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JESSIE MEI LI AND AMITA SUMAN

Discussing all things Shadow and Bone, the breakout stars cover our Summer 21 issue.

Jessie Mei Li + Amita Sunman
Jessie Mei Li + Amita Sunman

“When you feel as though you’re not represented, you can feel really left out, and you can feel judged. So when you see that being done in a very positive way, I think it just brings everyone closer [together] for all the right reasons. “ – Amita Suman

Shadow and Bone has the magical ingredient that makes every fantasy series so nauseatingly addictive: escapism. With dragon-like monsters, magicians (known as Grishas), and an evil force threatening to guzzle up the kingdom of Ravka, we’re certain Netflix’s other-worldly offering will more than satisfy your supernatural thirst. But don’t let the series’ penchant for life-altering powers – from summoning light to manipulating fire – fool you into thinking it’s just another Game of Thrones or Harry Potter knock-off. Despite the obvious parallels, there’s more to its magical formula. Shadow and Bone might be based on the make-believe, but it ironically reflects – and even seeks to remedy – real-world issues under the guise of a fantasy show.

Amidst a cast of Hollywood’s newest heart-throbs, including Freddy Carter, Archie Renaux, and Kit Young; Jessie Mei Li and Amita Suman effortlessly shine through as the series’ two unbreakable female protagonists. Playing Alina Starkov and Inej Ghafa respectively, both character’s gritty, authentic, and raw portrayals of female strength – despite their magical skillsets – undoubtedly become their most prominent power in the series.

After breaking the internet, the show’s female front runners, Jessie Mei Li and Amita Suman become our Summer 2021 cover stars. They sit down to discuss ticking the wrong boxes, doing casting the right way, and why they’ve quickly become Gen Z’s latest poster girls for female empowerment.

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Photography
Edward Cooke
Fashion
Holly White
Words
Ella Bardsley
Hair
Halley Brisker at The Wall Group
Makeup
Amanda Grossman at The Only Agency
Fashion assistant
Imy Moore
Editorial director
Huw Gwyther
Cover design
Olivia Woodgate
Retouching
Jody Brock
JESSIE MEI LI AND AMITA SUMAN