I knew from the moment I received the third issue of Got a Girl Crush magazine that I would love it. After all, it has a Tuesday Bassen illustration on the cover and interviews with Falconwright (ladies who produce leather goods) and the women of Stuff Mom Never Told You (a great, informative podcast). The publication is a mixture of interviews, photography, illustration, and personal essays. Just the right amount to keep you interested.
I enjoyed reading it from cover to cover and learning things about roller derby, the impressive Rena Tom, having 6 sisters, and more. Meg Wachter, one of the founders of Got a Girl Crush, was kind enough to speak with me about working collaborative, a dream interview, and then some!
For those who aren’t privy, can you briefly describe how Got a Girl Crush (blog, magazine) came to be? Was there an a-ha moment, or was it a natural progression of both your interests?
Andrea Cheng (in San Francisco, California) and I (in Brooklyn, New York) started Got a Girl Crush, the blog, in 2009 after crushing on each other’s tastes and interests via TUMBLR for some time. A lot of our own posts and re-blogs revolved around women doing awesome things, so naturally GAGC started as a catch-all blog for both of us to share our admiration for other awesome ladies. The magazine was born out of my having too much downtime/free-time as a freelancer and needed a creative project to pour myself into and, as a photographer, proved to be a great tool to approach women I admired that I wanted to photograph and get to know better.
A strength of Got a Girl Crush is all of the voices featured in it (from both interview and interviewees). How do you tie the whole issue together with so many different people?
The magazine has really turned into a venn diagram of connecting talented illustrators, photographers, writers with other inspiring, self-starting women. Sometimes it starts from picking someone to feature, other times it’s asking the creative ladies we’d like to be involved who they’re currently crushing. I think the overall tie that binds is the sisterhood of exploring what other women are doing to independently to empower themselves and others. Or just fucking doing it! Broadly speaking, media trains women to be envious or other women’s fame, wealth, bodies, etc. It’s obviously not healthy and it pits us against each other. We need to encourage and champion each other to recondition ourselves as women and the girls that look up to us. “Crush” is an interchangeable, all-encompassing power word.
What do you describe the prevailing themes of issue #3? I got the sense of duality, coupling, mirroring… is that something you were thinking about?
It’s funny you noticed that because really there’s never been an overarching theme…but sometimes it magically conspires that way! There has never been a set decision making process for the blog since it’s a collaboration across the country, but the magazine takes some more careful curation to keep it broad and well-balanced (as to not have too many ladies who are designers or musicians, etc). But I have been scheming on themes for future issues…