Chelsea Simone graces the cover of Monachopsis' first issue.
Monachopsis is defined by the dictionary of obscure sorrows
as the feeling of otherness, of an inability to fit in quite as well as you should or want to. It’s a feeling that Stephanie Stein and Kristen Milford know all too well, especially when it comes to their experiences in the fashion world.
After years of frustration at the lack of actual representation in the fashion industry, the pair felt it was time to launch a publication that was aimed at creating a more inclusive space for people who might be made to feel like outsiders. Monachopsis, which will be comprised of user submissions, will specialize in editorial photography, shopping guides, and interviews, with each issue focused on a particular theme.
The first issue of Monachopsis plans to launch this October with an issue theme of “Mood Swings,” and aimed at discussing mental illness in its many forms. Future issues will be directed towards creating a safe space for readers who might feel excluded from the world of fashion for any number of reasons, as well as allowing their audience to submit their own work that might not fall into the status quo of most other publications, fashion or otherwise.
The magazine hopes to emphasize diversity in the fashion industry by combating "sexism, racism, transphobia, ableism and other discriminatory elements in the industry... by showcasing amazing work by weirdos, for weirdos."
Currently, the magazine is crowdfunding through Indiegogo
, and accepting submissions for their first issue.