At the National Religious Broadcasters Convention earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet Libby Stewart and Erika Filer. Both young ladies are 14 and in the eighth grade. Back in September, unhappy with what they were seeing in magazines and social media focused on young teen girls, they decided to create their own account on Instagram for teenage girls. They’re called “TheChristianGirls,” and so far have 2,482 followers and growing.
But that wasn’t enough. Then they developed the account into a Christian teenage girl magazine on the Instagram platform they call “Girl Talk.” They design their own magazine covers for each issue, DIY without any cover design app and every other week they alternate writing the articles. They post a sign up sheet on the account and direct message it out to all who will sign up. Currently they have around 60 frequent subscribers.
The bottom line is that while the rest of us “creative” types are complaining that we don’t have big enough budgets, better equipment, or more qualified people, here’s two 14 year old girls that have launched a teen girl magazine via a social media platform.
Check them out. @TheChristianGirls on Instagram. See what these motivated teenagers are doing while we’re sitting around waiting for our next big break. I don’t know about you, but I’m keeping an eye out for Libby and Erika. They’re going to do something remarkable in the future.
What encouragement would you give to Libby and Erika?