T Australia’s tenth issue celebrates “The Greats”: those living with ethics, legacy, purpose – committing spectacular acts of defiance and never, ever taking no for an answer.
Our cover story (page 66), written by Luke Benedictus, profiles one of the country’s most enigmatic and compelling sports personalities, Lance “Buddy” Franklin. He has grit, good looks and a golden boot – an irresistible combination in a country that adores a humble sporting hero. But as he transcends the football code that made his name, T Australia discovers that the man who kicked 1,000 goals has plenty more to achieve of his own.
The rest of the issue is a vibrant exploration of grit and innovation, and always with a bit of magic. Our digital content director Victoria Pearson interviews 20-year-old pop icon Billie Eilish (page 82), columnist and activist Bri Lee asks what it takes to be great in the age of overexposure (“Too Much Information”), and Jen Nurick speaks with the singular musician and social advocate known as Jack River (“Play The Changes”). Stylist Virginia van Heythuysen styles Australian modelling sensation Nyadak “Duckie” Thot in a sculptural take on the season’s goddess look (page 72).
Lee Tulloch explores the idyllic – if vulnerable – archipelago of the Maldives (“Into The Blue”), Mariela Summerhays visits Louis Vuitton’s globe-spanning travelling exhibition, See LV (“Emotional Baggage”) and Fred Siggins turns his eye (and taste buds) to native rock oysters (“Shell Shucked”).
There’s fashion, interiors, timepieces and design – all told with T Australia’s signature voice. We hope you enjoy this very special issue.