Interview with the editor of Pictorial Project: How she created the biggest fashion project of Korea

My 6 centimeter heels pounding on the hot pavement of the thriving Apgujeong neighborhood in Gangnam with its upbeat music blasting out of clothing stores on every block, I frantically adjusted my tattered plaid blouse and military-style jacket, cursing as I tried to wipe a smudge of Nesquik chocolate milk off my tights. I remember muttering “Oh **** Konni stop being so unprofessional,” every two minutes as I ran into a small path packed with indie clothing stores and Korean makeup shops and finally got to Coffee Arco, where I was supposed to meet Dahee Jung, the editor of the Korean fashion magazine Pictorial Project. (For those of you that don’t know, Pictorial Project is Korea’s biggest independent fashion photography project magazine.)

Having taken two crazy taxi rides to get there straight after class, my once neatly-combed hair was looking like a mound of garden weed and I could feel my makeup clinging off my sweat(gross, I know. Note to self-please, please bring a mirror to next interview meeting). Anyhow, I had gotten there, and as I took a deep breath and scanned the vintage-style cafe for the slim, dressed-in-black, mysterious-looking, twenty-something Pictorial Project magazine editor I had met back at the 5th Korea Style Week, I saw her in the corner, reading the latest issue of Avenue magazine with a cold latte in hand.

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Absolutely stunning.

In her 4th year of university, she’s already the editor of a fashion magazine.

Unlike me, Dahee ‘unni’(a Korean term used when a girl refers to an older girl) was calm and poised, and I thought, “That’s how I wanna be when I go to university”-chic, independent, and open to new talent and new ideas(in this case, myself, as a young fashion blogger in the Korean fashion scene). Clumsily taking out my papers and voice recorder, I smiled nervously and started to ask Dahee unni about Pictorial Project and her fashion career journey.

“I knew I loved fashion, but I was skeptical of whether I had any real talent, so I made Pictorial Project to test my limits.”

PP was born in 2013 on Facebook! Dahee unni got together with about 40 people on Facebook who were interested in her personnel recruit post. Hearing this, I obviously had to ask-HOW? Unni, how did you get 40 people to work for your project when you were completely new to the industry? To this she replied, “Although we have an overflow of fashion projects right now, at the time there weren’t many project group businesses in the fashion field to begin with, so we had a fresher approach. I thought, ‘There must be other people out there with dreams similar to mine who are looking for that certain confirmation to carry on.’ ” What I found interesting about Pictorial Project as a magazine is that it didn’t actually start out as a magazine! Yup, that’s right-it wasn’t supposed to be a magazine, but rather a collection of photos that Dahee unni and her team of friends had worked on. Literally, a ‘Pictorial’ ‘Project’.

“And then we started to get offers from bookstores like Kyobo(the biggest bookstore line in Korea) that wanted to sell our stuff,”

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Volume 4 of Pictorial Project recently got completely sold out in bookstores in Korea, and now Pictorial Project is on a two-month renewal in order to provide their readers with even more artistic goodness. When I asked about it, Dahee unni calmly explained that ever since the start of Pictorial Project, so many other project-based fashion groups have been on the rise, and all of them have started converging toward the same theme and the same goal. After the 2-moth renewal period, Pictorial Project will be back with Volume 5, and there will be more copies for a wider range of readers(D:”My original targeted reader base was people already working in the field, but most of our actual sales are made by high school or university students who are pursuing a future in the fashion industry.”), and start being distributed as a web-zine too. However, the original overall style of the magazine will not be changing any time soon, says Dahee unni- “Pictorial Project doesn’t really have one main style. We’re just a mix of a bunch of things from different designers and photographers, and as a team we’re all about respecting everyone’s individuality. I think it’s what makes us unique!”

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“FASHION X ART: We care about artistic sensitivity, more than anything.

“We focus on blending fashion and art together, rather than just showing readers what the latest trend is and what they should wear this season. I guess you could say we literally are more of a pictorial than an actual fully-functioning magazine. Also, we don’t usually work with brands or designers that are already super-famous. We work mainly with independent designers that are new to the fashion scene, to give them a platform to showcase their work.”

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‘What if a vegetarian works at the butcher’s?’

“I try to create fresh, original images based on the most random, craziest ideas. For example, one day I might wake up and think, ‘What if a vegetarian works at the butcher’s?’ and voila, there’s my next photoshoot. But then again I must admit that you can never truly create images that people have never ever seen before; different images go round and round and we see similar things again and again like with trends. It’s just a new individual perspective on the image.”

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Dahee unni at work

“Passion pay”

a Korean term to describe receiving little or no pay for one’s work;

a term recently increasingly used to describe the Korean fashion industry

“I used to get a few people here and there being worried for my future, questioning how I was going to make money with just fashion. The fashion industry is infamous for being tough; lots of people start off at the bottom of the ladder and get paid measly amounts of money. ‘Passion pay’ in Korea was also recently a huge issue… but I don’t think anyone around me really was totally against me working in the fashion industry. Everyone that knows me knows I’m an energetic, active person who likes to roam around and work.”

Near the end of our interview, we shared a lot of ideas about the Korean fashion industry (since we’re both a part of it). I couldn’t help but nod enthusiastically, once again realizing the importance of having a clear outlook on the fashion industry to be successful in it. She said, I think the Korean fashion industry is the most interesting in the world. We’re so extremely sensitive to the latest trends and what other people are wearing, so people tend to consume fashion extremely fast, even though we’re not even one of the 5 major global fashion districts. The problem here is that when people consume fast, they’re also quick to throw clothes away. So many people buy cheap clothes from indie brands or street stores and get rid of them when they go out of style. No one seems to wear anything for a long time, like people used to do in the past.”

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“You mean magazines like Vogue, Cosmo, Elle, and W?”

Dahee unni sipped the last of her iced latte, smiling with her eyes, as I asked her about her views on mainstream magazines. I was genuinely curious of what someone who ran an artistic, individuality-based magazine would think of magazines that are targeted toward a more ‘popular’ and trend-based audience. Dahee unni was surprisingly very positive about all types of magazines, and I listened in awe, thinking ‘that’s how I want to be when I grow up’.

ME: “The fashion industry, especially the magazine sector, is under fire for promoting unrealistic body images and lookism standards, and I sometimes have friends that look down on fashion magazines because of their ‘lack of quality content’. What’s your stance on the whole issue?”

DAHEE UNNI: “You mean magazines like Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and W? I used to buy them and read through them when I was a kid and it would be really confusing. I would read a column in Vogue and be like, ‘the parade of a facade of luxury based on the latest trend which is… err what?’ And then I’d pick up a Cosmo and it would have so many different articles about different topics from celebrity gossip to a sophisticated piece on traditional Chanel eyeliner on the Paris runway and I’d never know what to read. But my thoughts changed completely after becoming an editor of a magazine myself. I began to understand fashion magazines properly. I think that while Vogue tends to stick to a certain concept or theme, Cosmopolitan also has it’s own style and it’s own story to tell. Every magazine shows what they can express best, and sometimes that just happens to be in line with modern beauty standards or the latest trends. And plus, there are lots of types of magazines… If you’re still young and need to read Vogue Girl but you’re reading Avenue, then you’re not really going to get much out of it. Similarly, if you want to see alternative artsy styles, you don’t look for it in Cosmopolitan.”

ME: “Hmm. That’s actually a really interesting point of view. So you don’t think there are any drawbacks with current..mainstream magazines?”

DAHEE UNNI: “Well, as a person who reads about five different magazines every month, I think there’s definitely a situation where each magazine is failing to be unique. Magazines that are more commercial tend to all have similar content, like what the latest trends are, how to get the guy/girl, what the latest beauty tips and tricks are, etc. I reckon it’s because magazines nowadays are desperate to fill up quantity, to make it sell.”

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The Pictorial Project team working on a photoshoot

“You’re doing it wrong, you’re going to fail,”

To wrap up the interview, I asked Dahee unni for a bit of personal advice on how to make in the fashion world.

ME: “Since I go to a foreign language high school, some around me are surprised when I tell them I’m going to be a fashion magazine editor because it’s an uncommon dream for someone in my situation. Some people even tell me not to pursue fashion! What should I do?”

DAHEE UNNI: “I think that times have changed A LOT since the last generation. People used to have to follow the ‘regular’ route to success, and if they worked hard enough, everything would work out fine. But that’s really not the case anymore. We’re in an era where success isn’t determined by the amount of effort you put into following the traditional path to success; it just simply cannot be determined. There are too many variables in today’s society. The line between professionals and non-professionals is unclear, and talent is everywhere. For example, to become a fashion magazine editor, you used to have to start from the bottom of the fashion industry, doing basic labor, and become an assistant, and then if any slots were open for writers you’d work hard again to become a writer, and ultimately an editor. But I didn’t do that-I just did my own thing, even though people would often tell me, ‘you’re doing it wrong, you’re going to fail.’ I think that in today’s world, you need to do what you love because it’s not going to work any other way. If you do something you don’t truly love, you’re going to be beaten by the people who are in that field of work because they really love it and are competent. Plus, I’d personally say ‘do what you love, and money will come naturally.’ ”

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Back to the start: I first met Pictorial Project at the 5th Korea Style Week.

They had a partnership with Korea Style Week and their own booth.

Thank you to Pictorial Project and Dahee unni : )

The story of how I fell asleep and missed my interview with Pixie Lott

Hey readers,

I feel like, because it’s hard to find an avid fashion blogger my age in Korea, lots of people tend to think I must be an incredibly amazing blogger. The thing is, whether I’m interviewing America’s Next Top Model models, hosting collaboration projects, or talking to magazine editors, I slip up a lot. And I mean A LOT.

For example, the other day I was supposed to be interviewing Pixie Lott, but I FELL ASLEEP AND MISSED IT.

Yep, you read that correctly. I just literally could not attend the online webinar BECAUSE I WAS FRIGGIN SLEEPING. IN MY BED. And this is THE PIXIE LOTT we’re talking ’bout here.

So here’s what happened. Recently I found a blogger community newsletter in my heap of emails. There was a link to attend the online Q&A session with Pixie Lott, hosted by the brand Magnitone. Of course, being a Pixie Lott fan, I applied. As I waited in anxiety and anticipation, I received an email informing me that I’d made it; that I’d been chosen to participate in the exclusive live webinar session with Pixie Lott. At that point I could practically imagine the looks of utter shock and admiration on people’s faces when they found out about it. Tingling with excitement, I posted this on facebook.

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And people were in awe, as I’d expected.

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I was too busy basking in the glory of being the first person among my friends to be able to exclusively interview someone as famous as Pixie Lott, that at first I did not realize that the Q&A session was in three hours. I was probably the last person put on the list.

I honestly freaked out when I read the words ‘Reminder: the exclusive Q&A session with Pixie Lott is in three hours(4AM)!’ in my business inbox. I’d been studying at school until 10PM that day, I was tired, I needed a shower and a nice few hours of sound sleep. A short internal conflict occurred in my head-should I stay up until 4AM and talk to Pixie Lott, or should I just forget it and get some sleep? After a split second, I decided that the former would definitely have to happen, because, who knows, this could be my big break, right? You never know in the blogging world.

So I drank my coffee, washed my face, and sat at my desk to prepare myself for the painful three hours of cruel, wearisome waiting in anticipation and irritation from severe sleep deprivation that were to come. I did everything to keep myself awake. After all, I couldn’t let my readers(you guys) down, and my friends were counting on me to nail this Q&A session and tell them all about it.

AND THEN guess what I did. I got a little drowsy, so I thought, ‘just 5 minutes…yes…I’ll just close my eyes for just, just…5 minutes’, and then I WENT TO MY BED. Now there’s one thing you need to know about my bed-it’s the coziest, softest, most sleep-inducing patch of space on planet Earth. It’s truly a fine bed. And as I lay down, I kept telling myself, ‘Everything will be fine… I’m sure I’ll get up before 4…’ BUT NO.

NO, NO, NO. JUST. NO. I DID NOT get up before 4. In fact I did not get up at all until the clock struck 7:10 AM. I opened my eyes, got straight up, stared at the clock, rubbed my eyes, then stared some more. The clock definitely said 7:10. I panicked for a while, even thinking, ‘well..well…maybe the webinar isn’t over! Maybe I’ll still get to talk to Pixie…’ But I regained my logical thinking skills, muttered some bad language about how I was such an idiot(WHICH I WAS), and went back to bed, because, you know, maybe it was just a big bad dream(which it wasn’t).

And that’s my story of how I almost, just almost, interviewed Pixie Lott. My friends were totally bummed when I told them, of course. My mother just laughed at me. I was mad at myself for a while but then, oh well.

This post was supposed to be about my almost-happened interview with Pixie Lott, but since it didn’t happen, here’s my reflection on the whole situation.

Thinking back now, firstly, I’m beginning to realize it’s not that big of a deal. #YOLO. Just kidding. That hashtag is overused. But seriously though, take that in for a moment-You Only Live Once. If I only live once, I wanna make mistakes, especially while I’m still young. I’m only human. There’s no point dwelling on the past and getting angry all over again. It’s a waste of precious time. Secondly, while I do need to forgive myself and move on, I also need to learn from my mistakes. Me missing the interview chance was totally my fault. I cannot blame anyone else for it since it was just the result of me being an idiot. Blogging and tackling school work all at once is turning out to be harder than I thought, and I do struggle. However, since I made the conscious choice to continue on with my blogging career, I need to start being more responsible for it. I need to improve my time management, primarily.

I also need to focus on the essence of my blogging. I always told myself that I didn’t want to be the type of fashion blogger that just posts photos of Chanel and Givenchy, accepting unhealthy fashion ideals and passing selling them on to the public as if those standards are the ultimate rules of fashion, conforming to trends without critical thinking. However, these days I often find myself thirsty for opportunities with famous, popular people that might give me my ‘big break’. It’s ridiculous, I know. I need to focus on my writing; my posts, which express my true colours and insights, and stop floating above my conscience, swimming on the edge of glamour and undeserved fame. This is my confession and promise to you guys that from now on I’ll remind myself each day of why I’m staying up this late(or NOT staying up, in the case of how my Pixie Lott interview went down, haha) and take myself to the beginning whenever I feel like I’m becoming too obsessed with the shallow glittery stuff. Because I believe I can make a positive change and contribute to the development of self-expression.

I love you guys. Thank you.

Interview with YouTube star Motoki Maxted

Hey readers : D

Here I am with another wonderful interview post. This time I got the chance to talk to the YouTube star Motoki Maxted. I’m a huge fan of his channel, and I bet a lot of you guys are too (or will be in the very near future). Motoki is seventeen (the same age as me) but it’s quite hard to believe because he’s so much more mature and self-actualized than I am.
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(Konni: K, Motoki: M)

K: Why did you start making YouTube videos?

M: I watched Ryan Higa’s (nigahiga) videos for a couple of years and thought he was one of the coolest people ever. After finding him, I watched others like Kevin Wu (KevJumba) and Mitchell Davis (livelavalive) and loved everything about what they did. I’ve always been interested in anything TV/Film related so I tried out what they did in hopes that I could put a smile on anyone’s face that watched one.

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(image above: Nigahiga!)

K: When I first started my blog, people were making fun of it and telling me it was useless(Now they’re all super supportive!). Motoki, how did your family/friends react to your videos at first? Was everyone supportive?

M: My friends have always been pretty low-key supportive. Someone will once in awhile tell me they liked the latest video or ask when the new one coming out. My parents on the other side have never been that supportive. They don’t fully understand how it all works and always tell me to do other things instead. It kinda sucks cause it’s hard to explain to them how important it all is and how successful I am at it.

K:  How do you feel about being exposed(in terms of personal information/your face being known) online?

M: It’s pretty awesome, I’m not too much of an attention seeker but when it comes by itself, makes me feel cooler than I probably am haha.

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K:  What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever told you? : )

M: I don’t really get too many weird comments, some that stick out usually just talk about my eyebrows or lips in detail.

K: Have you ever been to South Korea? What’s your impression of Korea and why?

M: Sadly no. From what I’ve seen of South Korea, it’s hella hip and I would love to visit sometime. I used to watch some Korean shows and listen to Kpop so I already like a lot of things about Korean culture.

K: What do you think of the current fashion industry?

M: I’m really digging the way a lot of stores have started to make the transition into simplistic designs and that kinda resemble older styles.

K: Are you fashionable?

M: I try to be whenever I’m not too lazy to look good. Stores like H&M and Forever 21 are my favorite places to hit up.

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K: If you had to choose between having a job you’re passionate about but being totally broke and having a well-paying job and being a billionaire, what would your choice be?

M: I’d be a billionaire, save up, quit, then I could do the things I’m passionate about.

K: What are you scared of?

M: Rapists

K: What makes you cry?

M: Kim Jung Un.

K: If you weren’t born into the environment you’re in now, and you were born in a random place somewhere on this planet, what do you think you would have grown up to be by now?

M: Probably not, everything in my life led up to where I am now I’m am glad it did.

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Reader-submitted Question: What kind of women are you attracted to?

M: The ones that breath.

Reader-submitted Question: Are you a virgin?

M: Yup, I try to stay away from relationships ’cause they take up time I could be spending online lol.

That’s all for today! If you liked this interview, don’t forget to like, comment, and follow. To like or comment on this post, just click the title of this post, then scroll down. You’ll see the Comment box and Like button at the end of the post.

Here’s a big Thank You to Motoki for doing the interview. : ) Click here to check out his Facebook page.

Have an amazing day filled with happiness.

Interview with editor of Kimi Magazine, Ciara Rose

Hey readers : )

Today I’m proud to introduce the lovely Ciara, who runs Kimi Magazine. Besides being one of the best magazines in the world, Kimi Magazine is a magazine that’s different from your average magazine- all its profit goes to an organization called ‘Eating Disorders Victoria’ in Australia. Kimi promotes new talent(artists, models, musicians etc), a healthy lifestyle, and healthy standards. Ciara has done incredible work for Kimi Magazine, and has helped and inspired people to love themselves for their own individuality. She’s my newest role model and I can guarantee that you guys will also look up to her after reading this interview. So bring your friend, sister, brother, parents, or whoever else you think needs some inspiration and warmth right now, and without further ado, let’s begin!

(Kimi Magazine’s website:http://www.kimimagazine.com/)

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(image above: the cover of the premiere issue(issue #1) of Kimi Magazine.)

(K:Konni, C:Ciara)

K: Hi Ciara! First of all, introduce us to Kimi Magazine!

C: Hello Konni, lovely to meet you!
Kimi Magazine is a fashion, culture, music and art magazine that aims to evoke positivity and warmth in its readers. All our pages are colourful and bright, all our stories are optimistic yet realistic, and intend to lift your mood. And most importantly, all our models are healthy in mind and body. We sell copies for $15 each, and 100% of the proceeds earned are injected into the budget of the amazing team at Eating Disorders Victoria. Every donation counts!

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K: Why did you start Kimi Magazine? What got you inspired to make Kimi?

C: I had the idea for a couple of years before I began the project, because it was only last year when I first realized that I’d saved enough funds to get it started! One of my closest friends has been in and out of psychiatric wards suffering from an eating disorder since we were 9. The wards have white walls with little colour, and to my horror, most of the girls were reading mainstream fashion magazines and watching Next Top Model! I understand that many people like these shows/zines, but they aren’t going to help these sick patients recover. So I went to buy my best friend a fashion magazine that used realistic, non-photoshopped models and had stories that didn’t mention ‘calories’ or ‘bikini bodies’ … and noticed that there were none. Why? I thought. Why can’t there be a fashion magazine using a range of models? Why can’t there be a fashion magazine with only minimal and necessary editing? Why can’t there be a fashion magazine that has recipes that aren’t focused on weight loss? Why can’t there be a fashion magazine that you can read, start to finish, without feeling like you’re not good enough? Something had to be done… and from that day onward, I had decided that no matter how much effort, cost, tears or stress it would require, I would do it myself.

(K: I truly admire your passion and great heart. You’re a wonderful role model to this generation. Faith in humanity restored!)

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(Model: Stefania Ferrario. Photographer: Georgia Wiggs. Make-up: Pip Davies. Stylist: April Montgomery. Kimi Magazine.

LEFT-before image retouching, RIGHT-after image retouching. This photo shows how minimal Kimi’s photoshop retouching is. Unlike a lot of other magazines that rely on airbrush and photoshop to create inhumanly-perfect images of skinny girls without a single blemish on their skin, Kimi Magazine does not alter the model’s physical features at all. They simply make the image brighter and clearer, so that it’s suitable to be published.)

K: What are your prospects for the future of Kimi?

C: I believe the media has a hugely harmful impact on young girls (and increasingly, boys!), jeopardising their wellbeing. This extract, from the EDV(Eating Disorders Victoria) website, is rather alarming:

“In 1998, 38 months after television first came to Nadroga in Fiji, 15% of girls [aged 17 on the average] admitted to vomiting to control weight. 74% of girls reported feeling “too big and fat” at least sometimes. Fiji has only one TV channel, which broadcasts mostly American, Australian, and British programs.”

This, and masses of other evidence, is irrefutable – our media is greatly influencing our ideas of beauty in a negative manner, and it is about time somebody took a stand. Cue Kimi – a project that I’ve been hoping can act as a light at the end of the dark tunnel we’ve been trapped in for so long. I want Kimi to grow in sales, not only for the charity’s sake, but so our message can reach a wider audience. Owning a piece of untainted media could have a huge impact with some expansion… Hopefully, this will give us more of a shot at opposing the intentionally confidence-crushing magazines that have flooded our mainstream media.

(K: Again, I’m touched… I hope you achieve all of that, so that more people can break free from the negative influence of the media.)

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(from a Kimi Magazine editorial with models from “Plus size” agency BELLA Models. Photographer: Dennys Ilic. Models: Claryssa and Belle at BELLA. Hair and makeup: Kat Desouza. Stylist: Brittany Hendriks. Post: ISKA.)
K: Now tell us about YOU, Ciara! How old are you, what are you studying/what did you study, where did you grow up..?

C: I am 21 years old, from Melbourne in Australia (it’s true – the weather is crazy, four seasons in one day!). I am currently studying my third year of a Bachelor of Youth Work at Victoria University.
Whilst I was fortunate enough to grow up in the middle class and attend a private school, I never associated with the materialistic attitudes adopted by many of the people around me. Though I was in a wealthy household, my dad in particular ensured that my sister and I earned our own money from a very young age. I started waitressing at his restaurant when I was 13, and am very grateful for the work ethic that has been ingrained in me. My mum has also been very influential – she is currently nursing for an Indigenous community, which involves leaving the city to live in isolation for weeks at a time. Her generosity and selflessness has undoubtedly had a very formative impact on me.

K: What’s the most important thing to keep in mind when picking an outfit to wear?

C: “Does the outfit reflect YOU?” – definitely the most important thing to keep in mind! Wearing an outfit that is not “you” is, in my opinion, very easy to see, as the person in question will not look 100% comfortable. Whilst I hire stylists for my photoshoots, I will ensure that they choose clothing that reflects who the model is, and NEVER have them dressed in anything outside of their comfort zone… Hence the importance of meeting all my models before hiring them. I can get a vibe for who they are and take note of their individual style. But most importantly, it helps me guarantee that they’re a lovely human being who I will be proud to feature in this project. These are the models that really glow in any outfit, and this is illustrated in the editorials!

K: Why is fashion important?

C: Fashion is, or should be, who we are inside expressed outwardly… allowing us to embrace what makes us unique, to show the world a little something about ourselves. My best friend and I have similar style – we love clashes in textures and layers… we love beads and sequins… we love daggy, patterned jumpers that are three sizes too big… we love secondhand and pre-loved pieces… we love jewelry (that we generally make for each other!).

We are both very imaginative and creative people, who feel nostalgia for our childhood days of stick-on earrings, friendship bracelets and overalls… When fairy dresses weren’t a “costume”, but a perfectly acceptable item of clothing we could (and would!) wear five times a week.

 

(preview of desginer Dorothy & Evelyn. Photographer: Alex McKay. Model: Em at Maverick. Makeup: Jacki Botans. Kimi Magazine.)

K: What do you think teenage girls these days need the most? What piece of advice do you have for us?

C: Teenagers are under so much stress on a daily basis. Parents, teachers, fellow peers and the media are just some of the many sources of pressure and standards. They dictate how we’re meant to look, what we’re meant to desire, who we’re meant to be… It can really take away our sense of individuality.
My suggested solution is embodied in my life motto: “Whatever floats your boat, without sinking someone else’s.” What I mean by that is, do whatever makes you happy, so long as it doesn’t require the sacrifice of somebody else’s wellbeing. Look how you want, dress how you’d like, act as you please – if it makes you happy and doesn’t create unhappiness for anyone else, then there’s no harm done! Follow the beat of your own drum! And anyone who criticises you for something that doesn’t impact them or anyone else in a negative manner is NOT the kind of person you need in your life. It sounds simple and yes, easier said than done, but it’s really the most personal advice I have. It’s worked for me! I’m the happiest I’ve ever been since I’ve started staying true to this motto 🙂

K: You featured some musicians in Kimi… I’m just curious, what kind of music are you into?

C: Whilst growing up, my mum and dad were kind enough to introduce me to a range of music that I still love to this day! My favourites would have to be Bjork and Jeff Buckley, probably because I not only fell in love with their music, but also deeply respect who they are and what they stand for. I also adore David Sylvian, who I think is one of the most underrated musicians of all time!

K: What did you want to be when you were a little girl?

C: My first career choice was a forensic pathologist! That seems quite gory for a little girl, but I was always very curious and loved a good mystery. My sister and I read the Goosebumps books, watched Scooby Doo, and were obsessed with our favourite boardgame – Cluedo! (I was always Miss Scarlett and she was always Miss Peacock, or the game would not begin.)

(K: Haha : ) I remember being too scared to read the Goosebumps series…)

K: What do you think of Konni Kim Designs?

C: Konni, I think you are wonderful. Especially taking interest in a project on the other side of the globe, and going out of your way to help us spread the word. I have been eager to talk more about Kimi on a larger scale, and you are the first platform I have been offered. So a thousand times, thank you! 🙂

(K: That’s so sweet, Ciara! Thank you so much. You really inspire me and I think you’re a wonderful person. I hope to be a great woman like you someday!)

K: Are you fashionable?

C: Fashion is in the eye of the beholder, so I have no idea how to answer this! To those who like eccentric, eclectic fashion then yes, I suppose so. But my style wouldn’t be ideal for those who opt for the chic and sleek, like my sister (studying her Masters of Architecture) – she gravitates towards structured clothing in shades of mainly blacks or greys, and looks really elegant and classy in everything she wears. My style would not suit her, just as her style would not suit me, as our outfits reflect who we are (polar opposites!). It’s all a question of preference.

(K: I completely agree.)

K: What’s your average day like? Are you very organized and busy, or do you tend to lounge around and get inspiration from random things?

C: I am very busy all the time, and I couldn’t have it any other way! Last year I decided to join my certificate and diploma degree together to save myself a year of study; this meant I was at university Tuesday nights, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Friday mornings and every 3rd Saturday – on top of that, I had to fit in 250 volunteer hours to complete my course. Fridays and Saturdays when most people are going out, I would be working til early morning, as that’s the only hours I could fit in a job… And the little spare time that remained after that hectic schedule, I spent on the Kimi project! But this lifestyle is my choice – I love positively contributing to society. The rare day when I don’t do anything productive, I really don’t feel like myself!

(Photographer: Georgia Wiggs. Food stylist: Christabell McDonald. Model: Oats the Rabbit! Kimi Magazine.

The rabbit is adorable!! The food is making me hungry…)

K: Are you an artist?

C: I am a musician, if that counts! I used to study the Bachelor of Music at Victorian College of the Arts, and also started a diploma of jazz piano at Ballarat University. Whilst I love and miss studying music, I am much happier continuing it as a hobby, as pursuing youth work is my true calling.

(preview of featured artist Brian Cheung on Kimi Magazine.)

K: What is one item in your wardrobe that you just NEED to have and can’t ever throw away?

C: Since I am a sentimental person, it would have to be the sparkly blue scarf that my best friend knitted me for my 21st birthday whilst she was in hospital… I used it for a feature in issue one, you can spot the musician Asami wearing the beautiful scarf in some of the shots!

K: What were you like when you were seventeen?

C: At 17, I was very scattered in terms of my goals and dreams. I knew I wanted to end up in a career that would be humanitarian, but had NO idea what to specialize in! Whilst I had known Amelia since birth (our mothers were friends before we were born), she moved away to Albury, and it wasn’t til 4 years ago that we became close again. It was during this time, witnessing her struggles and her strength firsthand, that I decided I wanted to contribute to the field of Eating Disorders. Visiting various wards on a daily or weekly basis opened my eyes to a myriad of deficiencies in the system; these realizations crystallized into certainty of what wrongs I wanted to right in this world. She is constantly my inspiration, whether we’re seeing each other every day or whether we haven’t caught up in months. Her brave endeavors are the reason I’ve evolved from a confused 17 year old into a confident and passionate adult.

(K: I’m so happy for you! Please keep up the awesomeness so that people like me can continue to learn from you and be inspired.)

K: Who is your girl crush/idol?

C: I absolutely love Robyn Lawley, an Australian “plus size” model. As well as being breathtakingly beautiful and a dedicated health advocate, she is very intelligent and politically educated. You can see pictures of gorgeous Robyn in an article for issue one!

Aaand that’s a wrap, guys! : D

I hope you enjoyed this interview-I DEFINITELY did. Ciara is such a talented young woman, and I was head over heels in joy when she agreed to do the interview for my blog. It was such a pleasure to talk to her and learn more about Kimi Magazine and about her life and philosophy. So here’s a massive THANK YOU! to Ciara for sharing her insights and thoughts and providing us with such thoughtful answers.

My dream used to be to ‘be the editor of a glamorous fashion magazine’. Ciara inspired me to change that dream to: ‘be the editor of a fashion magazine that can actually support people of all sizes, both genders, and of any racial background, promote healthy standards and mindsets, and inspire people to just love themselves!’ 

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-Konni

Past trends of 2013 -A walk down memory lane

SPRING/SUMMER

The 2013 Spring/Summer scene was all about cool. Not feminine and girly and vulnerable, but cool and unique.

01 3.1 Phillip Lim, Spring 2013

02Taylor Swift

Remember how everyone was wearing quirky sunglasses?

We were all trying to keep our baby pink, girly-girl side aside for a bit.

There were all sorts of unisex-looking pieces on the runway, from Bermuda shorts to short suits.

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I personally love, love, LOVED it! I really enjoy turning down the ladylike-ness and just being laid-back and looking cool.

The patterns this spring were very ‘loud’, too. The colors clashed and bold stripes ruled the runway.

Black and white were in style again.

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(image above)My FAVORITE piece from the Chanel 2013 Spring collection.

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(image above) My favorite model of all time, Cara Delevingne, at Chanel 2013 Spring.

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A few slits on the clothes here and there to show off some skin seemed to be trendy.

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(image above)Summer 2013 Fashion Trends

Notice the popping colors-bright red, bright yellow, bright green, and the big trousers and suits. And the sporty dresses.

FALL/WINTER

The bold look and the laid-back comfy look stayed on the runway in the later months of the year.

We could still see the big, slouchy trousers. But there was also some new stuff- beanies, high boots, classic patterns etc.

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(Images above) ICB by Prabal Gurung, BCBG, Ralph Lauren          -Fall 2013

If Spring/Summer 2013 had statement sunglasses, Fall/Winter 2013 had statement outerwear!

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(Images above) Victoria Beckham, Marchesa                  -Fall 2013

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Some classic tartan prints on the runway.

I love the one on the right. (image above)

Remember how whenever you flipped through your tabloids you saw all these celebrities wearing long-ass boots with long-ass shoelaces on them? And remember how we all wished we owned a pair of those sexy boots(Well, I did. Wish, I mean.)?

20Rihanna

Rihanna LOVED her thigh-high boots this past winter season. She was seen wearing them all over the place.

Turtlenecks and rounded shoulders were also a hit. (Both of which I personally disagree with.)

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(image above)Fall/Winter 2013 Fashion Trends

22Rodarte, Fall 2013.

The New York collections used a lot of folk patterns, which I fell in love with instantly.

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(Images from http://www.glamour.com/fashion/2012/09/spring-2013-most-wearable-fashion-trends slideshow, nymag.com, vogue.com, fashion.telegraph.co.uk, http://www.glamour.com/fashion/2013/02/fall-2013-most-wearable-fashion-trends slideshow)