If you don’t already know the name Marley Dias, get familiar. She’s a girl boss in the making.
The 11-year-old New Jersey native has launched a magazine backed by ELLE that focuses on black girls and women. Dias is best known for creating the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign, a book drive to collect the stories of women of color.
“I've always said that books have taken me on many adventures, but none of those adventures have been quite like this one. This isn't a dystopian novel or a fantasy. It's my real life. I, Marley Emerson Dias, have gotten the chance of a lifetime. I'm creating a brand-new zine for one of the most-read magazines in the world,” Dias said in an announcement.
Dias has already landed interviews with director Ava DuVernay, ballerina Misty Copeland and writer/producer Larry Wilmore. In the first issue and those to follow, Dias hopes to bring more visibility to Black girls and women.
Dias said, “I want to change the way we imagine black girls in books and in culture and I want to create new spaces for black girls to be represented.”