Cover: Whistles Maxine lace evening dress in Navy (gift)
I was thrilled to be asked to be the covergirl and main interview for the second issue of Blogosphere Magazine, (out in digital now, and in print this weekend) a new publication designed to highlight bloggers and their sites. We had great fun on the shoot a few weeks ago here in London, with photographer David Mitchell, and stylist Chloe Beeney. I wore clothes from my own wardrobe, and Chloe put the looks together, whilst I was interviewed by editor-in-chief Audley (her publishing pseudonym.)
The reasoning behind the magazine, which is available as both print (£4) and digital (£2), is that there isn’t really anywhere to go that provides an edit of interesting blogs to follow, that one might not have already discovered.
They have appointed a group of section editors in food, fashion, lifestyle, beauty, recipe, travel and photography, all of whom blog themselves – for example the excellent Chris Pople of food blog Cheese and Biscuits, whose jobs are to curate a group of five blogs each issue. The featured bloggers then submit a piece that highlights their site.
There are also features on blogger-related subjects such as copyright law. I also like the focus on illustration, and that 10% of revenue from each issue goes to charity: I nominated The MS Trust this time.
I’ve blocked out the text above: you’ll need to buy a copy to read the story but, as a taster, never one to miss a chance to jump on my favourite hobby horse, I was very pleased to see that my thoughts on blogging and female role models made it to print.
“We run an editorial on the blog ‘A day in the life of’ which is solely designed to create great female role models; entrepreneurs who have built their own businesses…to show young women what they can do without getting their tits out.”
A self-professed feminist, “my Facebook page says if you like pink roses, sausage dogs and feminism then you’re in the right place”, it is the relationship between women and blogs over which Sasha creates the most noise:
“I’m not a fan of people creating really bad models for young women” – she says her eyes narrowing passionately -“bloggers who create fantasy lifestyles and don’t disclose what’s been comp’d, bloggers who eat really fatty foods while claiming to be nutrition experts, bloggers who make young women feel insecure because they haven’t achieved what you’ve done. It’s antithetical to what blogging is supposed to be – blogging is supposed to be an open platform.”