Chani and Jamila released their first issue ‘Beginnings’ in October 2015, as well as hosting discussions and workshops. ‘Beginnings’ explored the lives of artists and how they got started, featuring art and photography, personal stories and experiences, as well as creative writing that explored birth, loss, death, and fresh starts. “The positive response we received was overwhelming and motivated us to continue the project further!” enthused Chani, and their second issue, ‘The Naked Issue,’ came out last year, aiming to simultaneously study the female form while also being about the idea of displaying oneself honestly. “Every issue we are changing and developing our process,” Chani told us, which was reflected in the issue, with contributors being encouraged to present themselves by their own terms, rather than have an editorial team dictate the direction of their work or define who they were.
“Our ambition is for Typical Girls to grow as a publication and as a platform for discussion amongst women,” Chani explained, “Our team is growing – we have a new amazing sub-editor bringing new things to the table, helping us evolve.” This year will soon see their third issue, ‘Generations,’ which explore how the current young generation differs from those before it, and how different generations can influence one another and interconnect. Typical Girls will no doubt produce another fantastic issue that redefines typical notions of what it is to be a girl or woman, instead reflecting how multifaceted this is, and continue to express female voices, creativity and stories.