Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 05/9/2016
The Truth About High Heels and Confidence
I hate wearing high heels. I wear Converse All Stars in black and white, black Adidas I got on sale, Nike running shoes, Birkenstocks, and flat brown suede boots — but not a single pair of heels can be found in my very messy dorm room. I wore heels for the first time since my high school graduation at a recent fraternity party (my friends insisted I wear them with a dress I had borrowed), but was still hardly convinced to make them a staple of my wardrobe.
As I finally gave up and called an Uber to take me and my swollen throbbing feet home that night, I began to wonder if my refusal to wear high heels would impact me in my life beyond college (and …
Feminism | Posted by Saskia G on 11/6/2015
Should We ‘Drop The Plus’?
via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwxYW6mlTPk
When I recently opened the September issue of Vogue, I was (for once) surprised by what I found. Hidden in the midst of 832 pages of fashion coverage was a 2-page ad featuring plus-size models dramatically silhouetted behind the words “It’s time for change” and “#PlusIsEqual.” They were, perhaps unsurprisingly, the only plus size models I noticed featured in the issue.
This ad is just one installment of a campaign recently launched by clothing retailer Lane Bryant. The first was the #ImNoAngel campaign, which launched in April of this year and featured models posing in Lane Bryant’s line of lingerie to prove women don’t have to look like Victoria’s Secret models to be sexy. The campaign has since grown and aims to increase visibility for …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Hannah D on 09/16/2013
How Fashion IS A Feminist Issue
Fashion is so much more than just clothing and trends: it’s a feminist issue. The industry makes £20.9 billion for the British economy each year, and creates 816,000 jobs in the UK alone: however, the majority of women in the fashion industry are employed in the industry’s lowest paying jobs. And yet despite the fact that so many women are involved in fashion, it’s impossible to overlook the fact that the majority of the most successful people in fashion are male. For example, most of the top womenswear designers are male (Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani, for example) as well as many of the best known fashion photographers (including Terry Richardson, Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh, Jeurgen Teller and Nick Knight). But beyond the composition …
Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 07/29/2013
Plus-size model Crystal Renn
I would like to preface this essay by saying that I am a feminist (I have written four other articles for the FBomb), I am sixteen, and I have been model with Ford Models for two years. My opinions are based on experiences I have personally had in the fashion industry.
Mankind has always been infatuated with beauty and art has been one way humans create beauty since the beginning of history — what pleases the eye, touches the soul after all. To me, fashion is the most intimate form of art because it becomes a part of our lives in a way other art doesn’t: we experience life in clothes. People strive to see and create beauty in their lives and fashion is one …
Feminism | Posted by Rachel P on 10/27/2010
Finding What’s Right for You
A Size 14 (statistically average) model
In the midst of all the drama about the media’s effect on the sanity and bodies of young women, it’s nice to hear that some people are doing things right. It’s even nicer when those people are my friends.
One of my best friends and I are currently on gap years, and the other day, I invited her to my house to cook lunch. Afterwards, we flopped on my sofa, holding our bellies, good-naturedly moaning about how full we were. The conversation turned a bit more serious, however, when my friend said,
“Seriously though, I have put on weight these past few months, and I don’t like it!”
“No, I have, look at my belly! And I don’t know why you have …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Zhenya T on 08/24/2010
“The Woman”: Feminism and Fashion
"The Woman" - Mad Men era femininity reflected by the era's fashion
As the season changes, so do fashion trends; Elle, Vogue and many other magazines have shifted focus from bikinis to boots. This brought a thought to my mind about something that is supposedly back in style: “The Woman.”
“The Woman” is a trend that was conjured up on the runways of Louis Vuitton and Prada in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Obviously, other designers made clothing for women; however it was those two that were somehow considered to have captured the stereotypical essence of femininity. Both collections displayed subdued hues, midi-length, some sort of hourglass shape and frills. Prada seems to send the message that some ruffles on my boobs will do the trick of enhancing not only …