Lindsey Day Is Changing The Narrative Of Black Women In Media
By S.M. Blanchard
As the (relatively) old saying goes, the personal is political. But in today’s world, that narrative is expanding to new realms. You might say that for many of today’s budding entrepreneurs, the personal is business.
Growing up as a biracial girl in California, Lindsey Day knew from an early age she was different. In an interview with Blavity, she describes these early years;
“I didn’t see many people who looked like me in the media, I struggled to find products that tamed my thick, frizzy hair; and getting my hair done was typically a traumatic experience.”
Lindsey knew the lack of diverse Black representation within the media was isolating. Just as importantly, hearing people around her categorize Black features – good hair vs. bad hair, light vs. dark – made Lindsey aware of how society prescribes the normative Black experience - one that is far from accurate or reflective of the diverse realities of Black women specifically.
“Black women are so diverse and a huge segment of our sisters are consistently ignored and/or misrepresented,” she says.
Lindsey wanted more for Black women – for the way their history was being written, and for future generations to see themselves within the larger social framework of that history. She decided she wanted to create a magazine that would take ownership of the narrative about Black women instead of letting the narrative be written on behalf of them. This was the beginning of CRWN Magazine.
In Story of She’s latest "Founders like Me" video profile, Lindsey explains;
“As women of color, we so often don’t see ourselves. I thought, if I could show a young girl or an OG that you’re beautiful through this thing that we’ve put together, then I have to do that.”
CRWN Magazine originally started as a small zine, but eventually grew into a quarterly publication that is creating a conversation around natural hair and the women who wear it. Within 130 pages issued each season focusing on both hair, and lifestyle, CRWN Magazine showcases a breadth of hairstories - inspiration, resources, culture, and lifestyles that addresses the whole Black woman. Feature stories include everything on profiles of revolutionary women entrepreneurs to essays by some of today’s brightest women who are unpacking the most relevant social, political and cultural issues. There is also captivating content in the areas of beauty, fashion, finance, dating, health, travel and entertainment.
Further subverting the cultural mainframe is CRWN’s groundbreaking photography. The creative output for the magazine has been scrupulously crafted to place emphasis on the nuanced beauty of the everyday women (versus the oversexualized bodies of models or icons). Here, CRWN’s goal is give value to the authenticity of the human being, and not simply an idolize version of the human form.
“We’re here to celebrate and edify black women in their natural state.” Lindsey says in an interview with Blavity.
“CRWN serves all types of black women, and our goal is that every woman who flips through our pages will be able to see themselves represented in some way.”
If you’re interested in learning more or subscribing to CRWN, you can do so here.
Check out Lindsey in an exclusive clip on our YouTube Channel (STORYOFSHE Admin), launching on June 1st.