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Editor’s Letter

Autumn/Winter 2019 | #YHMLoveWhatYouDo I want to be as confident as ZaZa. You know her name. It’s Zahara “ZaZa” Bean. If you don’t know, you need to check out @redcarpetgirlz on Instagram. A few months ago, the four-year-old bad and boujee—her words, not mine—stumbled across my feed with her full of confidence dance moves and sass. I kept thinking, “she is the coolest person ever, and I hope my future kids are this cool.” ZaZa has picked up magazine features to an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this past summer. She’s busy living her best life with poise. We talk a lot about confidence at Young Hot & Modern, and ZaZa represents much of that at a young age. While we should all have her level of confidence, ZaZa also stands out because she’s having a ball doing what she loves. That’s what I’d like us to embrace this season. Here’s why. My first experience in fashion started with a high school talent show. I loved mixing a mini runway presentation in the middle …

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Spring/Summer 2019 | #YHMGoGetter The idea of girl power is to instill a sense of confidence, intellect, pride, and joy in young girls that will continue throughout womanhood. My mother did an amazing job of that in me. Her mother did the same for her and her sisters. The women in my family are passionately independent, go-getters. This perspective of girl power fuels my reason for pushing YHM forward. I refer to YHM as many things: a side hustle, a small business, a hobby, and a passion project. Whatever the definition, I hope to continue telling stories about women, individuals, and brands empowering the next generation of female entrepreneurs, trendsetters, scholars, policymakers, and more! From #BlackGirlMagic to #BossBabe, we can all get our girl power fix by tapping on a few hashtags. Team YHM is here for all of it, and we hope to connect women in conversation and action. We love celebrating confident, intellectual, and joyous girl power moments. We take pride in that. So let’s all share those empowering moments on social media …

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Winter 2019 | #YHMGetItDone I recently came across an Instagram post that read “I need to figure my sh*t out and get back to creating some work I feel excited about.” I instantly felt the need to comment “same.” However, I would be admitting that I’m not so happy with how things are going. So here it goes. I need a change which I often confuse with “I need a break.” Does that happen to you? There are times when I fall into a creative slump here on YHM. I feel the need to retreat and reflect, but to be honest, I regularly reflect on YHM. I think about what we get right and what we can do better all the time. As we usher in the new year, I’m going to take all that reflection I did in 2018 and get stuff done. I don’t need a break. I need a change—a change of pace and a change of purpose. That’s why I’m committing to a New Year’s resolution of positive change. A few …

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Autumn 2018 | #YHM30DaysofThanks Autumn is undeniably my favorite season. I love the crisp, visual expression of change that it brings here on the northeast. Amber colored hues adorn the city of New York like a perfectly hand-painted portrait. During the autumn of 2009, I recall hopping into the computer lab located across the hall from my dorm room to start a Facebook page for YHM. I had no idea what was going to happen from that point on, but I’ve loved the journey ever since. That fall was my time for change and transition. Since starting YHM, I’ve met amazing men and women—professionals and everyday people. I love celebrating the crazy amazing, fun, and empowering things people are doing around the world. From fashion to academics to art to social change, we talk about it because it matters to you. Although YHM is eight-years-old, I think we’re just scratching the surface with what we can do and show you. While we whip-up some of the dreams and plans we have for you, let’s share delicious …

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Summer 2018 | #YHMTravels It’s hard to put into words the life-changing experience I had this past spring. I’m always thinking of the next “big thing” for the magazine, but sometimes life happens, and I can’t make the next “big thing” happen. Of course, I face obstacles rising entrepreneurs can nod to such as having a small team or having limited access to much-needed resources. This past spring it wasn’t about my team or what we lacked; it was about my health. After suffering from on-and-off headaches for a few nights, I decided to look into my issue only to learn I was suffering from cluster headaches. It was a relief to know what was going on, but I was still terrified of the whole situation. Please take a moment to learn more about cluster headaches if you don’t know what they are. After my diagnostic, I was on the road to “recovery,” that’s when all the next “big things” for YHM came creeping into my relaxing moments of headache-free days, weeks and now months! …

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Winter 2018 | #YHMBeTrue If you’re not changing, you’re not growing. Change is inevitable, and it can be a surprisingly amazing journey—especially if you’re willing to roll with the punches and stay true to yourself. 2017 proved to be a year of challenging changes that pushed individuals and communities to speak out about cultural and social issues shaping our world today. If 2017 was a feature film, it would get a pretty mixed review. It had its highs and its lows, but people came out—in numbers—and fought for changes and most importantly, resolutions. I watched young people get involved in political discussions, women speak-up about the triumphs and battles in the workplace, and environmentalists demonstrate ways we can collectively make this world a better place. If 2017 was a feature film, its cast was serious about staying true to their character. As we settle into the new year, let’s not forget to do just that. Yes; we all have New Year’s resolutions to fulfill, but let’s be honest with ourselves, with each goal we aim …