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The New Yorker Magazine’s Iconic Mascot Gets Reimagined As A Black Woman
By Izza Sofia, 07 Feb 2018
The New Yorker magazine has an iconic mascot that featured on the cover of its very first issue. He is a well-dressed man watching a butterfly through a monocle. Known as ‘Eustace Tilley’, the illustration was originally drawn by Rea Irvin—the magazine’s first art director.
Over the years, variations of ‘Tilley’ have been created. Some of them include replacing the usual monocle with a set of hipster eyeglasses, or ‘Tilley’ as a millennial, looking down at his iPhone ignoring the beautiful butterfly.
For The New Yorker’s latest cover, ‘Tilley’ gets reimagined as black woman.
“I wanted to capture the poise and the pose of the original Eustace Tilley dandy, but do it as something extremely simple and modern,” artist Malika Favre shared with The New Yorker.
“Like the original Tilley, I had her look slightly up, which shows her curiosity—and of course it was delightful to have the flight of fancy, the poetic touch, of the butterfly.”
Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker’s art editor told Bustle, “Our specific intent was to create something modern with a throwback to the twenties. It felt right that, in these times, Eustace Tilley should be depicted as a woman. It’s both a conversation and homage, bringing an icon into the present.”
Take a look at the cover below.
[via Hello Giggles, opening image via The New Yorker]
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