Diverse spaces for women in print media are far and few, and mainstream female representation is often in the form of saturated glossies promoting homogenous and unattainable ideals. We can give praise and thank the Lord for publications, such as independent alternative women’s magazine, Typical Girls that aims to both create and promote positive representations of women by providing them with a platform to not only share artistic work, but individual experiences and their own narratives too.
Typical Girls was founded by gal-dem contributor Jamila Prowse and Chani Wisdom of the all-female radio station, 2MM. Since its launch in October 2015, the zine’s popularity amongst audiences searching for content from a fresh perspective has boomed, and has already been featured in i-D, Dazed & Confused and is set to feature in Nylon Japan later this month.
The first volume featured stories from artist and skater Eloise Dörr and hula hoop performer Marawa Wamp. Already out in Brighton, the highly anticipated vol.2, titled The Naked Issue launches in East London on 7th April at The Depot in Clapton, in collaboration with CCI Collective and Queen Mary University Visual Art Collective. The Naked Issue focuses on the female body and how women take ownership of how they present themselves both honestly and authentically. Features include Typical Girls in conversation with women working in and navigating in spaces on their own terms including our very own Editor-in-chief, Liv Little, creator of ROADFEMME, Zahra Swanzy and photographer Ronan McKenzie.
The Depot, 38 Upper Clapton Rd, London E5 8BQ
Thursday 7th April from 9pm until late
Because you need this magazine in your life. TG is marking out a diverse space for women within media and you can be a part of it too. You can welcome the weekend early with DJs (including Typical Girls’ Chani Wisdom). The event will involve an art exhibition featuring the work of vol.2 contributors and other artists responding to the theme of vol. You can also grab copies of vol.2 at a reduced price. Proceeds will be donated to Heart n Soul foundation, a charity devoted to bringing artistic expression to people with learning disabilities.
If you can’t make the event, you can still support TG – vol.2 can be bought at: