An article by Esther Adams Achara for Vogue.
Following the unveiling of a hemp-infused line of beauty products brought to you by the Marley family (as first announced on Vogue.com) comes a new magazine by the same name as the clan’s cannabis lifestyle brand: Marley Natural. It’s perhaps the first periodical on the subject out of the gate since the legalization of the plant in many U.S. states, and with its luxuriously oversize matte pages and graphic type, it’s certainly the best-looking. As one might expect, the journal features members of the singer’s vast clan—interviews with the patriarch’s daughter Cedella (CEO of Tuff Gong International) and his granddaughter Donisha Prendergast (a filmmaker, activist, and self-described “rebel soul seeker”) appear in the first issue—but the magazine’s larger purpose seems to be celebrating the richness of Jamaican life. And through romantic, dusty-hued imagery, the profiles, think pieces, and beauty portraits within its pages really come alive.
Among the standout stories is a portfolio of hair portraits called “Lion’s Mane.” It’s no secret that the locks belonging to Lee “Scratch” Perry, Harry Belafonte, and Bob Marley himself have been almost as big an influence on the music scene as their lyrics and tunes, and the dip-dyed buzz cuts, braids, and dreadlocks in the story bring the energy and creativity of men’s hairstyles on the island center stage. “We change styles like we change shoes,” says one. “A new one every day.”
Delve a little deeper and a story devoted to the rugged landscape of Jamaica’s cannabis farms brings the controversial plant to the fore in a picturesque way. But there are lighter moments, too, such as an article dedicated to progressive juicing recipes. Bored with kale? Switch it for cannabis, Marley Natural suggests. Apparently, it’s a natural cleanser that balances pH levels and is packed with antioxidants. And in small doses, mixed in with a festive concoction of, say, maca powder, dragon fruit, hemp, and coconut, it won’t even get you high.
Marley Natural is available at Ron Robinson at Fred Segal, 8118 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles; Sincerely, Tommy, 343 Tompkins Avenue, Brooklyn; Kinfolk, 90 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn; and other specialty stores. For more information, visit marleynatural.com.