Ashlee Marie Preston, an African-American transgender woman, writer, and activist, has been named editor-in-chief of “Wear Your Voice” magazine. WYV is a digital publication centered around intersectional feminism.
Preston serves on several local and national advisory boards that promote social change. A survivor of sexual violence, domestic abuse and chronic homelessness, Preston has shared her journey as a means to empower others to take control of their lives.
“My objective is to transform the traditional media landscape while redefining social norms and dispelling myths associated with feminism,” Preston said in a recent interview. “Growing up I felt underrepresented in mainstream media. I knew that someday I was going to change that by holding space for those that felt as I did. As women, those of color and LGBTQ people, we’re often silenced while others speak as experts on our experiences. No one can tell our stories better than we can. The work WYV is doing is revolutionary because we are reserving space for diverse communities to tell their own stories.”
WYV CEO and founder Ravneet Vohra said Preston’s vision is in absolute alignment with WYV’s culture. Vohra created WYV magazine in 2014 with hopes that women and people of color could draw from each other’s experiences.
WYV covers the latest news from around the world and explores LGBTQIA rights, race, gender, body politics, sex positivity, lifestyle and entertainment. It was launched in February 2014 and its operations are based in Los Angeles.
“It was always my desire to bring forth powerful voices that could impact change,” Vohra said. ” I didn’t have to explain our mission to Ashlee Marie because she was already living it through her very existence. As a fierce advocate for people on the margins of society, Ashlee Marie’s vision is going to inspire our audience and change lives.”
Vohra, as a South Asian woman who is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence, took back her power by creating the publication to help women and marginalized identities discover theirs.
“Silence was the only way I knew how to survive,” Vohra said. “One day I realized my silence would no longer protect me. I knew I had to speak up not just for myself, but for others as well. With a voice and vision such as Ashlee Marie’s, we will continue growing as a safe space where information is reliable, topics are challenging, and all identities are validated.”