I really liked this cover and, spoiler, it was shot by a seventeen year-old girl. (I hope they paid her handsomely!) Y’all, I don’t know what’s in the water at Marie Claire right now but it’s good stuff. This shot is so compelling, and the lighting is so artistic. It’s just striking — it feels classic — and I never would have guessed that it wasn’t done by seasoned pro.
The interview is not with a journalist, but I cannot get on my usual high horse about this, because it’s with Sammy Blatstein, the eleven-year old son of the magazine’s former editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider. Sammy stutters, and he and Emily Blunt discuss stuttering at length, as she is also a stutterer (which I did not know), and it’s honestly quite a good interview regardless of his age. Like maybe everyone should hire Sammy, because he gets excellent and substantive answers from his subject; it’s a sincerely fascinating and insightful piece. (Anne helps a bit!) It also made me love Emily Blunt for taking this kid so seriously and thoughtfully. Which, of course, she should — but you know lot of people wouldn’t. She gives really honest, good answers to his questions, and I truly feel like I learned something from the piece. For example:
Emily: I talked to a holistic doctor about this. He says stuttering, a lot of the time, is an imbalance in the left and right sides of the brain. And in your everyday life, when you’re talking to somebody, let’s say you access A, B, C, D of your brain. But when you act, when you have to go somewhere emotional and go somewhere that is not you, you access this whole other side of your brain that activates, and it frees you up. And that’s why you’ve got Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Harvey Keitel, Ed Sheeran, James Earl Jones—I mean, it goes on and on and on. Kendrick Lamar, who is like the best rapper around, is a stutterer, and when he speaks verse he doesn’t stutter. So you’re accessing a completely different side of your brain with line memory, with a real removal of yourself from the situation, and acting is sort of the ultimate form of empathy. You’re empathizing with someone else’s dilemma, with someone else’s life, and so I think it frees you up. I just don’t think anyone stutters when they’re acting. So I think you should try.
There’s a lot of interesting stuff about how her stutter impacts her work, and her daily life. I sincerely recommend spending some time reading it.
Also cool, as we mentioned up top:
For our March issue, Marie Claire partnered with Red Hook Labs—a studio, gallery space, and school in Brooklyn, New York that teaches and supports young photographers. In their first magazine assignment, Denise Hewitt (age 17), Lucci Mia (age 19), and Genesis Gil (age 21) shot three covers for us all through their unique lenses. See all of the covers on Instagram and make sure to grab a copy (or three!) on newsstands.
This is a very good idea. And the other two are cool, too:
These are some talented young women.