Marley Dias is already a girl boss and she's only 11 years old. The pre-teen is Elle's new Editor-In-Residence following her movement to promote books featuring black female characters.
The Philly native got national attention for her #1000BlackGirlBooks book drive, which she started after feeling frustrated over the lack of representation in books. "I was sick of reading about white boys and dogs," she said to Philly.com. "'What are you going to do about it?’ [my mom] asked. And I told her I was going to start a book drive, and a specific book drive, where black girls are the main characters in the book and not background characters or minor characters.”
While promoting the drive, she was interviewed by Elle and she shared her goal to edit a magazine some day. Now, she's living that dream. As part of her position, she's created her own zine called Marley Mag.
"In the blink of an eye, I've gone from being a book nerd in West Orange, New Jersey, to an Editor-in-Residence in New York City," she writes on Elle. "I've always said that books have taken me on many adventures, but none of those adventures have been quite like this one. This isn't a dystopian novel or a fantasy. It's my real life. I, Marley Emerson Dias, have gotten the chance of a lifetime. I'm creating a brand-new zine for one of the most-read magazines in the world."
Check out Marley Mag here.