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I grew up in a makeup-free household. My mom didn't wear makeup, and my dad often said he preferred her without makeup and he didn't think women should be pressured into wearing it just to fit in. My mom was a free-spirited feminist who shunned most of the ideals about women's beauty that we're subject to. She often went without a bra. She washed her hair with simple shampoo and towel-dried it. Her typical outfit was a pair of loose jeans and an oversized sweatshirt with cats...
Gigi Hadid for ReebokThe recent attack on Gigi Hadid by so-called celebrity "prankster" Vitali Sediuk has gone viral, causing mass discussion about the model's reaction and if she was right to defend herself against her attacker in the way she did. The bottom line of this story is that she of course had the right to defend herself because she felt that she was in danger, and everybody that is trying to criticize her for that is simply buying into the sexist and misogynistic societal view. What...
Photo: Luke Hannaford Deap Vally L.A.’s badass rockers reveal their beauty basics Deap Vally’s scuzzy feminist anthem “Smile More” is just the tip of the awesome iceberg that is their new album Femejism (out September 18 on Nevado Music). On its 13 tracks (produced by Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner) the duo serves up intense garage rock riffs, with vocalist/guitarist Lindsey Troy getting primal with her singing, and drummer Julie Edwards giving a backbeat you’ll want to headbang to. We asked these babes—who believe “confidence is beautiful” above...
Perhaps you have heard about the “feminist” collection recently released by Dior at Spring 2017 fashion week. The line, overseen by the Dior’s first-ever female creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, featured flowing gowns paired with flats, white fencing jackets, and at the end, a midnight blue tulle skirt and sneakers paired with a t-shirt emblazoned with the words "We Should All Be Feminists.”     Clearly a reference to the book by Chimimanda Ngozi Adiche, who was sitting in the audience, the model wearing the ensemble walked down...
Easy A How do you write an egalitarian, objectively enforceable dress code? How do you write such a dress code for 50,000 students between ages of 5 and 18 years, across nearly 80 separate institutions? This is how my local public school system, Portland Public Schools in Portland, Oregon (“PPS”), tackled the puzzle. In June 2015, some brave and articulate seventh grade girls, and one boy, testified before the PPS School Board about the ways their school disproportionately enforced the dress code against girls, resulting in middle...
Photographed by Chloe Aftel Monica Canilao ARTIST | Oakland, CA Tell us about this outfit. The skirt came from a weird junk shop in Sebastopol, CA. The belt is from Mercy Vintage in Oakland. The bathing suit’s from ASOS and I added beadwork to its straps. The bag was from a friend who found it at an estate sale. The necklace was a birthday gift from a friend, as was the old beanie. I’m also wearing a gold metal crocheted bracelet made by my friend Arielle de Pinto. The earrings are...
    Earlier this week, I was scrolling through Twitter (like I do every day) when I saw this tweet:   YIKES is right. As you can see from the screenshots, photographer Pax Jones noticed that the makeup brand ColourPop was giving its sculpting sticks for dark skin tones some pretty offensive names, like “Yikes” and “Typo.” While ColourPop’s sculpting sticks for light skin tones have some weird names as well — like “Gummy Bear” and “Illuminati” — the names for lighter sculpting sticks s don’t have the negative connotations...
  Nailah Lymus (seated center) and two Underwraps models. Image via ABC News Nailah Lymus is challenging the stigma against Muslim women who wear traditional garb — one photoshoot at a time. The 32-year-old Brooklyn-based designer has made it her mission to increase the visibility of Muslim women in the fashion industry, founding Underwraps in 2012, a modeling agency whose stated mission is to "represent the Muslim Female Fashion Model." Lymus was motivated to launch Underwraps as a way rectify the lack of diversity within the modesty...
via Instagram/Tome    New York Fashion Week ended late last week (surprise — NYFW is actually longer than a week), and if you’re not in the fashion industry, you may have missed some very cool news in the midst of headlines about Taylor Swift sitting front row post-Hiddleswift breakup or models passing out at Yeezy Season 3. However, there were several things that happened at New York Fashion Week that got us pretty excited — about feminism. Whether taking strides towards body positivity or taking a stand against...
Photo: Flickr/Robert Couse-BakerI was shopping at a mall this weekend in New York and happened upon a clothing store that I hadn't seen before. They had cute clothes so I went in to look around. The salespeople were extremely friendly, asking if I needed help with genuine smiles and eager tones. I had several items in my arms and was looking at a pair of shorts when a retail associate approached. "Who are you shopping for?" she asked. "Myself," I answered. "In the men's section?" she asked, incredulously. Based...