Meg Wachter: Founder of Got a Girl Crush
Posted on August 20 2017
Got a Girl Crush is a blog and annual print magazine about women, by women, for everyone.We fell in love with this publication as soon as we laid eyes on it. Rich narrative content filled with cool art by women. Got a Girl Crush is women sharing the stories of other women. At a time when it is easier to point fingers and judge, why don't we all just celebrate what is good about each other and move together from there?
How did Got a Girl Crush magazine begin?
I started Got a Girl Crush in 2009 as a blog with my friend Andrea, who I met online! She lives in San Francisco and I live in Brooklyn, so it was a bi-coastal catch-all for our mutual appreciation and "crushes" on other rad woman. Now, one of my good friends, Amanda, has stepped in as Creative Director since Andrea parted the mag in 2014. What I love what Girl Crush has turned into, is a means to connect with women I admire in real life and learn about others' stories.
What are you currently most excited about?
Our next print issue coming out in July! It will be our sixth annual issue featuring stories from 10 amazing women from all over the world. Also excited about summer in NYC.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Women who fervently commit themselves to their passions, projects, or movements. We live in such uncertain and scary times right now, that you have to remind yourself there are so many GOOD people out in the world working for real change and equality. Got a Girl Crush serves as a platform for sharing these stories.
What would you tell yourself when you were younger?
I would tell younger Meg that all the hardships and bullying and awkwardness would amount to becoming an emboldened and confident woman. And that the friendships and sisterhood you surround yourself with will be your ultimate strength.
Is there something about your body that you are self conscious about, but have learned to embrace?
I agreed to be photographed as a challenge to myself. As someone who has dealt with an eating disorder throughout their life, my body confidence didn't come to me until the last few years. My 30's have also helped with the "fuck it, this is the body I have" and "I don't care" attitude, as well as discovering a way to stay physically active that worked for me. Being a shorter woman, I always found pounds added up much quicker on a small frame and the gym was never something I jived with--but riding my bike everywhere and practicing yoga regularly makes me feel great and keeps me fit. Getting tattooed has also maybe subconsciously been an act of body reclamation/love. It's something we don't talk about enough and the fact I work in the world of photographic retouching really conflicts with a lot of my moral issues (which is why I predominantly only work on products and not people if given the option). If young women only see white blonde buxom size 2's -- they think that's the norm and it's not! The average woman in the US wears a size 16! And we have butts and stretch marks and birth marks and rolls and our thighs touch! Representation matters.
What do you love about lingerie?
Truthfully I'd never been interested in lingerie -- but love the modern styles that Thistle & Spire makes (which is partly why I agreed to do this). My tips is trust your gut and wear what makes you feel fucking awesome! The fine lines bralette and bikini are so rad!
Describe your perfect kind of day in Brooklyn.
My favorite day in Brooklyn would be biking to Coney Island (75, sunny, no-humidity) day, riding the Wonder Wheel, walking on the boardwalk and getting a salted chili mango-on-a-stick, hitting the beach, then staying for fireworks over the ocean at night!