One day in late June, I was rummaging through the closet in our Guest room that stores all of my mom’s old summer clothing. I was looking at some of the pieces and realized, “Wow. This stuff is really nice.” And that’s when it hit me!

That summer my mom had 3 girls helping out. I knew that all of them were very pretty underneath all of that ‘nanniness’. So, I wanted to experiment a little. I showed one of the girls a blue Vineyard Vines dress, a pair of Gucci wedges, and some Burberry sunglasses. I suggested that she put them on. She looked fantastic! Over the rest of the summer, AVICCI StarStyles magazine took shape. We had so much fun styling the outfits and taking the photos that I wanted to share it with everyone.

Its purpose is to help people find their inner beauty and rework what they own for a refreshed style.When I wasn’t working on the magazine I was creating my multimedia platform. I designed a website, a Twitter page, and a Facebook page. All of which I updated regularly about the launch. I spent hours a day editing, posting, and taking pictures to make my magazine perfect!

Finally in mid-August it was finished. 92 pages of pure beauty. I felt so good about what I had done. Success! Well, almost… I still had to get it published. That process felt like forever! For weeks emails were going back and forth from Apple to my inbox. Many times I considered giving up, but good thing I didn’t. September 5, 2012 at 1:15 PM I was sitting in English class when my phone kept buzzing. I asked to go to the restroom to figure out what was going on. When I looked at my phone, only one notification caught my attention. I got an email from Apple. The subject read: “Your book is now available on the iBookstore.” I was so overwhelmed with happiness I almost screamed. Success! (And that time it was for real.)


My name is Ryan and I am 17 years old.