This morning, Time began rolling out its latest cover stars, who have been dubbed the “Next Generation Leaders.” Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, and Adwoa Aboah are the three international faces of the issues, with an additional seven activists, artists, and athletes featured inside.
In Grande’s interview, she opens up for the first time since the devastating bombing at her concert in Manchester just last year. Though a year has passed, the memories are still fresh. “I wish there was more that I could fix. You think with time it’ll become easier to talk about. Or you’ll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come and it’s still very painful,” she tells writer Sam Lansky.
Adwoa who is no stranger to magazine covers, look no further than the seminal British Vogue cover under the reign of Edward Enninful. This time though, she’s not featured as a model, instead the highlight is her work as founder of Gurls Talk, an activism platform meant to provide girls with a safe space to discuss topics that affect them every day. The accompanying interview dives into Adwoa’s struggles with mental health and addiction, as well as reshaping the fashion landscape.
The three cover stars are joined inside by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child actor Anthony Boyle, chess star Hou Yifan, Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long, novelist Farida Ado, Planeta Océano founder Kerstin Forsberg, Afghan rapper Sonita Alizadeh, and German politician Kevin Kühnert.