*The following text has been taken from the Z Magazine website, but edited for clarity purposes*
Z Magazine is a fashion and culture magazine made for Gen Z by Gen Z. In 2019, Chloe Dowling, Claire Hardesty and Ife Ibraheem, came together to make a magazine, website and blog for the youth of today. The three wanted to create a platform for teenagers to express their opinions on certain topics and showcase their unique styles.
Today, it has become common for teenagers to wake up and put on a pair of leggings or sweats and a comfy sweatshirt for school. And, because of this, teens often don’t have the time or an accepting environment to wear clothes that highlight their personality and identity through fashion. The Z Mag team hopes to bring people together through fashion, art, and culture and create a space where all individuals feel like they can be the most authentic versions of themselves.
In the 21st century, the world has become extremely technology based, so the Z Mag team wanted to bring fashion back to its roots with a print fashion magazine. Due to the circumstances of everything going on with the Coronavirus, they were not able to get the first issue printed, but still wanted to release an issue during this time, which is why their first issue is online! But, they look forward to eventually having the opportunity to print our future issues.
The benefit of creating a print magazine, in this day and age, is that it gives people a break from their constant screen time. They also wanted to bring all body types, genders, races, ethnic groups and sexualities together, to create an open and accepting environment for all. They stand behind our motto:
“Z Magine is made for all letters of the alphabet, everything from A to Z“.
See below an exclusive interview with creator Claire Hardesty about Z Magazine and her plans for its future!
Claire Hardesty is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated high school from Palos Verdes High in Los Angeles, California. She is 18 years old and from Palos Verdes, California. I am a pre-admit to the Hussman School of Media and Journalism and is currently majoring in journalism. Claire wrote for her school newspaper The Point in high school and held the positions of Sports Editor and Editor-in-Chief. She also co-founded her own magazine called Z Magazine her junior year of high school and continues to be involved with it currently. Journalism and writing in general are one of her most prominent passions . Claire also ran cross country and track in high school. Her family consists of her mom, dad, and two younger brothers. Her brothers have been huge motivating factors in her life as she feels inclined to always set a good example for them.