Amplify V1I1: @AllMyLoveGib
“A love letter to your most confident self” – that’s the message @allmylovegib / @gibranboyce hopes that you take away from her writing and her content. Aside from fashion and features on inspiring women in her online magazine, ‘amlg’, writing seems to be in her blood; Gibran, named after writer, poet and philosopher Kahlil Gibran, hopes to use that skill, to put it simply, “to help leave a better mark on the world.”
Gibran grew up on Long Island, and went to school there her whole life before attending Boston College (BC), where she recently graduated from this past spring.Though she minored in journalism because she loves the writing style and is drawn to politics, her love for her degree, which is international studies, began from an earlier age – a chance encounter that changed her life.
Her passion for human rights work cemented itself the summer after her freshman year of high school, when she participated in the Eleanor Roosevelt Center’s Girls Leadership Worldwide program, and met another young woman from a different week of the program coincidentally: she missed her flight back home to Pakistan and needed a place to stay for the weekend until she could get another flight home, and Gibran’s home happened to be the closest to the airport and the program’s location; two hours later, Gibran was met with a perspective she’d never been so directly exposed to before.
“That night at dinner when we sat down and talked to her … she opened up to my family about her life as a child bride, and all of the awful things she’d experienced in her life,” Gibran said, and you can hear in her voice how much that single, heartbreaking conversation at the dinner table changed her entire life. “Listening to her story - that was just something that really had a huge impact on what I want to do with my life.”
Her family was able to provide support for this young woman until she was granted asylum in the United States in 2018, and she remains very close to her family - especially to Gibran and her mother, who became “one of the women in her life that undertook her” and her mother continued to provide her support, financially and otherwise.
This led to Gibran’s increasing interest in human rights work, and later, when she went to college at BC, doing a great deal of work in press communications. “I interned with Senator Warren, and the mayor of Boston as his press intern; from there I came to realize, okay, this is the side, I think, of writing and politics that I really admire.”
Gibran recently graduated from Boston College - in the middle of a global pandemic, like millions of others who never saw this coming as the end to their academic journey. “It was definitely very overwhelming - and sad. Boston College is my home, it always will be. They have their fair share of problematic stuff, but at the end of the day, I found my family there.”
She recalls the final moments of her on-campus life, that came to such an abrupt halt only months ago. “We all went on spring break, came back, and three days later, we were all told we have to go home, that we have two more days to leave. I think the seniors really made the absolute best of those two days,” she laughs.
But now, she says, “I’ve settled in, and it’s “over”? I don’t think I’ll ever have proper closure, as I’m sure many seniors will tell you.”
And just like that, she found herself flung into the “real” world. “I never expected that I would be jobless. The job experience has been really emotionally draining because of the state of the economy, but also the fact that, I do believe that if we had had time to finish out the school year, it would have allowed me to really focus my attention on applying for jobs.”
Instead, Gibran found herself wanting to keep busy during the sudden, shocking realm of quarantine and self-isolation - and poured that energy into her blog: “All My Love, Gib” (amlg), which she started about two weeks after returning home to Long Island after her university and schools across the nation closed their doors.
“I’m still figuring out how to find my niche,” she said, but it’s clear from the outside that all of her writing and her platforms radiate inspiration, confidence, and an approachability that makes it easy to connect with her (even easier to interview her over the phone despite having never met otherwise).
“I’ve always been interested in the journalism type of writing, and it’s something that I always knew I wanted to incorporate into my blog. Growing up, I always had this mantra that I would tell myself, which was ‘Look good, Feel good, Do good.’”
Aside from pieces about quarantine trends like tie-dye lounge sets, a #BossBabe series and a dive into fast fashion, Gibran has also found her voice in magazine-style features on young people making impactful change in the world. Her first interview featured Boston College freshman Alina Yan from Beijing, China, who created the company ‘Apparycle’, that upcycles your old clothing into a bag of your choice. A month later, the second issue of the online magazine introduced us to 2019 BC graduate Katie Diasti, who created sustainable period care startup ‘Viv for Your V’.
“I think that these are the girls that deserve to be on covers, deserve recognition. These are the girls that are really shaping the industry and defining what it means to actually be beautiful - what it takes to actually be confident.”
From highlighting powerful women to helping readers and her community find the keys to their “most confident self,” Gibran’s own future remains open, though anyone who sees her drive, ambition and passion can see that it will be an impactful one.
“In terms of my blog, I’m just getting started. In terms of the future, career-wise, every single hour of the day I bounce back and forth between wanting to go into marketing, whether it be fashion or luxury or anything of that nature, and then, I think with the current state of the world, I’m kind of moving back into the mindset of: where can I work where my skill sets will be most useful right now?” She says she’s considering potentially working for a non-profit organization in DC, or even going to law school and doing human rights work pro bono.
Her open-book, open-minded mentality leaves no stone unturned in the possibilities of her future. “In a perfect world, I’d be able to combine both, and just never tire out. The answer is, I don’t know; but I think going into what I majored in and combining my love of writing and politics and being … as much use to the world as I really can be.”
You can find her blog here, at allmylovegib.com.