An annual publication to challenge barriers faced by racialized women and youth.
From Instagram campaigns to exhibits to social venture start-ups — Flaunt-It continues to explore the various ways our movement can provide a celebratory and empowering platform for women creatives to excel. Now, we are launching an annual visual anthology that will compile the works of several emerging BIWOC artists who are sharing their stories via a range of art forms.
Flaunt-It's Magazine is a compilation of stories that explore the intersectional identities primarily of Black, Indigenous, women of colour (BIWOC). It invites all the stories that have been marginalized from mainstream media. It is a celebration of women, grassroots initiatives, and their creators. Flaunt-It's visual anthology will feature various creative projects which explore identity and our chosen annual themes. These projects will interject the celebration and representation of primarily BIWOC.
After hosting our "Let's Love More" Community Art Show & Exhibit in February 2020, the pandemic empowered Flaunt-It to consider further how we can work with artists, activists, entrepreneurs and leaders of all backgrounds, experiences and skills levels. As we could not host events during the pandemic, we contemplated how we could amplify our platform to truly support underserved and underrepresented artists to feel seen, recognized and empowered. The idea of creating a physical magazine was always a dream, but as a team, we collectively decided that 2021 would be the year we made that dream come true.
Throughout 2021, Flaunt-It has worked with nearly 100 Black, Indigenous, Women of Colour (BIWOC) artists from all across the province to produce our first magazine / visual anthology titled "Love Deeply, Love Often, Love Yourself." It is a collection of literature and visual, digital, + media arts that share the complex identities and narratives of "all the women who have never felt seen." The 200-page magazine is only the first issue of our now annual project. Our inaugural magazine production was a part of the Canadian Women's Foundation's Investment Readiness Program, funded by the Government of Canada.
After seeing the success and impact of the first publication, Flaunt-It's team decided to make the visual anthology publication an official annual project. It has become the best way for Flaunt-It to provide creative and leadership opportunities, including professional training, mentorship, employment, honourariums, etc. The visual anthology is the physical embodiment and collection of stories by racialized people told by their authentic selves. This project is open for any woman, femme and non-binary person to get involved with, regardless of age, experience, ethnicity, income, etc.