The Glamour Issue

Issue #84 | Fall 2019
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Who gets to be “glamorous?” It’s a question as old as time that often has a singular answer: white, thin, blond, wealthy, and famous. This issue purposely removes glamour from the realm of pop culture divas and applies the label to those who’ve historically been excluded. Whether it’s a dominatrix explaining how she taps into glamour, exploring how Black women and femmes across generations have evolved their style, or celebrating those who challenge the exclusionary boundaries of the lingerie and high-fashion industries, erotica, and photography, Bitch’s deep dive into glamour goes beyond the glitz and glam that have long defined the term.  


Letter from the Editor | Evette Dionne
Love It/Shove It
Wisdom from Mistress Velvet
7 on Glamour | Raquel Diaz, Anna Guyton, and Cathy Saidi
Feminist Fill-In: Samhita Mukhopadhyay
Bitch List


Criminal Accessories: The Ruthless Style of London’s Forty Elephants Gang | Ann Foster
When Richard Met Donyale: The Duo that Challenged High Fashion’s White Lens | Elspeth H. Brown
Retrofitted: The Community Preserving Vintage Style, Not Vintage Values | Meghan Racklin


Sunday Best: The Beauty and Timelessness of Black Adornment Rituals | Tanisha C. Ford
The Devil Wears Cornrows: Could Appropriation Lead to the End of Fashion? | Lauren Michele Jackson
Glamour Shots: #HospitalGlam Pulls Back the Curtain on Disability and Beauty | Anna Hamilton
Lip Service: Lucy Parsons’s Revolution Was Beautified | Kim Kelly
In Her Image | Heather E. Reese


Letter from the HQ
Fellowship Frequency: Aline Dolinh
Rage Report
Community Focus: Carmen Rios
Staff Sound Off


We’re Here, We’re Sheer: Cora Harrington’s Lingerie Revolution | Eva Recinos
#SponCon: Lifestyle (In)Essentials from an Instagram Influencer | Marina Watanabe


Not Your Fetish: Trans Erotica Writers Redefine Desirability | Ana Valens
What We’re Reading: Leah Vernon


Lou Eyrich Dresses to Thrill | Cate Young
Under Armor: Sex Work, Style, and Survival | Jourdain Searles
Flixtapes: Finding the Grotesque Beauty in Body Horror Films
What We’re Watching: Steven Canals
Numa Perrier Brings Humanity to the Cam-Girl Experience | Beatrice Loayza


Black Barbie in Bulgari: Revisiting Hip Hop’s Ghetto-Fabulous Era | Brooklyn White
What We’re Listening To: Dressed
Lyrics We Love
BitchTapes: A Playlist by Nichole Perkins
Adventures in Feministory: Esther Eng

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