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Flawed - Issue 1 - June 2016

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Hello there...And welcome to the first issue of Flawed Magazine. Let’s face it, we all have ‘flaws’ and we spend our lives trying to cover them up and create a false image of ourselves, an image that will be well received by those around us. In a world saturated by social media, it has become the norm to delve into the lives of others on a daily basis, but everything we see has been hand selected/doctored to present the best possible self-image.

This is all well and good, but in my opinion it is our ‘flaws’ and differences that make us interesting. They wouldn’t say opposites attract if we were all meant to be carbon copies of each other. Everyday, we are moulded and shaped by the people we meet and the situations we find ourselves in, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Personally, I feel that it is the ‘negative’ aspects of life that help us grow and have the biggest impact on our lives and who we are, at least that has been the case for me. It has allowed me to evaluate who I am and grow as a person and learn from my mistakes, I have realised more often than not, there is a silver lining.

We live our lives in creativity, it is all around us in the music we listen to, the films we watch, the fashion we wear, it is everywhere; we are creative beings and it is amazing how often we use life experiences as blueprints for our creativity. This makes it relatable to others, how many times have you listened to a song because you feel that it describes a time in your life or the writer understands what you are going through, how many times do you watch a film to make yourself feel better or even just go for a bit of retail therapy. Expressing ourselves through creativity seems to be ingrained within us.

That brings me to the creation of Flawed Magazine; it is primarily a hub for creativity, an outlet for creative people to show off their work and hopefully gain as much exposure as possible, but also to look more closely at the professionals that create this beautiful work. We want to peel back the layers and find out more about the person, making them more relatable, whilst celebrating their work as well.

We have been overwhelmed with the response we have had during the build up to our first issue; submissions have come in from every corner of the world and we enjoyed (although admittedly hated actually choosing the shoots, as we wanted to showcase all the fantastic work) picking apart the shoots and selecting a variety of beautiful photos for you to enjoy.

We are so excited to share our first Interviews with you, one with Dancer/Actress/Model, Chrissy Brooke, talking about leaving home at such a young age and dealing with becoming content with yourself in a creative world full of rejection and another with Actress, Milena Valentin, speaking about self-doubt, which I know we all have deep down, to a certain degree. They were very brave to speak so freely about sensitive and personal issues so we cannot thank them enough and really hope that what they have to say can help people going through similar situations or times in their lives, even if it is just to let you know that you are not alone. We are all human, we all have our down days and that’s OK.

Here at Flawed, we didn’t think that it was fair to put others under the microscope without being brave enough to do it ourselves so whenever a new member joins the team they will have to write a short paragraph explaining what they believe to be their ‘flaw’ or a difficult time in their life, starting with me...

 ‘I was stuck in a vicious cycle. I was so upset in my own skin with the constant uphill struggle and setbacks of trying to break into the creative industry, that I took it out on someone that I loved. No matter how much I wanted to go back to the old me I couldn’t, it just wasn’t that easy. I could see the issue, how I was behaving, I was cold, distant, defensive, basically adhering to her feelings in the complete opposite way that I should. I just couldn’t break the cycle. I was so trapped in who I now was it felt wrong to change, like she would think I was faking it, how could anyone switch back to a happy, care-free loving man after so long of being an empty vessel? I should have pushed through this and forced myself to do what I knew was right, but in the end it was too late, one morning she was gone. The irony was the night before whilst she slept I told myself enough is enough, only you can change this and I intended to. Unfortunately, my revelation came too late, or did it, maybe it did to save that relationship but I tell you now, whether its work or personal life, I have learned to communicate and not keep everything on my chest and I don’t take anything for granted anymore.’


Harry Bigsby-Thompson
Founder / Editor-in-Chief – Flawed Magazine