Amandla Stenberg’s Face Marked With Angela Davis’ Words for Dazed

Amandla Stenberg DAZED Autumn 2015 – Cover 2b


Amandla Stenberg covers Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing coat by Louis Vuitton, beret by Marc by Marc Jacobs, and earrings by Tada & Toy

Amandla Stenberg covers Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing coat by Louis Vuitton, beret by Marc by Marc Jacobs, and earrings by Tada & Toy

“We know the road to freedom has always been stalked by death,” read the words across the face of Amandla Stenberg who channels the spirit of activist, scholar, and author Angela Davis for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015.

The 16-year-old actress, who has emerged as a voice of her generation–an “‘agenda-setter’ of the future,” fronts the magazine’s quadruple cover edition along with rapper Young Thug, and models Molly Bair and Lineisy Montero.

Inside, the Colombiana and The Hunger Games star speaks on learning from others through Tumblr and shares aspirations to study under Spike Lee and direct her own films.

For her Gregory Harris-lensed photo shoot, styled by Robbie Spencer, another powerful Angela Davis quote fills the second half of her face: “We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.” See photos and interview snippets below.

Amandla Stenberg for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing jumper and bandana by Coach, shorts studded socks and boots by Alexander Wang, and stylist's flag worn as cape photographed by Gregory Harris

Amandla Stenberg for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing jumper and bandana by Coach, shorts studded socks and boots by Alexander Wang, and stylist’s flag worn as cape photographed by Gregory Harris

Amandla Stenberg for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing jumper and bandana by Coach photographed by Gregory Harris

Amandla Stenberg for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing jumper and bandana by Coach photographed by Gregory Harris

Amandla Stenberg for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing quilted harness sleeves by 3.1 Phillip Lim, short-sleeved shirt by Prada, t-shirt by American Apparel, and cropped trousers by Alexander Wang photographed by Gregory Harris

Amandla Stenberg for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing quilted harness sleeves by 3.1 Phillip Lim, short-sleeved shirt by Prada, t-shirt by American Apparel and cropped trousers by Alexander Wang photographed by Gregory Harris

On her wisdom beyond her years:

“I think people discredit teenagers and how wise they can be. Sometimes I meet teenagers who are much wiser than many adults I’ve met, because they haven’t let any insecurities or doubts about themselves get in the way of their thoughts.”

Amandla Stenberg for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing quilted waistcoat by rag & bone, vest by American Apparel, trousers by Alexander Wang, bandana by Coach, key chain attached to trousers and armband Costume Studio photographed by Gregory Harris

Amandla Stenberg for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing quilted waistcoat by rag & bone, vest by American Apparel, trousers by Alexander Wang, bandana by Coach, key chain attached to trousers and armband Costume Studio photographed by Gregory Harris

Amandla Stenberg for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing jacket, braces and tie by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, shirt by American Apparel, cropped trousers by Alexander Wang, key chains attached to trousers by Costume Studio photographed by Gregory Harris

Amandla Stenberg for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing jacket, braces and tie by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, shirt by American Apparel, cropped trousers by Alexander Wang, key chains attached to trousers by Costume Studio photographed by Gregory Harris

On Tumblr and Art Heaux:

“Tumblr has totally informed what I’m interested in and what I care about, especially when it comes to social justice. It’s such a cool platform for learning about black and trans rights. [Art Heaux] is so amazing. (It’s) black kids saying, ‘Look how beautiful I am,’ and defying the notion that they’re not allowed to be indie in that way.”

Amandla Stenberg for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing gilet by Craig Green, studded turtleneck, cropped trousers, studded socks and boots by Alexander Wang, studded beret by Marc by Marc Jacobs, key chains attached to trousers and armband by Costume Studio photographed by Gregory Harris

Amandla Stenberg for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing gilet by Craig Green, studded turtleneck, cropped trousers, studded socks and boots by Alexander Wang, studded beret by Marc by Marc Jacobs, key chains attached to trousers and armband by Costume Studio photographed by Gregory Harris

Amandla Stenberg for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing jacket, scarf and studded beret by Marc by Marc Jacobs and cropped trousers by Alexander Wang photographed by Gregory Harris

Amandla Stenberg for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing jacket, scarf and studded beret by Marc by Marc Jacobs and cropped trousers by Alexander Wang photographed by Gregory Harris

Amandla Stenberg for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing coat by Louis Vuitton, studded beret by Marc by Marc Jacobs,and her own earrings photographed by Gregory Harris

Amandla Stenberg for Dazed & Confused Autumn 2015 wearing coat by Louis Vuitton, studded beret by Marc by Marc Jacobs,and her own earrings photographed by Gregory Harris

Thoughts on studying under Spike Lee who teaches at NYU:

“I think I would die, studying with him. As much as I want to be fulfilled creatively as an actress, and get to be in roles that are meaningful and impactful, I hope the same thing for myself as a director, one day. I want to make things that have an impact on how we look at the world. I know it’s a tall glass to fill, but it’s a glass that really does need to be filled, as an African American woman.”

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