Ascension Magazine aims to inspire Indigenous and ethnically diverse women in Australia to love, appreciate and relish the gift of life. Ascension Magazine both online and in print explores life’s many treasures; beauty, culture and creativity through enriching and empowering content. Their desire is to liberate our readers to love the skin they are in and embrace their infinite power.
At the very inception of the magazine in 2013, I helped Ascension Magazine founder, model and Indigenous Australian beauty maven Sasha Sarago to create key brand documents for Australia’s first fashion and lifestyle magazine for ethnically diverse women and indigenous women.
Prior to the launch of the magazine’s first issue, Sasha needed a full suite of launch documents, such as a media release and media kit which would help her to sell advertising space in the debut edition of the print magazine. She also needed a sales document which would help her to crowd-fund the launch of the magazine.
I brainstormed with Sasha and together we came up with core branding concepts for the copy, which would tell an amazing and inspiring story of the magazine and its uniqueness from all other existing fashion magazines in Australia. This included:
- A media release highlighting the launch of the magazine.
- Go Fund Me launch campaign sales copy
- A media kit
- Lyrical, prose-inspired brand storytelling
The brand storytelling needed to be lyrical, poetic and inspiring. In terms of copy style, I used as inspiration the editorial of Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine along with the writing of Maya Angelou. However this brand storytelling couldn’t be derivative at all. It needed to be fresh, uniquely Australian and unique to the spirit and values of this powerful collective of people and their robust potential for greatness.
As such, myself along with Sasha wrote the following prose to encapsulate the soul and spirit of the magazine:
Spirit speaks to us. She guides us in an unspoken language. Spirit whispers softly in our ears.
Ssshhh…Listen! Can you hear her?
Spirit urges us to listen to our intuition. But we hardly ever do. Why is this? As women, we’re conditioned to ignore our power. To play small and conform to a foreign ideal that places us in constant conflict and turmoil with ourselves and the world.
Ascension Magazine is a spiritual revolution. Right now we are in hot pursuit to reclaim Spirit.
It is time to give ourselves permission to transcend everything that no longer serves us.
This is called Emancipation.
When we realise that we’re infinite beings; we become capable of everything our heart desires.
The universe never meant for us to act in desperation, but in faith, expecting abundance.
Our ancestors are aware of this wisdom.
They watch and wait patiently for us to understand this universal truth.
Culture beats like a drum in our hearts. It runs deep through our bloodlines.
It’s the glue that binds us to each other. Our language, totems, dances, songs, our spiritual home is where we derive strength and purpose.
Culture is never lost. From all parts of the globe, we Australian women share a common reverence for culture.
With many new dialogues of ancestry, tradition and contemporary expression these are signs of a cultural renaissance.
What sets Ascension Magazine apart from every other glossy magazine, is our courage to see the world in colour rather than in black and white.
Ascension is the magic that happens when women dare to be fearless and release the goddess power within.
Welcome to Australia’s first Indigenous and Ethnic Women’s Lifestyle Magazine.
For the media kit I thoroughly researched the fashion media landscape in Australia to find out about evidence that the media thus far had never been ethnically diverse and had been predominantly white. I didn’t need to look very far to find that evidence. This went into the media kit as a persuasive arguments to potential advertisers of the untapped potential they were missing.
The magazine is now in its fifth year and has evolved from being a print only magazine to becoming an online and social hub for ethnically diverse women in Australia with a vibrant community of dedicated followers.
The magazine has gone from strength to strength over the years, and I like to think that this is in part because of my initial help to kick-start the publication at its very inception.