I’m super excited to feature Zooey Magazine
today, a lifestyle magazine with the aim of creating a dialogue for the everyday woman. The magazine is feminine, vintage and very well designed. I also have the privilege of being a contributor for the publication that is available online and in print. I asked Lucia, the founder and editor of the magazine some questions behind the inspiration and creation of Zooey.
1. What was the inspiration behind starting Zooey Magazine?
I faced a lot of difficulties in my childhood, issues that I still struggle to comprehend today. I didn’t have a role model to confide into, and thus, I turned to entertainment. Movies, television, books, magazines, etc…were my enjoyment. Of course, I didn’t understand much of the content in most programs…or magazines, being as I was 8 when I first started reading US Weekly and watching Buffy. As I grew older, I began to fully understand the detriments of consuming such a culture like tabloids… A culture based on discriminating others. So, I spent a lot of my free time watching female-led shows and female-empowering books. I loved what they had to offer (especially the little girl as I was!)! Yet I never understood why magazines couldn’t offer the same or why society is so fascinated with celebrities’ whereabouts and weight loss, and why the media encourages it. When I was 16, I thought of creating a platform for smart girls (women now), who wanted something different…something more meaningful…more embracing of the female sex. Thus came Zooey. The media has such a powerful voice and influence over people. Why not use it for good? I felt that, if I had Zooey growing up, I would feel more safe and happy to know that there are people in the same position and who want the same things. Zooey is the confidant in everyday life. That’s what I like to imagine it to be.
2. Where do you look to find new women to show case or feature in your magazine?
Everywhere? People find us, and sometimes we find them! Malala, for example, was someone I was so enamored by after reading about the attempted assassination a few years ago. If you don’t know who she is, Google! She is the epitome of a hero and I so desperately wanted to work with her as she was on her big educational campaign last year. Of course, by the time I found a bridge to her she was back in school (that’s important too!). But quite frankly, we find all women to be empowering. There’s just an angle you must take when approaching them as a subject to a story.
3. Finish this sentence: “In 5 years, I see Zooey Magazine……..”
As simply a worldwide community of women who want to help other women.
4. Describe the character you named the magazine after.
J.D. Salinger authored a novella called “Franny and Zooey.” Zooey is the brother in the story, who is intelligent, kind, and loving. I would rather not provide a literary analysis – it’ll sound a lot like a college paper! But I thought that his character would translate well as Zooey Magazine. After all, it would have been too vain to call it Lucia and that’s harder to figure out how to enunciate than Zooey.
5. Who do you think in today’s world embodies a “Zooey” woman?
My mom. While she may not have a college degree, I think she’s smart, loving, and brave and embracing of who she is and who she wishes to be. But then again, isn’t that every woman too? You just have to discover it within yourself, as Wordsworth would say.
6. What is an inspiration quote/message that resonates with you or your life motto?
Sam Levenson once said, “Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm. As you get older, remember you have another hand: the first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.” It doesn’t matter whether you’re rich or poor, a celebrity or not, it’s a duty to give back. What kind of life would we lead if we ignore everyone else?