I remember picking up an issue of Mode magazine, a plus sized fashion glossy - probably in high school. It was the first time I saw women who were bigger than me, looking absolutely fantastically beautiful. So fashionably snazzy that I remember thinking, I just want to look like them - even wishing I was a tad more buxom so I could wear some of the clothes they were working. My mom and I shared a subscription because we enjoyed the mag and wanted to support the publication.
I was pouty when, after several years in print, Mode closed - (first they take away my Sassy, my Fabula, my Moxie - now this!) Despite a few valiant efforts post-Mode, there has yet to be a truly successful introduction of a real plus size fashion mag.
Hence - I'm excited about the prospects for Skorch - a new online fashion magazine based out of Portland. Their mission:
"We are not about labels. We want to help empower and inspire women to find that beauty within themselves they may not have realized was there. We vow to produce a credible fashion-forward magazine that will contain beautiful images, inspiring articles, and the best style tips around. Think of it as InStyle™, with a dash of Cosmo™ and a pinch of Vogue™.
Here's hoping that the world is finally ready for this new plus size focus as well as the magazine-style online format. Congrats to founders Jessica Reese and Carrie Woomer for making it happen. Read the release.