We can’t say that we believe in each other’s fundamental humanity and then turn a blind eye to the reality of each other’s existence and the truth of each other’s hearts. We must be allies. And we must be allies in this business, because to be represented is to be humanised. And as long as anyone, anywhere is being made to feel less human, our very definition of humanity is at stake and we are all vulnerable. Kerry Washington
The past 8 weeks have been a bit bumpy for me in the wedding blogging world….and then this happened!
Rock n Roll Bride has had a huge influence on the wedding blogging sphere. Editor, Kat Williams founded Rock n Roll Bride in 2007, thought to be the first wedding blog, in the world(!) when she started tapping away to provide wedding inspiration for couples who were totally in love with weddings, but not in love with the ‘one size fits all’ package of what a wedding should be and should look like. Providing choice and an alternative for couples who wanted a wedding that was true to them, that was unique to them. Several years later along with running the blog, she now teaches blogging masterclasses around the world and has launched her own magazine.
When I first saw the issue, I was elated for many reasons, (including the bright pink shiny envelope it arrived in – so easily pleased), but these three things stood out:
1. The gorgeous real bride cover girl.
2. The issue is effortlessly diverse
3. My little quest to encourage my peers in the wedding industry to be more visually inclusive is starting to resonate with people.
Now I truly hope that in 12 months time I won’t even have to highlight and jump for joy at a cover girls ethnicity. That we just see a beautiful bride on the cover of a magazine. But I’m highlighting it because it marks something so important in the UK wedding publishing industry.
Kat bravely and boldly recognised the need for more visual inclusivity in the wedding publishing world. When many mainstream editors (across fashion and wedding industries) have openly said that black women don’t sell magazines. She ignored this advice, took on the responsibility of self-publishing and took that brave step herself.
One article I think deserves a particular shout out is the one written by my babe Nova from Nu Bride on cultural representation in the wedding industry. Her passion for the subject is so inspiring.
To reflect this we also have the beautiful Chie on the cover. Believe it or not it is pretty much unheard of for wedding magazines to have non-Caucasian brides on their covers (unless the magazine is specifically aimed at that market). Diversity and inclusion is something that Rock n Roll Bride has always stood for so I am really proud to have Chie as our cover star!
I’ve always believed this statement is a bit of a meme, passed down from editor to editor in publishing houses. But if the publishers continue to believe that it is true, then it leads back to us, the consumer… Why would the race, (or body shape for that matter), of the person on the cover of a magazine prevent us from buying it? Doesn’t make sense does it.
Moving on from the freshly rebrand new look cover, Rock n Roll Bride issue 4 is a real visual treat and is deliciously designed by the talented team at We Are Branch.
It is packed with refreshing inspiration, it has more delicious diverse content,than advertisements, yes really! And more importantly the issue somehow effortlessly showcases different types of weddings, fashion, styles, themes, cultures and more. There’s genuinely a little something in there for everyone and am so chuffed to have an article featured.
If you would like to dive in and support, you can grab a copy of the issue online or in your local WHSmith.
A big thank you to Kat for asking me to contribute to Issue 4 of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine and an even bigger thank you for being brave enough to be different and being kind enough to firstly recognise and then acknowledge the importance of breaking that silence and validating couples and women, reinforcing that there is more than one type of bridal beauty.
Happy, Happy Nu Bride.