01 Tell us about Ericka Hart and that heart-stoppingly great cover for issue eight...
I’d gone to the women’s march in January and, like a lot of other women, had loved it and felt powerful and was inspired by the amount of people who had turned out.
And then, later in the week, I watched a speech from the women’s march in Philadelphia by Ericka Hart, who basically called bullshit on the whole thing. She questioned who it was for, asked why all the knitted pussy hats were pink and made the point that just having a pussy didn’t make you a woman.
She raised loads of points that I’d never even thought about and made me think differently. She also did it topless in Philadelphia in January, because her other reason-for-being is raising awareness about breast cancer in younger audiences.
As soon as I saw Hart, I really wanted to feature her because she embodies everything we think is important at Riposte. She challenges what you think about a number of issues but in a way that you can’t help but sit up and listen. We’d worked with Shaniqwa Jarvis who shot the cover on a few of our past issues. We really like her, she’s super easy to work with – she gets us and we knew she’d get Ericka.
The images are tender but confrontational, they’re fun but powerful and they’re exactly what we’d hoped for. With this as the image cover it made us very nervous. I didn’t want it to be seen as being controversial for the sake of it. But this is Ericka, this is how she styled herself and this is her message. We wanted her in the magazine because of her work and because of what she stands for so it was only right that this is what the cover should look like.