Miss FQ - - Associate Editors' Letter -

in­ter­net has given us a far greater grasp of the is­sues that we face, which, in turn, com­pels us to do some­thing about them. Look at some­one like Anna Lee (Mil­len­ni­als on the Move, page 57). She’s just an ev­ery­day woman like you or I who has seen some­thing hap­pen­ing in the world that she doesn’t like, and in­stead of just talk­ing about it, she’s rolling up her sleeves and ef­fect­ing change. And how is she do­ing it? : Through so­cial me­dia. It’s the es­sen­tial tool that has given us un­prece­dented, un­lim­ited po­ten­tial to prob­lem solve. : But it has its draw­backs. For ex­am­ple, ev­ery­one knows that plat­forms like In­sta­gram and Face­book cu­rate con­tent for you based on your on­line ac­tiv­ity, and that of your friends. What this means though is that, when it comes to so­cial is­sues, we get lulled into think­ing we are in the ma­jor­ity. That’s why we were all so blind­sided by the re­sult of the USA pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Ev­ery­one in our so­cial me­dia feeds was #with­her, so you felt like the whole of Amer­ica was. It wasn’t. : But de­spite (or in light of?) the out­come of that elec­tion, it's so pos­i­tive see­ing so many of our peers en­gag­ing with world pol­i­tics. When our par­ents were our age, I don’t think their con­ver­sa­tions would have been dom­i­nated by the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion to the ex­tent that ours were in the lead up to it. And again, it’s be­cause our ac­cess to it is so much more im­me­di­ate. But you can't say that our gen­er­a­tion is ap­a­thetic. : Ab­so­lutely not. An­other one of our Mil­len­ni­als on the Move, mayoral can­di­date Ch­löe Swar­brick, made the point that even the memes we share on In­sta­gram and Face­book are so of­ten po­lit­i­cal. She cat­e­gorised this as a ‘sub-level of hu­mour’ and said that it de­notes a ‘sub-level of intellect’. Ba­si­cally any­one who thinks we are ap­a­thetic needs to re­alise that this is just the lan­guage that we are hav­ing this con­ver­sa­tion in, and at the end of the day, at least we are hav­ing the con­ver­sa­tion. : Of course. But as you said, the in­ter­net is ba­si­cally an echo cham­ber, so it’s al­most like we are hav­ing this con­ver­sa­tion with our­selves. Do you think some­one needs to in­vent a new al­go­rithm that shows you the op­po­site of what you and your friends are talk­ing about, so there is more of a di­a­logue? : To­tally. Can a mil­len­nial please in­vent that? We’ll put you in the next is­sue! : For re­als. In all se­ri­ous­ness, the women in this mag­a­zine are your lead­ers and in­flu­encers. Each of them em­bod­ies what it means to be a strong, in­de­pen­dent woman and they in­spire me to do what I love. I hope they do the same for you. : Agreed. Who do you con­sider the ul­ti­mate sym­bol of our time? : Ev­ery­one fea­tured in Miss FQ has to be, in my eyes, the ul­ti­mate sym­bol of our time. But to­day I’m say­ing our cover girl Gigi Hadid (Tommy’s Girl, page 34). Our next is­sue? IDK! Stay tuned for May 2017. : Or bet­ter yet, let us know! Email us, write us a com­ment, slide into our DMS. We want to hear from you. Un­til then, happy read­ing!

Mil­len­ni­als might be selfie-ob­sessed, but as our favourite it girls prove, your per­sonal brand can be your great­est as­set.

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