It's a wonder that a magazine like Got A Girl Crush didn't pop up sooner, as girl crushing now seems to have reached the status of a fully fledged and fairly legitimate pastime for women around the world. As our hunger for 'nosey culture' grows in the form of voyeuristic personal style blogs, websites specialising in informal house visits and in-depth interviews, the girl crush phenomenon is bigger than ever and the everyday woman is just as important and inspiring as those famous idols that smiled down from the posters on our teenage bedroom walls.
Got A Girl Crush Magazine is the brain child of Meg Wachter and Andrea Cheng and it perfectly understands what the girl crush is all about. Guy crushes are nice too but as much as I enjoy smiling at the TV screen when George Clooney's face is stretched across it or laughing at Chris Addison on Twitter, nothing quite beats the proverbial kick up the arse a girl crush will give you for wanting to get your act together. Girls with projects, girls with nice clothes, girls who are funny and proactive, girls who can create something amazing in the kitchen, can say no firmly but nicely and girls who juggle a million things at once are the receivers of my serious admiration and this magazine takes 10 such women from across America and simply hangs out, talks to them and takes beautiful photographs of the whole process. It's sort of like having a lunch with an interesting friend but in magazine form; the interviews ask all the right questions and the result is a wonderful publication that leaves you inspired to enjoy your life as much as they do. It's not all 'isn't she brilliant' gushing over high-flyers, it's about people who spend their time doing things that are enjoyable and completely achievable. Reading this magazine doesn't feel like reading fantasy and it provides little gems like the anecdote from comedian Jenny Slate who was overwhelmed by the desire to fart under the duvet and then waft while shooting love scenes with Jason Schwartzman. Another favourite interview of mine is with Jeana Sohn who writes one of my favourite sites Closet Visit (which I was thinking about when talking about 'nosey culture') and talks about how she juggles her two websites and her painting and who her dream Closet Visit subjects would be (Miranda July, Isabel Marant, Jenna Lyons and Stevie Dance if you were wondering).
If you're all about girl crushing and 'real life stories' that aren't of the incest variety, Got A Girl Crush is a lovely magazine to dip in and out of and I'm looking forward to reading about Meg and Andrea's next spate of crushes.