Lexi and Danielle re-explored paint on canvas through The Grit & The Glam, but this time, using street art techniques. The Grit & The Glam is a conversation on the duality of beauty, a showcase of their individual styles, a juxtaposition of urban and natural, decay and revival, abstraction and realism, grit and glamour.
Polly Rodriguez and Sarah Jayne are the Founders behind Unbound, a sexual wellness company with the mission to change the way feminists approach their sex lives. I was intrigued by these women, so I chatted with Polly to learn how it all started to discover its making is the fruit of a woman who, at 21, battled cancer and faced the harsh reality of a premature menopause.
At age 7, Debora Balardini, was a victim of sexual abuse, and like many of us, she lived in silence for nearly 23 years. Though a tragedy, her approach led to a unique mother-daughter story, one of a daughter, whose passion for the performing arts and unshattered convictions enabled a mother self-discovery.
Photojournalist Thana Faroq explores untold stories of marginalized Yemeni and immigrant women and children. Her work breaks the silence on the sufferings of and violences committed against those helpless souls. It is a reportage narrating intimate situations, personal anecdotes, and highlighting memories.
2018 was a banner year in the struggle for the ever-elusive equality between the sexes. There are many reasons why that was the case, not the least of which was the boiling point of election day 2018 reached after years of recurrent misogynistic remarks by the President and pushback against the rise of misogynistic authoritarians across the globe. Here are the largest moments in the Year of the Woman.
Loujain al-Hathloul, a prominent Saudi activist, has been detained for over a 100 days alongside 9 other activists. Concerns for the safety of the detainees are rising, as the Kingdom recently sought death sentence for Israa al-Ghomgham, another woman activist, for mere incitement to protest and providing moral support to rioters.
As the year draws to a close, it is instructive to look back and reflect on the advocacy of women's rights on the basis of equality of the sexes, the classic textbook definition of feminism. Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed; Poland and Argentina had movements to liberalize abortion laws; women marched in places as far flung as South Africa, and Nadia Murad shared the Nobel Peace Prize.
Why are Americans so obsessed with what women politicians, like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, wear? Anna North at Vox looks at the historical sexist obsession with what women politicians wear – and what that says about us as a culture.
Practical and natural beauty products can be hard to come by, sometimes nearly impossible. What’s natural is not always the best and what’s the best is not always natural. Whichever end of the natural beauty and makeup spectrum you land on, these are some of the latest in the natural-ish world of beauty.
It is a new year! We get to redefine ourselves, set goals, and hopefully stick to them. But, a new year comes with a breath of fresh and frigid cold air right to the face. We have already discussed skincare changes you can make to accommodate yourself for the cooler weather in our "Skincare Products For Fall" post, but what about makeup changes?
The exfoliators you used back in the day, St. Yves among others, probably had little plastic beads in them, which are now banned. Not only were these detrimental to the environment but they could burst within the pores causing serious damage. All of those have since been replaced with physical exfoliators. What is a physical exfoliator, you ask? Here are basics of exfoliation!
Tis the season for shopping. If your friends gave you a list of exactly what they want, good for you, but not all of us are so lucky, and finding gifts they will LOVE can be tricky. So here are some last minute beauty gifts Ideas according to personalities!
As a first time curator, I had no clue where to start, but I knew I wanted the art show to be meaningful and representative of the fight I had undertaken as the founder at Openletr, shedding light onto women, creating equal representation, inclusion and diversity. So, I started looking for inspiration within my own space, and stumbled upon a poem I had shared on December 24th 2015.
A few months ago, I spontaneously chopped my relaxed hair off, but prior the chop, I kept wishing I had enough guts to own my African roots. And I have to admit the emotional courage it takes to be vulnerable. For the first time, I realized how much pressure black women undergo in their quests to create equal representation even when the choice promotes a healthy lifestyle.
As with many of everyday life-happenings, the ‘self-care’ trope has been adopted by the world of social media. A hashtag or youtube search yields hundreds of pictures and videos of beautifully groomed young women narrating their self-care routines and providing techniques. Activities range from physical grooming, self-reflective, and mindfulness practices to tips to prepare for times of emotional stress. The commodification of this phenomenon is a clear trend.
Indira reviewed more than 600 pieces, but settled on a few dozen high quality works. More than 50 emerging artists in the show explore issues ranging across the spectrum of gender identity and progressive feminist narratives to activism. According to the Untitled Space FB page, "DEFINING FORM group show investigates progressive themes in sculpture, including contemporary feminism, gender identity and political art, as well as new technologies in digital sculpture, with an emphasis on originality and innovative usage of materials.”
There was talk on Friday about Hillary Clinton running again, largely because of the indictments released and underscoring how much the Russians helped the Trump campaign win the Presidency. There is a sense of thwarted mission, of feminism, and of the desire for a rematch. The now-infamous audio clip of Trump asking the Russians was played ad nauseum on cable television. After all, Hillary won the popular vote by almost three million votes.
In the United States, anger against the misogynist-in-Chief Donald Trump is driving women running for office. By April of this year, the number of women running for Congress had reached the record. “MJ Hegar, an Air Force veteran and young mother running for Congress in Texas as a Democrat, said that ‘women are sick of’ male elected leaders promising to protect women’s rights.” And we have not yet heard the response to Trump’s Supreme Court nominee or the administration’s breastfeeding resolution before the UN. Trump, to put it mildly, is not pro-women’s rights.
Ethiopia’s rise is not just an economic phenomenon and, to be sustained, it will need to involve a greater integration of men and women. The governments ruling coalition, Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is suggesting that they are open to multiparty elections, which is a good beginning to greater integration between the sexes and diverse governmental coalitions that are at present voiceless.
Many of us have suspected the way the mainstream media handled Donald Trump and got him elected. Back when he was campaigning, his outrageousness guaranteed him more print and air time than any other candidate. He mowed over his opponents and moderators during debates, which meant he got more air time then as well. He was magical in that way — no one could touch him, and few even tried. Mainstream media began by feasting on the show Trump was putting on, both for the purpose of personal entertainment and also for ratings, assuming the common sense of the nation would keep him from winning.