What is JeTuNous?
JeTuNous is a new indie print and e-magazine exploring the issues and stigmas surrounding feminism, and celebrates women for their individuality. JeTuNous covers fashion, feminism, and everything in-between. JeTuNous will also be interviewing inspirational people in feminism, such as Maya Felix, Peach Club band, and MP Jess Phillips. For issue #2, we already have interviews confirmed with blogger & youtuber Grace Victory, and the founders behind Girls Against.
The team behind JeTuNous are creatives themselves, and so we believe in uniting creatives through the explorations of topical issues in the magazine. To reinforce this, there are 'behind the scenes' elements in the issues about particular photoshoots, as well as commentaries from artists involved with JeTuNous, about their process behind the pieces.
To reinforce our appreciation of creativity and encourage others to do the same, we will be including a glossary of creators in the back of every JeTuNous issue, detailing the creative backgrounds and contact details of every single person who has worked on that issue!
JeTuNous will be published quarterly and will feature personal essays, think pieces, reportage, slow journalism, interviews, and narrative form articles about feminism, fashion, art and lifestyle. JeTuNous will also feature pieces on other topical issues like gender and race. We’ll do this through our writers’ own stories, essays and interviews with fascinating people breaking the mould, and working to provide support to those who need it.
Who are our contributors?
For the first issue of JeTuNous, we have worked incredibly hard to bring you work from a whole host of amazing writers, photographers, models and artists.
JeTuNous #1 will feature:
Laurén Du Bignon: JeTuNous’ editor-in-chief is Laurén Du Bignon, a fashion photographer, writer, blogger and student. Laurén is a co-founder of JeTuNous and brings a lot of experience in discussing topical issues and fashion photography.
Beth Ashley: JeTuNous’ editor is Beth Ashley. She is a writer, podcast host, editor and student. Beth has been writing professionally for five years, writing and editing for numerous outlets and co-founding two magazines.
Maya Felix: Our cover girl and main featured model for the first issue of JeTuNous is Maya Felix, a model from London whose photography collaboration with Ben Hopper celebrating body hair went viral. Maya is an incredible influence for young women and has an incredible character. Maya is our cover girl for issue one, and the magazine will include several photo spreads of her, and a detailed interview about her personal style, and her experience with body image regarding feeling comfortable in her own skin, expressing individuality and her body hair.
MP Jess Phillips: MP Jess Phillips works incredibly hard to change the world of politics for the better in regards to women. We interview her in the first issue of JeTuNous about how she would like the future to be shaped, and what we can do to help progress to that. She previously worked for Women’s Aid, directly helping women and children who’ve experienced violent situations, and last year she released her book all about womanhood, politics, and life in general.
As we're starting out with such a small budget (which is why we're here), the JeTuNous team are really keen to utilise digital media as much as possible. Our website, www.jetunous.co.uk, will be regularly updated with new content different from that in our issues. We will also be updating our social media platforms as much as possible (@jetunousmag on everything)
Peach Club Band
Peach Club are a punky, feminist girl band who describe their music as 'political tunes for your ear holes'. JeTuNous love Peach Club's entire image and their songs are amazing! You can find them on Spotify, and they'll be talking about how they formed, how they get creative, and the process of building their brand in the first issue of JeTuNous.
The interview with Peach Club will feature the photography of Poppy Marriott, a Norwich-based artist who we are so excited to be working with! Their zine collection, 'Girl in a Band' and their music photography pieces are amazing! Poppy's images will be featured in issue 1!
Fashion features – We will be publishing several fashion features in issue one of JeTuNous. We have fashion picks, photos from fashion week, look-books, and more.
All of our fashion features will include original styling and designing, with stylist Chelsea Woodbridge, designer Olivia Pattinson, designer Molly Gilliland, and more.
(photography in this mockup by Laurén Du Bignon)
Personal Essays – We will be publishing the personal essays of many women discussing different issues. For example, we have Chocolate for Breakfast by Cecily Cook, One Pair Makes all the Difference by Kevin Kissane (with photography by Tyler Mainville), stories of going braless, finding sexiness in confidence, and more!
Think Pieces – Our contributing writers have submitted several think pieces for us to curate in issue one! All under themes of life, fashion, sexuality and womanhood.
That's just for starters. We'll have loads more featured in the magazine - keep your eyes on our Twitter for more feature and contributor announcements.
Isabella Gray - Contributing writer Isabella Gray illustrates her fashion breakdown and how she experimented with her creativity through style in issue one of JeTuNous Magazine with a wonderful, personal essay.
Kevin Kissane - Writer and poet Kevin Kissane has contributed a beautifully written personal story to JeTunous magazine, on expressing his queerness through socks while 'in the closet', titled 'One Pair Makes All the Difference'. This will be accomponied with the photography of Tyler Mainville (read 'artists' section below).
Jess Herbert - Contributing writer and blogger Jess Herbert will be contributing a think piece on going braless for issue one of JeTuNous Magazine.
Cecily Cook - Cecily Cook will be contributing a motivational article stemmed from a personal story; 'Chocolate for Breakfast'. The piece reflects on her relationship with food and self care, and how we need to stop chasing the idea of perfection.
Beth Ashley - Everything in the magazine will be edited by Beth Ashley, and she is also contributing two interviews - one with model Maya Felix, and another with politician Jess Phillips.
Chichi Ogwe - We will be opening issue one of JeTuNous magazine with a feature article from Chichi Ogwe, titled 'The Importance of Intersectional Feminism'.
Kasia Gebska - Kasia Gebska is a Surrey based photographer and student, and is the artist behind the 'Chroma' photoshoot which will be featured in issue one of JeTuNous Magazine.
Shannon Goddard - A fashion collaboration between photographer Shannon Goddard and designer Olivia Pattinson will be featured in the first issue of JetuNous.
Serena Maria - Introducing our content will be illustrations by Serena Maria, which you will see when first opening. Serena is a ceramicist who often sketches the female form, including self portraits as well as drawing life models. She is currently working on a feminist art project about the female form, and we're very happy to be featuring some of her images in the magazine!
(quote still to be decided - it may not necassarily be this one)
Courtney Beckett – We will be featuring photography from Courtney Beckett’s fine art project revolving around bananas as a phallic symbol.
Molly Jameson - The work of photographer Molly Jameson will be included across 3 double page spreads in issue one of JeTuNous magazine. We have also included a short commentary from Molly on the process behind her shoot for JeTuNous.
Tyler Mainville - Tyler Mainville is an American cinematographer and photographer who's collaboration with writer and poet Kevin Kissane will be featured in issue one, on embracing queer fashion through socks.
Lauren Peace - Lauren Peace's makeup photography will be featured in the first issue of JeTuNous magazine - and it's absolutely incredible!
How will we use the money?
We will use the money to get women’s stories out there, and to spread the word about fashion, personal style and individuality. We love the indie magazine scene and we can't wait to be a part of it. As well as the names we have above, we're looking forward to featuring the best and brightest writers, artists, photographers, and influencers around and having them share their stories with us.
Where will the money be spent?
We want to pay our contributors: It is incredibly important to us that our contributors are paid for the hard work they do. Your pledges and support go a long way towards making this happen.
Printing etc: Pre-ordering a copy or pledging our project means you'll be helping us with printing costs in advance, as well as figuring out the quantities we need to get our wonderful contributors’ stories out there.
Other costs: This goes towards everything else: paying designers and other creators, distribution, and the other unexpected costs that arise when you embark on a venture like JeTuNous.
Risks and challenges
Creating a magazine is expensive. Printing costs and contributor fees stack up and that's not to mention the cost of designers, distribution, and the numerous other expenses that have appeared as the project has progressed.
The indie mag industry is thriving and we're so excited by that. We're also aware that there is a genuine need for a magazine that faces feminism and topical issues head on, while keeping a colloquial vibe that puts a fun spin on fashion. JeTuNous doesn't tiptoe around any issues, and tells people's stories the way they want them to be told. We’re unfiltered, and we believe there’s an importance to celebrating people’s individuality through their style and their stories.
So, we're dedicated to getting this project to you. If this Kickstarter doesn't meet its target, we will have to put printing hard copies on the backburner, as the priority will go to paying our contributors. If this is the case, our focus will turn to an online version instead. We hope we’ll be able to do both!
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