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Letter from the editor Over the years it has been women that have been discounted as a source of inspiration, especially for other women. In this issue I will be exploring how women have overcome stereotypes, and how our idols of the female world have led to an empowered generation. A generation that celebrates women, and appreciates their sexuality as an object of beauty rather than prey. The past few years have seen the birth of many heroines into stardom and, ultimately, the public eye. From campaigns backed by Cara Delavigne and Beyonce, to drastic changes in style, and the freedom to embrace our body types, we have created a society more capable of acceptance. That’s not to discount the journey we still have yet to embark on. Heroine is here to showcase the best experiences found from real women and men on how inspiring people have helped us all through difficult times, helped them discover who they are and show that us Females are a kick ass gender.


11 ways my mum is my hero If you were to become ‘Iconic’ what would it be for? Why Strong Is the new skinny Who is your icon? What makes you feel most empowered as a women?

11 ways that my mum is my hero

Being a daughter raised by a single mum is a powerful thing. Being raised by a mum who wasn’t always baking cookies and wasn’t plastered with a smile every time you walked through the door is a powerful thing. Mothers are often looked at in such a way that they’re human emotions become invisible- don’t cry in front of your child, don’t swear, don’t drink too much, don’t lose your temper with the biological father, don’t introduce them to a new partner too soon.. growing up with a mum who made mistakes is the best thing that could have happened to me. Now as a young adult, I have respect for my mum like I will never have respect for anyone else in my life. Now I’ve felt heartache and grief and despair, even if only a fraction of what she has felt over the years, I cannot imagine having to prioritise a tiny person (or even any person) above those

feelings during my darkest hours, forcing yourself out of bed everyday, to put food on the table, to pay bills, to be productive when you could easily lay in bed and sob your life away and never return to normality again. Being a mum is 24/7 unconditional and for that I couldn’t be more grateful. When I face difficulty or something feels impossible, I remember that shit out of money and shit out of luck mother and daughter team that we were back 21 years ago and I think “if she got the both of us through that, then I can get myself through this.” I haven’t always been the most endearing child a mother could have asked for, especially not in the aforementioned darkest hours, but a mum is a friend for life not just through rose tinted glasses, so now.. I am her friend for life. Here are 11 reason that this woman is my hero.

1.She survived my teenage years, and thanks to her, so did I. Not sure about you guys, but I was one super bitch from the age of thirteen until I was at least eighteen. At sixteen, when you could look her dead in the face and call her every name under the sun for not letting you go to this thing that everyone else’s mum was letting them go to, yet she still loved endlessly and provided efficiently. At 21, if my mum and I have an argument, I’m on her lap snivelling like a baby for forgiveness in 5 minutes! 2.She supported me when nobody else did. Leaving a job? No worries. Leaving a boyfriend? Go for it. Dropping out of college to start again? Sure. Getting a tattoo? Nice one. There isn’t anything that can phase this woman, her only baby getting a nipple piercing, having pink hair or temporarily having no direction in career or education! If I’m making the decision for myself and think it’s the right thing to do, she’s 100% behind me. 3.Speaking of boyfriends, she put up with bozo after bozo! There are not many people in life that would grit their teeth and smile for months, sometimes years, to accommodate a partner in your life that they hated. Mums do. Yeah, even that weird one (understatement!) you had at fifteen who you went crying in the rain for and even that cocky older guy you met at a festival at 19 who really was the biggest clown of all (massive understatement). She’s watched from a far, subtly guided and given you all her best advice and look! Here you are, with a nice one (Hopefully!) 4.There isn’t a day she isn’t proud. Achievements, big or small, it’s great to have someone that will always be your number one fan. The day I learned to perfectly poach my own eggs, she text me to tell me how adult she thought I was, likewise when I fixed a hole in my jeans. When I successfully got myself an internship, she sent me flowers. Even when you feel like your efforts are going unnoticed, they’re not.

5.She’s always around for a chat. Sometimes you just need to rant and not everyone is “available” to hear your rambling thoughts about why he isn’t answering you or why the girl at work gives you funny looks or whether it’s possible your house mate is eating your cheese, whatever the issue is she’s always there to hear you out and somehow makes sense of it all too! 6.She encourages me out of my comfort zone. If it weren’t for my mum, I wouldn’t have a passion for travel like I do, and sometimes, even if it’s painful for her to push you, she puts you on that plane to California on your own because she knows it’s something you have to do for yourself, to thrive. Mum is the perfect person to get you out of your comfort zone and trying new things. Naturally you tend to trust your mum but even in times of doubt, she’s still the one who gives you that extra little push you need! 7.The way she doesn’t even need to ask if I’m ok. Any slight waver in your voice, a difference in text message replies, she just KNOWS that something is up and you start to wonder why you ever tried to keep secrets from her as a teenager. She very clearly saw right through you all along. Thanks for humouring me mum. 8.Can’t live with her but also, cannot, definitely cannot, live without her. I know that if my mum and I were ever trapped in a house together again, we’d kill each other. Weekends are fine, Christmas vacay is fine. But any longer than that and we’d fight more like sisters. But also, when we’re apart, I wanna speak to her every day and sometimes if she’s not close enough for a hug I listen to songs that make me think of her on my way to work just to brighten my day. 9.When she said “no” or “don’t do that” she said it for a reason. AND NOW YOU SEE. It’s just like the Spice Girls song “so now I see through your eyes, all that you did was good” and you’re so glad you listened (for the most part!). Not only this, but

she has also brought around opportunity to quote a spice girls song in an otherwise quite meaningful way… 10.I’m her best-friend too. Honestly. My mum once told me a story that a year or so after my dad left she had an opportunity to go out, a rare occasion since she had a 2 y/o to look after, and whilst bathing me before handing me over to the babysitter she had asked me, because she didn’t have any one else too ask, “does mummy look fat in this?” 2-3 y/o me is sat in the bath like “Yes mummy! You look lovely and fat!” Not quite the answer she was looking for, guess. But she asks for your advice for reals now you’re an adult and she trusts your opinion because all along you’ve been her best-friend too, you know her better than anyone else, and (sometimes) you have the right answer. 11.She gave so much of herself to ensure I had everything. She was never too tired to get out of bed in the middle of the night for you, she always had to clean up your sick, poop and blood, she never said “cba” when you needed her to cook your dinner after a long day of work, she loved you even when you had chicken pox or some other gross crap, she spent her hard earned cash on your school uniform only for you to leave it in the PE changing rooms or come home with someone else’s. She gave up her social life to have you, and probably some of her aspirations. She gave you the happy baby voice when you were young even though she could have been sobbing with exhaustion five minutes before you woke up from your nap and she does all the other things on the list.. mum, you are my best friend. By Elle Wood

Whats your name? Fern davey How old are you? 21 What do you do and why do you like it? Fashion, always loved fashion, I like designing my own clothes If you could be a superhero who would you Batman! be? What superpower would you most want to Shapeshifter/Time travel possess? Who is your hero of fiction? Legolas - Lord of the rings Which celebrity do you most identify with? Courtney Love, I’m a mess too Who do you think is an overrated icon and Taylor Swift why? If you were to become ‘Iconic’ what would Me <3 it be for? Which living person do you most admire? Again, Courtney Love or Joan Jett Who was your hero when you were a child? Legolas What do you want to be when you grow up? Either in a band or a designer Which living person do you most despise? Donald Trump What or who is the greatest love of your My cat and my dog life? How did your biggest inspirations affect Learned to be fearless the way you are today? What is your motto or favourite quote? ‘I found my inner bitch and ran with her’

Whats your name? Ruby Diable How old are you? 19 What do you do and why do you like it? Fashion Image + communication - allows me to try new creative pathways. Its a very social course If you could be a superhero who would you Wonder women? be? The new one What superpower would you most want to Either to be super clever or invisible possess? Who is your hero of fiction? Elizabeth Benet (Pride + Prejudice) ...Dont read a lot Which celebrity do you most identify with? I dont know, I cant choose one. I identify with different characteristics of a number of celebs. From Lucy Watson, style, make up (vegan). Who do you think is an overrated icon and Beyonce why? Yeah shes a good singer but I dont think she’s done anything amazing. If you were to become ‘Iconic’ what would I would like to think for doing something good it be for? in the world. Making a difference Which living person do you most admire? My dad...cute :) Who was your hero when you were a child? I can’t remember...probably a TV character What do you want to be when you grow up? :/ dont know, maybe within a magazine Which living person do you most despise? I dont hate people unless I actually know them. But maybe a collection of really bad people like criminals/war lords. What or who is the greatest love of your My family and boyfrined, cliche but true <3 life? How did your biggest inspirations affect Made me look at things in a different way. I try the way you are today? to be a good What is your motto or favourite quote? Treat others how you want to be treated

Whats your name? Amber Bendall How old are you? 19 What do you do and why do you like it? Fashion, I like it because of the freedom of creativity. If you could be a superhero who would you Superman be? What superpower would you most want to Seeing the future orreading minds possess? Who is your hero of fiction? Mirnda Prestly Which celebrity do you most identify with? Michael Alig/Marsha P. Johnson Who do you think is an overrated icon and Picassom for obvious reasons why? If you were to become ‘Iconic’ what would My lifestyle and my work it be for? Which living person do you most admire? My Grandpa Who was your hero when you were a child? My parents What do you want to be when you grow up? Vet or actress Which living person do you most despise? Kim K + Piers Morgan and everysingle person that does’nt work for what they’ve got...people with no ambition. What or who is the greatest love of your Marijuana life? How did your biggest inspirations affect I ended up moving away and have a better the way you are today? life than if i lived at home and they showed me how to accept things What is your motto or favourite quote? Never let the fear of striking out stop you from playing the game

Why Strong is the new skinny

The world as we know it means that going to the gym and lifting weights has primarily been just another part of the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world, including protein shakes, grip gloves, meal supplements, pre work out, post workout and so much more that women, of course, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand. But actually, we do understand and in the last few years women have stepped up to plate to challenge men in the weight room, and we love it.

For a long time, where women and their appearance are concerned we’ve been told that the skinnier the better, as the once reigning queen Kate Moss, said “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” but in recent years, the likes of Beyonce and the Kardashian sisters, have stormed in, stolen the throne and shown us the way. This figure in the limelight seems to be the ultimate goal, with large breasts, a tiny waist line, and a bum big enough to qualify for its own postcode. A clever girl knows that anything close to this can rarely be achieved without eating the right things and lots of hard work and “perspiring” at the gym (because women don’t sweat, obviously). However, a sensible girl knows that working hard at the gym, sweating your ass off like you should, eating your protein as well as the rabbits food straight from the hutch should be all for you and taking care of the glorious body that protects your insides, to feel healthy, happy and most importantly, to feel strong. The misconception that weight training makes women big still exists (false, cupcakes make women big, weights make women toned and sexy…) and it is evident that within the girl world, this is the myth that has women run frantically screaming away from the weight room in the gym and straight towards those cardio machines. The fear of becoming stronger and having more muscle than the average man should be no concern of ours, but a concern of the men that cannot keep up. Women should be focused on the fact that bicep curls, dead lifting, and squats are doing our girly muscles the world of good and quite frankly, putting

us one step closer to equality by demolishing the idea of gender roles with in the gym. After all, what could possibly be so bad about being strong, toned, healthy and happy? Nothing, is the answer. So pluck up the courage, take a leap of faith into the world of weights. Get some help from reliable sources and make sure that whatever you’re lifting or pushing is done correctly so as not to hurt yourself. In fact, you could even sooth the egos of boyfriends, brothers or guy friends and ask them if they have any tips or ideas to help you on your way to a stronger you. There are loads of healthy smoothie, dessert and dinner recipes available online if you want to really step up your game. Making “gains” like a lad doesn’t have to be like a lad at all, make it suit you, enjoy it and love the results!

Who is your icon? When asking people ‘Who is your icon?’, the response I received was extremely varied. From fictional characters, rock chicks and style icons the word ‘Icon’ seems to be very ambiguous. Not that theres is anything wrong with that, everyone has there own way of looking at things! I love the diversity in which people are inspired by women and how we can all empower each other. If it be the attitude you have, the career you decide to choose or the problems they help you overcome, women really are an amazing source of inspiration. I have assembled 6 of my favourite very personal responses to this question, to show the array positivity these people have bought to others and can or have maybe bought to you.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;the more successful I become, the more I need a man.â&#x20AC;? -Beyonce Knowles

Beyoncé is an artist that I have admired since day one. From Destiny’s Child to Dream Girls and her solo career, I have always looked up to her as a role model. Beyoncé has made so many achievements throughout her career. She has been nominated & presented with almost every music award and has broken several records. To name one she is currently the female artist who has spent the most weeks at No. 1 in this decade.

feeling so motivated and inspired, like I could conquer anything I set my mind to. My favourite quote from the Queen B herself is “the more successful I become, the more I need a man.” To me this shows she is a strong and independent woman, yet still understands the value of having a partner there to support her along her journey. Despite the fact she has made her own career, Beyoncé promotes the importance of having a strong & healthy family. I think this is one of the main reason I admire Beyoncé so much, she stands for strength amongst women whilst maintaining the traditional value of the importance of family, and I think this is something women of all ages can, and should, look up to.

Beyoncé promotes Unlike other artists, the importance Beyoncé has never been caught smoking, drinking, of having having sex, using drugs etc. like many other a strong & artists have. She is a pure talent and that is the sole reason for her fame and healthy family success. This is one of the many reasons I have always looked up to her, she has always been a good influence. Not only did she inspire me to want to sing, but to perform which lead me into what I do to this day. I was lucky enough to watch her perform in her most recent tour ‘Lemonade’ and I have never been so overcome with emotions than when I first heard her sing live. I walked away from that performance

Flawless it probable the only word I have that even comes close to describing what an attribute to the musical industry Beyoncé has been. May she continue to bless us all with her music and keep inspiring people every day. By Chloe Burnell

‘I want every girl in the world to pick up a guitar and start screaming.’ - Courtney Love

Courtney Love was the front woman of 90s grunge riot girl band Hole which was a crucial part of me growing as a teenager. ‘Hole’ was the soundtrack to my youth and was my introduction to feminism which has become a big part of who I am today. She wrote songs about being against slut shaming and rape culture. She taught young women all over that it was ok to be angry.

messy, emotional and she has never been afraid to bare everything which makes her so human and relatable instead of a false glamorised perfect role model we see everywhere else. Courtney smashed gender boundaries and succeeded in a male dominated industry and not only survived but thrived. Hole’s ‘Live Through This’ is one of the most influential and successful grunge and feminist albums to date. And she did it all while shouting about women’s rights, trials of motherhood and grieving for her late husband Kurt Cobain who took his life two weeks before ‘Hole’ went on a worldwide tour.

She taught young women all over that it was ok to be angry.

Courtney faced massive media backlash, she as labelled ‘witch, slut, junkie and ugly’ instead of ignoring the hate she rocked up to an awards event wearing her insults on her body painted in red lipstick in a iconic act of reclaiming herself and the words that were used to shame her.

Courtney Love is important and iconic to me because she is loud, brash and brave. Love speaks her mind and is unapologetic and unashamed. She is

‘I want every girl in the world to pick up a guitar and start screaming.’ Courtney Love By Fern Davey

“No more boring suits or pantyhose, no more trying to be somebody I’m not!” -Elle Woods

Everyone needs a role model, some might say their big sister or their best friend, or even a famous celebrity. Nope, not me. I’d say a fictional character. In the film Legally Blonde, aged just 22, Miss Elle Woods faces rejection, heart break and is stripped of her dignity all on account of being blonde. No one takes the poor girl seriously. Her long term boyfriend won’t marry her, Harvard Law only accept her for “diversity” reasons despite having the necessary GPA score and her new boss makes a pass at her, even though by this point in the movie she’s his best intern. Four out of 10 women in the UK are blonde and we’ve all been the butt of a blonde joke every now and then, we even admit to having “blonde moments” and that’s fine, we own it! But how many use it to their advantage? We’re often labelled bimbos, associated with the colour pink, we contrast considerably badly with fake tan and god help you if you own a Chihuahua. But Elle Woods, makes a dutiful attempt to show us that despite being a pink loving, bubble gum chewing, sparkly shoe wearing, Chihuahua owning type of gal, she no longer needs the approval of dumb

ass ex-boyfriend Warner. Actually, she realises she can take control of her own life just the way she is, she doesn’t need to tone herself down in any way, she can still achieve grades, she can graduate, get an awesome job in which she excels, in a “serious” male dominant profession and she can find a guy who respects the hell out of her, all whilst being Elle. Once she gets wind of her selfworth, there’s no putting the lid on Elle’s jar. That’s why Elle Woods, the fictional character from Legally Blonde, is my role model. Selfworth is the most important thing a woman in her 20’s can have. You have to go through the run of the mill to figure it out, but when you get there! By god, it’s liberating. Having standards for yourself and what you put out into the world is an amazing place to start, but being sure of what you expect from others in your life and choosing where to make exceptions and why, is invaluable. So as Elle once said “No more boring suits or pantyhose, no more trying to be somebody I’m not!” but I mean if you’re a fan of suits and pantyhose, you do you girl. By Ellie Wood

“There’s no how- to road map to style. It’s about selfexpression and, above all, attitude.” -Iris apfel

Iris Apfel is my icon. The ninty five year old is the fiercest chick on the block. Hailing from New York, she was an interior designer and general fashion icon before she retired in ’92. Although she never really retired from being iconic. Her & her husband launched a textile firm Old World Weavers in 1950 and she consequently travelled the world in search for all things beautiful. She worked with nine presidents during her career on restoration projects at the White House as an interior designer to the rich and famous. Three years ago she also had her very own documentary called ‘Iris’, all about her (obviously) and what she gets up to now retired. She’s essentially a mega babe.

box. She’s charmingly rude and does what she wants. She makes her own law and certainly does not let her age hold her back. She thinks different. Although mostly famed for her over the top (fabulous) style, she’s no nonsense and has a bad ass attitude to everything, not just fashion. I guess I look up to her for not giving a sh*t and being bad ass.

I look up to her for not “There’s no how- to giving a sh*t road map to style. It’s about and being bad and, aboveself-expression all, attitude.” To me, this sums up ass. the sass-pot. Attitude

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and self expression; I love these qualities and they’re things I think everyone strives to posses. Not a bad attitude, but a no nonsense, do what I want attitude. It’s all about self confidence and being yourself and that’s why I love Iris. By Megan Crosby

“If you have no shadows then you’re not standing in the light… Life is about washing the feet of both good and evil, and understanding and forgiving the demons from your past in order to move into the greatness of your future.” -Lady gaga

Lady Gaga is possibly the most iconic superstar of the 21st century. She has achieved more in her 8 years in the music industry than most people do in their whole career. She has sold over 27 million albums, 146 million singles worldwide, won 6 Grammys, 3 Brit awards, 13 VMA’s and a golden globe. She holds 12 Guinness World Records, Time magazine named her Most Influential Artist and Forbes listed her among the World’s Most Powerful. Lady Gaga for me is such a big influence in my life because of the things she stands for, the way she stands for them and the way she uses her very public voice to promote positive things. In her career, she has joined forces with various charities when currently it’s very easy for celebrities to keep quiet and to avoid doing things that would align them with certain issues. However, Lady Gaga hasn’t done that. She has been an outspoken activist for LGBT rights worldwide. She has spoken various times spanning her career about equality and freedom. She has used various methods to express her support of the LGBT community including the infamous meat dress

the lines is so important and any sign of difference is ripped apart. Lady Gaga showed me how to take the things that make me different and to own them. Now it’s 2017 and the world is slowly becoming a better place and I think that celebrities like Lady Gaga seeping into mainstream media are to thank for the slow burning acceptance of things that people do not understand. Mental health issues are something that I’ve had to deal with for most of my life and it’s been extremely difficult to maintain a level of motivation, inspiration and effort. Recently Gaga spoke about dealing with PTSD since the age of 19 and showed the world that even the biggest stars need a day off. When you see someone on the level of Lady Gaga being able to drop her pride to talk about real issues that affect real people, it’s inspiring and gives people the ability to look inward.

she uses her very public voice to promote positive things

Gaga is a very important component in my existence because she shows the world daily that you don’t have to fit into a box to be successful and you don’t need to constantly compete with people. If you’re better than you were yesterday then you are improving as a person. She is her own boss and she is one of the most powerful women, not only in the industry but in the world. It inspires me to see someone that is so clearly a misfit slaying the world, and not caring what a single person thinks. It was difficult growing up as a gay male in a world where staying in

Lady Gaga is an iconic star and the way she brings art and culture to the forefront inspires the next generation to get involved in every way they can. I believe the world needs more positive people that are willing to speak out when there is injustice but they need to be people that can have fun and kick back when they want to. I hope to one day inspire someone the way she has inspired me because I owe a lot of the way I am to her. True artists are hard to come by but once one comes along they will live forever in the people that they touch and the legacy they leave behind. My favourite quote from Lady Gaga is “If you have no shadows then you’re not standing in the light… Life is about washing the feet of both good and evil, and understanding and forgiving the demons from your past in order to move into the greatness of your future.” By Zak Caddy

“There is no point in saying anything but the truth, because at the end of the day, you don’t have to answer to anyone but yourself.” -Amy Winehouse

Back to Black was the first album I tried to buy aged 12, despite knowing I was too young. Amy Winehouse has been an icon of mine and to her generation ever since. Her distinctive deep expressive contralto vocals and vintage edgy fashion she influenced many young people, including myself and still does to this day. The singer’s achievements include, winning five Grammy Awards in 2008. Making at that point history, the most wins by a female artist in a single night. In addition to being the first British woman to win five Grammys, she won Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

showed that everyone has there own therapy. Hers just happened to be making music that moved my soul. Growing up, her music feels timeless and every time, still to this day, feels like the first. As an aspiring singer everything about her voice, presence, attitude and her 60’s fashion influences me. Amy just wanted to sing and write music and be care free while doing so. She was a women infatuated in love and her love of music. Her very honest approach to everything, made her what she is and everything I aspire to be.

she was so genuine and she was loved She says “There is no for who she point in saying anything but the truth, because was at the end of the day,

Amy Winehouse is my icon because she was so genuine and she was loved for who she was. Amy wouldn’t conform to what people wanted her to be. Exactly what I strive for in my own self. A true soul, jazz and rhythm and blues artist taking inspiration from real life to make great music. No one can sing with that much soul and not have a real story behind it. She said when she felt upset about something in her life, she would write a song about it and then she would be over it. Using music to overcome difficult times

you don’t have to answer to anyone but yourself.” This is one of my favourite quotes by her as it symbolises her outlook on life and what she stands for, being unapologetic. Heartbreakingly gone to soon passing at the age of 27 of alcohol poisoning, living a constant battle throughout her life with addiction and bulimia, she continue to inspire and will always be missed. By Kate Ryan

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79 Questions with Beth Coombes

Whats your full name? Beth Coombes How old are you? 21 What do you do for a living? I am an Office Assistant at a Record Label Do you think there is sexism in the industry you work in? Yes! Have your ever experienced acts of sexism? Not in my current job. In previous jobs yes, as a barmaid I used to get typical sexist comments constantly. What industry do you think best promotes equality? I’m not sure on what industry is the BEST but I think music does to some extent. It’s a difficult one. I think Music is great for treating sexes as equal and focusing purely on talent because, at the end of the day if you have no talent you will get no where in music. Saying that though, the music industry is guilty

of selling sex, and using women’s sexuality and beauty to make their product more appealing.What do you love most about yourself? I’d say I’m pretty approachable ! And that’s cool, I like being known as the smiley one. Ready for some Quick Fire questions? Shoot! What’s your favourite food? Italian! And carbs, always carbs. Sweet or savoury? Ahhhh, sweet Favourite drink? Blue powerade Favourite dessert? Sticky Toffee Pudding Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Milk! Coffee or tea? Tea ! (herbal) Hugs or kisses? Kisses Have you ever been in love? That’s a difficult one. I’d say I’ve definitely loved, not sure I’ve ever been IN love. Naked or clothed? Naked (sorry mum) New York or Paris? New York

What’s your favourite colour? Blue Dogs or cats? Dogs Natural make up or full faced? Natural any day Heels or flats? mmmm flats Lipstick or lip gloss? lip gloss, its more fun Diamonds or pearls? diamonds please! Twitter or Instagram? insta Best way to de-stress? a bath with your fave music, or a cigarette...or both at once What’s your favourite band? I couldn’t possibly answer! But I’m loving Wolf Alice right now Favourite solo artist? Amy Winehouse Favourite song? You’re asking impossible questions! Love will tear us apart – Joy Division If you could master one instrument, what would it be? Piano, always wanted to learn Favourite season? Summer Best gift you’ve ever received? My 21t birthday necklace from my brother Best gift you’ve ever given? The book that my dads fave film is based on, he loves it Favourite TV show that’s currently on? Does it count to say Stranger Things? It’s on Netflix!What’s your favourite movie? Donnie Darko Scary film or happy endings? Depends on my mood but I love a good Scary Movie Favourite movie that empowers women? I’d have to go for Blue is the warmest colour. It’s a French film about 2 young girls that fall in love at a young age and explore their sexuality together. It’s beautiful and so romantic! Plus it won so many awards, Go Girls! Who is your girl crush? Bella Hadid, she’s crazy, or Angelina Jolie. I love everything about that woman Would you say you’re a feminist? To some extent, not extreme though.. I can still appreciate a lad opening doors for me. Are you a girls girl or a boys girl? I’d say ultimately I’m a boys girl, but I have my closest girls that I wouldn’t change for the world and could spend most days with. Which female person do you look up to most? My mum! She’s incredible. What gets you truly excited about life? My career and future. I can’t

wait to see where my job will take me in 5/10 years time, and if I’ll have any little Beth Coombes’ running round. What do you excel in? Social situations. Always been an area I thrive in What would you like to learn to do, inside or outside of work? I’d love to learn to skateboard! Who should ask out who on a date? Im old fashioned, the guy Who should pay on a first date? If it’s a date, again I’m traditional. The girl should ALWAYS offer and not assume, but the guy should pay Would you sleep with someone on the first date? If there was an undeniable connection then yes. I’m young and I’m going to have fun Do you find it attractive when men show emotion? Definitely, although I’m not sure I could handle a man that cried to me everyday. Everything in moderation right? Do you think its easier for women to show emotion more than men? Depends on the female. I hate showing my emotion too much, I feel vulnerable When was the last time you cried? Last night actually, to myself.. That was a bit contradicting wasn’t it haha! What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? I’d wear whatever the hell I wanted to What do you imagine yourself doing 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years from now? 1 year, struggling up through my work ladder, saving to travel every now and then. 5 years, I’d love to be in my dream job. 10 years, maybe have a ring on my finger and a little one roaming round MY house What is your number one goal in the next 6 months? To leave the job I’m in, and get into the field of the industry I want to work in How would you describe your future in 3 words? Bright, Exciting, Affluent (hopefully) What will your success look like? I’ll be booking the best bands in the country, and its gonna be the best job in the world What would be

the title of your autobiography? I tried to think of something witty off the top of my head, but turns out I’m not as funny as I thought! It would probably end up being very boring What book have you read again and again? The Secret Life of Bees A book you plan on reading? I’ve had ‘Kill your friends’ sat in my room for months, so that! What’s the weirdest word in the English language? flabbergasted When was the last time you did something for the very first time? Last weekend I tried a Baby Guinness shot for the first time.. it was super tasty, Tia Maria and Baileys What is the farthest you have been from home? South Africa What’s your favourite country to visit? Italy always. Though as of recent I fell in love with St Lucia...both have such a relaxed way of life What’s the last country you visited? St Lucia! What country do you wish to visit? I’d LOVE to see Fiji What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? Go surfing. Travelling and surfing What are you most passionate about? Music without a doubt What has the fear of failure stopped you from doing? Almost everything I’ve always secretly wanted.. perusing a career in dance, various auditions, singing concerts Why did you choose the job you have now? It’s an incredible way into the industry I love and wish to work in Which person in the industry you work in do you admire the most? I’d have to say Beyonce, she’s an incredibly strong and clever artist Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with? Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, Ellie Rowsell Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? My mumma! Who was the last person you sent a text to? My Mate bradley Do you struggle with body image? Every day What words of advice would you give to young women struggling with self image?

It gets better. Trust me, everything you do to your body now will show in years to come. Be natural, don’t wear make up, and embrace your puppy fat, it will go very soon. When you get older body image isn’t as important as you think it is now. Of course we all want to look our best and of course we all want to look like Victoria Secret models but I can assure you there are thousands of people out there that will watch you walk past and wish they looked like you. Confidence is the sexiest thing you can wear, and will make you a very happy young lady What makes you feel most empowered as a women? Having my girl mates around me. I feel like we can conquer the world when we’re together. Looking up to the right people in the media can inspire you so much too. Never forget you’re not alone. Who run the world..?


Emma Dearling Editor Writer Photographer Illustrator Publisher

21 year old student studying Fashion Image and Communication at AUB. Originally from Surrey. Deciede to venture to Bournemouth to complete her degree

after doing her Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at UCA Farnham. Loves working on Fashion Editorials and Fashion film making. Hopes to persue this love in a job in the future.

Joseph lewiston

Megan Davies

Ellie Wood




23 year old Creative Director of Nevermid Media. Has a passion for all things digital and is working on the release of the latests BBC documetary.

22 year old student studying Fashion Promotion and Imaging at UCA Epsom. Loves styling and photography and is graduating this year.

22 Year old student studying English at Kingston University alongside being a PR assaitant for EBWPR and has most recently written for Heat magazine.

Zak Caddy

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Beth Coombes




21 year old 2nd year Fashion Design student studying at AUB. Originally from PLymouth and has a love for all things Gaga.

22 year old 2nd year Fashion Design student at AUB. Orginally from Bournemouth and loves everything punk rock.

21 year old wokring for Cooking Vinyl Records. Originally from Surrey and has a love for all things music.

Kate Ryan

Chloe Burnell

Megan Crosby




21 year old aspiring singer/ song writer under the name ‘Holland Sound’. Kate is from Canterbury and is currently working on her next single to be released.

21 year old student studying Perfomring Arts at Sunderland University. Loves dancing and everything to do with Musical Theatre.

19 year old Fashion Design student at AUB. Alongside Megan runs her own small fashion business called “Genoa” creating quirky colourful two piece coords perfect for festivals!

Models featured Georgi Quay Barnham, Katie Laura, Natalie Mackinnon, beth coombes, will martin, emma astill, Sophia Kirkham,

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