Harper’s Bazaar positioned its December/January volume as the Art Issue, “not as a subject but as a lens through which to look at and understand both fashion and the world—because in life, everything can be art and anyone can be an artist, and if you keep your eyes peeled, there’s a masterpiece lurking behind every corner.” Hunter Schafer is the actress/artist/model who stars in Euphoria and penned an episode in its second season, and she gives a reflective interview about her life and the journals she’s kept for the better part of eight years now. It’s moving when she talks about the way her life naturally divides itself into pieces; the childhood memories that many of us take for granted — the ability to look back and see ourselves as ourselves in our past — are more complicated for her:

“One day,” she begins, “[Zendaya] was telling a story from her childhood, and then she said, ‘You never talk about your childhood.’ It’s a little bit sad but also true to say that I feel like the story of my life begins in my late teens, when I was finally living in the world the way I was supposed to. I don’t know if I’ve talked about this in the press before, but I think there’s a phenomenon among the trans and queer community, and it’s why we make great artists a lot of the time. When your exterior world and your body and your self are not in line with who you are, you turn inward. And my theory is that I built a really rich inner world until I started feeling like myself in my body. I’ve been trying to do the work of digging up stuff, but it’s going to take a while to excavate everything.”

I need to check out Euphoria. Add it to the list!

[Photos by John Edmonds; the Dec/Jan art issue of Harper’s Bazaar is on newsstands Dec. 7]