girls to be exactly who God created them to be and developing a
tool to help them realize that inner beauty is more important than
outer beauty are the ideas behind Real
Girl magazine, the longtime dream of Elizabeth Bennett,
its publisher and editor.
Launching the first issue
in September 2011, Real Girl appeals to teen girls of all
sizes, shapes and backgrounds. As with most teen magazines, there
are trendy D-I-Y projects, advice columns and models - models who
aren't necessarily pencil thin. At further glance, it doesn't take
long to realize that this magazine has more to offer than its
spoke to AFA Journal about realizing and achieving her
dream of creating a purposeful magazine to help teen girls find out
who they are in Christ.
What was your motivation for starting Real Girl
Bennett: This has been a dream of mine since I was a
teenager, and I feel like there is a great need for this kind of
magazine. The media in general has always had a really negative
impact on females and always focused primarily on outer appearance.
Almost every advertisement is reflective of that in most magazines
for females. Most publications are superficial, so I feel like
there is a need for something with substance and biblical values
that focuses on what is really important.
AFAJ: What is
the main focus of Real Girl, and what makes it different
from other magazines for teen girls?
This magazine was created to be a positive and wholesome influence
for teen girls. The focus is on real issues that affect them such
as eating disorders, cyber bullying, etc. The ages between 12 and
19 are really a crucial time when you are trying to find out who
you are. Each issue incorporates biblical themes such as modesty,
purity and humility. We also celebrate diversity such as girls of
all ethnicities, shapes and sizes.
AFAJ: How has
Real Girl been received among readers?
Since the debut issue I have had positive feedback from adults,
especially from ladies who have become contributors. Through those
contacts, I have gained great content and resources for the
publication. So, I feel like I've gotten a lot of exciting
feedback. But I still want more feedback from the younger
AFAJ: How can
we get a copy of Real Girl or get more
You can go to our website to read the magazine. If you are
interested in subscribing, you can contact me through the website. We are also a
platform for the arts and feature original art and poetry from
readers. And we would love to have more questions sent in for our
"Ask Jackie" advice column.
Visit the website to
see how to submit material electronically or send it by snail mail.
If you like what we are about, then please "like us" on Facebook. If you own a business, please
consider being a sponsor or advertising in Real Girl.
Also, we are having a One Year Birthday Celebration on January 26,
2013, in Jackson, Mississippi, and a Real Girl Magazine
retreat in the spring.
AFAJ: What is
the most important thing you want readers of Real Girl to
EB: I would like for them to know it's okay to
be pure and modest and not have a boyfriend. Find your worth in
Christ and enjoy being the uniquely wonderful person God created
you to be.
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