By: Jessica Li
Photos by: Jessica Li
Attention, Georgetown creators and lady bosses – new publication Bossier is here, and taking campus by storm. We sat down with Co-Founders Tiffany Tao and Michele Dale (both SFS ’19), to get the scoop on what the zine is all about, and why it’s filling a gap here on campus.
Thirty Seventh: Let’s start with the obvious – what exactly is Bossier?
Tiffany Tao: We are Georgetown’s newest zine for women – “we are girls who create” is our tagline. I guess what we hope to be is a published magazine, but also an experience. We want something that’s interactive, and that reflects the current issues of being a woman on campus, in this country, and around the world.
TS: What inspired you to start Bossier?
Michele Dale: I was actually a part of something similar in high school. A friend started a publication for different high school girls across New York City but it was mostly for writing, and it only ever had one issue. Coming to Georgetown, I knew I wanted to do something similar since there was nothing like that here. Most of the publications on campus were organized in a way where you were assigned topics and couldn’t really write whatever you liked, and I wanted to find a space where I could write what I wanted, so we started Bossier!
TT: Echoing what Michele is saying, I think Bossier is the organization I was looking for when I came to Georgetown in my freshman fall. I think it helps fill this void at Georgetown and create a space for women to talk about important issues in an intelligent and creative way.
TS: Why do you think something like Bossier is so necessary at Georgetown?
TT: I think it’s necessary because Georgetown is obviously a very professionally oriented school, which is great for putting women in positions of power in the corporate world and professional world. But what we are missing is a creative space for women and our mission is to go outside of getting the “perfect resume” and landing that dream job. Bossier is different because it focuses on the less glamorous parts of womanhood.
MD: And the more personal parts! The parts that less people talk about. I also think that a creative space is lacking for people in general at Georgetown, and not necessarily just for women. Georgetown is 55% women and we need something like Bossier to give women an outlet to express themselves.
TS: How can students get involved with Bossier?
MD: I think the fact that we are submission-based is really important. For other publications like The Hoya and The Voice, you actually have to be a staff member to contribute. The way Bossier is different is that it will definitely be more creativity-based. We knew we wanted to be submission-based so that we could include the opinions and voices of students all across campus. Our overall format will also be very different. We have a very curated and up-to-date website, and the way we hope to layout our print copy will probably take people by surprise. It will definitely be a more modern and fun layout than some of the other publications on campus. At the moment we are accepting all submissions! In the future, or under special circumstances, things might change, but for now I can safely say that if you submit, you will be published!
TS: How often can students expect a publication of Bossier?
TT: So we are publishing once a semester. This first semester we are publishing online, but we hope to have a print copy every semester following. The reason we want print issues is because we want to collect these submissions and put it together in a curated piece of art, to almost tell a story. While anyone can submit, we have a group of dedicated contributors as our board, which we call the B-Team. Everyone is involved at different levels, but we also want it to be a very inclusive publication.
TS: You two are both sophomores. Where do you hope to see Bossier by the time you reach senior year?
MD: I hope that before I graduate, Bossier is established at Georgetown and we pass it on to a really great group of younger students who will take the publication even farther than we can. What I’d really like to see is Bossier helping to change the stigma on the word “feminist” at Georgetown, and to make being “pro-women” something cool by changing that narrative.
TT: Something I really love about Bossier is that because of the semester publishing schedule, we are hoping to have an issue out for every semester of the rest of our college lives. So in five years I’ll be able to look back and think, “hey, this is what we were talking about fall semester sophomore year, and this is how I felt” based on what that issue contains.
TS: Okay, time for the flash round. Who’s your lady boss?
TT: Leandra Medine of Man Repeller
MD: Beyoncé, Tina Fey and my mom!
TS: What are your favorite magazines/zines?
TT & MD: Rookie Mag, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Nylon, Another Mag and The Messy Heads Zine
TS: Dream piece for Bossier?
MD: I would’ve loved to interview Rupi Kaur when she came to Georgetown! Also I would personally love to write an article similar to Joan Didion’s “Goodbye to All That.” Like an ode to New York, which is where I’m from.
TT: I think it would be awesome to interview Tavi Gevinson, the Editor-in-Chief of Rookie Mag. She just seems like someone I’d love to hang out with, she’s so cool. Also an interview with Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss and Glossier.