five online mags you should be reading

Vanity Teen

We love a magazine that asks insightful questions like “Who would you rather dress, Barbie or Betty Boop?” (For the record, designer Roberto Piqueras would rather dress Barbie – she’s “chameleonic.”) In the last issue, editor Victor Soria conducts an exclusive interview with Brian Lichtenberg, who tells us that his unspeakable fear is Uggs. Us, too. The editors range from the ages of 15 and 30, and say their goal for the magazine is to mix sex with photography and art. Take a look at the range of incredible photography. From the endearingly innocent “Rose from the East” by Marley Kate to the unapologetically sexy “A Thing for Me” by Ryan Aylsworth, their hundred-plus page free magazine is jam-packed with talent, whether it be from the interviewees, the editors, the models, or the photographers.


Prim Magazine

Prim is a bimonthly publication which prides itself on featuring the best up-and-coming talent in fashion, art, and music. New York teen Kristin Ferrandino, who at the time was only fourteen, founded Prim about a year ago. Their latest issue has a few music features on talents like Lissy Trullie and Snowden, but the real focus is on the fashion. A section on the top 10 runway trends gives plenty to gawk at, but the real treasures are the many breathtaking editorials. We love how the eye-catching fashions are keenly accessorized with only the most eccentric make-up. The April/May issue is online now, and the next issue comes out June 1st.


I Love Fake

The spring issue of I Love Fake is entitled “Hardcore,” and the features don’t disappoint. I Love Fake describes itself as a digital art and fashion magazine, and its amazing editorials turn fashion into art. In editorials titled “He Sold His Soul to Punk,” and “Black Leather,” ripped tights, middle fingers, and models’ snarls dominate the pages of meticulously badass styling. The latest issue also includes interviews with photographer Eric Guillemain, model/designer Danny Deluxe, and artist JeremyVille.


Kingdom Magazine
Check out Kingdom (cover picture courtesy of IDLM) for Daniel Vasquez’s Spanish e-zine. Kingdom’s variety of intriguing features is bound to keep your attention. There are interviews with Alessandro Baricco, an Italian writer, director and performer, as well as bands Green Day and Star Sailor. Fashion editorials boast a variety of colorful springtime outfits to consider, and a feature on Malaysian homes reads like an episode of Cribs in Kuala Lampur; we want to move in already.


Vinyl Riot Magazine

Vinyl Riot is a magazine that is truly “for the people” – they encourage submissions from anyone who fits their requirements of ‘cool kicks and a sweet hair do,’ as well as liking ‘choco-tea, vinyl bras and Polaroid pictures.’ As the editor asserts in his opening letter, this is “a magazine anyone in the world with an Internet connection to contribute to. A magazine for the dreamers, the mainstream-haters, the fashion freak and the art geek.” We’ve never heard a more endearing opening sentiment. The second issue, titled “The Eternal Youth Issue,” will be released on June 1st. The first issue, entitled “The Virgin Issue,” is online, and also available as a printed copy. The Virgin Issue features an interview of the editor of Prim, Kristin Ferrandino, as well as designer Seth Pratt and blogger Maja Casablancas. There’s a section devoted to a 15-year-old’s submission of photograph mastery, a couple fashion editorials, and it ends with a few goodie DIYs: studding jeans and acid-washing t-shirts. Not exactly reinventing the wheel, but you gotta love DIYs that don’t involve sewing machines. Check back on June 1st for the second issue, and get your submissions ready for the third!