With the rise of Trump, magazines like Teen Vogue have been praised for having a demographic of young girls while providing scathing political criticism. Only, teens actually have very little to do with the production of conglomerate-owned magazines. At 16 years old, Evelyn Atieno was fed up with content for teens not written by teens, so she launched Affinity Magazine, a social justice-focused website and print magazine written and run entirely by teens.
Since its creation in 2013, Affinity has moved far beyond anyone's expectations, with over 400 writers, millions of page views, more than 50,000 Twitter follows and no advertisers. Now a 19-year-old college student in Maryland, Atieno spoke with Broadly about what it's like to run a magazine while studying, her plans for Affinity's future as she enters her twenties, and what it's like to compete with bigger and more powerful publications.