This issue was inspired by a poet. A blues kind of woman. A noontime butterfly who learnt the haiku in Harlem. Sonia Sanchez, real name Wilsonia. An original freedom rider and leader of the Black Arts Movement; it was, she says, a cloudy day when she met Malcom X. A true homegirl with hand grenades – women’s rights mother of the 70s – the kind that passes down power from her corner seat in the library, legs crossed, and who knows just how close to
hold her mouth to a microphone.
“to worship until i become stone to love
Sanchez is all here on page 82 and speaks to everything this issue honours.
Majestic is, above all, a mood.
It’s the kind of gravitas you don’t get from everything having gone right all the time. It’s the absolute greatness of living true. That higher sense of being your guru – whoever that might be – or maybe even your inner voice, talks of. Being and surviving. The rites of personal transition. Human, tragic, beautiful, triumphant.
May your will be renewed. May you find your own god. And if you doubt, may you think of what Sonia would say, with a wink and a smile, “One day you will sister.”
For more, get to know our cover star – model and Chanel muse Blésnya Minher – through RUSSH's exclusive model profile feature. And to experience the 'Majestic' issue from beginning to end, the May issue of RUSSH will be available on newsstands from May 20 and through our shop now. Find a stockist near you.
MODEL Blésnya Minher @ The Society wears CHANEL jumpsuit, shoes and necklace.
PHOTOGRAPHY Edouard Plongeon
FASHION Marine Braunschvig @ The Wall Group
HAIR Paolo Ferreira
MAKEUP Morgane Martini @ The Wall Group
PHOTOGRAPHER'S ASSISTANT Jules Martin
STYLIST'S ASSISTANT Benoit Paquet
CASTING Megan McCluskie