FKA twigs launches the first Instagram-only magazine
FKA twigs has launched the first Instagram-only magazine, AVANT-garden. Describing the ‘digi-zine’ as "part magic, part memoir," the first issue "ROOTS. SHOCK. BEAUTY." is dedicated to the creativity and heritage of braided hairstyles. Invoking a bold and colourful aesthetic, reminiscent of DIY zines, the inaugural issue pays homage to natural black beauty, referencing the imagery seen in traditional black barbershops. Designed specifically to be read on Instagram using the new ‘carousel’ feature as a way to upload the ten page publication, FKA twigs has teamed up with a host of friends and long-time collaborators, including editor Suzannah Pettigrew, stylist Matthew Joseph, and hair stylist Rio Sreedharan. According to twigs, the magazine is a way to express herself "without any rules or guidelines, with imagination and care,” with the idea behind its format being that “it would be much more impactful to create something like this, rather than to put out a picture with some words underneath it, or re-tweet something,” in the hope that it would spark conversation. AVANT-garden was released on Friday October 13th, and can be viewed on FKA twigs’s Instagram.