My Love Affair with Fashion & Beauty Magazines!

I Confess! My Love Affair With Magazines: damali’s Fashion & Beauty Obsession + Collage Art!

You must see damali’s video below! Confession: My sister damali and I share a dirty little secret that I call magazining. We’re crazy for paper mags. My mom always had a subscription to Essence and we always had subs to YM, Seventeen, Sassy (heck yeah!) and then Jane. Plus there was always an Elle, Vogue, Glamour or some sort of Fitness or Shape Mag. These images are a permanent part of my brain so be careful what you visually feed yourself. Now my mom gets all of those plus Oprah Magazine, of course. TMI ahead… During my “moon time,” nothing makes me feel as good as cocooning with tea and magazines.

My teen room had my own version People Mag’s  “50 Most Beautiful People” over my canopy bed. I had every photo Janet Jackson ever took. I used to write letters to Essence and tell them I wanted to be a part of their mag. Now I have a love column there. True story. Whoo hoo for magazining. Below, you can see how the magazine obsession has affected damali’s work as a visual artist. Her collages are on view in the exhibition Timehri Transitions at Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba in NYC.

Take it away, damali! -aa