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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...

IF YOU LOVE BLACK FASHION, YOU LOVE BLACK PEOPLE

THE IMPORTANCE OF BLACK FASHION      Where systematic racism is rooted in almost every aspect of American culture, the fashion industry is no different. Styles and trends that are some of our most coveted and popular are due to the contributions and innovations of Black fashion. In a time of...

MASKNE

THE NEWEST NUISANCE In the new normal, face coverings have become essential to daily life, whether you work 8-hour shifts in a  mask or simply mask-up for grocery shopping. However, as we prevent the spread of Covid-19,  you may have noticed a unique flare-up of acne under your mask.  Welcome, the...

FASHION DOS AND DON’TS

YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IF FOR YOU, NOT TO IMPRESS OTHERS.  Attending a school that offers fashion design as a degree surrounded me with many personal fashion styles. There were those who dressed comfortably and then there were others who dressed to make a statement. I dressed like neither of those....

SEPTEMBER COVER MODEL: AKIRA ARMSTRONG

BRANDEE J: We are so excited to have you as our September Cover Model! For the readers who do not know who you are, please tell them who is Akira?  AKIRA: To the readers who do not know who I am let me re-introduce myself (wink). My name is Akira...

BALLROOM CULTURE

APPROPRIATION VS APPERICAION “I’m so into voguing right now.” When Vanessa Hudgens said these words while a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, she created a ripple felt throughout certain populations of the queer community. Almost instantly, Hudgens received backlash for her comment. Was Hudgens paying homage to queer culture? Or...

THE beResonant CAMPAIGN

A MODERN FASHION REVOLUTION  The original definition of the noun resonance is said to be a sound that is deep or heavy. However, the word has other uses beyond sound. For example, another definition of the word resonance is to produce an emotional attachment which is something that many companies...

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...

VIRTUAL FASHION WEEK: PROS AND CONS

FASHION UNDER COVID-19 The fashion industry took one of the hardest hits due to not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the economic depression and the global social movement, Black Lives Matter. It came to the point where everyone involved has had completely rethink every aspect of the industry: one...