W Magazine Volume 3, 2021

W magazine operates at the intersection of fashion, film, art, music, and society, both in print and digitally. With its combination of world-class photography and sophisticated journalism, W is a must-read for anyone interested in the worlds of style and contemporary culture.

United States
W Media LLC
6 Issues

in this issue

3 min

Martine Syms Photographer, “Bad Bunny” (page 72) Have you ever made a mixtape? All the time, and I’m very proud of their titles; I have a monthly show on NTS Radio. Last month’s was the Benito Seduction Special. This month’s is DED, and I’m working on a mix called 1 Earthy Mfckr. I also make a quarterly sex playlist. What was the first CD you ever bought? The Cranberries, and the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack. I was 7 years old, singing about the Troubles and infidelity. What’s your go-to karaoke song? “Not Gon’ Cry,” by Mary J. Blige. Which album have you listened to the most in your Lauryn Hill’s MTV Unplugged No. 2.0. I just learned recently that it was regarded as a flop when it came out. Which is crazy, because I’ve listened to it religiously for 20…

3 min
let the music play

In the Editor’s Letter of last year’s Music Issue, I talked about how music had been one of the few joys we’d had during the worst of the pandemic. Many of us had been dancing in our homes to Dua Lipa and Megan Thee Stallion, both of whom were on our cover, and went on to break records and win Grammys. Months later, we are still living as much on Zoom as we are in the real world, but now we can see a light at the end of the tunnel—and music remains a source of happiness and togetherness, and a way to stay connected with friends all over the world. When we started to plan this issue, I looked—as always—to the amazing team at W. Someone who came up over…

7 min
my life in parties: dionne warwick

Growing up in East Orange, New Jersey, in the 1940s and ’50s, Dionne Warwick was surrounded by music—both at home and in church, where she got an early vocal education before being catapulted to fame (left, Warwick performs at the Olympia in Paris, in 1964). One might even venture that her talent is genetic—Whitney Houston, Leontyne Price, and Gary Garland are all Warwick’s cousins, and her mother, aunts, and uncles, widely regarded as trailblazers, were members of a gospel singing group called the Drinkard Singers. After performing at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island in 1957, they were signed by RCA, making them the first gospel group signed by the label. Warwick says, “To this very day, I attribute everything that I do, vocally, to my ability to sing…

8 min
setting the record straight

“I was a very political kid—the kind that throws rocks at Israeli soldiers and fantasizes about liberating Palestine,” Sama’ Abdulhadi says via Zoom from her childhood bedroom, lifting a hand to toss a tangle of dark hair behind her shoulder. Her phone tips to the side as she does this, revealing the terraced cityscape of Ramallah through an open window. Today, the 30-year-old Palestinian DJ finds herself at the heart of a far more complex cultural struggle than her childhood self could ever have imagined: She is awaiting trial on charges of desecrating a holy site and disrespecting religious symbols. Late one afternoon last December, Abdulhadi, a fixture on the West Bank party scene since her teenage years, began a five-hour set at the Nabi Musa, an ancient stone compound in…

8 min
party like it’s 2022

In March 2020, the nightlife producer and DJ Frankie Sharp was about to sign a lease for a four-story building in Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan, which he planned to turn into a gay club called the Q. Five days later, the city was in lockdown. “So not only were my lifelong dreams of opening my own club crushed, but everyone I knew was jobless, hopeless, and scared,” Sharp said. “I thought our industry, which relied on the closeness of thousands of people in one room, was over.” Like many in the throes of a traumatic year, Sharp started doing whatever he could “to locate some peace.” He retreated to a cabin in the woods with his partner and his dog, began taking online sword-fighting classes, and binged on feel-good television shows—hobbies…

8 min
she’s on her way

It was a weird day in a weird month in a weird year. “Soooo weird,” said Olivia Rodrigo, sighing in a manner that was both genuine and mocking, before cataloging the tsunami of weird that was her life on that morning in late March. At just 18, she was 48 hours away from releasing her second single, “Deja Vu,” the follow-up to “Drivers License,” the heartbreak anthem that catapulted her from a Disney star to a pop supernova who topped the charts for eight straight weeks, broke streaming records, and is probably still playing in some corner of your, and your mother’s, brain. She was also waking up on her first morning of “living in a hotel” in Los Angeles, because her parents had just moved back to the family home…