Episode 22 — Embrace your Narrative, Take Ownership & Remain Patient: A Talk with Lindsey Day of CRWN Mag

In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory have a heart-to-heart with their friend Lindsey Day, co-founder of CRWN Magazine. In sharing her journey shaping this beautiful print magazine for black women, Lindsey gets real about the importance of black women’s representation in the editorial field, and shares how this representation contributes to our mental health and self-image. A must-listen for any aspiring or beginning creative entrepreneur, Lindsey offers tips on maintaining perspective, patience, and the urgency of financial sustainability. This conversation is a great prequel to the second issue of CRWN Mag which focuses on Self-Love and features a cover story on Lauren, Deun, and BGIO sisterbrand Lifestyle with Ivory + Ash. Be inspired by all three women’s insights on sisterhood, the creative process, and creating a necessary project or space for marginalized people.


  • CRWN Mag’s intention to take ownership in beautifully and critically sharing the diverse and powerful stories of black women  
  • What CRWN Mag, BGIO, and Lifestyle with Ivory & Ash have in common and how each brand supported each other on similar wavelengths
  • The magical, serendipity-rich photoshoot the three women completed for their forthcoming cover story in the second issue of CRWN Mag
  • Why the representation of black women in editorial is critical and contributes to our wellbeing
  • The value in upholding your larger vision, purpose, and in being mindful and intentional during the creative process
  • Lindsey’s journey into becoming co-founder of CRWN Mag and her conviction to create something that she didn’t see
  • How both our pain and our beauty and power as black women deserve to be shared by us in compelling ways
  • Lindsey, Lauren, and Deun's thoughts on the natural hair movement—where we’ve come, and where we have yet to go
  • How Lauren’s upbringing contributed to her persistence to create an intentional space for women of color and contribute to the representation of women of color in both the wellness and editorial fields
  • Why sisterhood is key for mental health in Lindsey’s journey as a creative entrepreneur, and how sisterhood has been key for Deun’s concepts of family

“We’re creating in the face of insurmountable odds.” — @lindseydayy of @CRWNmag #BGIO Click to Tweet

“We do benefit a lot by working together instead of against each other.” — @deunivory  #BGIO Click to Tweet

“Working on @CRWNmag is therapy for me” — @lindseydayy of @CRWNmag #BGIO Click to Tweet

“Laughter is so therapeutic. I’m expressing my joy for life when I’m laughing.” — @deunivory #BGIO Click to Tweet

“When you realize your project is a lot bigger than you, that’s a beautiful place to be.” — @HelloLaurenAsh #BGIO Click to Tweet