Kia Labeija Helps U.K. Photography Journal Expand to Print

Alongside New York's "drag ballroom" star: Mexico City street kids and a committed circus performer.

AccentMagazineIn recent months, there has been growing discussion of how high-quality print magazines might be poised for a niche comeback. Provided those at the helm understand the myriad of new challenges in landing committed subscribers and the delicate art of cross-pollinating content on social media, Snapchat and the like.

The latest to join that party, from across the pond, is Accent. After several years online, the U.K. photography journal overseen by editors Lydia Garnett and Lucy Nurnberg has added a bi-annual print magazine. From the Accent website:

Accent is a collection of true stories about inspirational, extraordinary people who dare to live life on their own terms. These are the everyday heroes who make the world a brighter place simply by being themselves.

That sounds like a mission statement in proper sync with today’s millennial audience. On the cover of Issue #1 is Kia Labeija, a 25-year-old HIV activist and New York “drag ballroom” star. In a recent interview with It’s Nice That, the editors noted their print look was inspired in part by the late Andy Warhol:

“Format was one of our big considerations,” the editors say. “It was important to us that Accent could sit next to the big glossy fashion magazines on the shelves so that our subjects get the prominence they deserved. We’ve always loved 80s mags like _The Face, i-D and Interview that are filled with energetic type and big smiles. We wanted to create something with that level of confidence.”

On April 28, the Accent editors will be in New York for a stateside launch party. At that point, the magazine will start appearing on U.S. newsstands with a price tag of $15.