Outside the PR & copywriting day job, back in 2007 I
co-founded, co-edited and named a quarterly women’s online magazine called Magnificent Me, together with journalist Veronica Simpson, which ran for a year (4 editions).
Our aim was to celebrate women’s creativity, wit and wisdom and provide an antidote to the endless fashion, food and lifestyle magazines aimed at women in the commercial market. Our first edition got 75,000 hits within the space of three weeks and went on to attract readers in the UK, the USA, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Dubai, Germany, Holland, Malta, Spain and Italy.
Content included photographic and poetic talent, politics and letters from around the world, competitions, confessions, books and bitching (of the nicest possible sort). Interviewees ranged from artist Margaret Hockney and Rabbi Julia Neuberger to jewellerer Frances Wadworth-Jones and designer Ella Doran, but real and unfamous women were very much at the core of the magazine.
We loved doing the magazine, but found it demanded more time than we had.
The need for it remains though! As our launch manifesto said…
”Because women are feisty, funny, wise, brave, creative, spiritual, sexual and intensely social beings, who deserve so much better than the ad-driven, celeb-obsessed, diet-heavy, botox-smooth pap that passes for women’s magazines these days….“