Adonai Tesfamariam covers Justsmile Issue 2

Photography Dawit N.M.

Styling Yohana Lebasi

Blazer, shirt, shorts and socks COMME DES GARÇONS HOMME PLUS. Necklace PATRICIA VON MUSULIN. Shoes PRADA.

Today marks the launch of Justsmile Issue 2, Together in the Fold.


This issue is a celebration of family and community: two foundational pillars of Justsmile. Adonai Tesfamariam stars on the cover, together with Carmen Amare in the cover story, Stranger than Paradise.


Equal parts character study and personal recollection, Yohana Lebasi and Dawit N.M. set out to create images recounting the 1980’s scenes of their parents of Eritrean and Ethiopian descent, respectively, arrival in the diaspora. Models Carmen and Adonai, also of Eritrean and Ethiopian descent, respectively, serve as actors and liaisons to memories and communities of the past.


See the full cover story and more in Issue Two. Available in stores and newsstands soon. Check on our Issues page for more.

Photography Dawit N.M.

Styling Yohana Lebasi

Hair Matt Benns

Make-up Kento Utsubo

Photography assistance Tom Maltbie

Styling assistance Katherine Hu

Make-up assistance Lisa Ihaku

Production Jennifer Pio

Casting Helena Amare

Post-Production Ink

Models Adonai Tesfamariam at Next Models and Carmen Amare at Muse Model Management

Special thanks to Aunt Sofia, Uncle Endela, Abel, Nighisti Asfaha, Semere Lebasi, Fana Tesfagaber and NYC Habesha’s community group

PUBLISHED: OCTOBER 12TH, 2021