From Allure (or Arise) to Z!nk I’m obsessed with magazines. My favorite thing to do on Sunday is to go down to my local Barnes & Noble and pick up a book and a couple of magazines. When abroad I head pass the cheesy tee shirts and straight for the magazine stand. My friends always know what to bring me back from a trip overseas. This has been my M.O. since childhood, rifling through my mother’s Home & Garden, Ebony, and Essence magazines. As a pre teen I was subscribed to American Girl, Girls’ Life, National Geographic Kids, and Nickelodeon Magazine (the cool kid’s Highlights). Then came Sassy, Jane, Seventeen, CosmoGirl, Teen People, and YM. Now, in my current rotation there is V, Elle, Complex, Hi Fructose and Marie Claire. I love Esquire. I still read Teen Vogue. I look forward to XXL’s Freshman Class issue. When I don’t roll my eyes at an Annie Leibovitz cover and another story about the Kennedy’s, I’ll pick up a Vanity Fair. Long list short I’ve read a bunch of magazines and have the stacks in my room and basement to prove it.
Being the seasoned magazine
hoarder enthusiast that I am, I can tell you that the one magazine I was sad to see go the most, was Suede. Doesn’t ring a bell you say? It’s because it only lasted about 4 issues. Suede was a fashion magazine who’s target audience was women of African, Latina, Asian, and Middle Eastern descent, as well as those who may have identified with all of the above. It contained beautiful fashion shoots, a fresh layout, and insightful articles all years ahead of its time (they even had a story on Barack Obama pre Presidential bid!). Suede was a wonderful magazine and I was heartbroken when it ceased production after such a short time. Which is why it was love at first sight when I first laid eyes on this beauty:
Model: Amanda Shot By: Tuso Boothe
Meet Hue Magazine. Isn’t she gorgeous?! Hue is the brain child and Senior Thesis of Syracuse University student Sadé Muhammad. Sadé explains her vision: “The concept of Hue was born out of me seeing no magazines that spoke to all women of color at one time. You have Essence, Latina, etc – but nothing that speak all at the same time…The idea is to merge native culture with American modernity to represent the experience of so many women in this country. But it also has a broader appeal. It’s a lifestyle mag that has stories in fashion, beauty, health, business, love, [and] fitness.”
Before you rush out for your own copy, As I was ready to, you can’t find Hue on newsstands just yet. Not to worry, Sadé has plans to eventually turn Hue into a reality for women across the globe. I for one cannot wait to add this to my growing collection.
Follow Hue on twitter @HUEMag