Magazine for Young Girls is a bi-annual fashion and pop-culture magazine that aims to create a community of creatives for women who might be overlooked in current, dominant conversations regarding art, fashion, music and culture.
We recently conducted an interview with the founder and editor of Magazine for Young Girls, Wei Ting! Read on to learn more about the conception of the magazine.
Q1. Tell us what Magazine for Young Girls (MFYG) is all about, and your role in the production?
MFYG is an attempt at expanding the idea of femininity, to open up conversations and give space for debate around this; not necessarily to have an answer but to dive into ambiguity and exploration. Even though the title says “young girls”, it's more about someone’s inner spirit rather than their gender, ethnicity or age. Also, I hate that some of my super talented photographer friends don’t get published or not enough anyway. So I want to publish them myself.
Q2. What inspired you to create Magazine for Young Girls?
Too much angst and love for clothing and photography.
Q3. What was the pivotal moment where you decided 'I'm going to do this'?
I was really frustrated with the way lots of pop - media publications were framing young girls - assuming they are naive or they can’t be serious or complex and also the lack perspectives in one publication. I really like Op-Eds, I don't know why you don’t see that as much in fashion/cultural publications. (Although having said that System Magazine has this and does it WELL).
Q4. What has the process of developing the magazine been like for you?
Always feeling like it would never materialise. Exciting when I get to talk to people I admire or want to know more about - even more exciting when they find that my self-initiated project is meaningful to them.
Q5. How do you feel about the importance of being culturally authentic to each individual contributor?
It is the essence of what we try to do, although maybe more and more I think there’s no such thing and everything is a myth.
Q6. What do you hope to achieve through such a platform for girls and women?
I want to create a space where people can tell the stories they want in the way they want to.
Q7. Is there any specific reason for wanting to have the magazine in London and New York (excluding Singapore)?
I had connections in these regions, so for practical reasons.
Q8. What can the people take away or benefit from reading your magazine?
Would love to know how people see it actually! A common response is that they wished that they had a magazine like this when they were growing up or “I don’t know what this is but I like it”, I don’t know (ok, maybe I’m lying, I do know).
Q9. What do you hope for this magazine to grow into in the long run?
I would like this business to be self-sustaining and to create a supportive network of people around the world.
Q10. What are other publications, physical or digital, that have inspired you over the course of your creative journey?
I LOVE magazines. Some publications I want to shout about include Dizzy Mag, Apartamento and Vestoj. I love seeing independent magazines too. Like stuff from Neuro Fuzzy Press in Mexico. Illustration and fashion magazines inspire me loads. Some issues of Pop Magazine and Arena Homme +.The pivotal one for this publication in terms of style was Olive Magazine, the sister publication to the Japanese title Popeye. But I didn’t buy them as they were not available in Singapore, I looked at magazine scans on Tumblr or Livejournal/ @uou___cute on Instagram posts alot of their spreads too. When I was 15, it was Teen Vogue, Nylon and also this local free magazine called Juice. You used to be able to get them for free at Coffee Bean & Tea-leaf haha. Ruins Magazine by Christos, a friend of mine who lives in Athens who is very proud of where he comes from and what he’s into. Early issues of Purple magazine and The Face are publications I constantly look back to. IG accounts : @williamcult @newreadernet there’s so many!!! I can talk nonstop about this so I will end here. Thank you!
Magazine for Young Girls is available both in-store and online at The Moon.