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We're excited to share this excerpt from StyleLikeU's new book True Style Is What's Underneath: The Self-Acceptance Revolution: A StyleLikeU Manifesto  ...

From London to New York to LA to Miami and around the world, here's a round-up of 12 plus-size models whose Instagrams prove that they're feminist as fuck.  1. Paloma Elsesser Instagram.com/@palomija Instagram: @palomija  Elsesser says that being a plus-size model is her "profession — how [she supports herself]," but she doesn't "want that to always be part of her description." Elsesser is a writer and activist, too. She moved from Los Angeles to NYC in 2010 to study psychology and literature at the New School, but changed her plans after...
The newest hair trend that will soon be sweeping the streets is geode hair. Mastered by hair stylist Cherin Choi in LA, these colors recreate the mesmerizing glitz of geode crystals. The dreamy blend looks something like a cross between a rainbow ombre and gemstone hair. Usually, in hues of purple and blue the hair is sectioned and blended down to create an effortless look and transition. In an interview with Refinery 29, Choi explained that while the style is beautiful and multidimensional, the process of dying...
Sweet Lorraine says she’s always been in the business of creating what she wants to see more of in the world, which is exactly what she did five years ago when she founded “Shades of Burlesque,” NYC’s first and only all Black burlesque revue. Dissatisfied with the lack of Black and Brown entertainers on the burlesque stage, Sweet Lorraine brought the first “Shades” show to the historic feminist theater space Wow Cafe in 2012. These days, Shades of Burlesque continues on strong with a new cast...
Hijab, burka, chador. How are these different from each other? Why do women wear them? With so many variations in shape, style and meaning behind each head covering that it’s easy for non-Muslims to group them into one giant stereotype. That’s why I asked Heba Jay, a New York City-based hijabi fashion blogger, to explain.According to Heba, wearing a head covering is a symbol of faith and cultural identity, and abides by the Muslim law of modesty. Here are the most common variations of headdresses:Hijab:...
  Everything you need to know about getting pierced and looking sharp! Less is more? Not when it comes to the ear looks we’re loving, and cool combos abound. Here’s a handy guide, with help from L.A.’s Body Electric owner Brian Keith Thompson—who’s pierced everyone from Bey to Rihanna to FKA Twigs—to what each piercing is called, how much it hurts (10 being the most intense), and how long it takes to heal. Of course, pain is relative and be sure to follow your piercer’s aftercare instructions!...
Photographer: Amber Mahoney A new magazine aims to teach the world just how fabulous cats and cat owners really are, and it’s amazing. The bi-yearly zine Puss Puss features glamorous models holding and posing with their fancy furry friends. In an interview with New York Magazine’s The Cut, London-based Puss Puss founder and editor-in-chief Maria Joudina-Robinson says she wants the magazine to bust stereotypes about “crazy cat ladies covered in cat hair.” “I feel like most people who like cats aren’t like that, and are in fact very...
American Apparel, the brand that famously gave us the image of a spread-legged model with the caption "now open," is now closed. American Apparel established its brand on images of ironic sexism which quickly became famous and, eventually, infamous. With its ironically posed "cool-girl" models and its on-trend graphics, the company was valued at $1 billion in its prime. It was as if, for a time, American Apparel held the secret to being unanimously pardoned for shameless sexualization, and it was as simple high-contrast images...
We’re about to make your feminist merch dreams come true, because we're teaming up with Feminist Apparel! One of our fave BUST Craftacular vendors, Feminist Apparel is a leader in the patriarchy-smashing clothing industry. Now when you put a BUST shirt on your chest, you’re benefitting two feminist companies at the same time. Check out our collaborative line and find the perfect accessory to tell the world you’re not here for its patriarchal bullshit.  Just look how happy she is to be wearing a BUST shirt! By...
Recently, Modcloth became the latest feminist-marketed company to fall (see also: Thinx, Nasty Gal). And in the wake of Modcloth’s sale to Walmart-owned brand Jet, many are asking, how did this happen? How did the once-beloved, size-inclusive, retro-inspired clothing company become just another Walmart brand? At Jezebel, reporter Anna Merlan dug deep and found that a lot of the problems at Modcloth apparently stemmed from fatphobia. Merlan begins by noting: Several insiders told Jezebel that CEO Matt Kaness made negative comments about the use of plus-size models,...
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