fashion

Glitter Tears: On “Euphoria,” Fashion Is (Sometimes Painfully) Symbolic

Many have taken note of the glittery, bold makeup of Euphoria.

How We Adorn Ourselves: Jailyn Poindexter on Making 20 Durags for Beyoncé’s ”Spirit” Video

How we as Black people adorn ourselves is valid, as shown in the “Spirit” video. Read more »

Thief in the Night: The White Brand Co-Opting the Black History of Sleep Bonnets

When white people appropriate Black haircare, they reshape the conversation to prioritize the very people who called Black hair into question to begin with. Read more »

From Information Superhighway to Digital Runway: The Complicated Legacy of Fashion Blogging

In its own way, fashion and beauty blogging is as aspirational as traditional fashion media. Read more »

Backtalk: Haute Couture Blackface

This week, Dahlia and Amy are back! They’ve got pop culture picks! They’ve got read, watch, and listen recommendations! They’ve got so many rage-induced opinions! In recent months, controversies have popped up in the news with the discovery of prominent politicians and actors donning blackface and... Read more »

Flaunting Freedom: The History of Louisiana’s 18th-Century Tignon Laws

We cannot discount how enslaved Black women used dress as a form of resistance. Read more »

Birds of a Feather: “Vogue” and Victoria’s Secret are Both Selling a Warped Fantasy

Victoria’s Secret is unquestionably determined to remain the bastion of male-centered fantasy and traditional feminine allure. Read more »

Foundational Power: The Rise of Bangladeshi American Beauty Vloggers

Makeup can build, dismantle, assert, and help defy ideas of what “disciplined” bodies should look like. Read more »

Keep Your White Crowns: The History of America’s Identity Pageants

Fifty years after the creation of Miss Black America, mainstream pageants are still failing to be inclusive. Read more »

Middle School Students Push for a Gender-Neutral Dress Code—and Win

Policing the length of shorts and skirts takes girls out of class. But Portland Public Schools just passed a student-written dress code they hope will be a model for the nation.  Read more »

Spoken Word Duo DarkMatter Talks Race, Gender, and Imperialism

“We didn’t consent to being underground; we were forcibly submerged.” Read more »

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