How to apply your make-up, ten tips for getting him to like you, what to wear when you’re pear-shaped… ah, magazines of my youth, thanks for the constant confidence crush.
When I was a teenager, these were the kind of articles I read. They filled the pages of glossy magazines and images of blonde-haired, white-teethed tanned teens stared up at me, selling me this message: if I just applied my lipgloss better, all my problems would be solved! For a six-foot, vaguely chubby, glasses-wearing nerd, there was nothing relatable in these magazines. I didn’t really care about ‘getting him to like me’. And I’ll dress how I want, thank you (does it have a novelty animal print on it? I’ll take two).
These magazines have taught generations of teenage girls that there’s not much for them to achieve beyond winning over a crush or learning how to french braid. I like a good contouring tutorial as much as the next girl, but I want more from my magazines than a focus on the superficial. However, if you stroll through the newsagency, there’s not a lot of options to pick-up when you’re young (or young at heart).
Enter Little Wren. It’s the creation of some of the coolest girls I’ve met - and I don’t mean cool like they sat with the popular girls at school, I mean cool like they have pom-poms on their socks and know how to spell AND can apply a pretty sweet 60s eyeliner. So if you (or any young people you know) are looking for a magazine that wants to inspire teenagers to not just know how to french braid, but also how to become an engineer, how to understand politics, and how to form their own opinions, pick up a copy of Little Wren.
The first edition (which includes a column from me) is in stores now, or you can check out their blog The Nest now.