Yrsa Daley-Ward, poet, model, and author, The Terrible
An app-heavy iPhone: I’d have open Tinder, Instagram, Grindr, a WhatsApp group conversation about inclusivity and representation in the media, Trump’s Twitter page, and an Uber Eats order of some vegan sushi.
Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans mayor and author, In the Shadow of Statues
A smartphone—they’ve revolutionized the way we communicate, and made life easier in many ways. But because they have made communicating about news and pop culture easier, we’ve forgotten how to have civil discussions.
Justin Baldoni, actor, Jane the Virgin, and co-founder, Wayfarer Entertainment
An iPhone, because it represents the best and worst of humanity. We’ve seen how amazing and how destructive these phones—and all that come with them, like social media—can be. I’d also include a few signs or photos from the recent marches, as unifying symbols in such polarizing times.
Jasmin Darznik, author, The Good Daughter and Song of a Captive Bird
This is a time of reckoning and redemption for women worldwide. The veil represents both our plight and our progress—a simple cloth with complex meanings in such a complicated time. Whether we cast it aside in defiance of autocratic regimes or wear it to free ourselves from sexual objectification, the veil speaks to women’s insistence on civil liberties and human rights.