Why did you start WORN Fashion Journal?
Our fearless Editor-in-Pants, Serah-Marie McMahon, was originally attempting to put together a publication with a group of friends; she was going to edit the fashion section. Unfortunately for them, that publication never got off the ground, but fortunately for us, that fashion section became WORN Fashion Journal.
At the time, Serah-Marie was reading three books that she credits with giving her the idea to start a fashion magazine with little to no experience: Mike, Spike, Slackers and Dykes by John Pierson, 40 Watts from Nowhere: A Journey into Pirate Radio by Sue Carpenter, and Thrift Score by Al Hoff. All three books focused on people who had almost no experience in their respective fields but charged ahead regardless.
Serah-Marie asked Gwen Stegelmann to join WORN as Managing Editor, and put up a flyer at Concordia University looking for fellow students. The flyer read “Do you like fashion but hate fashion magazines?” From there, WORN established a small core group of editors, and slowly enlisted more friends, co-workers, significant others, etc. to become Wornettes. WORN began accepting interns in 2008 and slowly but surely grew into a real Wornette community. Today, WORN is made up of three boards: Editorial, Image, and Publishing. Wornettes organize parties, participate in shows & sales, and run a blog.
What’s your deal with advertising?
Most mainstream fashion magazines are businesses – making money is the bottom line. Commercial magazines earn revenue through advertising, not through readers’ patronage. This produces a shift in power: to get paid, a magazine’s content must please the advertiser first – and the reader second. In many markets, especially fashion, advertisers have such an upper hand that they’ve not only leaked into editorial content but now dominate it. Instead of getting a little advice, readers are given a purchased opinion.
WORN refuses to operate this way. We’ve structured our sales to guarantee that the majority of our revenue comes from our readership – they alone ensure our survival. We accept advertising but maintain complete creative control separate from our advertisers. Our advertisers think WORN is worth supporting and our readers worth informing, and applaud our policy of independence.
Where can I buy WORN?
I moved, how do I change the mailing address for my subscription?
Please send an email to email@example.com, clearly stating your old address and your new address, and wait for a confirmation email. If you don’t get a confirmation email in a week, feel free to email again and use profanity. We do ask for 14 business days notice before you move.
Can I send you free stuff?
WORN does not accept any free stuff, for fear it may influence how we talk about that stuff. The exception to this is books. We do this because the book industry has a much more established understanding of a no-strings-attached policy, and have an expectation of an honest review. For all book submissions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a Wornette?
A Wornette is anyone (boy or girl) who works to make WORN possible. This includes our staff, contributor, readers, donators, biggest and everyone who supports us in one way or another. You're a Wornette.
I’m not a fashion writer, can I still write for WORN?
Yes! You don’t have to be a “fashion” journalist to write for WORN. We are looking for a myriad perspectives on clothing and some of our best contributions have come from historians, feminists, environmentalists, psychologists, and novelists – everyone can have an opinion on clothing. For more information go to How to Submit
I’m a student and I wrote a clothing–related essay, can I submit it?
Definitely. Worn has found that some of its best and most interesting content has come to us this way. Please submit the paper in its entirety and if we see potential, one of our editors can then help you to rework the paper into a more accessible article. Your article does not have to be from a fashion-related major, we have found success in submissions from departments like woman’s studies, fibre arts, decorative arts, communications and cultural studies. For more information go to How to Submit
Can I take pictures, illustrate or create graphic design for WORN?
We have a regular assignments for creative people. Send some of work or a link to your website to email@example.com.
Can I do a photoshoot for WORN?
If you have an already-completed photoshoot, you can send us a small res version of it for consideration – but it’s best to consult with us first, as we may be able to provide some tips and tricks to ensure publication. Most importantly, we are interested in all kinds of beauty, and insist on including diversity of culture, subculture, gender identification, sexuality, size, race, and age. It is very important that our photoshoots reflect this. Please email all questions and submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I be on staff?
We are looking for people to volunteer at WORN. There are lots of roles behind the scenes that make what we do possible. See our Get Involved
page for more details.
Can I be an intern?
At this time all internship positions are volunteer and are only available in Toronto. Find out more about applying here
Are you going to pay me?
The answer to this is, regretfully, no. We are a small publication and so far no one, not even the editor, gets paid. However, we are working hard to change this as we believe that all contributors deserve to get paid.
What can I do to support WORN?
There are many ways you can help support WORN. You can buy our issues, become a subscriber, tell all your friends about us, donate to the publishing of the magazine or donate items to us. For any further questions about how you can help please email email@example.com.