Fashion / Style

Editor’s Letter: Introducing the ‘Forbidden’ issue

“Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I’ve got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?”

– Maya Angelou


This issue stares at the forbidden.

It beckons that which has been silenced, censored and not permitted.

That of which is difficult to obtain and dangerous to possess.

The taboo – or as we explore within the pages here – tapu.


There is an undeniable charm to the unsanctioned; a deep lusciousness to the prohibited.

But this is not a conversation of right and wrong. Of morality or libertinism.

It’s a bow for intellectual freedom.

The kind of mental  

Freedom, without the freedom to offend or challenge, does not exist.

We need to see it all to make our minds up for ourselves.

That’s agency.


To experience the Forbidden issue in its entirety, the November edition of RUSSH will be available on newsstands from 16 November and through our shop online. Find a stockist near you.


FASHION Hannah Cooper
MODEL Ylang Messenguiral @ Women wears LOUIS VUITTON bodysuit and shoes; CARTIER bracelet and ring.
HAIR Carole Douard @ Call My Agent
MAKEUP Marion Robine @ Calliste 

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