Can you believe we’re on our tenth issue?

We are overjoyed to share this one with you. It’s a representation of more than just a labor of love, but over two years of readers who have joined in the #DarlingMovement to boldly and compassionately engage society in its discussion on femininity. In our latest #RealNotRetouched issue you will find themes of seeking the good and pushing back darkness, of choosing our will over emotion and seeing clearer than before.

Darling believes that when it’s in your power to do good, you should act. So in this spirit of action we are pleased to announce something very exciting in Issue 10. Read on below to find out what that is.


Inside The Hostess | a lesson in slowing down via the art of home canning.

With millions of women around the world enthralled by none other than the iconic image of a Mason jar, I wonder if we’ve forgotten what it is meant to symbolize.


Inside The Confidant | a look at the company we keep and how it can impact our lives. 

Is the attraction to certain friends a matter of chance and timing? Or is there a deeper scientific and psychological influence at play?


Inside The Confidant | an article by actress Jennifer Morrison on cultivating a legacy of positivity and encouragement.

Because all of us only know what we know, we often don’t know what we’re missing, but sometimes, we also don’t know what we have.


Inside The Stylist | a feature and photo shoot with Jacey Duprie of Damsel in Dior about the power of accessorizing an outfit.

Just remember the golden rule and take off one accessory before leaving the house!

Inside The Explorer | an article by the founder of Krochet Kids on their work in Uganda and Peru. 

 Over the past seven years, one of the most important lessons I have learned is this: we undermine and undervalue the skills and gifts we already possess.


Inside The Explorer | the exciting introduction of our new partnership with International Justice Mission. (More details on this to come!)

Darling Magazine is pleased to raise critical awareness about the issue of sex trafficking and to help fuel a movement that saves lives and protects vulnerable women and girls. In addition, we plan to joyfully donate proceeds to fund IJM rescue operations in the Dominican Republic.

Become a subscriber here to be among the first to receive Issue No. 10! (Please note that starting with this issue pre-ordering will be available for subscription holders only. Individual copies of the magazine will be available for purchase once shipping begins in early December.)

Cover photography by Emily Blake



  1. I am interested in finding out more about your magazine. l live in Australia and are friends with Mary Miller who told me about it. Many thanks


  2. Susanna,

    Editor in Chief Sarah Dubbeldam here. 🙂

    Thank you for your support of Darling the last few years, your impression of our topics inside the magazine are what we hope for!
    I was very disappointed to read your comment though because it makes me realize how deep the equalization with “thin” in our culture is to hatred of the “woman.” We have been brainwashed to see thin women only as competition or a reminder of something we “must become,” that anger is the first emotion we feel when exposed to a tall, thin girl. We have been taught to despise models in our hearts, hating them and not taking them seriously, not thinking they are a “real” women–which is exactly as damaging as the conversation around curvy women as well. Both are harmful, and we are trying to broaden the perspective and encourage everyone to look beyond the surface.
    I’d like you to think about Meg, our cover model deeper with me for a minute. Meg, is 17. She’s been 6′ 2″ and gangly since junior high and that’s exactly how she was made. She has a story and real life concerns we talked about on the drive up to the mountain–including how she’s trying to stand out in the modeling industry by being modest and saying “no” to anything scandalous. She’s from the south and the most humble, kind and servant hearted person we’d ever worked with and now a dear friend.
    To see people judging her with this cover release and how thin she is, how her hair is, how that outfit looks on her, really hurts me. I want to encourage our community to learn to present women such as her to younger girls not as “hey this is who culture says you should be,” but rather–“this is a girl and how she was made, and you are made unique too–and just as beautiful.” This is where the conversation will take a turn for better with women–when we learn to all honor one another as real, feeling people, worthy of respect. When we learn to love the beauty in others, not despise it or measure against it.
    Just FYI, we are doing a very curvy girl again for Spring!
    As far as the avant garde concern, Darling has and always will be very artistic in nature. I believe in art and fashion and makeup as a fun tool, not something manipulative. We like our covers to be more “fantastical” than “realistic” as you can see by past covers like a girl floating away with balloons–that’s not something the everyday woman does either but it evokes imagination. We didn’t want to cover Meg up with gear and a helmet but rather wanted her to look a little awkward and “out of the ordinary.” The ski suit was meant to nod to the quirkiness of the 60’s with the weird pattern. If you look inside, you will see our theme of “using your power for good,” and so that’s why her stance and body suit nods to that. It was all a creative vision, not meant to be like Vogue or anger anyone! Please don’t judge a book by it’s cover, 😉 the content is filled with a lot of life giving words. Please see my blog post tomorrow about this topic as well, I think this discussion is an important one!

  3. I have followed this magazine and blog for the last couple of years. The first physical Darling magazine I owned was the second issue–it the first winter edition. I continued to purchase the magazines for the next year. I stopped when I realized my need to make budgetary cuts somewhere once I was out of college. I still follow the blog with some regularity and often enjoy sharing some pieces with a small group of younger girls.

    In the past I admired that Darling was able to speak to me about both poise and power, intelligence and submission, along with other seemingly opposing traits. I found the content relatable yet challenging. Darling had struck a careful balance between ‘light’ pieces and more serious subjects.

    Darling commanded my respect and attention.

    I say all of this to impress on the fact that I dearly love the Darling movement and want to share it with other women, both older and younger than myself.

    When the cover photo for this issue was revealed, I was surprised and upset. While the photo and model are undoubtably beautiful and captivating, this isn’t a magazine that I want to share with women younger than myself.

    The cover is pandering to the ‘avant-garde’ crowd. It is the cover of Vogue-it is high fashion. Is that part of learning the art of being a woman?

    I cannot take this girl seriously. She is in a skintight bodysuit, her hair is teased, her make-up is perfect and she is about to go…where? Skiing down a mountain? She needs gear. She needs a helmet, goggles, a waterproof jacket. As she is, she does not look capable. She looks ridiculous.

    I am not trying to nit-pick anything. It is very easy to find fault in places that I have no hand in creating or putting together.
    But the depiction of this woman does not command my respect or attention or admiration. I do not want to share this with the younger women I teach every week. Nor with the pre-teen girls I used to nanny. We all see enough images like this every week–we do not need another elusive image of the perfect woman to compete with in our minds.

    I really do appreciate the vision of this magazine and I do believe Darling is doing good things for women.

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