11 year-old Marley Dias is a Royal Girl that’s making more moves that women in their 30s.
The ‘tween-preneur’ behind the extremely successful #1000BlackGirlBooks is now the editor-in-residence of her very own magazine, Marley Mag. The publication launched by ELLE.com will feature all of the men and woman that have inspired her and left an mark on the world. In a letter published on Elle.com, Dias says she always wanted to edit a magazine one day, but never expected the chance to do so would come so fast. But now that the opportunity has presented itself, she says she’s looking forward to the future and exploring her potential.
“A year ago, I wanted to collect #1000BlackGirlBooks,” she tells ELLE. “But I see now that there is so much more to do and so much more to this journey. I want to use what I’ve learned to elevate the voices of all those who have been ignored and left out.”
Dias is working with the ELLE editor-in-chief and other supervisors on the magazine. Some interviews she has lined up include, Misty Copeland, the first black female dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Ava DuVernay, the creative brains behind the movie ‘Selma’ and the new television show, ‘Queen Sugar.’ No word yet on if First Lady Michelle Obama is being featured but we’re hoping for it.
“I want to use what I’ve learned to elevate the voices of all those who have been ignored and left out.”
With her new venture, the New Jersey wants to continue empowering black girls and motivating them to use their voices and positons, whether big or small, to be a positive influence in their communities and the lives they touch.
“I want to change the way we imagine black girls in books and in culture and I want to create new spaces for black girls to be represented.”
And you will Royal Girl , you will. Keep living your dream!
A working journalist, entrepreneur and founder of RoyalTee Enterprises. Born and raised in Tampa, Fla. The vision of RoyalTee was inspired in 2015 by Alexia’s ambitions to return to her passion for creative writing and publishing and create a platform to showcase the excellence of minority women across the country through professional, personal and social ventures.