Meet BUST Magazine

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BUST Magazine is one of our faves here at ModCloth. We love flipping through each issue’s tips on crafting, fashion, cooking and all-around empowering awesomeness.

Recently Laurie, BUST’s Publisher & Creative Director, Susan, their Sales and Marketing Associate, and  Lisa, BUST’s Associate Editor answered a few questions for me.

Click to read my interview with the ladies behind BUST.

[clockwise from left, Laurie, Susan & Lisa]

ModCloth: How did BUST begin?
Laurie: Debbie (BUST’s Editor-In-Chief) and I met at Nickelodeon in the early 90s and one day she asked me if I’d be interested in doing an illustration for a ‘zine for women she wanted to make. Back then, the only cool women’s magazine was Sassy, and we felt a little silly reading a teen mag. (We were in our late 20s.) I said ‘yes’ and the next thing I knew, I was the Art Director!

We put it out a few times a year, really as a fun project/labor of love, but we started to really gather a following. In the beginning we had no idea this would one day be our “real” jobs, but we could not be more thrilled. It’s been 16 years, and it’s still really exciting to work on each issue.

How did you choose a name?
Laurie: We wanted a name that was funny, sexy and strong. ‘Bust’ can have a lot of meanings. There’s the boob reference obviously, but it can also convey the idea of busting stereotypes about women. Plus we liked that it sounded like the name of a men’s magazine.

Do you each have favorite columns and/or favorite interviews you’ve done?
Laurie: I got to interview Iggy Pop at his home once. That was a thrill. And I always love working with Amy Sedaris, she is just so much fun.

Susan: I haven’t done any interviews, but I love reading them! I am in the sales-y side. Even when I first started reading BUST I always loved the “Boy Du Jour” because it stood out so much from other mags I was reading at the time that would just profile stereotypical “hot” boys in bands or on TV. BUST would instead profile comedians, writers, musicians and actors that had something to say and were not only sexy, but also talented.

Lisa: Miranda July was one of the first people I got to interview as a BUST staffer and I nearly died of happiness. She’s such an inspiring artist, writer, filmmaker, and overall creative human being. Getting a face-to-face peek into her genius was awesome. Especially since she was so sweet!

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MC: Can you give our ModCloth girls one DIY secret or a kitchen recipe that every girl should try?
Susan: I am not the best at either of those, although I honestly believe everyone should have some dried sage in their house. If you light that and let some of the smoke waft into corners of a room, you not only remove almost all smells but I believe that it get rids of negative energy…and ghosts!

Lisa: There’s a recipe in the new issue of BUST for the most amazing blackberry lavender Popsicles created by a gal who makes and sells all-natural snow cones in her vintage Airstream trailer. It’s a must!

MC: Who has been your style icons or all-around inspiration?
Susan: I love old movie stars. I am a huge fan of Anna Karina and Faye Dunaway. Also, when I lived in Paris for a year, I got inspired by most French women, even those withered away from cigarettes.

Lisa: There are so many, where do I start? I will always love the look of Annie Hall. Crazy designers like Vivienne Westwood and Anna Sui are always inspiring. And I’m truly a hippie at heart, so I love the look of gals from the late ‘60s: platforms, minis, flowing sleeves, big glasses…I’m a fan!

Name one wardrobe staple you couldn’t live without.
Susan: Tights. Black Tights.

Lisa: Probably my high-waisted, wide-legged jeans from Uniqlo. I can dress ‘em down, I can dress ‘em up, and they are always comfy. But when it really comes down to it, I’m a t-shirt, jeans, hoodie and Converse kinda girl.

Do any of you have anything else to get off your chest right now?
Susan: I can tell you what I want ON my chest right now- a sassy and sturdy bra from Dirty Dolls Lingerie. They are the best and give a girl a great lift!

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  1. Meghan 06/15/2009 at 1:12 pm #

    I loved bust! have for some time now :0)

  2. Susan 06/24/2009 at 5:44 pm #

    Great interview Crystal!

    Bust was always my favorite in high school & they were one of the first major publications to feature ModCloth! I will never forget getting that issue in the mail, it was such an exciting day 🙂

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