One Year of MyGoddessComplex

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One by one, we stumbled into our twenties as millennial young adults, ready to endure the big bad world and all that ageing entails. While we managed to avoid impregnation ourselves (safely past the danger zone of teen moms), we birthed a love child- the first three way conception in history and the dawn of a proudly feminine journalistic legacy.

Bursting at our corseted seams with creativity and a need to express our angst in rant form, My Goddess Complex was born- bearing rosy cheeks, wide unblinking eyes, full lips and at a healthy weight of thic².

My mother always tells me the story of how my birth was long, painful and hard – I refused to get out of her. But when I finally did, I didn’t cry at all. I just stared aimlessly around the room with big eyes, blue before they turned to hazel (‘like that of a kitten’), without even sign of a whimper. In a cheesy literature student way, I see this as symbol of both my tendency to be pointlessly existential as well as a parallel framing device to our slow but steady production of this blog.

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It took us a while to make it happen, starting with a completely different theme that focused largely on the loud visual aspect we’ve developed. We then made a Google doc of all the types of articles we wanted to write- a combination of serious, even academic, pieces along with  personal essays/creative writing and fun stories. Our audience is primarily Warwick students so we’re planning to make more uni-based articles.

But as we were hit by a wave of exams, deadlines and the hibernation that followed them, akin to Frankenstein and the creature he spurned, we abandoned our own creation when the sentiment most mattered- on its first birthday. The date of the first article, by co-editor in chief Jill Lupupa, was the 25th of June 2017.

We were drinking ice cold pina coladas, listening to Frank’s Novocane and lounging around in different positions, a tangle of long limbs and lilac perfume. Ada was topless on the swivelly chair, talking about her cravings for coconut ice cream. Jill was wearing a pink velvet skirt and lying on on the floor staring up at the high ceiling. Maya was sat on the bed in a thin white sundress, eyeing the glazed window and the flowers which adorned it.  We had finished exams and were filled with the energy of first year students searching for release. We had tried Smack (the club) to ‘let down our hair’ and ‘paint the town red’: not satisfying enough. So we spent the day thinking up article ideas while the heat made us light-headed and the mindless chatter quenched our thirst.

Like the indie cult classics we watched together between glances at texts from love interests and pointless scrolls down our feed, we were a group of 3 best friends. Not Heathers or Mean Girls though- all three of us were a protagonist.

Our university course was small but, miraculously, fate would have it that we would just click. Our ‘vibes’ were strong- we laughed to the point of tears, were a similar combination of shy, weird, playful and sassy. Several heart to hearts led to a strong bond (that some repeatedly tried to break due to envy). As a joke, we created a group-chat called ‘Kardashians Of Warwick’ to poke fun at our guilty pleasure (gossip and vanity) and began sharing intimate and absurd anecdotes along with memes and witty banter. A lack of judgement or envy is the glue that holds any friendship together. True friends genuinely want their counterparts to thrive.

Uniquely to our friendship, we bonded over our love of writing, journalism and art. Therefore this project, which started off as a hobby, is what we hope to guide us into the world of media as we learn to become better at expressing ourselves and maintaining content strategies.

We wanted to create somewhere that encapsulates all aspects of ourselves and our friendship. MGC is a place that catalyses complete freedom of expression, harbours self-love, and dictates the liberal views you’d expect from three Philosophy and Literature undergrads at the University of Warwick. But we’re always opening to expanding our mindsets and having our views challenged, so don’t let our opinions deter you from submission. This website is indeed a ‘safe space’ for people of all race, gender, origin or sexual orientation. But ultimately we hope to do more than just that.

My Goddess Complex aims to celebrate creativity, individuality, art, culture, music and fashion through a lens of absolute inclusion.

Some of the topics we have written, or plan to write about, are delivered specifically to start a conversation or stir up feelings of discomfort that presses your ever present trigger button. Sometimes it’s fun to revel in hatred and anger; I hear it releases endorphins. At other times we aim to throw a stone and hope it hits your funny bone. A prime example is our ‘Bourgeois on a Budget’ Series, which is a satire meant to mock caricatures of our most shallow moments and the personas we create- secretly hoping that people understand it’s all a joke. We seek to parody problematic stereotypes and pepper them with ridicule, while also admitting that we do succumb to them at times, often on purpose or even with pride.

Ultimately, our three perspectives cover a wide range of topics. While we’re practically fraternal triplets, we bring something unique to each story. There’s no label (no one’s ‘the funny one’ or ‘the geeky one’), but we have aspects of many different stereotypes because of our third-culture pasts, our backgrounds and our different tastes. These tastes meet, but there is a bridge to cross between each of them.

 

What’s more is that we have a wide range of other people involved, mainly students for now. We have launched MGC Models and are in the process of creating editorial and columnist roles. Our first editor and ‘foreign correspondent’ (from her year abroad in Germany) will be Cecily Grace Morgan.

We will also have a bi-weekly editorial meeting beginning in October.

What many readers probably have in common is that:

a) they know us and want to read some of the more ‘exposing’ personal stories

b) they follow us on social media

c) they’re creatives themselves seeking to support us

or 

d) they’re interested in discussing social issues, foreign affairs, pop culture and art in a mature and sensitive way – but with a necessary MGC twist: often satirical, sometimes inappropriate, usually feminine and always imbued with a pinch of culture.

New Personalised Mascot/Logo: 

Our ultimate aim is to produce all of our own images and own the rights to them- we have links to photography and enjoy exploring film, video and pictures. However, we had to begin with images we found online.

We chose to use a painting of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus (in her halfshell) as our symbol- an obvious choice for a blog that has the word ‘goddess’ in it. Soft, pastel pink adorned the walls.

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The modern artist Egel Islekel (@egelislekel) strongly influenced our choice for the re branding of our logo into something original. He is a Turkish interior designer and graphic artist who takes a classic idea and juxtaposes it with a modern canvas or trope to create a medley of ancient and contemporary turmoil. He subjects infamous figures to modern circumstances in a series of cleverly manipulated images. It was his pictures of Venus herself in a modern setting (running on a treadmill, wearing makeup and getting plastic surgery) which resonated with us- it exaggerated femininity satirically, commenting on the hollow superficiality of modern life. Even a symbol of purity, of transcendence, succumbs to the artificial criteria used to navigate the culture of social desirability.

 

Our graphics designer was Annabelle Liu (@annabelleliuart) and her watercolour painting of Venus, out of her half shell and up close and personal, is absolutely enchanting.

What’s next? A logo symbolising our name.

The Name: 

In truth, the name came to us due to its acoustically aesthetic quality- it sounds good and memorable.

But, when we analysed the inner workings of our subconscious mind, we realised that it has many hidden meanings (we are literature students after all, it’s what we’ve been indoctrinated to do).

  1. It’s a play on the theoretical idea of ‘the god complex’, curated into a feminine pun. A God complex is not a classified psychological disorder (and does not appear in the DSM), but it is used to refer to a narcissistic person with a Nietzshean morality that may be read into it. Someone with a God complex will disregard social conventions and demand special privileges (white male privilege may be ringing bells). While MGC seeks to subvert, question and challenge the authority of social conventions, we are not genuinely narcissistic or stuck up. But we’re not girls next door either. If you want girls next door, go next door. We believe every woman should embrace the spark that will fire her demand for privilege.
  2. While we didn’t intend this, it’s reminiscent of ‘Complex Magazine’, which we adore. I guess we’re just ‘complex’ people…in deep contemplation about nothing deep at all.

Get to Know Us (Co-Editors in Chief):

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  • Maya

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♥My background is confusing- I was born in the US but my parents are Bulgarian, and I moved to London at 11 (third culture baby) after I spent one ‘transition’ year in a Bulgarian school

♥I’ve know how to ski since I was about 4 and trained to become a professional tennis player until I was 15

♥I discovered lip liner before Kylie Jenner did- Rimmel London and Maybelline were my  go to in year 9.

♥I’m vegan now but funnily enough used to be practically carnivorous

♥I’ve read almost all the Russian classics and there isn’t a 90s movie I wouldn’t try to get into

-IG: @mayatml

-Twitter: @mayatml

-LinkedIn: Maya Kokerov

  • Ada 

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  • I was born in Somalia but grew up in England.
  • I like 90s Prada and contemporary art.
  • I’m always working on my erotic novel.
  • Infamy is a bad habit.
  • All my icons are over 60 except Lindsay Lohan.

-IG: @adavnoir

 

  • Jill

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  • Third culture girl- my family are from Zambia, moved to South Africa where I was born, then grew up in England from 4
  • Sartre is my favourite philosopher (I mean, deny me like one of your French philosophers) and I’m partial to an existential joke or two
  • Spotify is my favourite app
  • I have a playlist for every mood and also still adore old Coldplay
  • Shelley’s Frankenstein is my favourite book and Wilde’s Silentium Amoris one of my favourite poems

-IG: @jillclb

-Twitter: @jillclb

-LinkedIn: Jill Lupupa

Our Career Aspirations: Journalist/Magazine Editors & Columnists

Other Writers:

Kieran:

He is a law student at the University of Warwick from London.

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  • When I was working as a street fundraiser for a charity my team leader to me to a secret weed cafe after work
  • I worked as a court usher and once sat in a court where and I.T. worker was on trial for threatening his tenant with a knife; months after I saw him at my local library and exchanged an awkward look.
  • I was once so wasted that I thought I had a conversation with my friend’s flatmate but the next day found out I was just blurting out gibberish
  • One of the first times I saw my babes I had a green stain on my white hoodie so ran away
  • My teachers said I wouldn’t finish school and I went to uni

-IG: @kierannair

-Twitter: @kieranknair

Cecily: 

She is a modern languages student at the University of Warwick from Wales.

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-IG: @Cecilygracemorgan

-Twitter: 

-LinkedIn: Cecily Grace Morgan

MGC MODELS: 

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MGC MODELS is a group of diverse, interesting and uniquely beautiful young adults who integrate creativity, charm and wit into the folds of their lives. They will provide a unique insight into our future articles- social issues, art, film, health, fitness and a plethora of other quirky topics. 

Our plan is to develop our photographic content using these new faces by setting up editorial shoots and short films.

Each model comes from a range of backgrounds, cultures and cities and therefore manifests a distinctive image through their personal styles and interests. 

MGC operates on the belief that everyone has something striking to offer. We are on the hunt for future models to consider in our selective monthly process and are open to any type of person, regardless of gender, height or look!

MGC NIGHT OUT:

Anyone and everyone is invited to come celebrate special occasions and the end of a term of editorial meetings with us! Just message me on social media to get involved, and look forward to a personalised invite.

Future Plans: 

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  • Ultimately, any articles (without offensive or problematic views of course) can be submitted for review. And we will publish them almost instantly.
  • We will have bi-weekly editorial meetings next term.
  • Ultimately, we hope to publish this website into a magazine, with all the articles written so far and our original images. We’re ‘saving the trees’ for now though.
  • We will have a My Goddess Complex Night Out (like Vogue’s Night Out) at the end of each term- it will be an occasion of glamour, witty people, sex appeal and some form of liqueur.
  • We will ‘re-vamp’ our website: the layout, design, functions and our social media presence.
  • We will collaborate more with other creatives.
  • We will take suggestions for articles from social media.

 

Social Media:

 

-IG: @mygoddesscomplex

-Twitter: @mygodesscomplex

SUBMIT ARTICLES TO: MAYA.KOKEROV@GMAIL.COM

Thank you for reading and for spending the year with us! !

 

Maya Kokerov

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