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 Abbie Driscoll:

Sometimes, I’m really tempted to keep the things I am a fan of a secret. I’m selfish so when I discover awesome products or artists or projects, I feel like I have struck gold and I want to keep it all to myself.

But that’s dumb. Of course I want to share with you! So, welcome to Fangirl Fridays. I want to share with you something I love, in hopes that you will love it too.

And I am not skimping in any way for the first Friday, guys. One of my very favorite things is Darling Magazine.

It’s all the rage right now to talk about what it means to be feminine. There are a lot of movements and voices speaking out on the subject, some of them more sensible than others it seems. It is not an easy conversation to have, but I really believe Darling is getting something right.

Here is why I am such a huge fan of the magazine and the movement:

  • Because Darling does things with excellence. The magazine is beautiful, the photos are beautiful, the writing is beautiful. It is very clear to me that there is thought and intention behind every small and large decision that is made.
  • Because Darling is real, in several ways. Their #realnotretouched campaign challenges our photoshop-obsessed culture and encourages us to “deliberately choose to notice beauty in ourselves and call out the same in those around us.” Not only do they vow to never photoshop the models in their magazine, they are also real in even deeper ways. The contributors at Darling write about a whole variety of real life issues and they are not afraid to encourage conversation about difficult topics.
  • Because Darling is passionate about cultivating community.
  • Because Darling wants change. They believe that women are here for a purpose and that we have the ability to change ourselves and our culture for the better.
  • Because Darling believes in substance, but also doesn’t neglect the fact that women want to look good and know how to do trendy hairstyles and cook yummy recipes.

….I could honestly go on. But I’ll stop there and let you go check it out for yourself.

So glad you didn’t keep us to yourself, Abbie! Thank you for being such an advocate for the #DarlingMovement.

Image via Rachel Hostetler

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