"I grew up reading American Girl Magazine. I devoured each issue and dreamed of the day I could create my own magazine. I wrote movie reviews, advice articles, and created quizzes and sent them to my friends in the mail. My passion was to write, so write I did!
As I grew out of American Girl and into my teenager years, I was still drawn to magazines. The glossy covers and bright-colored headlines beckoned me to take a peek inside. I would read about my favorite stars, take quizzes that told me whether or not I would make a good girlfriend for Nick Jonas, and I drooled over the celebrity lifestyle I read about.
As a homeschooled girl living in Michigan, my life was far from the glam of Hollywood. I wasn't movie star gorgeous, wasn't star of the local school musical, and didn't have a boyfriend who looked like Zac Efron. I found myself growing painfully dissatisfied with who I was and where I was headed.
I could never be the charismatic blonde who lit up every beach party with her sassy charm. I wasn't doll face Taylor Swift who could have any guy she wanted by tossing her flawless hair over her shoulders and throwing a flirtatious look across the room. I didn't have a thousand friends on Facebook.
According to Hollywood and the standards of this world, I was quite pathetic.
What I was reading in these teen magazines told me how to snatch the perfect boyfriend, be popular, become famous and look stunning. Yet, none of this was happening for me.
And the more I read these must-do articles the more I felt I didn't measure up.
My generation has been forced to conform to impossible standards. We've been told that our beauty and self worth lies in our closet, our dress size, how many friends or Twitter followers we have, what kind of car we drive, how cute our boyfriend is, or how successful we are.
Believing these things to be true is devastating. These lies can push you onto a lowly place on the ground, and cram you into a cycle of depression and dissatisfaction. Trying to get back up after feeling so defeated is like someone has a foot pressed on your stomach. It's hard to stand up again. This generation of girls has been forced to lay and crawl around on the ground for too long...we've been asked to stoop down to disgustingly low standards.
Like a world full of real life Sleeping Beauty's, we've touched worldly spindles out of curiosity and rebellion, and it's placed us in a deep and fitful sleep.
At age fourteen, my heart was awakened with a kiss. Not by any man, but rather the Creator and Lover of my soul.
He rubbed the sleep out of my eyes, told me to get out of my apathetic nightgown, took me to the high places of His Kingdom and showed me something spectacular.
He bestowed a crown of beauty upon me, dressed me in breathtakingly-beautiful garments of salvation, transformed my mind, and called me a Princess."
~Livy Lynn, founder of Crown of Beauty Magazine
THE GIRLS BEHIND THE MAGAZINE
When Crown of Beauty Magazine was founded in 2013, Livy started knocking on doors, asking her friends to write articles, requesting interviews with some of her favorite artists and role models, and connecting with readers online, she could've never dreamed about everything that was going to unfold!
Now, three-years and six full issues later, there are so many wonderful teens and young women from all over the world who write for the magazine!
Crown of Beauty has also branched out into hosting conferences for girls, teens, and women! We've been blessed to have one gathering in Michigan, one in Tennessee, a conference in Georgia and two more in North Carolina!
We always have more conferences and events in the works! To learn more about our tour, and us coming to your town, click here. :)
One of our most recent and exciting projects, is our paperback book, Beauty Boys and Ball Gowns!
Written by dozens of girls and women from our Crown of Beauty team, as well as featuring advice and interviews from some of our favorite authors, and artists, like Jill Duggar Dillards, Moriah Peters, for King and Country, and many more!
Livy Jarmusch is a dreamer, singer, songwriter and orphan advocate. As the founder of Crown of Beauty Magazine, she strives to reach young women and inspire them to realize their true worth in Christ.
She loves fairy-tales, the smell just after it rains, golden retriever puppies and peppermint ice-cream cones. If you really want to get to know her, follow her on Pinterest, and if you find yourself repinning everything, you're sure to be the best of friends! To join this princess on her pilgrimage through life, follow on instagram @livylynnglittergirl & Pinterest @livyglittergirl
She is currently raising funds to build an orphanage in India for precious princess sisters and future world changers. To donate or find out how you can get involved, visit missions.me/crownofbeautyorphanage
The mission of this magazine is to:
Proclaim good news of freedom to all His captive daughters of all ages.
Awaken the Sleeping Beauties.
Remind you of what Christ has already done for you, and that as an heir, you no longer have to live like a slave.
Comfort the broken hearts.
Remind you that you're not alone.
Remind you that you are a crown of beauty in God's hand and are being daily transformed by His splendor.
Encourage you to keep going and that every sacrifice is worth it.
Encourage you to become the best YOU that you can be, for His glory.
Remind you how loved you are.
Let you know that you are beautiful.
And most importantly,
this magazine is here to say that you don't have to conform to the pattern of this world. (Romans 12:2.)
Our Mission Statement:
We are Princesses of the Most High King. We have been adopted into the royal family of the Kingdom of God, through the blood of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus came to earth as both fully God and fully man. He was betrayed, beaten, crucified, and buried in a tomb. Three days later He rose from the dead, appeared to many people on earth, then continued on into heaven, where He is now seated at the right hand of God, far above all rule, power and authority.
We believe in the Truth of the Trinity, that Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three, and they are One.
We believe that the Holy Spirit lives and dwells in us, and guides our hearts into all truth.
Jesus will soon return to this earth to judge the living and the dead, and we will dwell eternally in heaven with Him, because we have been redeemed through His blood, and are His beloved girls!
It is our burning desire for every young woman we encounter to know just how beautiful and valued she is, in the eyes of the King of Kings. Our goal is to glorify Jesus, make clear the message of the cross, and redemption of all things. If a girl understands the value of what Jesus did on the cross, she in turn can understand her own value, and the value of those around her.