Welcome to meaningful media! The inspiration behind HaveHeart is simple, and I know many women share this same story.
I was 11 years old when I first learned I wasn’t going to live up to mainstream media’s standard of beauty. I was 12 when I became obsessed with my body image and started starving myself. It might not be fair to say I learned these shallow paths of thinking from media alone, but the reality is I only saw one type of women in the pages of magazines, in music, on TV, in advertisements, and on the posters of my guy-friend’s walls. They looked beautiful but there was one little problem: these women weren’t entirely real, yet I was largely basing my body image and self-worth by trying to look like them. I know I wasn’t the only one, because today poor body image and self-worth issues are considered an epidemic among women.
That’s why I created HaveHeart Magazine. I felt there had to be something more than the a-typical standard of beauty represented in media. We talk about fashion, relationships, vintage stuff, DIY projects, body image, products, travel, but most importantly: YOU. Our models and celebrities will always be YOU. We think it’s amazing that you take care of two kids and manage to shower a few times a week. We can’t believe you’re a student who is juggling school, work and a relationship. We pretty much bow down to the fact that you are a survivor of any kind. To us, that’s truly important, and why each month we’ll showcase someone on the cover who’s just like you. If you’re interested, let us know. It might even BE YOU one month!
At HaveHeart, we’re sassy, sarcastic, witty, smart and most of all, we’re passionate about creating a real media revolution. If you’re shamefully wearing your yoga pants all day because they are more comfortable than jeans, please subscribe. If you have cellulite because it’s a sin not to have ranch dressing with your french-fries, please subscribe. If you expect more from media for your daughter, your sister, your mother, your friends and yourself, subscribe and share.
Our Photoshop Policy:
We might use filters like a crazy hipster, but we will never alter the body or facial structure of our models/subjects with Photoshop.
Here’s to meaningful media and happy reading!
Heather Niccoli, Editor In Chief