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InStyle Australia collaborates with six Aboriginal artists ahead of Voice referendum

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Since re-launching in early 2022, InStyle Australia has been commended by both media and critics on the digital-led publication's new approach to storytelling.

After relaunching with First Nations musician Thelma Plum on the cover, it was evident editor-in-chief Justine Cullen and new owners (Truth North Media), were striving to mark a new direction for the Australian magazine.

Celebrating through leaders and game changers is at the core of InStyle magazine, and this month that is precisely who they chose to shine a light on.

"The ethos of the new InStyle is 'Everybody's In' with the purpose of celebrating the many and varied people who are truly in style today, and those who are shaping the look of tomorrow," said editor-in-chief, Justine Cullen.

"We're committed to focusing on inclusive storytelling and championing talent with substance and a message to share."

'Lillie' by artist Thea Anamara Perkins. (Image: Instyle Australia)

'Healing', 2023, by artist Jarnie McGuire (Image: Instyle Australia)

"We write about the individuals who decide what tomorrow will look like" reads the magazine's website, and today…the independent fashion publication has done just that.

With prime minister Anthony Albanese having officially announced that the Voice to Parliament referendum will be held on October 14, InStyle chose to honour this – and the importance of the referendum itself – by asking six Indigenous artists to design their own InStyle cover as part of the YES campaign.

These covers also aim to explore the artist's perspective on the landmark vote.

'YES, please', 2023, by artist Janelle Burger. (Image: Instyle Australia)

'Ripples of Country',2023, by artist Matthew "Melnunnie" Brettschneider. (Image: Instyle Australia)

The six artists involved in this opportunity included Thea Anamara Perkins, Jarni McGuire, Janelle Burger, Matthew "Melnunnie" Brettschneider, Maddy Connors and Michelle Jackson.

Whilst all artists present distinctly different cover designs, they all stand in unity in the hopes that this artistic opportunity will spark conversation as it was created to speak on greater means.

"This vote signifies an important step toward addressing historical injustices, fostering reconciliation, and creating a more inclusive society", said artist Maddy Connors.

'Milrapal Connected', by artist Maddy Connors. (Image: Instyle Australia)

'Heart Murmurs', 2023, by artist Michelle Jackson. (Image: Instyle Australia)

InStyle Australia is a digitally-led publication, with two print issues a year.

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