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Beccy Hill.

Beccy Hill

Have you ever felt pigeonholed? So has Beccy Hill, editor in chief of zine-of-the-moment, Sister Magazine. Fed up with humdrum women’s magazines, she decided to take matters into her own hands and create an original and out-of-the-ordinary publication that would ultimately speak to females more than the current newsstand submissions.

Combining feminism and fashion, Sister Magazine is changing the landscape thanks to its editor’s talents at rounding up serious female talent within a variety of arenas, and supplying a solid topic ground in each issue. We chatted to her about what it means to be original and the best decisions she’s ever made.

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How would you describe a Modern Day Icon?
A Modern Day Icon is someone who is fearless, a rule breaker and stands up for what they believe in. I guess that’s my idea of any icon, regardless of time frame! Great outfits also help cement an icon status, but I think that comes from the person wearing them.

What is the greatest decision you’ve ever made?
Definitely to continue making Sister once I finished my degree. I owe it everything, I’ve made so many friends and contacts through being involved in the writing and self publishing community, and I’ve done it off my own back which makes it just that bit sweeter. Also cutting off all my hair last year was a great decision.

Who inspires you?
So many things and so many people! But right now I guess Ibiye Camp, who is an amazingly talented painter, Dream Wife who are the coolest girl band around and my housemate Alice who I found drinking red wine and singing along to Disney clips on YouTube by herself last Thursday night.

What do you think is next for the future of self-publishing?
It’s hard to say – I don’t think the trend has peaked yet. Hopefully more people will see print media really isn’t going anywhere, and can co-exist with online, compliment it even. More independent magazine shops, art galleries, creative spaces…

What does being original mean to you?
Being unapologetically yourself, and constantly questioning everything around you to make it better.

How would you describe your style in three words?
Teenage skater boy.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Stop waiting for an apology you’ll never get. I think I actually saw that on Instagram, but still…

Is there a particular motto you live life by?
Many. But mainly that anything is possible – it won’t be easy, but if you put the work in and hassle the right people, it will eventually pay off.

How would you describe sister magazine in three words?
Femme, fierce and fun.

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How would you describe a Modern Day Icon?
A Modern Day Icon is someone who is fearless, a rule breaker and stands up for what they believe in. I guess that’s my idea of any icon, regardless of time frame! Great outfits also help cement an icon status, but I think that comes from the person wearing them.

What is the greatest decision you’ve ever made?
Definitely to continue making Sister once I finished my degree. I owe it everything, I’ve made so many friends and contacts through being involved in the writing and self publishing community, and I’ve done it off my own back which makes it just that bit sweeter. Also cutting off all my hair last year was a great decision.

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Who inspires you?
So many things and so many people! But right now I guess Ibiye Camp, who is an amazingly talented painter, Dream Wife who are the coolest girl band around and my housemate Alice who I found drinking red wine and singing along to Disney clips on YouTube by herself last Thursday night.

What do you think is next for the future of self-publishing?
It’s hard to say – I don’t think the trend has peaked yet. Hopefully more people will see print media really isn’t going anywhere, and can co-exist with online, compliment it even. More independent magazine shops, art galleries, creative spaces…

img

What does being original mean to you?
Being unapologetically yourself, and constantly questioning everything around you to make it better.

How would you describe your style in three words?
Teenage skater boy.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Stop waiting for an apology you’ll never get. I think I actually saw that on Instagram, but still…

Is there a particular motto you live life by?
Many. But mainly that anything is possible – it won’t be easy, but if you put the work in and hassle the right people, it will eventually pay off.

How would you describe sister magazine in three words?
Femme, fierce and fun.

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Image credits: blog.urbanoutfitters.co.uk; Sister Magazine Instagram