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AWENG ADE CHUOL AND THE QUEERNESS OF MODELS

THE JOURNEY TO INDUSTRY ACCEPTANCE Sudanese supermodel Aweng Ade-Chuol’s brazen love for her wife Alexus Ade-Chuol has created a remarkable cover for the January 2021 issue of Elle UK. In grand defiance of the vicious homophobia that has challenged their marriage, the Ade-Chuol couple has awed readers with their passionate...

A VERY AFRO-VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS

CULTURALLY DIVERSE HOLIDAY MAGIC Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey has emerged as an instant holiday classic. It tells the magical tale of a toymaker whose love for invention is revitalized by his visiting granddaughter. This new musical has captured the hearts of viewers with its whimsical aura. One quality that...

APPROPRIATION VS. RECLAMATION

ASIAN FASHION THAT BELONGS TO ASIAN PEOPLE High-fashion brands have been repeatedly lambasted for the rampant cultural appropriation that they perpetuate in their runway shows, with Asian cultures among their most common targets. Countless times, these major labels have besmirched the rich history of the Far East by reinforcing racial...

COTTAGECORE: PROGRESSIVE NOSTALGIA

AN EXPLORATION OF MODERNIZED DREAMINESS The picturesque cottagecore aesthetic reigns supreme across a plethora of social media platforms, — its massive popularity proliferated by its recent prevalence on TikTok. Cottagecore is characterized by natural, pastoral beauty, and fairytale imagery, which manifests in wonders of floral gardens, vintage dresses, porcelain teacups...

MEXICAN INDIGENOUS COUTURE

BRINGING TRADITION TO THE FUTURE New York Fashion Week 2020 marked the dawning of an undeniable Mexican indigenous presence in high fashion. A designer named Alberto López Gómez made his debut at the “American Indian Fashion Through the Feathers 2020” show.  López is the innovator behind the brand K’uxul Pok, a...

JARI JONES’ REVOLUTIONARY BEAUTY

Jari Jones’s success as Calvin Klein’s newest model is the perfect intersection of marginalized identities finally being recognized for their true beauty. Jones, a Black, plus-sized trans woman, is being proudly displayed on a major fashion label’s billboard for the mainstream public to behold. From this momentous achievement arose...

THE AFROCENTRIC ARTISTRY OF ‘BLACK IS KING’

A FASHION REVIEW  Beyoncé’s Black is King is a visually stunning masterpiece that venerates various African cultures in all their distinct majesties. This glorious celebration of black innovation and triumph was an impeccable synthesis of Beyoncé’s legendary vocal prowess and lavish costume designs, the latter eliciting discussions about the garments’...

FASHION IN EARLY 2000s MUSIC VIDEOS

A TIMELINE OF LEGACY AND INFLUENCE The early 2000s were a glorious celebration of Hip Hop and R&B, the airways dominated by crunk and masterfully-crafted R&B albums. The effects of such an influential epoch of music can still be felt in modern music videos, particularly in the wardrobe. A...

MEN’S FASHION IN MUSIC VIDEOS

TRENDS OVER THE YEARS Men’s fashion in music videos is often overlooked in comparison to that of female artists. There is a variety of iconic looks across multiple genres and male musicians have flaunted fashions that ranged from creative and experimental to reflective of their era while somehow being timelessly...

FASHIONABLE COLORISM

COLORISM AS AN EMBLEMATIC ISSUE THAT PLAGUES THE INDUSTRY A resurfaced clip from the long-running reality television show America’s Next Top Model has caused an earthshaking commotion on Twitter, causing many to reevaluate show host Tyra Banks’s treatment of black models. The clip depicted Banks forcing model Danielle Evans to...