Abra Personifies The Ultimate Glow Up On The Cover Of The ‘IN Mag’

Photo by Anna Fearon

A publication making its own rules

In the wonderful world of zines, it's important to find a unique way to stand out. Since 2013, The Isis Nicole Mag has managed to do that with vibrant covers featuring empowered women who are making their mark on contemporary culture.

The independent entertainment publication's name belongs to its founder, Isis Nicole. As the editor-in-chief of the publication, this creative visionary seeks to "celebrate those at the forefront of youth culture making positive, exciting, and beautiful changes in the worlds of fashion, music, and art." 

Last year (at a Glossier event, naturally), Nicole met Hannah Black, who would go on to become the creative director of IN Mag. Together, these women are unstoppable and inspire others to feel the same. "We hope to create an inviting and intimate editorial space, and to encourage others to DIY with their friends," says Black. 

Up-and-coming artist Abra glows on the latest cover of IN Mag. As a longtime fan of her music, Black has always had an interest in collaborating with the artist on some sort of creative project. Photographer Anna Fearon and stylist Hannah Grunden handled the shoot, which took place across the pond. 

"We're really excited and honored to have pulled off a cover shoot in London while Abra was on her first European tour," says Nicole. "Everyone had a good time, got positive feedback on the set experience, and a continued relationship after the shoot."

Pivot GangMarina Fini, SabaTanisha Pina, and Yuki Haze are also featured. This issue specifically revolves around the theme of "INFINITY," which Nicole describes as the following: 

To me, "INFINITY" is our way of tying the past, present, and future of IN Mag together. It's also our way of saying thank you for believing in us, thank you for your courage, your sacrifice, and your dedication. We're having lots of fun and recognizing our worth with the process of trial and error.

IN Mag's launch party for the fifth issue will be hosted at B4BEL4B in Oakland, California, on October 8. In Black's own words, "Don’t wait for an invitation, you’re already IN!" 

Photo courtesy of The IN Mag

Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video)

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.


"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."