The Glamour Issue

Steven Canals Wants TV to Go Beyond Striking a Pose

The ballroom is truly about being a safety net and being a family for young LGBTQ kids who were being discarded by their families, government, and churches.

Glamour Shots: #HospitalGlam Pulls Back the Curtain on Disability and Beauty

Karolyn Gehrig is referring to both healthcare’s status as a luxury good, and the way traditional poses of illness are used to sell health and beauty back to us. Read more »

Black Barbie in Bulgari: Revisiting Hip Hop’s Ghetto Fabulous Era

Though ghetto fabulousness doesn’t quite look the same as it did in 1997, its influence lives on.    Read more »

Sunday Best: The Beauty and Timelessness of Black Adornment Rituals

Fashion rituals are a set of acts, an unwritten code of survival, that are passed down from generation to generation.  Read more »

Lip Service: Lucy Parsons’s Revolution Was Beautified

Desirability politics, social capital, and lookism remain present in even the most conscious radical spaces. Read more »

We’re Here, We’re Sheer: Cora Harrington’s Lingerie Revolution

The power of lingerie, and of intimates, is that you can express yourself underneath what you have to wear. Read more »

When Richard Met Donyale: The Duo That Challenged High Fashion’s White Lens

When Donyale Luna and Richard Avedon began their collaboration, glamour was still a race-evasive code for whiteness. Read more »

Retrofitted: The Community Preserving Vintage Style, Not Vintage Values

For many members of the vintage community, living in the actual past would mean living in a time of increased oppression. Read more »

Numa Perrier Brings Humanity to the Cam-Girl Experience

Numa Perrier’s story of sexual awakening and self-realization is gritty and realistic without ever turning its Black women characters into victims. Read more »

Under Armor: Sex Work, Style, and Survival

Cinema still frames sex workers as troublesome sirens whose sole purpose is to disarm men and leave them broken. Read more »

Leah Vernon Won’t Be Hemmed in by the Fashion Industry

The fat, Black, Muslim, blogger speaks truth to power on her Instagram account, in her new book, and in this raw, honest interview. Read more »

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