Oct 06, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
Whether you are a magazine addict or you are just looking for a new read, we’ve stumbled across a new independent fashion and art magazine from London, that is well worth picking up. Accent magazine (issue one) just landed and it’s a glossy magazine with a difference. It is part photo diary meets fashion/style and pop culture, with a true global outlook. The magazine covers stories such as homeless teenagers in Mexico City, the mid-1980’s London Punk culture, and a man who conquered the international circus sphere on three different continents.
Free of advertisement overloaded pages and perfume samples, this clean and simple magazine is a refreshing comeback to simple magazine reading, retailing at £10/$15 per issue.
Editors-in-chief Lydia Garnett and Lucy Nurnberg hope to appeal to readers who follow the ideology of stepping out of their comfort zone, to share life experiences with strangers, and give to others without expecting anything in return.
It’s an interesting time for independent magazines, with mainstream fashion glossies and women’s lifestyle publications losing some readers to online lifestyle sites, blogs and Instagram-style influencers, there is an opportunity for independent magazines to thrive, but they need to offer the consumer something different and genuinely unique. This Accent magazine is definitely unlike most other reads on the shelf at the moment and is definitely required reading.
A highlight feature on Kia Labeija (check out a sneak peek below) gives an inside look into the Harlem Ballroom scene which was established in 1967 to foster and promote tolerance for New York’s LGBTQ community. She discusses the elements of ballroom, cultural appropriation and her role as a HIV activist.
Issue one is “Dedicated to life’s true originals. Never change” and the website’s tagline is ‘A global celebration of lives lived outside the ordinary’ ; we can definitely get down with that.
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