With her relationship with Robert Pattison now in her past, FKA Twigs aka Tahliah Debrett Barnett moves forward with a new zine, titled AVANTGarden.
Titled “Roots, Shock, Beauty,” the first issues is a celebration of the art of braiding black hair. The issue made its debut on Twig’s Instagram account and is also available to view at fkatwi.gs/avantgarden. With plans to publish about once a month, future issues will explore an array of topics, which could potentially include music.
The day before issue No. 1 went live, Twigs wrote about her motivation for the first issue on Twitter. “Tomorrow i will share a little something i made to show my appreciation for braids with you i hope that you feel it,” she wrote. “It started off as something fun but became a self explorative artistic expression, it made me think about and question my relationship with my exterior shell in a way that made me want to create more and connect with you on this subject.”
In an interview with Dazed, Twigs explained her relationship with her hair has been a journey. “As a mixed race person, I have a very complicated relationship with my hair,” she explained. “For people of color, hair texture is such a big conversation. I’ve heard horrific stories of girls going into school with braids and teachers telling them to take them out, or even cutting girl’s braids out in the classroom.”
Check out issue No. 1 below.
AVANTgarden issue 1. ROOTS ∙ SHOCK ∙ BEAUTY Creative Director: FKA twigs @fkatwigs Editor: Suzannah Pettigrew @suz_p Styling: Matthew Josephs @matthew_josephs Hair: Rio Sreedharan @rio_hair Casting: FKA twigs @fkatwigs and Olivia Kaifa @livokai Photography and post production: R + D @reecendean MUA: Bea Sweet @beasweetbeauty Set Design: Suzannah Pettigrew @suz_p Models: Chanel @chanellygirl / Naomi @_flowerchildx / Olivia @livokai / James @j_magz / Malick @ssandroidx / Kaner @kanerflex / Vanessa @vanessaohenlen / Jourdan @jourdancopeland / Rachellé @rachellehollandxx Logo: Matt de Jong @go_dejong Layout: FKA twigs @fkatwigs / Suzannah Pettigrew @suz_p / Matt de Jong @go_dejong Illustrations: Roxie Warder @roxiepandora