Lips the Magazine, created by Hanna Scott Corrie, Hannah Huffman, and Cristina Boatman. This magazine aims to tackle the relationship between sex and fashion while diving into the conversation of what's good sex, what's bad sex, feminism, sexual identity, and sexuality as a general term.
I was lucky enough to catch up with this beautiful powerhouse as they are fundraising for the next issue as well as steps towards creating a permanent future.
Hanna and Hannah, that makes it pretty easy to remember you both! How did you both meet?
Hannah Huffman- (laughs) We get that a lot. We met working at the Standard Highline in New York we were both hosts at the standard grill. Well I still am, Hanna is leaving me for the beer garden.
Hanna Corrie - Well, the more romantic version is that we met as hosts at The Standard and a small group of us became quite close. I was totally scared of Hannah when I first met her, she was so confident and hot. She’s shy when you first meet her but I thought she just hated me for stealing her name or something. Once we opened up and became friends we realized that we had so much in common. When we started playing with the idea of making a magazine, I think that we both realized that we needed each other if we wanted to accomplish something. Some things are too big to take on on your own.
You both have roots in both photography and fashion when did that start? What was the spark?
HH- I have been in fashion pretty much since birth, my mother was a hair and makeup artist for Cloutier back in the day, and I traveled with her all over the country as an infant. Since I was five I was always in some kind of art class, then I went to high school at the Los Angeles County High School for the arts where I took my first darkroom class, and met Tony Maher and Richard Billick who really supported and nurtured my love for taking pictures. After I decided that was what I wanted to do I started photo assisting for the likes of Reed Davis and Ted Catanzaro along with a few lovely others. Then I moved to New York where I attended the School of Visual arts. Where I got my BFA in photo, and discovered that perhaps there was more than just taking the photos, what exactly that was I wasn’t sure.
HC - My story is pretty similar only less glamourous. My dad is a photographer and my mother does hair, she used to do make-up and nails, but it’s been years. I grew up on set, in the studio, in the darkroom, watching my dad work. I took up photography at a very young age, under my fathers influence, he would encourage me to always carry a camera and take pictures of anything that inspired me. On days when we would just hang out we would drive around New Mexico, pulling over in random places, jumping out of the car to get a shot, taking turns photographing anything that inspired us. I modeled for a while growing up but as a teenager I lost interest. I almost went to Parsons for photography but changed my mind at the last minute when I found out they were dissolving their film classes. From there I just kind of fell into working in fashion through a series of opportunities and internships.
Lips Magazine has a very powerful message. What were some of the things you were feeling both together or individually that helped you develop the concrete ideas for the magazine?
HH- I have always been a very open person, I would like to think of myself as honest person. So I can honestly say that there is still a lot to learn when it comes to sexuality, orientations, and pronouns. While I also wouldn’t consider myself a straight person, I wouldn’t call myself gay either, I am just attracted to people. Who you are drawn to is not a choice it is a chemical reaction we share with another human being. I am not going to pretend to understand what is going on in the head of someone who is trans or queer. I am not totally sure it is something that can ever be understood, because it is different for everyone. People ask from time to time if I believe in something bigger than myself, this is something bigger than myself, than all of us. That is a scary thing, change is a scary thing for everyone, and that is also something to consider. While I do not agree with the violent outbursts acted out by those scared people, too many people today are only looking at one side. The magazine is a way for us to digest the sexual revolution going on around us, for ourselves and for everyone else.
HC - Yeah, I think that I have always been open about my sexuality and sex in general. But I am also very curious, I love talking to people about sex and orientation and their experiences, I love a good story, and hearing what other people have to say. Our friend Christian was a huge inspiration for us for the concept of this magazine. I won’t go into all of the details of his sexuality or orientation because it’s not my story to tell but I found he and his girlfriend's relationship so intriguing that I just wanted to know more. They didn’t fit any definition that I had ever heard of before which was so interesting to me, that two people could be so happy and in love without being defined. He was really a muse for the whole concept and opened the door to so much other inspiration. Now I am inspired by everyone’s sexuality and stories even people who strictly categorize themselves, I think everyone has a desire to express their sexualities and I want to help people bring light to their personal experiences through pictures, words, art and everything inbetween.
From there, was there a moment like, "Oh we have to do this" or was it organic and kind of just developed?
HH- It was definitely something that developed, with the people we talked to about the magazine, the people we shot, and through further discussions with each other. After making the first issue I feel like we learned a lot and we can take this next issue so much farther in spite of all the extremely generous help we have gotten on the first issue. We still need so much more.
HC - It was really a natural development. Sometimes I don’t know how we pulled it off. So many people helped us and believed in us, I feel like when we got stuck or started struggling we always had this amazing support system pushing us to finish and never stop exploring.
What message did you keep coming back to as you were making the first issue?
HH- I don’t think there was any singular message we were trying to get across. The first issue was very much about us wading through our ideas and attempting to get them across. The difference between Hanna and I having our first lunch meeting at Grey Dog and today is so wonderfully drastic. We have come so far and I can not wait to see where we go next.
HC - I agree, I think the message was just sex. People ask what the magazine is about and I just say “sex” it’s so broad that it leaves us lots of room to do create anything we want and I like that. The freedom to make anything we want under the umbrella term sex, it’s really empowering.
What is the ultimate dream goal?
HH- Acceptance, understanding, and a life spent talking to beautiful people and making beautiful things.
HC - Yeah, we just want to keep creating beautiful things and engaging with beautiful people. The dream from a business perspective I guess is to grow into a lucrative publication. I would love for the magazine to be more pages to give us more space for expression. We want to be sold in more places and eventually become more than just a magazine.
I am huge on women supporting each other and their successes especially professionally. How is working together as founders?
HH- We are both anxious, passionate, extremely hard working people, who are very much in love with each other. We are very honest with one another which can hurt sometimes but I would much rather her be honest with me than anything else. Fortunately when it comes to shoots we’re pretty much always thinking the same thing, we tend to send each other the same inspiration photos, and if we ever do disagree coming up with a compromise is hardly difficult.
HC - Hannah and I’s relationship is more than just this magazine, we love each other, we are best friends, we live together, we work together, and now we run a company together. I think that it can be hard for women to support each other sometimes, there is so much pressure and competition, women have to fight for everything, but they don’t need to fight each other. We are better, stronger and wiser when we are together.
Tell me about the Indiegogo campaign?
HH- Well we’ve put a lot of ourselves and our own money into the first issue and it’s not exactly something we hope to continue. The money part, not the ourselves part, I will continue draining my whole being into this child of ours.
HC - The indiegogo is something that we need to become a sustainable business. We put so much into the first issue financially and personally. We need a little help if we want to be able to grow and reach our goals. The magazine will continue with or without the money from the campaign but it will be SO much better once we have some financial support. There is only so much we can create on a hostess salary (laughs).
What is your advice for people who are also starting to pave their way in their world?
HH- What I have learned recently is that it is important to know where you want to end up. However there is no one path to get there, we are all different, different strengths and weaknesses, just keep putting one foot in front of the other.
HC - It’s important to know what you want, but to also be okay with changing your mind about what that is. To me passion and determination key. If you are doing something and you don’t love it or believe in it, then stop. Happiness is the most important thing, everything else in life will work itself out if you keep chasing happiness.
What else can we expect to see going forward?
HH- The plan is more, more of everything. We will have more original writing and we plan on playing up the art aspect of the magazine more in the second issue. We just need a lot more help to pull it off.
HC - Issue no.2 will push more boundaries. We have created this platform and planted a seed for creativity and collaboration now we are really ready to take it to the next level.
So, if you want to learn more or donate to keep Lips the Magazine alive, THIS IS WHERE YOU DO IT!
I know that I will be donating. Not only is Hannah a friend who I met when I helped train her at The Standard but she is one of the only photographers that I know who I trust when dropping my robe and exposing myself. In fact, if you search through our archives, you will see many boudoir photos taken by her.