I’ve always been a reader of young women’s magazines. When I was in high school, I would read Dolly and Seventeen at my local library while pretending to study. I would admire the gorgeous models, check out the latest trends, the cute guys and read the sex education articles that were a substitute for my strict religious parents who avoided the ‘birds and the bees’ talk.
I was a 15-year-old giving relationship advice to my older cousins who wondered how I knew all of this. I thank those young women’s magazines for educating and entertaining me throughout my teenage years.
But amongst the array and selection of those great palagi magazines that dominated shelves over the years, I always felt there was something missing. I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great to have a magazine that empowers, inspires and celebrates the young Pacific woman? With stories about us, our culture, our achievements – with magazine covers that feature our faces and more importantly our bootylicious bodies? So in August 2012 after endless brainstorming sessions, studying business and journalism at AUT, sourcing writers and networking, SUGA Magazine was born.
We are approaching 30,000 likes on facebook. We have worked hard to sell what we think is an awesome magazine to reputable brand advertisers and appreciate them for believing in our product and our niche market (and paying our printing and production hehe). However with the digital age being so rapid and prominent now, we need to keep up with trends and ensure that we can deliver excellent digital media by making our stories accessible online to you
We thank YOU for supporting our magazine!
We aim to inform, entertain, educate and discuss all things that affect young Samoan and Pacific women and men. One of our objectives is for our youth to have good solid direction so that they can make positive choices in life. We hope that by reading about inspiring and ambitious Polynesians, that it will prompt our younger generation to think “If SHE or he can do that, then I can too!”
Enjoy browsing through our website and feel free to contact us on the form below. Don’t forget to follow us on twitter @SUGA_Magazine and instagram @suga_magazine. We appreciate all your feedback. Manuia le aso… #PolyUp
– Cecilia Sagote Editor-In-Chief