AE crafts denim hijabs

Clothier American Eagle is taking their signature denim and transforming it into a style that is accessible to all.

According to Her Campus, AE has just released a denim hijab, modeled by Muslim model Halima Aden. Initially announced with photos of the model in the denim hijab, Teen Vogue reports that shoppers were thrilled when they later found out that the style was for sale.

The denim hijab is currently available for $19.95 on AE’s website — also making it accessible to shoppers of all budgets — and comes in a medium, chambray-style wash.

With an all-American brand making style more inclusive, perhaps AE’s decision to create the denim hijab was best summed up by Fashionista: “What could be more American than the freedom to worship — and dress — according to your convictions?”

Malala brings ‘girl power’ to Iraq on her 20th birthday

Malala Yousafzai is known globally as the single most powerful voice in the fight for securing education for girls around the world. And even on her birthday, the young advocate used her day to focus on giving the gift of education to girls in Iraq.

According to HuffPost, Yousafzai spent her 20th birthday on July 12 — also known as “Malala Day” — by speaking to girls at Iraq’s Hassan Shami camp for the displaced, located just outside of Mosul. The visit, HuffPost reports, is part of her “Girl Power Trip,” which aims at “promoting education for women and girls around the world.”

During her time at the camp, HuffPost says Yousafzai met with girls living under the Islamic State and heard their stories, one of which she documented in a blog post. Meeting with a 13-year-old Iraqi girl named Nayir, Yousafzai wrote that despite having fled Mosul, the young scholar has maintained her determination when it comes to attaining an education.

“‘No matter what, nothing will keep me from finishing my studies,'” she told me. Her new classroom is a small tent in the camp. She just took her exams in sweltering heat,” Yousafzai wrote of her conversation with Nayir.

 

Driving home the importance of education, Yousafzai shared another snippet of her meeting with Nayir:
“But Nayir knows that education is her best chance for a better future. After all she has suffered, she described the feeling of returning to school: ‘It was as if all my hopes came back.'”
Here’s hoping countless girls around the world find their hopes return to them through education.

H&M partners with Erdem in new collaboration

High fashion is getting a little more accessible, thanks to H&M’s latest collaboration with Erdem.

According to ELLE, the “London-based designer Erdem Moralıoğlu is bringing his romantic silhouettes and prints to the fast-fashion retailer with new women’s apparel and his first-ever menswear collection,” all while infusing the line with motifs from his most popular design collections.

Helping to provide direction for the campaign is Baz Luhrmann, says ELLE, who has already directed a short teaser for the forthcoming collaboration.

Ready for these new styles to hit your favorite retailer?  ELLE says the Erdem X H&M collaboration will debut on Nov. 2 at select H&M stores and on hm.com.

McSally tackles Capitol Hill dress code

Dressing professionally for the summer may have just become more difficult for those at work in the halls of Congress, but one U.S. representative is not about to sit idly by as dress code enforcements take a bit of a sexist turn.

According to Glamour, a recent CBS News report details a dress code specific to the House chambers and the Speaker’s Lobby, which includes wearing “appropriate business attire,” as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) put it. For women, Glamour says this means wearing “a sleeved dress or blouse and wear closed-toed shoes,” while men should dress in a suit jacket and tie.

While the dress code has been enforced among men and women, one reporter’s experience brought the dress code to the floor of the House for GOP Congresswoman Martha McSally. When Haley Byrd, a congressional reporter for Independent Journal Review, was walking through the Speaker’s Lobby, Glamour says the young journalist was tossed out of the area for wearing a sleeveless dress, an incident that occurred after being offered a sweater to cover up.

Even though Byrd’s incident took place in May, McSally took a moment this week to address the issue and point out the latent sexism of the dress code policy.

“Before I yield back, I want to point out, I’m standing here in my professional attire, which happens to be a sleeveless dress and open-toed shoes,’ she said, according to Glamour. ‘With that, Mr. Speaker, I yield back.”

Woods to debut first fashion line

It’s never too early to start thinking about fall fashion, and it looks like we have the perfect new line to keep our eyes on.

According to Cosmopolitanmodel Jordyn Woods is set to launch her first-ever clothing line, which will take the form of a collaboration with retailer Addition ElleOfficially debuting in September during Addition Elle’s New York Fashion Week Show, Cosmo reports that the 15-piece line will range from sizes 12 to 26 and will cost between $42 to $178.

With classic denim looks and ultra-modern graffiti jackets, the compact collection offers an array of styles for a spectrum of sizes — something Woods said is a shared mission of hers and Addition Elle.

“I was excited to partner with Addition Elle as they embody everything I stand for,” she said in a statement, according to Cosmo. “They are a style destination for women who truly embrace their figures and are passionate about building a fashion democracy within the industry, offering the latest trends for all body types.”

Sounds like a worthwhile collaboration to us!

Hall returns to TV with talk show

We’ve missed you, Tamron Hall!

According to The Hollywood Reporterthe former Today Show and MSNBC host is “partnering with Weinstein Television for a new daytime talk show” that is currently in development. Set to feature a range of topics, from current events to celebrity interviews,   THR says the daily talk show will be filmed before a live studio audience.

Hall will also take on several leadership roles in the production of the show, says THR, signing onto the project not only as the host but also as its co-creator and executive producer, while Barry Wallach, former NBC Domestic Television Distribution president, will act as a consultant to the show.

TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein explained in a statement that while he has been looking to develop a talk show for a while, he needed to find the right person for the job, and for him, that person is Hall.

“She’s an exceptionally talented journalist whose interviews masterfully walk the line between entertainment and hard hitting,” he said, according to THR. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to begin this new venture with her.”

And we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Tamron back on television.

 

NYDJ debuts ‘Fit is Everything’ campaign

Stacy London said it years ago on the TLC hit show, What Not to Wear, and it still holds true: if you don’t have fit, then you don’t have style.

But now, denim company NYDJ is making sure that their jeans fit all body types in their latest campaign, “Fit is Everything,” according to InStyle. The fall 2017 campaign features models who were “recruited at malls across the country by NYDJ via its National Fit Tour,” says InStyle, which since April gave people the chance to be professionally styled test out the brand’s jeans, all with the chance of being featured in the campaign.

With the campaign officially unveiled on July 11, InStyle reports that the initiative depicts women of all ages, ethnicities and professions, representing a size range of 00 to 24. What’s more is that NYDJ also teamed up with Clothes4Souls, which InStyle says ” helped donate an item of clothing to women in need for every single pair tried on across the tour.”

What else could you possibly ask for out of your denim?! To check out NYDJ’s campaign, click here.

Beatriz opens up on disordered eating

It’s not easy to share something deeply personal; but when you know sharing your story can help countless others, disclosing your tale may become even slightly easier.

Take Stephanie Beatriz, for example. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine actress teamed up with InStyle to share her struggles with disordered eating and trying to understand the kind of eating disorder she has. However, she wrote that her disorder wasn’t easy to pin down.

“I don’t purge, so I’m not a bulimic. I do eat, so I’m not anorexic. I’m what I like to call ‘a disordered eater,'” she wrote.

Defining “disordered eating” as an “umbrella label” for those disorders that are difficult to categorize, Beatriz went on to describe the characteristics of her own affliction, referring to food as “both the remedy and the punishment.”

“I used disordered eating to try to keep myself small. I used my job as an actor under constant scrutiny as an excuse, a reason to hurt myself with food. I often used food to self-medicate, if you will, with a cycle of bingeing and restricting. I used the size of my ass and flatness of my stomach as the answer to everything that was wrong with my life and why I couldn’t seem to feel really, truly happy.”

Beatriz continued, discussing the “voice” in her that perpetuates her disorder, the voice that will “never, ever be satiated” but one that she is starting to figure out. While she admits that sorting through the complex issues that comprise disordered eating is difficult, Beatriz wrote that she is persistent in her pursuit of making sure she knows that she is worthy and beautiful.

Closing with a note to those sharing similar struggles, Beatriz urged readers to take some time to understand their own “little voice[s].”

“Start teaching her and yourself that you are worthwhile because you are a MARVEL, my dear,” she wrote. “You just don’t know it yet.”

To read the piece in full, click here.

King offers insight on gender wage gap

You can’t begin to address the problem when you don’t have all of the facts — and in a recent interview, Billie Jean King made sure all the facts were available on the gender wage gap.

According to HuffPost, the tennis phenom sat for an interview alongside Emma Stone — who will play King in the forthcoming film, “Battle of the Sexes” — for Out Magazine, where the duo discussed the gender wage gap, among other topics. Stone, who brought up the issue, not only mentioned that women are “at our best right now making 80 cents to the dollar,” HuffPost says she also discussed pay inequality in relation to Hollywood.

Describing it as a function of “the kinds of films you’re a part of, the size of your role, how much the movies make at the box office,” HuffPost says Stone concluded women “in general, are making four fifths at best.”

King, however, elaborated on the asterisk on that statement that so often goes unnoticed: differences in pay based on ethnicity.

“If you’re African American or Hispanic it goes down,” King said, according to HuffPost, “and then Asian Americans make 90 cents to the dollar.”

Thanks to King, we can see that pay inequality isn’t a one-size-fits-all issue; it is, as many things are, much more complex.

According to a 2016 Pew Research study, while white women make 82 percent of what white men earn, black women only earn 65 percent of that. Hispanic women fare much worse, taking home 58 percent of a white man’s earnings. Asian women come the closest to pay parity, earning 87 percent as much as white men.

Hopefully, understanding the breadth and depth of the issue will help us take steps to address the problem for all women.

Yousafzai brings advocacy to social media

While Malala Yousafzai officially completed her last day of secondary school, the 19-year-old education advocate is far from finished in her fight to secure education for girls around the world.

In fact, BBC reports that to mark her last official day as a high schooler on July 7, Yousafzai sent her first-ever tweet from her account to share a message on education and her future pursuits in advocating for education worldwide.

“I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never get the opportunity to complete their education,” she wrote in a thread of six tweets, says BBC. “Next week, I will be back on my to meet girls in Middle East, Africa & Latin America.”

Completing her thread by reaffirming the power of girls’ voices as “our most powerful weapons in the fight for education and equality,” BBC says Yousafzai asked her more than 200,000 followers to join her in her efforts for education.

“On and off Twitter, I’m fighting for girls —  will you join me?​”

We surely will, Malala.