Life

The Language of The Sun’s Origin: Japanese

The language of “the sun’s origin”, Nihon, or Japan, is pretty unique just like their culture. Even though it might be challenging, I want to continue learning Japanese. A Turkish saying reflects my reasoning well: “one language, one person”.

The not so Kawaii Side of Japan’s Harajuku Culture

I remember watching Refinery 29’s video a couple of years back, titled The Dark Side of Harajuku Style You Haven’t Seen Yet, which opened my eyes to a whole new perspective on…

New Year, Old Traditions

As 2020 comes to an end – finally – I couldn’t have been more excited for the new year’s season!

Hear Us Roar

I am a 17-year old gender equality activist from Istanbul, Turkey. I think living in Turkey had an impact on my work. Gender-based stereotypes, gender norms, and roles are still playing a big part in women’s lives in Turkey.

[un]certain

Uncertainty is the refuge of hope. Henri-Frédéric Amiel Dear 9 Magazine readers, This year was a mess. There is no better way to describe it. A big, unprecedented mess. When we started…

An Opinion on Rioting

Disclaimer: I don’t in any way want to glorify/support/spread violence and vandalism but want to shine a light on the fact that African Americans are not responsible for the state of the…

Pink Tax: The Cost of Being a Female

The pink tax is a phenomenon often attributed as a form of gender-based price discrimination, with the name stemming from the observation that many of the affected products are pink. WHAT IS…

Are We Living in a Dystopian Movie?

We didn’t expect 2020 to be such an unfortunate year. The bushfires in Australia continued, the Covid-19 outbreak became a pandemic, people kept being victims of discrimination in “developed” countries… Through all…

Far From The Madding Crowd

The necessity of daily struggle, courses, school, work; avoiding coming across people and thus, turning mornings into a game of hide and seek… The monotonous life parts us from ourselves, from the…

Enemies to Lovers (?): Plato

I don’t hate anyone. Yes, I despise some and am not fond of many, but I don’t believe in hatred. Well, unless those people are historical figures. I’m embarrassed to admit that…

A Pandemic: COVID-19 and Camus’s Plague

After analyzing the similarities of a fictional book written in 1945 and the current state of the world, it is not that difficult to see the truth in Rieux’s thoughts. But, holding on to life and giving it meaning, no matter what happens is humanity’s greatest gift to itself.

Collective Unconscious, Fairy Tales, and Shadow

Fairy tales blend into our shadows by leaving wounds open in our subconscious while molding our “shadow,” which remains unnoticed by those who cannot descend beneath the threshold of consciousness. These wounds never…

Perspectives on Racism

After the brutal murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, the world united against police brutality and racism by organizing protests. The Black Lives Matter movement brought people together…

What Should Change For Women?

Women beaten up and murdered Patriarchy, sexist language Inadequate amount of women in every field Catcalls Gender pay gap Too fat, too thin The driver is a woman, we might be late…

20 Suggestions for the 2020s

With a new decade around the corner, everyone is reflecting on the past and thinking about what is to come. Here are 20 suggestions I have for you for the 2020s. (NOTE:…

FALL 2019 MOOD-BOARD

Black Dress Gold Dress Sade performing Sweater Facial Oil Gold Hoops Perfume Top Jeans Belt Eyeliner Heels Niki Taylor for Vogue UK, 1992  

Your Childhood Fears

Fears.  As children, we all were afraid of something: the dark, monsters, scary movies… And other unique fears. We asked our readers to share their childhood fears with us, here are their…

FEAR: Arachne

What is that? Yeah, that thing on your shoulder. Creeping its way toward your neck… A SPIDER!   Did that scare you? Probably not. Do you think it was nonsense? Probably yes.…

Summer 2019 Mood-Board

Jean Shorts IMAN Spring-Summer 2019 White Dress Top Shorts Red Dress Mini Dress Perfume Swimsuit Earrings Stick Eyeshadow Grace Kelly, beach side in Jamaica. photographed by Howell Conant, 1955 Bronzer Serum Naomi Campbell…

FEAR!

In our summer issue, we decided on the theme #9FEAR. … Fear. We all have it, one way or another. Even if you’re someone who is proud of having no fear at…

Closed Doors from Your Lives

A few weeks ago, we asked our readers to share stories from their lives, real-life memories that explain how closed doors in their lives affected them. We wanted to share a few…

Machiavelli Took a Chance

Niccolò Machiavelli didn’t want to give up politics even after being tortured and banned from office for eternity.      Niccolò Machiavelli, born in 1469 in Florence into an aristocratic family, didn’t…

Spring 2019 Mood-Board

  Denim Skirt Heels White Dress Bag Christie Brinkley wearing a Kazazian dress, photo by Michail Scheibe for Elégance Paris Summer 1976. Earrings Iman Spring-Summer 2019 Jean Shrimpton photographed by Bert Stern,…

Closed Doors

The oblivion or the gaping after passing through a door Iron doors, steel doors, wooden doors, glass doors, doors without doors The fancy ones, the old ones, the discolored and the newly…

My Well-Being Detox: Rejuvenate Your Soul

Hello everyone, I would like to tell you a little bit about this brief spiritual journey that I am taking in order to have a piece of mind and further discover how…

I Went Vegan for a Month, Here’s What Happened

“Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much”. – Michael Pollan Veganism is getting more and more popular around the world today, especially in younger generations. Being vegan means that you don’t eat…

The Monty Hall Problem

Imagine you’ve been chosen to participate in a game show. It’s called “Let’s Make a Deal” and it gives you the chance to win a brand-new Ferrari. Of course, there is a…

Winter 2018-2019 Mood-board

Model photographed by Serge Balkin for Vogue August 1946 Lipstick Dress Sweater Perfume Long- sleeved Dress Beige Coat Linda Evangelista by Peter Lindbergh, Vogue, 1980s Picture from The Nutcracker ballet Mascara Earring…

Why Animal Testing Is A Problem

If you were to be walking down a street and you saw a bunny, would you kill it just for your own benefit? I mean, why would you actually kill an innocent…

Women’s Bodies, Still Sexualised?

We see gender inequality in the media every day, everywhere but we got so used to it that we don’t even realize it’s gender sexualising we see. Mostly women are sexualised every…

Fall 2018 Mood-Board

Earring Wrap Dress Shoe Nadja Auermann by Mario Testino Harper’s Bazaar, August 1993 Pleated Skirt Le Labo Perfume Chloé Perfume Leather bag Yellow backpack Lipstick Eyeshadow pencil Bracelet White sweater Breakfast at…

A Message From Mother Earth

  Dear Earthlets,   I hope you are okay. You are like my children. Well, you are killing me. I mean, cutting the trees and stuff. You know those kill me, right? You…

Summer 2018 Mood-Board

  Perfume IMAN Spring-Summer 2018 Vogue US June 2017 Imaan Hammam by Oliver Hadlee Pearch Top Earring Yasmeen Ghauri Highlighter Dress Bag Shorts Bikini Lip gloss Eyeshadow Vogue UK May 1990, Linda…

A Jean-ius Would Have Added Pockets

How come women’s jeans still lack pockets that are big enough for everyday items?   Shopping is an extremely hard task for me. I want specific things, and if I don’t find…

Season of Freedom: Summer

The beginning of summer is a moment many people wait with excitement. People become overjoyed by the hot weather, blossoming flowers and holiday. It’s an understandable situation. A relaxation happens with summer,…

Blueberry Crumble

  Dessert is certainly one of the foods which people can’t keep away from. There are fine desserts as well as low quality ones since now dessert can be found anywhere. In…

9 Series : 9 Flower Inspired Dresses

Spring is such a wonderful season. The weather gets warmer, the birds start singing and the flowers start blooming. When we think of spring, we think of flowers and we present to…

Cape Town: As Day Zero Approaches

CAPE TOWN – a city many described to me as one of the most beautiful in the world, but the three-year drought is starting to make life in the capital of South Africa…

Spring 2018 Mood-board

  From top left: Jeans Laletita Casta at the YSL Spring-Summer 1999 show Moisturizer Lipstick Earrings  T-shirt Audrey Hepburn VOGUE 1955 by Norman Parkinson Blouse Heels Gisele Bündchen ID magazine 2000 by…

International Women’s Day

Today is 8th March International Women’s Day, a day in which people remember and appreciate women worldwide. Nowadays anyone would say how important and necessary this day is and how much they…

Capucine Recipe

Capucine (cocktail) recipe is one of the recipes we would like to share with you in this issue. Since preparing it is quite easy we can say that it a practical recipe…

Biberon

One of the shops which you can visit if you past by is called Biberon[Baby Bottle]. Yes, Biberon. Why? “When I first decided to open I was so worried I couldn’t do…

Pastel Blue – Moodboard

1- Face Mask 2- Perfume 3- Earrings 4- Men’s Pants 5- Sweater  6- Nail Polish 7- Bag 8- Pants 9- Sunglasses

Little Time : Our New Favourite Cafe

“Little Time”, a café that opened during the summer in Teşvikiye, is providing a pleasant atmosphere at 08.00-00.00 every-day except Sunday (10.00-22.00). The menu contains a large variety of coffee, fresh juices,…

New Year, New Beginnings

I know this is a very annoying title, but if you want to feel like you’ve done something in the new year, read this article. New Years is a time for many…