Haute Magazine released its third issue “Remember This.”
The publication features a combination of visual and written content from USC students and professional photographers. Its newest edition is separated into three sections: “Reality,” “Reaction” and “Revolution,” to reflect 2020 events, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The first section, according to the magazine editors, is considered to be factual. “Reality” strives to educate readers about the history of the black community and the reality of events that happened throughout the year.
The second section is the most free-flowing section of the issue. “Reaction” focuses on internalizing the reader’s experiences of 2020, encouraging them to form their own opinions and views on global events.
The theme of the last section is intersectionality. “Revolution” covers social justice, inspiring readers to take action and make a change in the future. This section talks about current events like the BLM movement and the pandemic, as well as other topics like the Navajo Nation, ballroom culture and more.
Two current seniors at USC, Diana Fonte and Jason Cerin, created the Haute Magazine in January of 2019.
Fonte, a public relations major, is the magazine’s editor-in-chief. She said they wanted to create a student-run organization where people can contribute to the magazine regardless of their major.
Cerin, an international relations and global business major, oversees all the visual elements as the publication’s creative director. He said the magazine primarily features pieces on fashion, art, and culture, however, Haute is open to covering all topics from “music to film to just journalistic writing to fashion.”
Shreya Gopala, a sophomore in Iovine and Young Academy and the director of content, created a series of nine multimedia posts for Haute’s Instagram page that delved into the different topics of the new issue.
“Each post was basically an ode to a different subject,” Gopala said. “We did everything from Black trans women to the beauty of Black hair. We even covered the Hong Kong protests.”
Gopala said the posts have been well-received, especially the behind-the-scenes footage from the cover shoot for the newest issue, which features prominent Black student artists on campus.
“We’re also covering just general topics like black manhood and media, the history of black fashion trends, the future of fashion publications, and also general quarantine, things such as how to stay mentally happy during this period of isolation,” Gopala said.
Fonte said that the publication got in contact with a photographer in the concert field and was able to bring in exclusive iconography pictures of famous cultural figures for this issue. Some specifics include photos of “Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Alexander Ocasio Cortez and many more.”
Though the magazine features similar features and stories like the first two, this third issue includes a sense of sensitivity to certain events that were experienced this year as a collective moment. Cerin said the content behind it has “an unbelievable heart to it … a soul that no other past issues had.”
Despite how important it was to cover certain topics based on recent upheavals, Cerin said that he was proud of how “vulnerable, open, and willing” his team was to photograph and write about topics that they might not have known about beforehand.
“Everyone accepted this challenging issue with open arms … and that’s the biggest difference” compared to the previous issue, Cerin said.
The magazine’s third issue was created remotely. “It was very challenging and unlike anything we’ve ever done,” Cerin said.
Nonetheless, Cerin said, it was exciting that his team was able to “uphold the level of collaboration and support” under extraordinary circumstances. “This issue is so special given the point in time that we are now… and it’s such a privilege being able to immerse myself in the black community and specifically the black creative community.”
The editors agreed that creating this third issue is a moving experience altogether and is looking forward to sharing their creatively inspiring work to the USC community.
Correction: An earlier version of this article’s photo captions incorrectly identified the artists. An earlier version of this article also had typos which have since been corrected. Correction made Sept. 18, 11:58 a.m.