11-Year-Old Book Enthusiast Marley Dias Partners With ELLE to Create Her Own Zine.

Marley Dias

Eleven-Year-old book enthusiast Marley Dias just scored her dream job. She’s partnered with ELLE Magazine to created her own online Zine, aimed at girls just like her.

Marley made headlines earlier this year when, with the support of her family and community, she launched #1000BlackGirlBooks. The campaign was created to collect 1000 books with young Black female protagonists. Considering that characters of color only feature in roughly 11% of the children’s books published every year, Marley’s goal was definitely a tall order. A month later it was announced that the tween had, in fact, reached her goal.

When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, during a televised interview, Marley answered:

“I want to be a magazine editor for my own magazine. And I’d also like to continue social action. For the rest of my life.”

As the editor of Marley Mag, Marley works closely with ELLE Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers. She uses her platform to celebrate inspirational women like Ava DuVernay and Misty Copeland.