Sophomore started our journey prior to 2016 — but last year brought us all closer. The re-launch of sophomoremag.com saw nine issues. The team behind the mag grew, and so did the length of our nails. We got to see more of you all at our Galentines event, Oh My Gal, and our b-day bash, HBD Sophomore.
Before we embrace the arrival of 2017 we wanted to step back and cherish our first full-calendar year as a magazine — and to thank you all for sharing your magic. Join us in listening to Graduation (friends forever) by Vitamin C this January for a Year in Review before we spill the beans on what’s in store for the months to come.
~ we will still be friends forever ~
Last year we also paired up with American Apparel for #IWD2016 (International Women’s Day), and we’re sad to see them go in Canada. Thank you for the love!
This shoot legit took my breath away. Already enamoured by its intent to focus on women of colour, I couldn’t get over everything else: the styling (hi Undone!), the models, the visible highlighter glow and sweat, and the tropical plants framing each shot.
Working in fashion, a female-dominated industry, I’ve had the pleasure of being surrounded by primarily forward thinking, liberal women, and have never personally experienced sexism in my workplace. Therefore, I found Steph’s interview with Dr. Allyson Stokes about the advantage, or “glass escalator,” men experience in female-dominated industries really eye-opening. It was educational, insightful, and shows that inequalities are still extremely prevalent in all fields — whether female or male dominated.
I appreciate language — that which gives us the ability to express ourselves in, in my opinion, the most direct sense — but when it’s used to convey unqualified aggression and distaste? Not to my liking. This piece touches on how language can construct your world, mould your own thinking... it’s valuable to consider these more subtle and sometimes sinister aspects.
The photography for this one is so dreamy (Carrie Cai back at it again). The styling is great — I want it all. The models are perfect. Love the concept — the smudged lipstick kills me. Definitely my fav shoot so far!
This article made me cry — honest, hard, mascara-ruining cry. It’s so raw and sincere about the entire process of losing someone to something you can’t control that it both confronted and guided me through dealing with my own issues around losing loved ones. Combined with the most perfect illustrations the article creates a kind of journey that you can’t really find elsewhere, and it made me both proud to have it in the magazine and for the magazine to be a suitable place for it.
This piece came out before I joined the team and I remember loving everything about it — it’s ethereal and bright and so unique. Even the title design is perfect.
Is it chill to pick your own piece?? I’m gonna do it anyway. This was the first shoot I ever directed for Sophomore and it made me fall in love with the whole process. Alex and Elizabeth embody everything I love about female friendship and the styling, set and photography was exactly how I imagined it would be.
These essays were my absolute favourite. I feel like how we talk about virginity is really vague and limited to a handful of facts we regurgitate over and over again, so it was nice to be able to broaden the conversation and expand it to include Asexual identifying individuals as well. Sex positivity means solidarity with those who don’t have sex as well, and these essays include these voices that our vital to our feminism.
They don’t know it, but Sydney is my internet bae.
I found this piece incredibly vulnerable and relatable. I think many women will read this and feel as though it is their own words and thoughts being pulled from their brain. The honesty of it is very important to me.
I loved this editorial because it allowed me to get closer with my Mom. I was also able to try styling for the first time. The team was amazing, the set was so fun to be on and the end result was everything I thought it would be!
Really loved the photos and styling on this one, specifically the 1950s Hamilton series. Everything turned out amazing.
First things first: Keesha’s intro on black natural hair, along with the accounts of the six other black girls featured in the article, is real. Any black girl (or girl who’s had issues with self-acceptance) can relate to something in it. On a personal level, the energy at the studio where the article’s accompanying photos were shot, was amazing. This perfect combination of radical self-love and coconut oil shines thru the photos.
I love having the Lovability tin on my nightstand, and the sense of control that owning my sexuality and sexual health gives me! Chatting with the people behind the brand if still a personal fav moment of 2016.
When Warren Scott interviewed Grand Chief Doug Kelly, he focused on how youth at Chawathil First Nation are helping their community and other Aboriginal young people. It served as a reminder to be an active ally to Indigenous communities, and not just in times of tragedy or election season.