I have written several times about the need for a plus size magazine in print. A few weeks ago I stumbled uponand was surprised that a printed version of a magazine for plus sizes was available. Of course I signed up for the premiere issue and then held my breath. I have signed up for similar magazines over the years and nothing has ever happened.
I was pleasantly surprised when the issue came in the mail. Sitting down to read it I was impressed that the first issue was so large at 60 pages. Good quality pictures printed on good quality paper also caught my attention. Now to the meat of the situation letting you know my thoughts about the magazine.
I think that the ladies lead by president Taneisha Carr did an excellent job on the magazine. Any plus size woman will feel uplifted by reading the poems, fiction articles, and empowerment pieces. The modeling aspects of the magazine showcase ladies of size in different outfits, poses and styles.
Contributors to the magazine include lots of talented individuals. I was surprised and encouraged when I saw that Janey Milstead, former editor of the original BBW Magazine was involved. These ladies are serious about their magazine and appear to be very committed to its success. “Girl talk” a section of the magazine dedicated to reader submissions I think will end up being a solid foundation section as well as “Beautify me” a section devoted to makeup tips. One thing you will not have to worry about with is being bombarded with advertising. For a magazine of its size to have less than ten feature advertisers in my opinion is a good thing. I hope that this trend continues.
Though over all I love the magazine and everything that it represents there are a few areas that left questions in my mind. First I could not tell if the magazine is a girl power, fashion, or modeling magazine. It may be all three but I am not sure. Next, though I enjoyed the photos for my taste there were far to many. This may have been just something that will only be in the first issue only time will tell. The last sections that made me wonder are the poetry and featured hip hop angles. Though I am a long time fan of hip hop I feel that as a marketing tool by black owned companies is used so much that it detracts away from the bigger picture. I could be wrong in my assessments I am only one voice.
The website that is connected to the magazine is light on content it features reader submissions which is always a good thing. Maybe I will submit something to them who knows. Subscriptions to the magazine are available at $12 per year for 6 issues or $3.50 for a single issue. Overallis a bright spot in the world of magazines for plus size women. Hopefully as time goes on we will see more from the ladies that are behind the scenes working hard to put out a quality product.