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“I wanted the cover to have a sense of darkness and innocence to it, much like the book itself. There’s an innocence in the way young girls experiment with makeup, sometimes even writing on mirrors with it. Lipstick, a trope of femininity, is meant to draw attention and/or sexualize. But a destruction and repurposing of lipstick can be a rejection of those premises, a way to express femininity or sense of self or sexuality as one sees fit, not as one has been told to do.” —Elyssa Goodman (Instagram: @missmanhattanny)