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J. Crew Feminist Tee + More
J.Crew's Feminist Kids Tee Sparks Mixed Reviews
J.Crew recently launched a collaboration with prinkshop, a brand that creates political and activist-themed apparel. J.Crew fans, however, were upset that the company had assigned a political ideology and "leftist virtues" on children's clothing. Parents worry that that involving their child in a political game when they do not know what they represent makes them "tokens" of their parents. Proceeds of the now marked-down t-shirt will benefit Girl Up.
With the increased exposure of non-retouched and bare-faced models, a nationwide conversation is brewing about embracing skin imperfections. Finally, Gen Z, Millenials, and even celebrities such as SZA and Justin Bieber are fighting traditional advertising practices and using social media to speak out about how acne is normal, and even beautiful.
The Power of Red Lipstick
Sarah Sophie Flicker, a feminist activist, believes that it’s up to every individual to wade through the connection between beauty and feminism. To her, beauty and feminism is not in conflict when women choose to present themselves in ways they feel confident.
The Dangerous Juxtaposition Between Self-Love and Lack of Self-Esteem
Instead of continuing to sell products to solve women’s insecurities, beauty companies have decided to monetize on the new trend of “self love”. This new and deceptive way of advertising can be seen within campaigns such as Covergirl’s #GirlsCan movement or Dove’s #RealBeauty pitch. Since the beauty industry is valued at around 445 billion, companies have shifted to products that “help promote self love” and showcase consumers’ “true beauty." However, these practices are just as manipulative as their predecessors.
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Artists Are Now Using Instagram to Break Societal Standards
The newest anti-establishment Instagram trend involves a lot of makeup, prosthetics, and artistry. Sick of “perfect” and heavily edited selfies and pictures, artists have taken to Instagram to break standards and showcase their wildest looks.
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Average American Woman Not
Represented in Fashion
While the fashion industry has taken a step towards inclusivity by featuring plus-size models, there is still a lack of representation of average women in the fashion industry.
It’s been over a year and six months since the Brexit vote, and the UK’s impending breakaway from the European Union is still causing uproar. Fashion companies based around the UK, in particular, are concerned about the deals’ impact on their ability to hire and travel internationally, as well as import high-quality textiles from around the globe. According to a report from the Creative Industries Federation, 74% of small luxury labels—many of whom are run by or provide employment to women-- fear that Brexit will significantly harm business prospects. Adam Mansell, the executive of the UK Fashion and Textile Association, warns that, although it seems unlikely, “it is vital that we get a trade deal with zero tariffs and very simple border controls.”
28-year-old Humza Mian isn’t just a veterinary technician—he’s also a drag queen and social media influencer whose feeds are both a celebration of his South Asian heritage and of his individuality. His drag name, MangHoe Lassi, pays homage to a popular drink in India. Growing up in a religious family, Mian was taught to hide any traces of femininity, and he still isn’t out to his parents. While he wishes he could be, the reality is that coming out still is not a safe option for many people across the world. Even though laws are changing and promoting acceptance of more and more people, the social implications of such a decision can be incredibly dangerous. Mian wishes that media represented those queer folk who are proud of their identity but still have to remain closeted, unlike the many out-loud-and-proud shows like Queer Eye and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Despite this, he is happy his drag, makeup tutorials, and social media presence as a beauty influencer can create a safe space for him to be fully himself, and he hopes he can create that space for others with similar experiences.
Jessamyn Stanley, yoga instructor and body-positive advocate took to Instagram this week to talk about an issue that isn’t discussed nearly enough: chafing and the discomfort—and scars—it can result in. Stanley posted an amazingly real photo of herself on her couch in her underwear, comfortably watching television with her inner thighs bearing the scars many plus-sized women have from chafing. Within her caption, she says “Yes, there are permanent marks on my thighs from chafing, Welcome to being #fat.” What people don’t realize is that this happens to women whose thighs happen to brush together when they walk—it’s not about being what society deems as “fat.” It’s simply friction and nothing to be ashamed of.
Coming out is an important moment for many in the queer community, but what if you never technically have to come out, or you’re not sure you even have anything to come out about? Growing up, Wilson knew she liked boys, but she was confused about the feelings that girls would sometimes provoke in her. She hated herself for being confused. As a supporter of queer rights, she felt that even discussing her confusion would take away from “real queer people,” and she saw her own identity as invalid. After all, she married a man and was incredibly happy with him, so what was the point of exploring her identity even further? But one day during Pride Month, Eleanor wondered why she didn’t think her identity mattered and why she had been unhappily hiding herself. She realized that to finally feel comfortable in her own skin, she had to be honest. After coming out via social media, Eleanor couldn’t stop telling everyone she talked to; it gave her such a rush of love for herself and her unique identity. If there’s one thing Eleanor’s story can teach us, it’s that accepting yourself and showing who you are to the world takes time, bravery, and a whole lot of self-love.