Art student refuses to ‘dial down the feminism’

When an art student was told to dilute her expressions of feminism in her artwork, she could have just said no. But instead, she came back with an even greater display of her convictions.

According to HuffPost, not only did 23-year-old London-based art student Alex Ruth Bertulis-Fernandes not take her instructor’s “tip” to “‘dial down the feminism’ in her work, she also created a literal representation of the teacher’s comments. Creating what resembles a stereo dial, Bertulis-Fernandes puts the words “Dial Down the Feminism” above the dial, and in the dial’s Off/On positions, she placed the words “Complicit in my own dehumanisation” and “Raging feminist.”

After tweeting out the image of her work, HuffPost says the artist received a deluge of support, with Twitter users telling her it was “incredible” and that she should “keep that dial turned right up.” Bertulis-Fernandes later tweeted her gratitude, and also shared some new information — that she might sell prints of the now-famous design.

“Thanks for all the love shown to this piece, it really means the world,” she tweeted. “I’m a bit overwhelmed so it may take me some time to respond to everyone! I’m considering selling prints/t-shirts – just trying to figure out the best way to do this. Once I do I will share the details here.”

 

L.K. Bennett and Jenny Packham team up for bridal shoe collection

Bridal style is all about feeling beautiful and confident on your big day, and a brand-new collaboration is here to make sure you feel nothing but special at your wedding.

Cue L.K. Bennett and Jenny Packham’s new line of bridal handbags and shoes, which Cosmopolitan says includes “16 footwear designs with varying heel heights, bling, and appliqués” that “also includes four different handbags.” Inspired by Old Hollywood glamour, Cosmo says the line specifically drew on the styles of icons such as Bette Davis Vivien Leigh.

From classic T-strap heeled sandals to kitten-heeled slingbacks, the line employs timeless styles that are as classic as they are elegant. The styles — both handbags and shoes — feature delicate lace, bows and dainty embellishments that offer enough detail to make the accessories visually interesting without being distracting.

For Packham, combining her self-titled brand’s timeless style with that of L.K. Bennett’s was an easy project:

“There is a strong synergy between the L.K.Bennett woman and the Jenny Packham bride, so it seemed natural and very exciting for me to collaborate with their design team,” Packham said in the statement. “A project of passion, the combination of the Jenny Packham aesthetic with the renowned design heritage and quality of L.K.Bennett has resulted in a beautiful collection of shoes and bags of which I am very proud.”

Cosmo says the collection retails between $295 and $745, and is currently available at L.K. Bennett stores and on L.K. Bennett’s website here.

History-making U.S. Olympic speedskater advances in Winter Games

The first black woman on the U.S. Olympic speedskating team is skating her way into success.

According to HuffPost, Maame Biney advanced in “the 500-meter short-track event with a veteran-like performance in the first round at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.” Finishing second in her debut heat with a time of 43.665 seconds, HuffPost reports that Biney was able to secure her spot while fending off third-place finisher Kim Alang.

Biney is set to also compete in the 1,500-meter skate, so with several competitions under her belt and headed her way, she told HuffPost that for her, this experience is all about having fun.

“I don’t really feel pressure to be the first to get a medal or anything like that,” she said. “I just want to go out there, do my best and have fun, and experience the Olympics. That’s what I’m here for. I’m here to win, obviously, but also have fun.”

Time’s Up hit major milestones in first month

The Time’s Up campaign has achieved quite a bit in its first month in action: from a wide-reaching social media movement to a “black-out” at the Golden Globes to a white-rose moment at the Grammys, Time’s Up is certainly making its presence known in all aspects of pop culture. But now, the movement has reached an important set of milestones in its first month — milestones that will help further its mission in the future.

According to Glamour, at a recent Time’s Up panel in Los Angeles, “Obama administration alum and lawyer Tina Tchen announced that the group had already raised $20 million, from about 20,000 donors across the country.” Additionally, Tchen announced that the campaign has also received 1,000 requests for help, says ELLE, with requests coming from people of all walks of life.

“The need is clearly there, from all industries—farm workers, hotel workers, steel workers,” Tchen said at the panel. “I had a steel worker from Indiana reach out to my office….Time’s Up has spoken to men and women who need help getting safety and equity in the workplace.”

In terms of getting that help to those who need it, Glamour reports that lawyer and one of the founder of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund Roberta Kaplan said the requests are siphoned through the National Women’s Law Center:

“They have a number of lawyers who volunteer to work on these cases,” she said, “And they’re matching up clients with potential lawyers. Obviously the clients have to decide for themselves whether they want Lawyer A or Lawyer B to represent them.” The calls for help keeping coming in, says Kaplan: “[We’re getting requests] from people similar to some of the ‘me too’ stuff in Hollywood that you’ve heard—maybe not so famous, but people who’ve had bad experiences with someone in the industry—to other industries. I just got an email this morning from a nurse in Louisiana.”

And that $20 million — Kaplan told Glamour that the sum is “not that much,” as it “won’t even meet the current demand” for help. But with the campaign in its infancy and a plan in place to leverage the public platform of Hollywood to gain more traction, the Time’s Up campaign is bound to keep growing.

Just take the Song Suffragettes, for example: formed in 2014 in response a concern that women were being excluded from record labels and radio stations, The Columbian reports that the group of Nashville-based female musicians crafted a song and music video about the movement, with earnings from the song being donated to the Legal Defense Fund.

And Times Up even found a home across the pond, with British natives of Hollywood’s elite — such as Keira Knightley, Emma Thompson and Daisy Ridley — are “in the process of forming their own version of the movement” in Britain, according to Variety, advocating for both equal pay and safer workplaces for women across all industries.

Looks like time has not run out for the Time’s Up movement — and it’s not running out any time soon.

To donate or request help, click here.

Mall brands to release extended-size collections

While there used to only be a handful of specialty shops for extended-size clothing, these days, some major clothing brands are ditching their narrow size ranges in favor of offering fashion for all.

According to ELLE, some well-loved mall brands are releasing their very own curvy-friendly clothing collections. For example, both Madewell and sister-store J.Crew have both announced that they will extend their denim offerings to include up to a size 35, reports ELLE, even releasing a new denim style called “‘curvy high-rise skinny jeans’ which was designed especially for women with ‘an hourglass shape.'”

Target’s newest project, Universal Thread, is a whole label dedicated to plus clothing, featuring up to a size 26W, says ELLE, while LOFT’s forthcoming extended-size offerings will be a first for the brand.

Meanwhile, ELLE reports that longstanding mall brand NY & Company is taking a different approach to expanding their size range: piggybacking off of actor Gabrielle Union’s collection with the brand, NY & Company and Union are releasing a new collection called #AllTogetherNow that goes up to a size 20 and 2XL. To help the launch the collection, ELLE says Union “recruited her Being Mary Jane co-stars, Lisa Vidal, Margaret Avery, and Raven Goodwin” to help show off all the line has to offer.

All of these new extended size lines just prove that fashion is for every body because, as LOFT said, “Because no two bodies are alike–and that’s a beautiful thing.”

Graham gets big beauty contract

Ashley Graham is coming to makeup ads near you.

According to Fashionista, the body-positive super model has signed on to participate in Revlon’s “Live Boldly” campaign, joining the likes of actor Gal Gadot and fellow models  Adwoa Aboah, Imaan Hammam and Raquel Zimmerman. In speaking to WWD, Graham showed that she isn’t afraid to admit how excited she is to participate in such a “groundbreaking” campaign.

“Historically, curvy girls are not given beauty contacts,” Graham saidFashionista reports. “It’s kind of groundbreaking, because in my generation of models, this hasn’t happened yet. This is one of those moments where I’m over the moon, I cried a little.”

Joining a campaign that Fashionista says Graham wanted to join the moment she heard the name, the model and author said that the campaign’s theme is in perfect harmony with her personal motto.

“To ‘live boldly” is the mantra of my life. Every day in the mirror I say to myself, ‘I am bold, I am brilliant, I am beautiful,’ and together with Revlon, we can inspire all women to do the same.”

 

Chanel’s new beauty product will blow your mind

What’s pink, comes in a round disc and found in your favorite beauty store?

If you’re thinking the answer is a cushion compact, you’d be incorrect. That’s because Chanel has disguised their newest product to be as convenient and as portable as your favorite compact. According to PopSugar, the luxury brand took a typical compact — encased in millennial pink, of course — and instead of placing a makeup-soaked pouf inside, there is a fragrance-filled cushion.

Featuring their famous Chance scent, PopSugar says this new product eliminated the need to carry the fragrance with you, allowing you to “use the applicator to dab this scent on your neck, wrists, collarbone, or anywhere else your heart desires.”

So how much does this nifty fragrance sidekick cost? PopSugar says their Chance Eau Tendre product retails for an even $70. It’s available to purchase right now on Chanel’s website.

Macy’s to pick up first modest fashion line

Macy’s is expanding its clothing options in a major way.

According to Glamour, the department store will begin offering an edit of Verona Collection, a “modest clothing brand cofounded by Lisa Vogl and Alaa Ammuss, to stock a selection of dresses, pants, cardigans, tops, and hijabs.”

A product of The Workshop at Macy’s initiative — which Glamour says “aims to foster and support minority- and women-owned businesses into potential future retail partners” — bringing the modest collection to a mainstream department store like Macy’s offers inclusive fashion for a diverse consumer base, allowing everyone to express themselves through clothing.

Senior Vice President of Macy’s Fashion Cassandra Jones explained in a release just how Verona Collection and its founders are furthering this goal of offering fashion for all.

“Through The Workshop at Macy’s, Lisa shared her vision to create a collection that speaks to a community of women looking for a solution to their fashion needs,” she said. “Verona Collection offers a unique and understated elegance through everyday essentials designed for versatility and comfort, and through our partnership, we can better serve our customer looking for modest fashion.”

The Verona Collection will be available at the retailer’s website starting Feb. 15, Glamour reports, offering ready-to-wear pieces from tops and dresses, to abayas and headscarves; the best part is that edit starts at $12.95 and caps at $84.95.

J.Crew launches swim collection

Summer just got way more colorful, thanks to J.Crew‘s brand-new swimsuit collection.

According to InStyle, the retailer just unveiled a new, 22-piece swimwear collection that is perfect for upcoming tropical getaways or to stow away for summer. Called Playa, the collection “is full of retro-inspired colorways,” says InStyle, as well as “mix-and-match separates and sexy silhouettes guaranteed to make all of your summer dreams come true.”

Featuring cross and scoop-back one-pieces and retro bikinis all done in a variety of colors and prints, InStyle says that Playa’s prices start at just $23, offering cute, quality pieces at accessible price points.

View the collection here.

Rhimes calls for end to ‘strong female leads’ phrase

Showrunner Shonda Rhimes is making the case that we all should stop using the phrase “strong female leads.”

According to Glamour, the mastermind behind Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder took to Twitter to explain why the phrase should disappear.

“OK,” she tweeted. “Entertainment industry, time to stop using the phrases ‘Smart Strong Women’ and ‘Strong Female Leads.’ There are no Dumb Weak Women. A smart strong woman is just a WOMAN. Also? ‘Women’ are not a TV trend—we’re half the planet.”

Glamour reports that this one tweet sparked a larger conversation about “how these descriptors are a disservice to women, because they imply that brainy, independent women are a rare sight that needs to be applauded or pointed out.” As Twitter users continued to chime in, so did actor Jessica Chastain, who offered her support of Rhimes’ assertion and shared her own experience with the issue.

“Yes to this. I’m always told I play ‘strong women,'” Chastain tweeted. “Lets pleasw use the phrase ‘well written women’ in its place.”

Chastain even posed a slogan of sorts for the issue, concluding her tweet by writing, “ALL WOMEN ARE STRONG WOMEN.”

Amen to that.