For volume five, we investigate the issues affecting a global generation. From period poverty to sexual harassment, from the NHS crisis to acknowledging mental health in the workplace; it’s time for change, and the time is now.
Munroe Bergdorf by Jameela Elfaki
Before I decided to make this issue, I was feeling extremely lost and overwhelmed by my lack of hope for the future— and in such a politically turbulent world, I think it’s something a lot of my generation can relate to. So, to try and make myself less anxious of the unknown, I sat down and made a list of things and people that inspired me and made me more hopeful about what’s to come. It was over 4-pages long and on the very top of my list was trans activist Munroe Bergdorf (who I fully believe is the voice of our generation), and 11-year-old drag kid Desmond is Amazing. As you can probably imagine, I was over the moon when they both agreed to be cover stars for this volume.
Desmond is Amazing by Daryl Oh
I decided to compile as much of this list as I could into this issue, so I packed my bags and flew to New York to meet Desmond and his drag kid collective at the Holyrad Studio. We sat down with Munroe to discuss life behind the camera and the year that changed her life — it was almost 12-months to the day since her viral sacking from Loreal's diversity campaign. We street cast creatives to share their hopes and dreams for the issue’s introduction and even photographed GIRLI in my friend’s garden and squirted the neighbouring cat-callers with a watering hose.
GIRLI by Eli Beristain
Thank you to the people in this print, the ones in it and the ones that helped make it, you reminded me of the reason why I started BRICKS in the first place — to take the negative and turn it into something positive. I still have work to do, and so do you, but I sleep better at night knowing that we’re all in it together.