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It's hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world! Just ask the one and only Dolly Parton, cover woman for BUST's June/July Summer Music Issue. An idol for generations, this gal shows no sign of stopping, or even slowing down. And staying fresh? Please. Just listen to her cover of Bon Jovi's "Lay Your Hands on Me." (Make sure you listen all the way to the end so you can hear her say, "Lord, I'm ready for America.") Her new album, Blue Smoke, comes out May...
It’s (almost) officially summer: school is out, days are hotter, days are longer, and people are shopping for bikini season. One important group of women that is consistently left out of our annual haul of Memorial Day bikini sales and Victoria’s Secret summer catalogs are breast cancer survivors.  According to the World Cancer Research Fund, almost 1.7 million women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, making it the second most common type of cancer for women worldwide. Survivors often undergo a mastectomy, which is...
What is the role of fashion in feminism? Probably the question that us feminist-fashion buffs dread the most. I know I know, fashion is a “patriarchal invention designed to distract women from focusing on serious matters” yadayada- but yet again, those boots are SO CUTE, where did you get them?    If you’re like me, and this conflict has caused you a lot of inner turmoil, then you are in luck. Thanks to some powerful ladies in the industry, this fashion vs. feminism dispute may be starting...
Rineke Dijkstra is a Dutch photographer who primarily takes portraits that capture a very real sense of vivid and beautiful discomfort. Her series of photographs of young children and adolescents embodies the awkwardness of "coming of age." Its beauty arises from the sense of absolute reality in her work: it celebrates the ungainliness of life.  Her work is a pleasant change from the photographs of airbrushed models that we see plastered across billboards, and their ‘imperfections’ (emphasis on the air quotes) make the figures more...
  Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou died this morning at the age of 86, but girl, did she live a full life. The way that Dr. Angelou's life overflowed with incredible achievements and wisdom is not just admired by all, but her unwavering dedication to helping others will forever be appreciated. As will her perseverance during the toughest of times. Angelou's long and honorable journey devoted to social justice through activism, education, and the arts is an inspiration to all.  Despite...