Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the latest cover star for the new issue of PORT Magazine and she is the first woman ever to appear on the cover of PORT, which was launched in 2011 as “the magazine for men”.
The cover story for the biannual style magazine was written by Catherine Lacey, and photos were taken by Mamadi Doumbouya.
The new issue, PORT’s 22nd, will be out on newsstands in mid-April.
Talking about putting a woman on the cover for the first time ever, editor Dan Crowe says:
We launched as ‘the magazine for men’, and, while we’ve dropped that tagline (as it started to seem quite militant), we initially ran with accomplished men on the cover who we felt were under-considered by our youth-obsessed media. After we had established our brand and made this point, we chose to exercise more freedom.
We had wanted to feature the novelist Chimamanda Adichie for a while, but it took a long time to arrange. We’ll be featuring more woman and a younger guy (now that we’ve bucked the trend) from time to time in the future. But we will always have time for the iconic men associated with classic Port covers.
In the issue, Chimamanda talks about her extraordinary books, the complexity of recent gender movements and her next big project.