The Fall 2018 issue of Stephens Life has been recognized by the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) for having some of the best design among collegiate publications in the United States and Canada this year. The magazine as a whole was named one of 24 Pacemaker finalists in the feature/general interest division. The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award, according to ACP executive director Laura Widmer. 

In addition, ACP received 523 submissions and selected 10 Design of the Year finalists in the category of magazine page/spread. “Being a Fat Girl,” a Spring 2019 issue story by Meca Brown-Sanders ’19 with photography by Anna Tripolitis ’19, was among the them.

“This is just proof that there is room for plus-size women in the fashion industry,” said Tripolitis, who majored in psychology at Stephens. “Plus-size women have so much value and are making waves.” Her feature photograph for “Being a Fat Girl” also was nominated for a Pinnacle Award by the College Media Association (CMA).

Brown-Sanders, a creative writing major who will graduate from Stephens in December, called the ACP nomination “unexpected.”

“If you would have told me I would write an incredible story and collaborate with the most talented photographer, I wouldn’t have believed you,” she said.

Both women expressed appreciation for model Tiana Williams ’18, and for encouragement from the Stephens Life editorial staff.

Winners will be announced at the National College Media Convention, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

Stephens Life, an entirely student-run magazine, has won numerous awards since 2016, including the 2017 Pacemaker Award.

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