The Christian teen magazine Brio, a publication of Focus on the Family, will be relaunched this May.
Brio magazine presented itself as an alternative to the secular teenage magazines such as Teen Vogue and Seventeen.
Many women who grew up in Christian families and who are now in their late twenties to mid-thirties remember how influential Brio was during their teenage years, growing up in the 90’s.
“It was like the wholesome answer to Seventeen or something like that, so me reading it was never a concern," recalled Hayley DeRoche, a 30-year-old who was homeschooled and now works as a librarian in Richmond, Virginia.
Another reader of Brio, Laura Turner, who is now a 31-year-old writer living in San Francisco, said she loved reading the “Dear Susie” section of the magazine in which readers who wrote in a question would receive advice. "I would always turn to see what kind of advice she was giving to Christian girls who wanted to date boys who weren't also Christians, or wanted to wear a two-piece bathing suit at summer camp but they weren't sure if they would get in trouble. I remember reading those with so much curiosity," Turner says.
Although, as a report by npr.org notes, it may seem like an odd time for Focus on the Family to bring back a print magazine, those behind the idea believe there is a market for it, especially with secular teen magazines like Teen Vogue publishing controversial articles such as “What to Get a Friend Post-Abortion.”
The first edition of the new Brio will feature Sadie Robertson, the granddaughter of Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame, who is also popular with many conservative Christians.
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Publication date: April 19, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.