EDI­TOR’S LET­TER

Miss FQ - - Contents -

Nar­cis­sis­tic, en­ti­tled and self-ab­sorbed are just some of the crit­i­cisms com­monly lev­elled at mil­len­ni­als. Sup­pos­edly we ex­pect ev­ery­thing to come to us on a sil­ver plat­ter. What do you say to that? I love sil­ver. I love plat­inum, gold, and rose gold, too, but I’m damn well pre­pared to work hard and earn the money to pay for it my­self. And I know I’m not the only one. In fact, putting to­gether this is­sue of Miss FQ and col­lab­o­rat­ing with and pro­fil­ing so many in­cred­i­ble girl­bosses has only re­in­forced to me how hard we as a gen­er­a­tion hus­tle. Although per­haps it’s all the hus­tling that rubs peo­ple up the wrong way. :Cer­tainly there’s a fine line be­tween hus­tling and hav­ing zero hu­mil­ity – one that Anny Ma de­codes for us in Do You Know Why I Hired You? (page 84). But some­thing that came up re­peat­edly as I in­ter­viewed the amaz­ing women who fea­ture in this is­sue is the fact that we hus­tle be­cause we’ve grown up amidst so much un­cer­tainty. One of our Dig­i­tal Di­vas (page 50), Emily Shor­von, prob­a­bly ex­plained it best in say­ing that we came of age dur­ing the Global Fi­nan­cial Cri­sis, which means a volatile job mar­ket is the only one we’ve ever known. As a re­sult we have this men­tal­ity that we can’t rely on any­one and have to look out for num­ber one. Why else do you think all of us are try­ing to be­come In­sta­gram celebri­ties on the side? : Right. It might look like we are self-ob­sessed in be­ing so selfie-ob­sessed, but we are do­ing what we have to do to sur­vive, and that means util­is­ing so­cial me­dia to build and lever­age our per­sonal brands. It’s not about the 9-to-5 any­more, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t work­ing hard. : I think the poster girls for ‘the new 9-to-5’ are Ken­dall and Kylie Jen­ner. I get so riled up when peo­ple say they are ‘just fa­mous for be­ing fa­mous’ and they’ve ‘never worked a day in their lives’. Sorry but all you have to do is watch one episode of Keep­ing Up With The Kar­dashi­ans to see that they never stop work­ing. Even when they are de­picted work­ing on the show, they are also be­ing filmed, which is, let’s face it, act­ing from a script. They’re ba­si­cally work­ing as hard as Jennifer Lawrence, they’re just not get­ting Os­car nom­i­nated for it. : If any­thing they are work­ing harder than J Law be­cause as you said, they are do­ing two jobs at once. So meta. : Kylie and Ken­dall are in­ter­est­ing too be­cause they didn’t choose that life. They were nine and 11 re­spec­tively when Kris Jen­ner signed them up for the KUWTK cir­cus. And you know what? By the time they were adults they would’ve made enough money to ac­tu­ally re­tire. But Ken­dall is a full-time su­per­model, walk­ing run­ways and fronting ma­jor cam­paigns all around the world. Kylie has a bur­geon­ing em­pire with Kylie Cos­met­ics, and they both have a ba­jil­lion side projects. You could ar­gue that they were born into wealth, fame, and well-con­nect­ed­ness, but they did some­thing with that. They could have done noth­ing – that would have been en­ti­tled. : As we learn in our Haters Gonna Hate fea­ture (page 80), peo­ple of­ten crit­i­cise what they don’t un­der­stand. Util­is­ing so­cial me­dia to make money is a novel way of suc­ceed­ing, but it’s totes le­git. Just ask blog­ger Leah Naomi (Wan­der­lust Wor­thy, page 36), who has turned her love of travel into a vi­able ca­reer. Of course with new so­cial me­dia plat­forms and de­vel­op­ments emerg­ing seem­ingly every other week, the rules of en­gage­ment are chang­ing rapidly (Hash­tag How To, page 86), but used cor­rectly, it’s the great­est re­source we have as a gen­er­a­tion. Not to men­tion it’s the rea­son we are, IMO, more ac­cept­ing of other peo­ple’s eth­nic, re­li­gious, gen­der and sex­ual iden­ti­ties than pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions. It comes down to ex­po­sure. : Right. The other thing that peo­ple tend to over­look is that for all our per­ceived self­ish­ness, we are the most civic-minded and com­mu­nity ori­ented gen­er­a­tion in re­cent times. And that’s pre­cisely be­cause the

To cel­e­brate the launch is­sue of Miss FQ, as­so­ci­ate ed­i­tors Skye Ross and Phoebe Watt dis­cuss what it is to be a mil­len­nial

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