Katie Holmes didn't like what she saw in women's magazines — so she created her own. There are no Photoshopped images of models or tips on how to please your boyfriend in the first issue of Holmes' Future Game Changers, currently available as a digital publication on issuu.com. Instead, its pages are brimming with stories and ads featuring strong women and girls. "I wanted to shift the focus from beauty to leadership and adventure," says the 17-year-old Middlebury Union High School senior.
"I've always been interested in women's empowerment," says Holmes. A year ago, after meeting a Middlebury College student who had attended a secret school in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan as a young girl, Holmes raised about $3,000 for that country's first all-girls school.
She started working on her magazine — which features an interview with the Afghan student, Marjeela Basij-Rasikh — last summer and continued through the fall, earning school credit for the undertaking. Next stop: Kickstarter. Holmes is launching a fundraising campaign to make the magazine a reality.
The first issue of Future Game Changers includes an interview with former Washington governor Christine Gregoire and a book review of Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In, among other articles. Holmes even created all the ads. One, for an imaginary school called the Holmes Flight Academy, features a little girl in aviator goggles holding up a toy airplane. The copy reads, "She believed she could, so she did."
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