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When we talk about Harry Potter and JK Rowling, it is largely with high praise. Rowling is a powerful female author and creator of an entire fantasy world that has inspired countless people of all ages across the globe. That's all fine and dandy, but Rachel Rostad wants to cut the shit and be the one to say what others won't, and highlight the series' lack of dynamic characters of color. Just listen to what she has to say:Omg she is such a ... Read More
  A few weeks back, we were so thrilled to hear that Aerie, the teen lingerie store affiliated with American Eagle, will not be Photoshopping their models for their new Spring campaign titled #AerieREAL. The ad images feature models ranging in size, shape, and ethnicity (this range is vast relative to most competitors, although, to be honest, it still does not encompass the diversity of America’s teens). Well, there's a new ... Read More
I'm sure you can recall the amazing guerrilla feminism exhibited by the intelligent and witty women of FORCE, the group behind the faux-PINK Victoria's Secret consent line last year, featuring a full campaign around a fake line of panties, donning messages of enthusiastic consent and modeled by racially diverse women of all shapes and sizes. For just a moment, we thought Victoria's Secret joined us in this century, only to realize the panties were ... Read More
Jillian Mercado, a 26 year-old New York fashion editor living with muscular dystrophy has been cast as one of the young and hip, culturally diverse models that are part of Diesel’s newest campaign ‘We Are Connected.’ Although Mercado says that it was done as a joke, a few months ago she responded to a Diesel casting call looking for young culturally representative models. Not too long after, she was contacted by Diesel requesting more pics. And it’s ... Read More
  A few days ago, the Facebook page Plus Size Modeling asked the social network this question: “Should you companies start making Plus Sized Barbie dolls?” For those in favor, the page offers the “like” button; those against the toy are encouraged to comment. Accompanying the question is a Photoshopped illustration of a potential plus-sized Barbie (one that does not exist), wearing the familiar pink halter dress and sporting ... Read More
  As children, many of us turn to our toys to navigate our developing identities. Sometimes, our dolls serve as surrogates; we parent them the way we see our children parenting us, and we identify with them. Photography operates similarly: as teens, we might dog-ear or collect magazine images that appeal to our expanding sense of self. Since so many dolls and photographs in mainstream fashion magazines present a grossly limited definition of femininity, it ... Read More
  Women come in all shapes and sizes. Plastic mannequins, on the other hand, rarely do.  The average woman in the UK is a size 16, but most British stores only display size 10 mannequins. The British women’s and equalities minister Jo Swinson has long been combating the narrow focus on thinner, whiter, younger models of feminine beauty in fashion; she writes, “[the image] is reinforced from the catwalks right through to shop ... Read More
  Comedic duo Whitley and Jordan have an insightful, brave, and totally entertaining new video entitled Things White People Don’t Understand. The two women have both witnessed and been the victims of casual ignorance, and luckily they aren’t going to stand for it.    The lesson is divided into two topics: hair and everything else. They start with hair: “Not everyone’s hair looks like yours,” they remind viewers. They ... Read More
As the lights dimmed in preparation for Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2014 presentation, photographers and editors got comfy in their front-row chairs, likely expecting yet another stream of sample-size waifs to glide in front of them. After all, fashion week is that special time of year when all of our senses are bombarded with delicate clothes draped over ethereal human hangers.  Instead, Rick Owens greeted the world with silhouettes of powerful, strong figures, ... Read More
There comes a time in moments of crisis when we need to just sit back and listen. Sometimes this request comes from a partner, a mother or a sister, but right now it’s coming from women worldwide. Al Jazeera reported recently that women from South Africa to Japan and the United States are demanding a diverse approach to feminism, or a fight for feminism that represents women of all cultural backgrounds. The hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen was developed by ... Read More