As 2015 turned to 2016, Brianna Adkins, a junior at Foxcroft Academy, looked towards the future. With just three semesters left of high school, like many upperclassmen, she asked herself, “what are my passions and what do I want to do with my life?”
For Brianna, the answer was clear. Her paramount interests were fashion and journalism, so why not combine the two?
At the turn of the New Year, partly motivated by the need to create a portfolio for college applications but mostly motivated by personal enjoyment, Brianna set out to create, from scratch, a fashion magazine. By January’s end, she had made Pretty Smart, a 29-page magazine that is no exhibition of mascara or duck faces but a vehicle of female empowerment and internal reflection.
“I’ve always loved to write, and fashion has forever been something that’s influenced my life, but I never knew how to put those things together,” said Brianna. “I thought I could be a teacher and write about fashion on my own time, but then it clicked—I want to be a fashion journalist. The idea of my own magazine popped into my head, and I began scribbling out ideas for Pretty Smart Magazine. I wanted to write about the students who influence and inspire those around them, and the whole project came together. I’m astounded when I look at the success and support I’ve gained from it. I know it’s what I want to do with my life, and I know I’ll be continuing it for as long as I can.”