Friday, September 02, 2011

got a girl crush


It's a wonder that a magazine like Got A Girl Crush didn't pop up sooner, as girl crushing now seems to have reached the status of a fully fledged and fairly legitimate pastime for women around the world. As our hunger for 'nosey culture' grows in the form of voyeuristic personal style blogs, websites specialising in informal house visits and in-depth interviews, the girl crush phenomenon is bigger than ever and the everyday woman is just as important and inspiring as those famous idols that smiled down from the posters on our teenage bedroom walls.

Got A Girl Crush Magazine is the brain child of Meg Wachter and Andrea Cheng and it perfectly understands what the girl crush is all about. Guy crushes are nice too but as much as I enjoy smiling at the TV screen when George Clooney's face is stretched across it or laughing at Chris Addison on Twitter, nothing quite beats the proverbial kick up the arse a girl crush will give you for wanting to get your act together. Girls with projects, girls with nice clothes, girls who are funny and proactive, girls who can create something amazing in the kitchen, can say no firmly but nicely and girls who juggle a million things at once are the receivers of my serious admiration and this magazine takes 10 such women from across America and simply hangs out, talks to them and takes beautiful photographs of the whole process. It's sort of like having a lunch with an interesting friend but in magazine form; the interviews ask all the right questions and the result is a wonderful publication that leaves you inspired to enjoy your life as much as they do. It's not all 'isn't she brilliant' gushing over high-flyers, it's about people who spend their time doing things that are enjoyable and completely achievable. Reading this magazine doesn't feel like reading fantasy and it provides little gems like the anecdote from comedian Jenny Slate who was overwhelmed by the desire to fart under the duvet and then waft while shooting love scenes with Jason Schwartzman. Another favourite interview of mine is with Jeana Sohn who writes one of my favourite sites Closet Visit (which I was thinking about when talking about 'nosey culture') and talks about how she juggles her two websites and her painting and who her dream Closet Visit subjects would be (Miranda July, Isabel Marant, Jenna Lyons and Stevie Dance if you were wondering).

If you're all about girl crushing and 'real life stories' that aren't of the incest variety, Got A Girl Crush is a lovely magazine to dip in and out of and I'm looking forward to reading about Meg and Andrea's next spate of crushes.

8 comments:

blue roses said...

this is an INCREDIBLE post, thanks so much for sharing, i cannot wait to explore this magazine.

the obsession with voyeurism and hauntology interplaying with new media is an acute interest of mine. so glad this magazine is out there...

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Samantha said...

yes yes yes! i love reading about intresting inspiring women. i've totally got in mind the interview with the woman behind pataks curry paste in gentlewoman (not just because i love curry). i was also planning a blog post run down of my current girl crushes, so this is post couldnt be better timed.

also there are so many good, small magazines/zines around recently that sort of celebrate great women but i'm also kind of intrigued by all these amazing people who have the courage/initative/imagination and focus to work on something like that. ie. tavi gevinson, isabel from hispter musings, hot and cool, cam girls etc!

Joy said...

there's so many new mags coming out. im so glad because there's such a large pie of the market that isn't reached right now the magazines we currently have. i believe in niche mags for now. i just downloaded the pdf and look forward to reading it!

rouli said...

love!!!!!

Miss Dolly said...

'real life stories' that aren't of the incest variety - haha!

Definitely going to take a look at this. It sounds like such a great idea! x

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kate and the cake said...

what a cute dog she have!!

R A said...

Thank You for the link hookup!

ouestladiscotheque said...

This is wonderful...although have now been procrastinating for far too long!
Thanks for sharing!

- Charlotte xxx