"Sunday Girl is an independent, biannual publication for girls. We champion feminism and equality and deliver a magazine for intellectual, ambitious and creative women."
We're half way through #AntiBullyingWeek - a week that reminds us of the importance of kindness, respect and girl power!
We wanted to catch up with some amazing, inspiring women this week and get their thoughts on the current bullying crisis and how they deal with feelings of insecurity and low self-esteem.
Today we spoke with the editor-in-chief and owner of Sunday Girl Magazine- the incredible, beautiful Abigail Dennison. Abigail created Sunday Girl magazine back in 2015 for her final major project at University and now the publication is sold in huge retailers worldwide such as Selfridges, WH Smiths and Barnes & Noble. We absolutely love the message of Sunday Girl here at Sunkissed and we really hope that Abigail's inspiring, insightful answers can help anyone who may need a bit of advice this week...
1)What does girl power mean to you?
Girl power means so many great things. It’s having self confidence in your abilities as a female to achieve anything you set your mind to. It also means exercising your rights as a female that our ancestors and current peers fought and are fighting for, voting, sexual liberation, confidence in business and leadership, the choices you make with your body, plus so many more things. It also means supporting other women and clapping for each other when we succeed!
2) What’s the message of Sunday Girl magazine?
Sunday Girl embodies the celebration of being a young female, or whoever you are or identify as. We try to act as an escape but also as a motivator.
3) who do you look up to and find especially inspirational?
I look up to the women around me doing their best!
4) have you ever dealt with feelings of insecurity or low self-esteem? How have you dealt with these feelings?
I deal with this everyday and have since I started secondary school and it’s held me back on hundreds of opportunities with the magazine due to me feeling a bit like an imposter. The way I deal with it is usually chat to someone uplifting and not really giving my brain much time to dwell on the negativity. The more you think about insecurities, the more they tend to win.
5) what advice would you give to young people who are constantly comparing themselves to others on social media?
They are them and you are you and that is the only thing we can hold on to. Everyone is at a different stage in their life and on a different journey. When I look at the influencers, I just think that is their job to look like that, if my life was ran by a management team, I had a personal trainer and bags of confidence then things might be different. But I’m me and I have other priorities!
6) what can we all do to spread positivity and kindness?
I think it starts from within - make sure you’re doing you and are kind to yourself!
7) we think it’s so important for girls to support other girls! What are your thoughts on this?!
It’s so important and I think girlhood is now a huge movement which is a little bit innate in us now more than it ever was!
8 ) do you have a favourite quote on self-love or empowerment?
I love the quote, “you are enough”
9) what advice would you give to someone who is facing bullying?
I’d say that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and to talk to someone you trust. I went through it a lot and there’s times where I still think about the people who hurt me today but they don’t deserve to be in my brain space. Bullying is in all forms and sometimes you don’t even realise it’s happening until you look back which is why it’s so so important to remain strong and talk to people who you trust!
10) from our research we’ve found that makeup can be used to boost self-confidence and express creativity! Would you agree with this?
Yeah I would agree absolutely! I think using makeup as a tool to make us feel a bit better about ourselves and a bit more ready for the world is never a bad thing!
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If you're currently facing bullying or are dealing with feelings of insecurity, anxiety or depression- please don't suffer alone. Speak to someone that you trust- whether this is a friend, family member or teacher. Or call 0800 1111