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Get ready to rave with dAKOTA rAE dUST's super-embellished designs. Based in Bristol, Bec opened dAKOTA rAE dUST in 2014, ten years after graduating from a degree in surface design. She then worked in the womenswear industry for five years, designing prints and embroideries. She says: “dAKOTA rAE dUST allows me to continue... my passion for pattern and texture in fashion. I definitely take colour inspiration from my current job at a ravewear company, where I work a lot with UV-reactive fluoro rubbers and paints!" Bec makes incredible clutch purses...
Lucie Beeston loves “bright colours, loud noises”, which she translates into her “bonkers” hand-cut wooden jewellery brand Lucie Ellen. Lucie started out making jewellery just for herself and her friends. Originally a graphic design student, she quit to get crafty, making jewellery and homewares from smashed and chipped ceramics. She then turned to her favourite materials - wood and paper - to make jewellery and cute things for your home. Lucie moved from the Suffolk countryside to East London, set up a little studio in her back garden, and has...
In the wake of yet another mass shooting at a school, it is sickening how the feelings of fear and helplessness come over us in a familiar way. Every time I read a headline about a shooting, I have the same reaction: my hands go cold, my stomach drops, and I shove the lump in my throat away like I'm dry-swallowing a big pill.  Portland-based community college instructor Melissa Duclos has had enough with politicians and their lack of action to protect the safety of our country....

  Thursday morning, at least ten people were killed  and several more wounded in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The shooter was a 26-year-old male student who, according to Slate, died in a firefight with police. This is old news. Everyone in America knows it is old news. President Obama reminded us in his speech yesterday  that this is old news. That this situation, his own response, the rest of the country’s response, all of it is “routine.” “We’ve become numb to this” was Obama’s refrain.   Predicting...

  Bill Nye acted in solidarity with women’s reproductive rights when he released a short video condemning the misinformation used to fuel anti-abortion arguments. He also offered some great life advice to white dudes in power along the lines of get your facts straight and stop trying to control women’s bodies.  Bill Nye is a powerful example of an ‘ally’.  He uses his expertise and influence to talk about the cause of reproductive rights without trying to speak FOR women. He emphasizes the importance of women’s voices in the...
BUST magazine’s October/November issue featuring cover gal Aidy Bryant is on sale now! BUST's new October/November issue is bursting with women's stories, from our cover feature on SNL star Aidy Bryant, to Kim Gordon’s interview with Carrie Brownstein, to the history of the Native American women who inspired early suffragists. Plus, we've got the low down on the latest projects from Abigail Breslin, Mac DeMarco, Beach House, and more! All this, along with our buzz-worthy feature story “I JOINED A SEX CULT” (you gotta read it to...
Dear Matt Damon, Contrary to what your apology would imply, you didn’t start a conversation about diversity. You tried to shut down a conversation about diversity that Effie Brown started. <3 BUST Ok, a little context. Damon received criticism for comments he made about diversity to Producer Effie Brown on his returning HBO documentary series 'Project Greenlight' in which aspiring directors compete to direct a feature film for HBO. During the judging panel’s discussion of their top pics Brown suggests that diversity should be considered when selecting a winner, especially...
 The New York Daily News and the New York Post totally lost their shit yesterday after topless Times Square performer Maria Diaz brought her 2-year-old daughter to work. The mother-daughter duo appeared with black paint across their chests; mom with a heart covering her breasts, while her daughter bore a simple stripe. Diaz and her daughter arrived on Broadway at 4 p.m., but it wasn’t long before police asked the black-gauze-donned-almost-naked-lady to put a t-shirt on the toddler.  Allegedly, tourists were revolted by a half naked baby. “That’s...
Air India is taking 125 flight attendants out of the sky and onto the ground because they failed to meet the Body Mass Index requirement of the airline, TIME reported yesterday. Air India Spokesman G.P. Rao told CNN that the height-to-weight requirements are for safety purposes, rather than for appearances.  India's Office of the Director General of Civil Aviation outlines requirements for flight crews in its Civil Aviation Requirements–an entire appendix dedicated to the disposal of high BMI cases. Air India considers men with a BMI between 18 and...
Damon Wayans, an 80s actor/comedian/director best known for his work on popular TV series including My Wife and Kids and In Living Color, recently defended accused rapist Bill Cosby on The Breakfast Club, Power 105.1 FM's hip-hop radio talk show.  “I don’t believe he was raping," Wayans said.  "I believe he was in relationships with all of them.” He later went on to joke, “Listen, how big is his penis that it gives you amnesia for forty years?” Um….dude…what the actual fuck?  While her male co-worker laughed, the female interviewer astutely noted Cosby had been...