Way back when I came up with the concept for this thing I would call “Kingdomz X”, people thought it was a great name, but had no clue what it meant, or why the ostensibly misplaced “z” (that’s a long story, and one you really don’t want me to delve into right now). What I will tell you is that it has nothing to do with any patriarchal ideology. In fact, when I first launched my Kingdomz X social network, I was slowly (I’m a Taurus) becoming aware of my skewed concept of masculinity, though it would take years for me to work through it. One day I woke up, made coffee, and while sipping it, proclaimed myself to be feminist (not true, I don’t recall when it happened). But I wanted my logo to reflect that; something subtle, but bold enough that it would be recognized as a symbol of feminine power.
The font I chose for my logo (Trajan Pro 3) happened to come from a luxury cosmetics website (which is inconsequential in regards to feminist ideals, not sure why I mentioned it). In my mind, this font seemed to exhibit “queenly” authority (don’t look at me like that). I thought it was perfect! The symbol that is a part of the logo, was inspired by ancient symbolism, which (despite being agnostic) I’ve always had a fascination for. The inverted triangle was first and part of an earlier logo, and went through color changes until I had settled on a pinkish hue (magenta, I think). Then one day I decided to do away with the color, and place a symbol of the sun at the center. What it symbolizes, I’ll let you decide, or figure out for yourself.
Now, if you’ve been following us since our beginning two years ago, then you might have noticed that the predominance of our subjects are women (well I guess you might notice that if you’re a new reader too). Despite my feminist leanings, this was not intentional, but the result of my subconscious mind’s desires, I believe (in fact, I didn’t realize it until recent months). With Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day approaching at the time, I thought of doing an all women issue. But really, what would have been the point? The women we present here do not serve as mere eye candy, but are some of the most talented and brilliant businesswomen in the world, each in control of their own agency. Each of them have achieved various levels of success and recognition in their respective fields.
Sisters Naty and Yaz Ugalde of Costa Rica, the former publishers of the wildly popular Gorgeous Freaks Magazine (where this writer began), now own and operate their own clothing boutique. They started off as alt-models for a number of bands and brands, and still continue to occasionally model when time permits.
Britney Rae, is model who (by her own admission) doesn’t seem to “fit” anywhere on the modeling spectrum, but has appeared in numerous publications. Not only is she known for her curvaceous good looks, but she’s also an accomplished photographer and digital artist, via her Phantasmagorical Arts Photography.
If there’s anyone who has an eye for great art, it is Anna Serova. Originally from Russia, Anna resides alternately between New York City and Miami. She serves as an art consultant for Avant Gallery, models, and is currently in the process of developing her own brand of women’s wear.
Olivia Olson has come a long way in her career. Starting off as the precocious ten year old singer in the 2003 film Love Actually, she would eventually become the voice of Vanessa Doofenshmirtz in Phineas and Ferb, and Marceline the Vampire Queen in Adventure Time. She would then co-author Adventure Time's: The Enchiridion & Marcy's Super Secret Scrapbook, with her father Martin Olson. She’s also a talented songwriter and musician, recording The Father-Daughter Album of Unspeakable Beauty with her father. Solo, she’s released an EP (Beauty is Chaos), and a full length album (Nowhere Land). Somewhere in between all this, she became the fourth Powerpuff Girl (Bliss), and she’s got her own Adventure Time comic book series.
She’s a dj, singer, songwriter, producer, and model. Her name is Ami Carmine, and the woman is simply amazing. She impresses with every project she takes on. She doesn’t just do it, she does it well. Currently, she’s a judge on BBC’s musical talent program All Together Now.
There are so many more wonderful women here, and the only reason I don’t mention all of them, is simply because I would be here all night. But take a look around you while you’re here. You’ll see what I’m talking about, and that I do not hyperbolize.
My intention was to publish this during the first week of March, then it got pushed back, and I had planned on publishing on International Women’s Day. Unfortunately, personal issues (including a bizarre injury) prevented me from doing so. It is now the middle of April as I write this. But like I said, we don’t need a special day or month to celebrate awesome women. It’s kind of a thing here already (gentlemen need not fret, we see you too).
Wait until you see who we have coming your way next month.
Hailing from New York City, Patrick Chappelle is the Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Kingdomz X Magazine. A computer geek from day one, Patrick was on the forefront of social communities and has served as a Technical Advisor for NING, Social Media Manager for SiteSuites Software Development, and Community Manager for Gen Y Hub. When he's not scouting local talent, he's either at the health club, or enjoying the sights, sounds, and culture of the city.