria on the Other

Photo: José A. Alvarado Jr.

The February 14-27, 2022 issue of New York marks the magazine’s biannual fashion “flip” cover, with New York on one side, and the Cut on the other. On the New York side, an excerpt from the magazine’s forthcoming biography about Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Take Up Space: The Unprecedented AOC, on sale February 22nd. Written by New York contributing editor Lisa Miller, the excerpt examines Ocasio-Cortez’s early years, painting a portrait of a bartender named Sandy Ocasio-Cortez, and her transformation into the most exciting, consequential young politician in the country.

“Three years ago, my predecessor Adam Moss and I began a conversation about how New York might apply some of how it thinks about special issues to the form of a book,” says New York editor-in-chief David Haskell of the book’s origins. “We thought of some of the more significant special issues we’d made — ‘The Encyclopedia of 9/11,’ published on its tenth anniversary, say, or ‘Hope, and What Came After,’ which told the eight-year story of the Obama administration. What if we had … kept going and made something with the spirit of the magazine but which lived between hard covers, in bookstores, for book lovers?” The result, says Haskell, is the most complete portrait yet of a transformational figure in American politics. An unusual kind of book — infused with New York’s spirit and creatively told – anchored by a magisterial narrative biography by Lisa Miller and surrounded by contributions from Brock Colyar, Andrea González-Ramírez, Michelle Ruiz, Rebecca Traister, David Wallace-Wells, and many others.”

Flipping the magazine over, the cast of the HBO hit Euphoria grace the cover of The Cut’s spring fashion issue, talking to Cut contributor Evan Ross Katz about playing teens forever on the brink of disaster. “It’s an incredible honor to shoot Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Alexa Demie, Sydney Sweeney, Barbie Ferriera, and Maude Apatow as a powerful group on our cover to celebrate our love for Euphoria and that the women of the show make it as unforgettable as it is,” says The Cut’s editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner. “Seeing them together and laughing and having fun with fashion turned out to be a fantastic portfolio shot by Micaiah Carter.”

Elsewhere in The Cut’s spring fashion issue: Julia Fox’s transformation from actress to socialite, Black beauty brand Fashion Fair’s reboot, an overdue appreciation of André Leon Talley, and more. “For this issue, we wanted to speak to past and present talents that have changed the landscape of the fashion industry,” says Peoples Wagner of her vision for the magazine. “We sat down with a new vanguard of creatives like Christopher John Rogers, Jordan Casteel, and Shayne Oliver for exclusive features on their artistic pursuits. And filled the pages with beautiful spreads on Black hair to the levity of clothing, interspersed between a few playful notes on the vibe shift and rethinking dress codes.”

Photo: Micaiah Carter
On the Cover: AOC on one side, Euphoria on the Other