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Welcome to the June issue of Vox’s The Highlight

Inside the world of female gun influencers. Plus: our need for speed, the fascinating life of Kim Jong Un, and more.

Liberte Austin poses for a photograph in her living room holding a Camo Shotgun Beretta A400 Max in 12 gauge.
Liberte Austin poses in her living room holding a shotgun.
Ilana Panich-Linsman for Vox

Facebook, and by extension, Instagram, doesn’t let weapons companies or retailers advertise the use or sale of firearms. But the rule doesn’t apply to gun influencers. In this month’s cover story, we go inside the world of the hired guns who have emerged to fill the gap: a sea of women whose cheery posts posing in athletic wear with gun pockets can skirt the rules.

Also in this issue, we explore the distinctly human need for speed; talk with journalist Anna Fifield’s on her jaw-dropping revelations about the misunderstood life of Kim Jong Un; look at a social club for autistic women; and more.

Read on:

The hired guns of Instagram

Companies can’t advertise on social media — so they have female influencers do it for them.

by Kaitlyn Tiffany

Illustration of a car with the license plate reading “LIVE 4 SPEED.” Javier Zarracina/Vox

Driverless cars are coming. We’ll miss the thrill of the ride.

Flirting with danger on the open road is as old as, well, motoring itself.

by Dan Albert

Photoillustration of Kim Jong Un and tanks. Javier Zarracina/Vox; Getty Images

The secret life of Kim Jong Un

Anna Fifield’s new book on the North Korean dictator reveals the man behind the missiles.

by Alex Ward

Beth Finkelstein, the executive director of Felicity House, in the house’s art studio Amelia Holowaty Krales for Vox

“A place where you don’t need to translate yourself”

Inside Felicity House, a New York social club for women with autism.

by Anna North

Gif of “FOMO” becoming “JOMO?” Zac Freeland/Vox

The surprisingly difficult art of doing less

Taming our impulse to experience everything could make us happier, says the author of The Joy of Missing Out.

by Sean Illing

A photo-illustration of Sarah Bernhardt surrounded by reporters. Christina Animashaun/Vox

The first modern celebrity was born 175 years ago

How Sarah Bernhardt mastered her craft, dominated the media, and wrote the playbook for the famous people who came after her.

by Sharon Marcus

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The economic case for abortion rights


The land of the free leads the world in incarceration. Why?

Politics & Policy

The Juneteenth flag, explained

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