Megan Morgante is Disrupting the Fashion Industry with her New Women’s Magazine, Noemi

Megan Morgante

Megan Morgante is the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of the newly founded women’s magazine, Noemi. Growing up, she was fascinated with the high-energy glamour and fashion industry. She also found herself drawn to inspiring work by women creatives, entrepreneurs, activists and more. Unfortunately, after reading countless fashion magazines & unintentionally comparing herself to the retouched women on the pages, she began to feel disconnected to the unrelatable reality of the fashion industry.

When she found many others felt the same way, Megan felt an undeniable responsibility to disrupt the fashion & beauty industry by redefining pre-existing ideologies that have been associated with them. Today, people often have a closed-minded perception of what a model, and a female in general, should look like. She wanted to change this perception. Noemi showcases the realism and rawness of the fashion industry while filling a gap in the market for the readers who are typically not represented or ‘forgotten’ by industry professionals.

Through her work, Megan has been featured on shows like AM New York, FOX News, & Fashion United. In other accolades, Megan was promptly named a Top 100 Fashion Leader by the FABCon Award Association, named Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year by the Stevie Award Association, and is currently filming a documentary regarding her successes.

Tell us about who you are and what you do.

I’m Megan Morgante, proud founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Noemi Magazine. Designed & founded in 2019, Noemi Magazine is a bi-annual fashion publication that strives to showcase every type of individual while celebrating natural beauty and raw stories.

Our magazine prides itself on limited retouching and no photoshop in an effort to celebrate diverse groups of people and change the status quo of what beauty is. Like the photographs that are featured, the stories that are shared within the magazine are authentic and real, connecting to a vast audience.

Noemi hopes to inspire readers to embrace their natural beauty while breaking pre-existing barriers created by the fashion industry. While I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by an amazing team filled with ultra-creative individuals, I wear many hats while bringing Noemi Magazine to life. While my main focus is maintaining the overall integrity of the publication, I control the public relations, staffing, graphic design, and overall journalism aspects. Although it’s a stressful feat to handle this abundance of responsibilities, I couldn’t be more thankful to have the opportunity to express myself creatively while sharing the stories of accomplished females and pushing the boundaries of the fashion industry.

How did you create your brand? What inspired you?

Growing up, I read fashion magazines religiously. I was obsessed with the glitz and glamour that unfolded on every page, as if I was entering an alternate universe. However, after reading each new issue, I was left feeling disappointed and slightly insecure. The models in the photographs were continuously photoshopped and heavily retouched, and most articles were simply, unrelatable.

I always knew I wanted to work in fashion, and started my career as a styling assistant for different reputable companies within the hustle and bustle of New York City. I quickly grew accustomed to pulling endless size 00 pieces while unfortunately noticing an unsettling pattern within the walls of every company I worked for — there was little to no diversity within the individuals we were showcasing.

We are all-too complacent to an industry that focuses so heavily on unrealistic beauty standards that young women are conditioned to follow. This leaves individuals feeling as if their best, simply isn’t efficient enough.

I started to wonder if the ideals of fantasy and glamour could be efficiently mixed with inclusion, acceptance, and realistic beauty standards in a publication. Thus, Noemi Magazine was born. I dove into research, immersed myself into perfecting my skills, and contacted each and every industry creative I knew. The rest, is simply history.

What is your giveaway idea through this interview? Highlight something that may interest the readers on a one to one basis.

If the readers can take one thing away with them, it has to be this: Believe in yourself, even when no one else will.

Pursuing our dreams and visions is a scary and overall intimidating feat, especially when there are very few people in our corner. As a female CEO, I have received countless doubts regarding my capabilities while forming my own business. It’s frustrating to say the least. Nonetheless, I’m cultivating a movement regarding body positivity while empowering females across the globe.

Our team encourages young women to think big, speak your truth, and to never be afraid to chase the things that fuel you the most. Move the mountains that no one has ever dared to climb and fight the important fights. We are more than the gender stereotypes that have been unfairly placed upon us. To quote the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”

Even if you’re scared or afraid, seize every moment, because the greatest events, achievements, and friendships don’t happen while we’re safely tucked inside our comfort zones.

Explain the challenges you went through while you were working on brand creation. What are the challenges you go through on an everyday basis?

As many entrepreneurs can relate, each day brings new, unexpected challenges! When the brand was still in the initial planning stages, it was painfully difficult to gain support and partnerships from many creatives in the industry, because we were still attempting to earn a name for ourselves.

Finally, after hundreds of “no’s” and a few, very lucky “yes’s,” we’ve been fortunate enough to connect and partner with amazing and talented creatives who took a chance on us. They believed in us — and our vision — from the very beginning.

A huge obstacle for me personally has been learning to roll with failures and disappointments. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I have very high expectations career-wise, so, learning to cut myself some slack and be patient has been a learning curve and something I work on every day. I’m my own worst critic, as most of us are, so understanding that I can’t do it all and allowing myself breaks every once in a while is necessary for my mental wellbeing and overall success.

How do you manage your business finances through the services you offer?

Truthfully, when the brand was in the beginning stages, I was the sole financial provider, pulling funding from odd-jobs and left-over birthday cash. I’m fiercely independent and a bit stubborn, so I was determined to create a brand solely using my own resources, while politely refusing handouts from friends and family. As of late, we’ve begun to include advertising into our company mix, which will significantly assist with financial burdens. I’ve quickly learned to think smart, swiftly, and strategically while planning exactly where it’s a necessity to invest funding.

Tell us your future vision about the brand. How far do you want to take it? What is your dream about taking it to the next level?

Through my work, I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with so many inspiring and talented individuals. Having the ability to be creative while working to expand the fashion industry and bring light to the work of countless badass females, is truly a dream come true.

I couldn’t be more fortunate to be the brains behind a powerful magazine that will change the trajectory of the fashion industry and the ideals of beauty. As we’re expanding our employee roll-call list, taking the magazine international would be an ideal goal for future years to come.

As of now, we’re rolling with the punches during these trying times, while equally looking to expand our readership and bring light to important topics. We’ve recently implemented a new sub-section of our digital platform, Noemi Speaks, where we plan to encourage readers and inspiring writers to submit original stories regarding relatable context that connects to tough topics. The goal is to allow our readers to become involved by having the opportunity to write for the publication, while discussing important subjects that have the ability to touch hearts and connect individuals across the globe.

What message would you like to give to anybody who has a plan of creating something of their own and making a living through it?

The best advice I can give any eager entrepreneur is to pace yourself. Learn that failure and backsets will be a prominent part of the process. When I initially dove into the beginning stages of the brand, I [naively] was focused more so on the big picture, rather than the tedious, small steps that needed precedence over my inner hopes and dreams.

I was expecting immediate success, which, as I’ve previously mentioned, was absolutely not the case. It’s important to accept the “no’s” and learn to be appreciative of them. Learn from them and allow yourself to grow, as a business professional and as an individual.

Lastly, and most importantly, keep your negative thoughts at bay! The key to success to putting positive energy towards your dreams and aspirations, and eventually, your vision will begin to form with further prosperity than you were initially prepared for. You can do anything you put your mind to; the first step is believing in yourself, your capabilities, and allowing your full potential to flourish.

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