Issue Four: Contrast 

For our fourth and final issue of this volume, we focused on contrast and what it meant. Often times, contrast finds itself in choices, conflicts, and in differences.


Contrast is standing out, but contrast is also about figuring out a balance between two extremes. We hope the stories in this issue inspire you to do something bold, to disrupt the status quo, and to demand to be heard. If there’s anything we’ve learned over the past year, it’s that everybody has a story and that there’s always more being added to those stories.


We’ve grown just as you have, so we’re taking a moment now to reflect.


Though we might be exploring different themes with each issue, we’ve never left nostalgia and bittersweet memories behind. We’re still finding more about power and intersections. We’re learning more about how the intersections of our identities often play into what power we have, how those identities play into our perception of the past, how childhood and nostalgia looks different for everyone.


There’s contrast, at the center of our lives, at the center of every story we’ve ever heard, so we decided to dedicate a whole issue to it.

*Cover photo by Shriya Samavai / Modeled by Pom Pom Squad

Grab your copy of Issue Four: Contrast in print or in digital form now:

the stories from issue four



/ ˈkänˌtrast /

1. The state of being strikingly different from something else, typically something in juxtaposition or close association.

2. The fourth and final issue of Aspirants Magazine Vol. 1.

Akira / Zayira Ray / Trejon D’angelo / Ramona Meisel / MANDO / Sebastian Curi / Quinn Lui / Unamused Apparel / Maria Frenzy / PERIOD. / Shriya Samavai / Cole Baxter / Evangeline Gallagher / JÜV Consulting / The Seoul Search / Isaac Jeong / Sasha Escareño / Lara Witt / Aya Whitfield / Christina Mazzi from The WOC Project / Cake Robinson / Sarah Grimes / Tommy Lei of My Belonging / Scott Seeborg / Benjamin Joe / Daria Khoroshavina / Keren Chelsea Guevara / Holly Parkinson / Shannon Jie / Rational Creatures / Maggie Wilkinson / Zoe Rivera / Nina Ines Ward / Wave Break

Listen to CONTRAST.

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