Sukeban 21 London
Categories: Activist, Fashion, Feminist Collective, Magazine

Posted: 19th April 2017

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

Tell us about yourself and what you do: Yuki: I co-founded and run Sukeban Magazine, and I do a bit of styling and shooting along with that as well, along with my own personal design projects. Erika: I run Sukeban Magazine with YukiHow did you meet?  Yuki: We met at a party through our mutual friend Kandie, but properly got to know each other last December in Tokyo, when we were visiting familyErika: We met at a event in London (didn’t really like each other that much) but we hung out properly when we were both visiting family in Tokyo!Why did you found Sukeban?  Yuki: We wanted to create a welcoming space for young creative people, particularly for women of colour.Erika: We both always wanted to start our own publications so we decided to do it together. Who is the ultimate Sukeban girl?  Yuki: In my opinion, Anna May WongErika: All the young female creatives out there doing what they love regardless!What's the first thing you do when you get up? Yuki: Brush my teeth, I try not to check my phone first thing but I usually do. Erika: Drink waterWhen are you happiest? Yuki: When I’m painting or when I’m with close friendsErika: When I'm surrounded by the people I love, when I'm working on project that means a lot to me, when I'm in a new country and have lots to explore. What's your current obsession? Yuki: I’m obsessed with Ru Paul's Drag Race and also macaroonsErika: EarringsWhat’s your best advice? Yuki: A rolling stone gathers no mossErika: The best thing about a mistake is that it can always be fixed.What could you not live without? Yuki: My mum and camembert. Erika: Friends and family!Book club recommendation?Yuki: Last Exit to Brooklyn, Hubert Selby Jr. Song to be playing as you enter the club?Yuki: My Neck My Back by KhiaTime you laughed the hardest? Yuki: Probably when I sobered up after knocking out my two front teeth.Erika: Probably when I was hanging out with my best friend Oliver What's your signature dish? Yuki: ToastErika: Grilled onigiri! One item of clothing that best sums you up?Yuki: A white hoodie I made that had a quote about heartbreak on the back lol. What words or phrases do you most overuse?Yuki: “It’s lit” for sureErika: Like and propaWhat's your pet hate? Yuki: I can’t stand it when someone is humming or whistling in the same room as me when I’m concentrated on a task like replying to a long email lol. Erika: People clicking their fingers :(!Biggest lie you were told/that you told as a kid? Erika: Money isn't everything (living London proved that wrong) AND FINALLY...WHO IS YOUR NEXT BABYFACE GIRL SUGGESTION?Who: Yuki: Katya Zelentsova 
Why: She’s an amazing designer and her style in general is on point.
Who: Erika: Dorothy Zhang
Why: Love her photography work!
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