Photographer Yuki Haze and stylist Erika Bowes are spearheading the non-conformist feminist platform Sukeban, that’s dedicated to showcasing the work of likeminded up-and-coming young creatives.
Having met at a party in London before hanging out in Tokyo and discovering their mutual likes and dislikes about the fashion industry, Yuki and Erika set out to challenge the current white-dominated feminist space as we know it. Deciding to create a collective within which factors like gender, sexuality or race do not determine or define the value of someone’s creative output, Sukeban was born. Drawing on their Japanese heritage for the name, the word quite simply translates to “delinquent girl”, a reference to the riotous Japanese girl gangs of the 70s and 80s who made it their business to rebel against the prescribed notions of femininity that were synonymous with traditional Japanese culture at the time. Something Erika has previously tackled in her own magazine Asian Women.
Now just over a year old, Sukeban is filled with profiles of fiercely independent, creative females of all ethnicities, sexualities, shapes and sizes, mainly photographed and styled by Yuki and Erika themselves. From writers, photographers and artists, to stylists and designers, the Sukeban collective is all about unique and talented individuals coming together to champion one other, much like us at BabyFace.
When it comes to Yuki and Erika’s own output, it comes in the shape of Sukeban Magazine. Unapologetically independent, the magazine speaks to a generation of intelligent, women who are culturally informed and actively participating in the feminist conversation. In their words, it features “interviews from London, New York and Tokyo, girls by girls, boys by girls, diary entries, horoscopes, documentaries and more”.
With two issues under their belts, Yuki and Erika are fronting a vision of fourth wave feminism that we can get behind. Issue 2: Money was released last week. We suggest you grab a copy of Sukeban before it’s inevitably too late.
Words by Brooke McCord