Qimmah Saafir Is On A Mission To Celebrate Black Women
with the power of the press
Photographed by David Evan McDowell.
In celebration of Black History Month, NYLON is running a spotlight series called Black Girl Power... The Future Is Bright. Every day, phenomenal black women from different industries will be featured to tell their stories—revealing how they became who they are, showing what they have accomplished, and pinpointing how they navigated their careers. Black women deserve to be celebrated 365 days of the year, and we hope that this series will inspire everyone to believe in the power of #blackgirlmagic.
Historically and still to this day, women of color are grossly underrepresented in the media. While a few black publications exist, it's not logical to expect them all to cater to an entire population of women who vary in age, taste, style, and aesthetics. For many black women, it can feel like you're either missing in action or a rarity, not by choice, but by nature of an industry that has upheld extremely narrow Eurocentric standards of beauty.
Editor-in-chief Qimmah Saafir has taken it upon herself to fill this much-needed void for black women by creating her own magazine. With the help of Kickstarter fundraising, HANNAH is a forthcoming biannual print magazine and a site that touches on fashion, style, politics, wellness, and even includes a section for men.
"It’s a general interest magazine so it’s going to cover everything that you would be concerned about," said Saafir. "It’s not a fashion magazine. It will include fashion sure, but it will include a bunch of other things such as tech, health, sports, and social political issues. It’s all-encompassing."
Read Saafir's thoughts on representation, social media, and creating alternative holistic images of black womanhood in the interview, below.