A Note From The Editor: We are very aware that the words we publish in this space and in our print issues have power. Even more so, we’re in awe of how your words, our dear Darling readers, keep us encouraged and motivated in the mission to redefine what true beauty looks like — in the media and in culture — so that all women everywhere can feel known, loved, whole and worthy. We want to start sharing these words with you as well, because YOU are the real voice and agent of change. 

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From Darling reader Sam Bassin:

I spent 20 dollars on a magazine. And, I’d do it again, darling.

Darling Magazine is a work of beautiful, beautiful art. The scrapbook junky in me wants to rip every thick-papered page from its bind and frame its poetry, illustrations, wholesome recipes, and words of genius wisdom. It’s everything I’ve looked for in various magazines at local drugstores and morning news stands, but without the ads, the cheap glossy-ness, and in-your-face materialism.

In reading this magazine, I’m struggling the same way I do with a novel I love. I want to finish all the pages and experience all the brilliance but I stall to savor and because I don’t want it to end (or have to wait until the next issue prints). I read every title, sub-title, outfit description and article.

The English major in me wants to revisit my senior year creative writing workshop for a show & tell. I’d read to each student the hit-heart story about addiction. And then I would talk about creativity and materialism and how they, contrary to popular belief, aren’t related in the least.

The staff — the raw talent — at Darling is magic. Or, at least I believe them to be. The photographs make my heart beat a little bit faster, the handwriting makes me want to toss my digital forms of note taking and sign up for a calligraphy class, the stories are proof that the human heart is so powerful and that life has so much soul.

Dear world, we need more of this.

We’re honored to share your words, Sam! You hit on everything we hope to communicate with the #DarlingMovement. Thank you for freely expressing what our publication means to you!

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