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In every print issue of BUST, we talk to a fashionista about their personal style. In our June/July 2018 issue, we talk to Brooklyn-based artist Alok (@alokvemenon).  Tell me about this outfit.I designed the [“Some of my best friends are cis”] T-shirt dress with one of my friends in New Delhi. I wanted to highlight the ways people tokenize trans people. The leggings are thrifted. The platforms I found on Amazon, some generic brand; they make me feel really strong. As a trans person, I get...
In the Victorian era, ladies with excess facial or body hair didn’t have the luxury of making an appointment at their local salon. Instead, women employed various methods of hair removal at home. There was shaving and tweezing, of course, but there were also more dangerous methods. These ranged from caustic depilatories made of arsenic and quicklime to surgeon’s needles dipped in carbolic acid or nitrate of silver. Below are just a few Victorian options for hair removal (not to be tried at home!). Depilatories In her...
Friend of BUST Tuesday Bassen has opened up her own store in Los Angeles, and we could not be more excited to see her amazing designs on W. Sunset Boulevard. Bassen is an illustrator and designer and, prior to opening up her shop, sold her classic yet cheeky clothing items, zines, prints, accessories and home goods online at shoptuesday.com. Her designs are simple but full of the personality that everyone needs in their wardrobe. Various items currently on sale are her “Young Angry Women” shirts or...
Our love affair with Retta began in Pawnee, IN, where her sly digs and baller demeanor as Parks and Recreation’s office manager Donna Meagle inspired instant devotion. Those affections were then sustained by social media (her tweets are gold), and deepened thanks to her latest show, the NBC dramedy Good Girls. And now we’re being spoiled again: her book of essays, So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know (St. Martin’s Press), just hit shelves. In it, she dishes on her childhood in...
  The Met's exhibition on Catholic fashion, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," is on display through October 8th. Here, a queer Catholic shares their thoughts on "Catholic fashion" and the Met Gala.  I love the Met Gala. It combines everything I love: fashion, judging celebrities, and incredibly specific themed parties. When I was little and flipped through magazines covering it with my mother, she would tut at the cutouts and exposed skin and remind me that modest was hottest. I took that to heart, going...
“Pretty Hurts," according to Beyoncé, but that doesn’t mean your beauty routine should trigger an identity crisis. Fluide (fluide.us), a new queer makeup brand, is bringing diversity to an industry that is narrowly marketed toward white women. Their glitter ($12), nail polish ($15), and liquid lipsticks ($16) come in galactically inspired shades of shimmering metallics and bold primary hues, and are made to look good on everyone, all genders and skin tones included. Besides doing away with toxic beauty standards, Fluide’s products are also free of...
Beauty retailer Sephora is launching a series of in-store programming around the country for the trans and nonbinary community, hosted and developed by transgender Sephora staff in 150 locations. This Tuesday, the first preview class was held in New York City. This is Sephora’s third curriculum in their Classes for Confidence series, which offers complementary in-store classes for those experiencing major life transitions. In 2016, the Classes for Confidence focused on workforce re-entry and beauty in the face of cancer—and now Sephora is expanding the program's...
There were many important, transitional years for women’s fashion during the 19th century. For example, in a single decade, sleeves might transform from slender and straight to enormous gigot or leg o’mutton style sleeves, while skirts which began a decade flowing loose around the legs might end the decade standing several feet wide atop a crinoline. I previously shared a brief, decade-by-decade visual overview of the ever-changing silhouettes of women’s silk dresses in the 1800s. For the transitional years, however, a single image can never...
Recycled, repurposed, and radical wearables modeled by members of Pussy Power House—L.A.’s hottest feminist art community These photos feature clothes and accessories made by independent designers who are using sustainable and repurposed materials to make new pieces. From IRISHLATINA’s “Waste Not” collection, made entirely from thrifted T-shirts and Hawaiian shirts, to my own bottle-cap necklaces, we are starting a conversation through fashion about over-consumption. In an age of fast fashion and food packaged in single-use plastic, at what point do we look at ourselves and ask:...
Do you remember the terrible “Are you beach body ready?” ads that were EVERYWHERE a few years ago? The Protein World ads showed a thin white woman in a yellow bikini with the caption, “ARE YOU BEACH BODY READY?”. When the ad campaign ran in 2015, the ads were banned in London, and widely criticized around the world. Here in New York, it was as if the MTA had covered the subways in body-shaming wallpaper. the Protein World ad At the time, plus-size brand Navabi (among others) ran...