Shameless is an independent Canadian voice for smart, strong, sassy young women and trans youth. It’s a fresh alternative to typical teen magazines, packed with articles about arts, culture and current events, reflecting the neglected diversity of our readers’ interests and experiences. Grounded in principles of social justice and anti-oppression, Shameless aims to do more than just publish a magazine: we aim to inspire, inform, and advocate for young women and trans youth.
Shameless strives to practice and develop an inclusive feminism. We understand that many of the obstacles faced by young women and trans youth lie at the intersection of different forms of oppression, based on race, class, ability, immigration status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. As a grassroots magazine, we are committed to supporting and empowering young writers, editors, designers and artists, especially those from communities that are underrepresented in the mainstream media.
Proudly independent, Shameless is a grassroots magazine produced by a team of volunteer staff members.
Each issue of Shameless entertains and inspires with profiles of amazing women, discussion of the hot topics that concern you most, DIY guides to crafty activities, sports dispatches, the latest in technology, columns on food politics, health & sexuality, advice and more.
Shameless has been making waves since its launch in June 2004. That year, Shameless was named Best New Magazine by Toronto alt-weekly NOW and nominated for two Utne Independent Press Awards (Best New Title and Best Design). In 2005, Shameless won an Utne award for Best Personal Life Writing. We were nominated again in 2006, for Lifestyle coverage. In 2005, cover story “Making The Cut” was nominated for a National Magazine Award.
Published three times a year, Shameless is available in independent bookstores and Chapters/Indigo locations across Canada and select locations in the United States.
Shameless gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council through its Publishing Projects grants.
Sheila Sampath, Editorial and Art Director
Sheila Sampath (she/her/they/them) is an artist, educator and an activist designer who has been crafting creative for social good since 2003. She is the former chair of the board at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multi-cultural Women Against Rape and has a background in grassroots activism and organizing, which she incorporates into her strategic and participatory approach to graphic design and trauma-informed popular education as Principal and Creative Director at The Public and assistant professor of Alternative and Speculative Practices at OCAD University. Sheila holds a diploma in Graphic Design from the George Brown School of Design and an Honours BSc. in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Toronto. She has lectured internationally on community-centred creative praxis, alternative media, and anti-oppressive work. Her first book, Letters Lived, was published by Three O’Clock Press in the fall of 2013, and she is currently working on her second book on art, design and community self-determination.
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Julia Horel, Publisher
Julia Horel is the publisher at Shameless. She uses she/her pronouns. She really likes school, and holds an Honours B.A. in English Literature from Trent University, a Master of Publishing from Simon Fraser University, and a Certificate in Project Management from Ryerson University. She muses about doing an MBA on a regular basis. Julia’s day job is in non-profit management in the social services sector, and she loves books, social media, cooking, snacking and napping. She spends a lot of time reading to her toddler, so reading adult books is a luxury. She is a certified indoor cycling teacher and dreams about teaching a body-positive spin class some day. She’s passionate about anti-racism, reproductive justice, fat acceptance and body image.
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Jean Boampong, Features Editor
Jean Boampong is a writer, editor and facilitator based in Toronto. She’s a huge advocate for “not-to-do” lists because she believes life is too difficult to do everything in one day. While her background is in criminal justice, Jean works in communities facilitating media literacy and anti-oppression workshops for girls most days, and has doing this work for over 5 years. House music, travelling, dance, massages, D’Angelo and popcorn are all things she enjoys. When she’s not working, she’s planning her next vacation destination.
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Caitlin Blennerhassett, Front of Book Editor
Caitlin Blennerhassett lives and works in both Ontario and Nova Scotia. She has been a member of the Saint Mary’s University Women’s Centre Board of Directors and has been trained as a Restorative Justice Facilitator, Doula and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. She has an Honours B.A. in Criminology and Psychology from Saint Mary’s University and half of an M.A. in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery from McMaster University, Caitlin’s time is spent catching babies and reading about catching babies. She’s a solo parent, bibliophile and queer lady activist with a penchant for comic books and tea.
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Christine Miskonoodinkwe-Smith, Contributing Editor
Christine Miskonoodinkwe-Smith is a Canadian First Nations journalist and writer. She writes about issues that are the closest to her – healing, inspiration, current events and the political. She is currently working on her first memoir collection of short stories, which she hopes to have out in the next year. Beside her story “Choosing the Path to Healing,” which appeared in the 2006 anthology Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces, Christine has also published creative non-fiction pieces in Yellow Medicine Review, a poem titled “I Remember” in xxx ndn, a book of poetry published by the Aboriginal Writers Collective of Manitoba, and a piece titled “A Legacy of Colonial Childcare” in Briarpatch Magazine. She also writes regularly for Life’s Journey, Anishinabek News, New Tribe Magazine, First Nations House, Windspeaker, Shameless and the Toronto Review of Books.
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Sennah Yee, Arts Editor
Sennah Yee writes poetry, writes about films, and writes poetry about films. She is the author of the poetry/nonfiction collection How Do I Look? (Metatron Press, 2017), which dissects pop culture through personal anecdotes. Her MA thesis in Cinema & Media Studies focused on gendered robot design in media and technology. She is the producer and production designer of the feature film Withdrawn. She also enjoys juiceboxes, pole dancing, and making avatars of herself. Though named after a racecar driver, she has yet to get behind the wheel. Find her at: www.sennahyee.com
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Gabrielle Marceau, Reviews Editor
Gabrielle Marceau is a writer and cultural critic based in Toronto. On weekdays she works for the Toronto International Film Festival, but the rest of the time she spends obsessing over pop culture and her cats. She has an MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto where her research focused on how we interact with digital images in our daily lives. Her writing has appeared in Adult Mag, Baldhip Magazine, Haute Food, and more. She was the founding editor for The F*** of the Century, an online pop culture journal. She is currently working on a book about Britney Spears’ album Blackout.
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Beena Mistry, Web Art Director
Beena Mistry is an Indian nonbinary illustrator hanging around the Toronto area. By playing with shapes and colour, they’re continuously striving to create work that explores the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality. Their dream is to one day illustrate a Pokémon TCG card.
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Naz Afsahi, Blog Editor
Naz Afsahi resides in Toronto and works as a manager in the not-for-profit theatre sector. She is passionate about issues relating to equity, trans rights, as well as race and representation. A feminist of colour, Naz is addicted to romance novels, cooking while watching reality television or Australian soap operas, yin yoga and cuddles. Naz holds a Masters of Arts in Media Studies from the University of Western Ontario, and an Honours B.A. (Film Studies/Religious Studies) from Queen’s University.
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Tina Zafreen Alam, Blog Editor
Tina Zafreen Alam is a Brooklyn-based diasporic Bangladeshi poet who is a blog editor at Shameless Magazine. She holds an Honours BA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto and has worked at many film festivals including: Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). Tina Zafreen is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing at Pratt Institute, and making friends with the squirrels of New York.
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Michelle Schwartz, Blog Editor
Michelle Schwartz is a librarian and writer who splits her time pretty evenly between the city of Toronto and the forgotten corners of the Internet. She is the co-director of Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada, a digital humanities research project that she hopes will one day spread the love for radical Canadian queer history far and wide. In the meantime, you can usually find her hopped up on coffee and reading a several months–old issue of the New Yorker.
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Angela Guardiani, Circulation Manager
Angela Guardiani loves words. She teaches ESL to some amazing students from all over the world and instructs other teachers on how to do the same. She’s passionate about bringing social justice into the classroom and decolonizing language. When she’s not teaching, Angela enjoys movies and theatre (see her play reviews at thecharmingmodernist.com), experimenting in the kitchen, cycling, and reading everything she can get her hands on.
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Ama Scriver, Interim Events Coordinator
Amanda (Ama) Scriver is a body image advocate, freelance journalist and social strategist based out of Toronto, Canada. She is a regular contributor to Brit + Co, The Growth Op, and FLARE. When she isn’t being fat, loud and shouty on the Internet, she enjoys trashy reality television, a well-curated snack buffet, karaoke, and cheering herself up with brightly coloured lipstick.
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Lauren Perruzza, Copy Editor
Lauren is the copyeditor for Shameless, meaning that she’ll put her ardent support of the Oxford comma on hold for a group of rad fellow feminist folks. When she’s not scrutinizing copy for tense-agreements or errant flat apostrophes, she works for a publishing non-profit and pets/scolds her cat, Finnegan.
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Nicole Cohen, Co-Founder and Board Member
Nicole Cohen is the co-founder and former co-editor and co-publisher of Shameless. She is currently an assistant professor in the Institute of Communication, Culture and Information Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. You can learn about Nicole’s research, writing and teaching at http://nicolescohen.com.
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Melinda Mattos, Co-Founder and Board Member
When Melinda was a teenager, the mainstream media tried to convince her that her breasts were too small, her brain was too big and her life would be incomplete if she didn’t have a boyfriend. In her twenties, she fought back by launching Shameless, a fiercely independent teen magazine. Melinda has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University and has worked as a writer, editor and producer at The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Eye Weekly, Strategy and TVOntario. She currently works at George Brown College.
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