Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

Af­ter many rounds of in­ter­views and tests I had fi­nally landed my dream job as art di­rec­tor on Maxim UK .Iwas young, full of energy and cre­ative thoughts. I trav­elled the world, met Hol­ly­wood stars and even spent a day with Bey­oncé in NYC! Mark Setch­field, art editor

I’d de­vel­oped a crush on Nick Carter of the Back­street Boys. Not only did I record all his in­ter­views to watch on re­peat, but I also spent all my pocket money and sav­ings on posters. Trust me, those posters cost me a bomb! Sana Umer, web con­tent editor

I was 16, do­ing my home­work on the bus, com­pil­ing mix­tapes and sneak­ing back­stage at con­certs to in­ter­view mu­si­cians (such as The Stereo­phon­ics, pic­tured) for a pre-blogera in­die mu­sic fanzine I wrote with my BFF Vicky. Natalie Long, editor

I was cel­e­brat­ing my 16th birth­day! This was taken on my birth­day with my cousin, Ash­ley. Ve­rina Du­rand, se­nior picture editor

I grad­u­ated from kinder­garten in 1997 and en­tered the ‘grown-up’ world of pri­mary school – we had a proper cer­e­mony in black aca­demic gowns and mor­tar­boards and my mother cried a lit­tle. I was also play­ing big sis­ter to my brother who had just en­rolled at nurs­ery. Shreeja Ravin­dranathan, lifestyle writer

I was nine and ob­sessed with the Spice Girls. While Vic­to­ria Beck­ham may still be one of my idols, hope­fully my taste in mu­sic (and my dress sense) has im­proved since then! Lind­say Judge, fash­ion editor

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