She Shreds Says Goodbye to She Shreds Magazine and Hello to Media Company

News broke earlier today that, after eight years and 20 issues, She Shreds Magazine is closing its doors, as the business pivots into a fully fledged media company.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief Fabiola "Fabi" Reyna wrote a letter to the magazine's readership, posted earlier to the She Shreds website, emphasizing that this isn't a bitter goodbye, but rather a warm hello to new beginnings and exciting challenges in what's ahead for the company.

"First off all, let’s get this over with: No, this isn’t a goodbye letter," Reyna writes. "It’s a look at how far we’ve come letter. It’s a letting go, moving on, and growing into something bigger, bolder, and louder letter. It’s the end of She Shreds Magazine. But the beginning of She Shreds Media."

Unsatisfied with the severe lack of diversity and representation within mainstream music spaces and gear (especially guitar) culture, Reyna was motivated to start She Shreds Magazine almost a decade ago. Since its very first issue, the publication has specifically worked hard to highlight the voices of women, non-binary, and musicians of color and to bring those voices and experiences to mainstream audiences.

As Reyna says in her letter, a lot of progress has been made in the years since the magazine was born, both in terms of what She Shreds Magazine has accomplished and in the gear space, like the end of Guitar World's annual "Bikini Guide" and the release of Annie Clark's signature Ernie Ball guitar.

But although, as Reyna writes, She Shreds Magazine has been able to succeed in achieving all of the goals they set for their print medium, there's more to be done to make these spaces and communities more inclusive and representative beyond the written word.

"It’s time for us to let [She Shreds Magazine] go, support other women and non binary focused and run music publications flourishing around the world, and shift our energy into creating digital media, and in-person experiences focused on providing tools to ensure the permanency of our voices."

Keep following She Shreds on all of their channels to stay tuned for what's coming next. And if you'd like to make sure you receive the magazine's final issue, coming in June, you can preorder it here.

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