Growing up raised mostly by my Ahma (Grandma) instilled me in habits and virtues that are hard to break. While as independent she is since my Ah Gong (Grandpa) has passed, she was a traditionalist and have a few ideas of how a woman should behave and carry herself - you wouldn't believe her reaction to my tattoo! Things like how I sit with a skirt/dress - let alone a qipao on was lecture-worthy. How my makeup shouldn't be too dramatic but still covering up my imperfections were also influenced by how society perceived me. How a woman shouldn't be drinking too much - let alone hard liquor since way back during Imperial China. According to some sources, women were supposed to be kept away from drinking. I wanted to put it into my work, reflecting how culture and imagination plays a part it all of these thoughts. In a way, it was taking back what's mine and reimagining it. I thought it was interesting to explore as a Singaporean-Chinese who has little to no roots to touch on China because my family has long migrated to Singapore way before my Grandma's time. In a way, we are detached because we always identified as Singaporeans.
In Defence of Fantasies
By Hazel Sim.
Self-Love is the greatest love story.
I stood, my tummy jutting out in my Speedo two-piece, and stared at my reflection in the mirror, zeroed in on one thing: a huge pimple right between my eyebrows. Big and red and painful. I squeezed the ever-loving shit out of that thing, but to no avail: I had only angered the beast.
During the holiday season, there is a huge increase in body shaming and diet culture due to the amount of eating that is emphasized. As a culture, we acknowledge that eating is a central part of many holiday festivities. The most important thing this holiday season is checking in with yourself and your habits, and making yourself a priority.
The new normal of beauty is one everyone recognizes: thick, ombré eyebrows, heavily contoured cheeks, blinding highlighter, and false lashes. What many, though, don’t recognize is that these trends have derived from the drag community.
For the past twelve years, Angie Peek has worked as a porn makeup artist and has had to deal with struggles a lot of girls are probably wondering about what products will look good even after a hookup. After years of testing, Peek recommends some products that never budge on her clients in even the steamiest scenes.
Meyers is the founder and CEO of the be.come project, a holistic, online, workout experience with accessible twenty-five minute routines you can do with Meyers themselves. I had a chance to speak with Meyers over the phone and dig a little deeper into creating the company, and who they are as an activist and entrepreneur.
Cashmere Nicole recently launched the about-to-be-groundbreaking beauty company, Beauty Bakerie. Haven’t heard of it? You will soon, as the inclusive brand has officially launched in Ulta stores this month.
The debate about female pubic hair has been going on for years: bare versus the bush. Either way, there are struggles to deal with. Whichever you choose, there is an awesome product to make your grooming routine even better: pube oil.
When the US-based size-inclusive retailer 11 Honore launched in Dubai, it wanted curvier Arab models to show how the clothes fit on a plus sized model from the area, and they found Ameni Esseibi. Esseibi encourages girls who are plus sized to never believe anyone who says they can’t do something because of their weight, pointing to her growing success as proof. She says that plus sized is beautiful and full of possibilities.
A constant argument that I’ve had with virtually every close friend of mine occurs whenever I love a photo of them that they hate, or vice versa. I once posted a picture I loved of a friend on Facebook, and she rang me within five minutes to demand I take it down. I decided to explore the difference between how we see ourselves and how others in our lives see us.
Deepika Vyas, co-founder of Avya Skincare, is set on making pro-melanin skincare the standard in the beauty industry instead of a passing trend. The brand’s mission is to expand global knowledge on skin diversity by helping consumers and retailers understand how different levels of melanin play a role in skincare.
After spending years longing to change and alter her appearance, Kim Ji-yeon questioned why she put so much money and time into her appearance, eventually joining the growing movement called “Escape the Corset.” Born out of the global #MeToo movement, “Escape the Corset” is actively challenging the misogyny promoted by South Korea’s beauty industry.
While we may be seeing more plus-sized people on the runways and in beauty advertising campaigns, two features that many people of all sizes possess have been completely ignored: double chins and full faces. Without representation of all kinds of body experience, not just those that are acceptably fat and white, body positivity fails, and our beauty ideals remain as narrow as ever.
Rona Tai, Instagram influencer, has used her platform to promote body positivity for plus-size pregnant women. Tai celebrates how after enduring multiple knee surgeries, an ectopic pregnancy, and aches and pains, her body still continues to fight and now support a growing baby. She hopes that other mothers out there will look at themselves in the same light.
Blac Chyna is currently in Nigeria promoting Whitenicious X Blac Chyna Diamond Illuminating & Lightening Cream with business partner and Nigerian-Cameroonian entertainer Denica. Similar products have been banned in African countries because they contain hydroquinone, a harmful chemical that stops the productions of melanin. As such, influencers are urging people to ignore the harmful messages these kinds of products promote and to embrace their blackness.
Charity Holloway, 33, of Charlotte, North Carolina has always loved dancing, but the dance world has not always loved her. Despite this, Charity become founder and choreographer of a plus-size dance group, 4Thirty-Two, and has reconnected with her body and loves it as it is. They hope to spread the message that being a larger woman does not necessarily make you unhealthy.
Jessamyn Stanley is curvy, Black, and creative—everything yoga has never been. Angela Johnson, a plus-sized health and body positivity blogger, used Stanley as an inspiration to tailor her yoga to fit her life, in the comfort of her own home. Stanley inspires people just like Johnson to implement props and necessary modifications and to use yoga as a way to focus on how they feel, not how they look.
Blackfishing is a phrase that describes people who pretend to have a different ethnicity online, specifically non-Caucasian. This controversial beauty trend is, as of late, buzzing on the internet. Cultural appreciation? More like cultural appropriation.
A new video trend among sex-positive YouTube beauty bloggers are “dick appointment” makeup tutorials. Unsurprisingly, the trend is outraging right-wing Twitter. Creators are encouraging their viewers to ignore these haters, and embrace the sex-positive beauty fun to be had in watching and learning from these videos!
Lourdes Leon, daughter of Madonna, stepped onto the 2018 CFDA/Vogue fashion show red carpet in a short white dress with fully unshaven armpits and legs. Leon thinks that whether and how to groom body hair is an entirely personal decision, and sometimes, you just have to live your life and not care what other people have to say.