If you are female and grew up in the last 1980s – early 1990s, chances are you were a Sassy girl. Sassy was The. Best. Teen magazine – EVER. (Except for the later years when Jane Pratt sold it and went and tried to re-create Sassy under a new title – Jane – while a big magazine company sullied the name of Sassy until it folded, but we won’t speak of such sad times.) Sassy was honest about your looks, sex and sexuality, fashion, and refused to toe the line. Sassy wanted girls to be educated and involved, and speak out for things that mattered to them. I actually wonder if I would have turned out differently if I hadn’t started reading Sassy; it was responsible for opening my eyes to so many things. I mourn the loss of the box I had saved all my issues in that disappeared when my parents moved. I had every issue going back to the premiere issue that I had somehow received in the mail from some other subscription or mailing list. I remember sitting in my driveway the afternoon it came and devouring every page. I felt like I was being given a window into the cool girls club, only these weren’t the cool girls I went to high school with, these were the cool girls who didn’t care what other people thought of them.
Anyways, enough about my own love for Sassy. While Jane Pratt was the editor and face of Sassy, I remember having a lot of love for the other ladies on staff. (That was another thing I loved about it – when I read Seventeen or YM, I never got to know the people behind the print, but Sassy gave each person an identity in the magazine.) Two of my favorites were Christina Kelly and Karen Catchpole. Christina Kelly gave an interview to I Heart Daily about the cover shoot Sassy did of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. It’s worth checking out if you are/were a fan of Sassy or Kurt or Courtney