This project's funding goal was not reached on August 19, 2012.
This project's funding goal was not reached on August 19, 2012.
While you can find a magazine for most other demographics, it is difficult to find a mainstream magazine for the plus size woman. When you can, it usually only focuses on plus size fashions, and even then, still does not realistically address the real woman. That's where Seriously! Plus What? comes in. While we love fashion, and we do mean LOVE IT! Breathe It! Obsess Over It! We are also striving to create a place that gives a real voice to the modern plus size woman and her lifestyle.
Not only is Seriously! Plus What? for plus size women, it was also created by plus size women. So, we have walked the walk and talked the talk, and can give you our first hand knowledge and experience. Unlike other publications, we definitely don't think that your size should limit your experiences or the way you feel about yourself. We support an active at any size lifestyle and we encourage you to try new things and have new experiences.
Seriously! Plus What? is more than a magazine, it's a call to action. It's a reminder that just because we happen to be a certain size, doesn't mean we shouldn't want the same things skinny women want. We can be active. We can be fashionable. We can be current. We can be sexy. We can be anything we want to be. Your size does not define you.
In our "thin is in" culture, the word plus may be viewed in a negative context, but we don't see it that way. We believe plus stands for more than just our clothing size. And, we believe you are more than just a number.
Seriously! Plus What? is a new quarterly magazine for the plus size woman. The debut issue will be available Fall 2012, if our funding is successful. Should we not make our goal, we will post the content we've already created for the debut issue, on our website this fall. But we will be unable to produce the professional 80+ pages, full color, perfect bound magazine and its corresponding digital copy.
The digital copy of the magazine would be available in PDF format. The PDF can be read on Kindle (and other ebook readers), the iPad (and other tablets), as well as on your computer.
Below is just an example of how the debut issue could look. Our cover image and feature articles would be voted on by our Kickstarter Editorial Assistants (for more info, check out the rewards section to the right).
The money we are raising will go to hiring a professional photographer, models, layout design, software and printing costs. We'll also use the funds raised to cover the costs of the rewards and Kickstarter & Amazon fees.
In addition to the above costs, we would also like to bring on additional writers for feature articles. These feature articles would be written by some of today's top plus size bloggers and writers.
How is Seriously! Plus What? different from other magazines?
Since our goal is to empower and educate today's modern plus size woman we will never make you feel bad about yourself or your body. Instead:
Additionally, the magazine will be packed full of great information focusing exclusively on the plus size woman and her lifestyle. Imagine, advice and tips you can actually use for a change!
Here is a sneak peak at the inside of the magazine. Both articles are currently on our website, click on the image to take you there.
You'll also find articles on seasonal items, with our own special twist. Below is a summer article on setting a beautiful table for a down home barbeque written by our Czar of Style, Michele. She's also included her famous barbeque sauce recipe.
In addition to these great articles, we've got more examples of what you can expect to find in the magazine on our website.
To show our undying gratitude, the print version of the first issue of the magazine will only available to our generous Kickstarter backers. So don't miss out on this great opportunity!
We've also created some nifty rewards, we think you'll like. Check out the list on the right hand side to see everything we have to offer. From hand signed thank you cards and cool swag, to a Ladies Luncheon and advertising opportunities, we have something for everyone. Below, you'll find examples of our very cool merchandise!
Below is a close-up of the custom artwork printed on the tote bag and t-shirt:
When will you receive your rewards?
For US orders: all water bottles, tote bags, t-shirts, and stickers will be shipped with the magazine and have an estimated arrival date of the first week in October, 2012.
For all other countries: the orders will be shipped at the same time as the US orders, but please allow for additional shipping time.
Seriously! Plus What? is made up of three co-founders who are passionate about educating and empowering the modern plus size woman. We each offer a unique perspective made up of our life experiences and passions.
Michele is the trendy one. She's a Contributing Editor & our Czar of Style. Michele is a trendsetter and fashionista.
Beth is the adventurous one. She's a Contributing Editor & our Lifestyle Guru. Beth is an adventurer and lifestyle adviser.
Amanda is the diva motivator extraordinaire. She's the Creative Director & the final Contributing Editor. Amanda is a motivator and designer.
While we all have our own specialized skill sets, we each contribute to all the categories in the magazine. Individually, we know our stuff -- together we're unstoppable.
We think it's about time that plus size women had their very own mainstream magazine. If you agree, back our project! You'll get some pretty cool stuff, we'll be eternally grateful and you'll be responsible for making Seriously! Plus What? a reality.
Yes, absolutely! We will be featuring models that are plus sizes 14-28. You will never see a size 10 or 12 model wearing plus size clothing in our magazine. We also know that not all women have the same body shape, so our models will differ there as well.
We chose the title based on two factors. The actual dictionary definition of the word 'plus' and how the selection of plus size clothing falls short of meeting that definition.
Definition of PLUS
: algebraically positive
: having, receiving, or being in addition to what is anticipated
a: falling high in a specified range <a grade of C plus> b: greater than that specified c: possessing a specified quality to a high degree
: electrically positive
Most retailers fall short of our expectations in meeting the definition of 'plus'. For instance, the amount of choices a plus size woman can find in a department store, in no way meets the quantitative definition of Plus. So, we stand up and ask: Seriously! Plus What? where's the plus?
Absolutely not! We are for plus size women of any size. We do hope to include fashion for sizes 28 and above in the future, once we have more funding. The only reason we aren't doing so right now, is that we can't afford to. Unlike big magazines, we don't get the free clothing to feature in our seasonal fashion guides. So, we are literally limited to what we can find locally. Unfortunately, most of the clothing stores in our area only go up to a size 28. Because of this, we wanted it to be abundantly clear what size range the clothing was available in. Once again, this is only due to funding and as soon as we can, we plan on including plus size fashion for all sizes!
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