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Padma Lakshmi: ‘Top Chef’ Profile
“It was only because Helmut Newton happened to find me and happened to love scars that all of a sudden everybody wanted me for their fashion shows, and everyone wanted me in short sleeves, so you could tell it was me,” she reflects, tearing off a piece of the voluminous dosa. “It took another person who had power to look at me another way, to give me permission, that that was even available to me.”
nyc  magazines  food  writing  fashion  beauty  power  television  books  memory 
6 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Highsnobiety built an empire at the intersection of sneakers, fashion, and music
“Everything is now a community,” he told Marc. “It’s not a brand dictating to the community what’s cool anymore… That’s why somebody like Virgil Abloh is so successful, because he’s so entrenched in his community. That’s why he DJs four times a week, not because he needs the money, but because he understands that more than anything, he is interacting with this community. We see our audience as a community, and ourselves as an interactive part of that community.”
community  audience  branding  business  fashion 
september 2018 by allaboutgeorge
‘Stop calling 911 on the culture’: The powerful message Pyer Moss took to the fashion runway - The Washington Post
Jean-Raymond looks specifically at the way in which black people are cast in the role of “other.” They are not the default face of America; they are the face that America shows as proof of its diversity, as evidence of its openness, as a testament to its welcoming spirit. Black folks are not simply American. They are also American.
fashion  beauty  attention  black 
september 2018 by allaboutgeorge
The skinny jean is finally giving way to a new pants style — Quartzy
According to Morgan-Petro, people have grown a little tired of being perpetually in either leggings or jeggings, and are looking for a slightly more tailored option in bottoms—but one that still lets them move.

Both also note a change in what women consider sexy. Many are moving away from the skin-tight and toward something a bit more subtly confident, and maybe less overtly gendered.
fashion  aesthetics  business  style  feminism  women  marketing  beauty  corporations 
september 2018 by allaboutgeorge
My name is Nabihah Iqbal, and I make guitar music | Dazed
This is exactly why we should be using our real names, and proudly. We shouldn’t be shy of who we are. We need to represent, and we need to prove that you can be yourself and still pursue whatever you want to do. It’s the only way that we can start to dismantle the prejudices and stereotypes that hold us back.
art  fashion  film  music  ideas  identity  uk  asian  indie 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
What Does The Amazon Echo Look Mean For Personal Style? - Racked
Say it with me: I enjoy what I enjoy regardless of its potential for receiving likes, going viral, or being found acceptable by an algorithm.

Say it with me: I also do not deny that I am implicated, inexorably, in the Generic Style of my time.
technology  fashion  power  beauty  business  shopping 
april 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Young designer aims to promote Egyptians' African roots
Unlike Shandaweely, who is proud of the African heritage of Egypt, most Egyptians do not fully understand that — geographically and culturally — they have African roots and that they are Africans. Some people may prefer to call themselves Arab or Middle Eastern, rather than African.

However, the Egyptian government has recently been trying to strengthen its ties with other African countries as well as introduce African art to the Egyptian public.
africa  egypt  fashion  beauty  history  arabic  middleeast 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Net Shop Boys — Real Life
Grailed is an aperture, albeit a narrow one, into how men negotiate their masculinity, how they resolve their bodies with the world. The quirks in their performance, where I can find them, act as ruptures in a gender that’s mythologized as self-evident, never practiced, never learned. These holes are doors. They are a way in.
clothing  fashion  men  power  shopping  business  internet  gender 
november 2017 by allaboutgeorge
On Indian Minimalism | Vestoj
Which begs the question, what are the aesthetics of an emerging post-colonial economy? And when something different from what we expect arises, why don’t we have the interpretative frameworks to understand its nuances?
fashion  minimalism  journalism  aesthetics  economics  beauty  india 
september 2017 by allaboutgeorge
The Price Tag of Being a Woman | Literary Hub
“You have gray hair,” he whispered, with alarm and not a little judgment. “I know,” I said and told him how much I was looking forward to a flowing mane of white a few years down the road. “It’s such a shame,” he replied. “I see young women come into my office with gray hair, and they just look so old.” My usefulness as a woman summed up in a moment.
hair  beauty  power  feminism  fashion  style  economics  capitalism 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
On the Political Value of Fashion | JOOJOO AZAD | جوجو آزاد
Refusing to engage with the politics of fashion does not allow you to be any less political—it just makes you silent. At a time we cannot afford to be.

Engage with your clothing. Be intentional and meaningful with what you choose to convey—and how you choose to do it.
fashion  identity  curation  power  politics  aesthetics 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
The Grays of Our Lives - Racked
The color is a coping strategy built on cultivated ambivalence; not the lack of a moral compass, but the flexibility to persist in challenging circumstances, to speak louder by choosing when and how to speak. Ultimately, it symbolizes a kind of freedom.
gray  fashion  power 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
New label Ifeoma takes a menswear approach to womenswear | Dazed
My mum’s favourite colours were blue and black, but when I think about a grey area, it’s an area you are refusing to acknowledge or a space you don’t understand. It’s something between here and there, neither to be accepted nor ignored. It’s just there. I thought, focusing on that grey makes sense.
gray  fashion  women  design  beauty  creativity 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
The Suit | Vestoj
A suit isn’t merely a uniform, traditionally made of one fabric. It is, if one is a believer in the power of style, a sly opportunity to play with notions of passing while also signaling dissent.
fashion  men  work  power  sex  gender  career 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Is Streetwear the New Americana? - Fashionista
"There is a lot of interesting variations because this country is not monocultural or monotonic," says Clark. "That's what has been fascinating about this country in the last 100 years. It has been truly multicultural, multiethnic and multiracial and that is also embedded in different takes in Americana."
fashion  usa  sports  style  culture  ethnicity  race  power 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Monocle's View From Nowhere | New Republic
Capital, and with it cultural capital, floods to the place where it can most efficiently reproduce itself, places that Monocle takes pains to identify and share.
magazines  marketing  business  economics  style  fashion  globalization  publishing 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
It All Started Here: The Gay Legacy of GQ | GQ
“That’s how I became aware of Bruce, through GQ,” says Klein. “I loved what he was doing. I thought he had a wide appeal, beyond straight or gay. With him we were able to show women and men in a sexy way.”
fashion  men  gay  lgbt  magazines  photography  style 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
How Can Jeans Cost $300? -
Jeans makers say that manufacturing in the U.S., in addition to appealing to consumers, allows them to move quickly. When Jeff Rudes, founder and chief executive of J Brand, saw designer Jil Sander's electric colors in New York's Jeffrey boutique earlier this year, he asked his designers to come up with a hot pink and an emerald green color for jeans. Five days later, the first, small run of jeans were shipping into Barneys New York. Mr. Rudes says it typically takes his company six to eight weeks to make a pair of jeans in the U.S., compared with three to six months in China.
business  marketing  fashion  mexico  china  usa 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Black Models Celebrated As Runway Revolutionaries : NPR
"We were free, we were spirited, we would smile. ... It was like a little trot down the runway."
blackgirlsrock  fashion  from twitter
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How Lady Gaga Just Reinvented Eye Contact
Maybe it won't catch on. Maybe kids will go nuts with it. I don't know! But I do know that this gadget dovetails perfectly with what the future is starting to smell like: Less the crisp clear world of touch interfaces with meta data on everything, everywhere. And more like the micro broadcasted one we contribute to every time we tweet, post or share.
technology  fashion  style  psychology  social  presence  attention 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Kanye West Releases My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Develops New Side Businesses - The Daily Beast
"There aren’t a hundred brands interested in Kanye like they are Jay-Z. The partners that are interested in him are niche and select. But that’s not a bad thing. He can position himself with brands as exactly what he is, which is a curator of high-end lifestyle products. Instead of being a mile wide and an inch deep, his strategy is to be an inch wide and a mile deep."
hiphop  marketing  business  fashion  music  songwriting 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Sociology of the Hipster - Essay -
The attempt to analyze the hipster provokes such universal anxiety because it calls everyone’s bluff. And hipsters aren’t the only ones unnerved. Many of us try to justify our privileges by pretending that our superb tastes and intellect prove we deserve them, reflecting our inner superiority. Those below us economically, the reasoning goes, don’t appreciate what we do; similarly, they couldn’t fill our jobs, handle our wealth or survive our difficulties. Of course this is a terrible lie. And Bourdieu devoted his life to exposing it. Those who read him in effect become responsible to him — forced to admit a failure to examine our own lives, down to the seeming trivialities of clothes and distinction that, as Bourdieu revealed, also structure our world.
status  presence  reputation  sociology  power  nytimes  fashion  aesthetics 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
eMediaVitals: Vogue's microblogging experiment by Ron Mwangaguhunga
Tumblr, which is rich with photo and video content because of its simple yet refined design interface, is -- theoretically, at least -- the perfect entry point for a Vogue blog. Luxury fashion magazines, particularly those with an iconic photo library like Vogue, are a natural fit for the microblog.
fashion  technology  blogging  magazines  beauty  video  photography 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Washington Post: Robin Givhan: Elena Kagan goes on Supreme Court confirmation offensive in drab D.C clothes
Is it so wrong to lean on cliches for guidance? Well, yes. And, also, no.

People make choices about their appearance for all sorts of complicated reasons. And often, they glom on to a cliche because they find it reassuring and easy. They wear the dress of a particular social tribe because they want people to make assumptions about who they are -- because letting folks come to a conclusion on their own is often easier than having to explain.

Ultimately, of course, on matters so personal, only the individual's speaking up can truly make things clear.
fashion  power  washington  women  gender  beauty  politics  supremecourt 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How to Build Your Wardrobe for Men | The Art of Manliness
There are many things that we can’t control; the weather, the economy, the fact that college football needs a playoff system. How we present ourselves to strangers and new acquaintances, however, is not one of them. When you shake hands with a potential partner, they form an instant impression of you which is not easily dislodged. First impressions are powerful because until we begin to speak, they are the only bits of information we have to make a snap decision as to whether we like or trust someone. Countless communication studies have shown a man’s visual appearance is initially more powerful than what he says; ignore your wardrobe at your own risk.
fashion  men  style  advice  howto  business  beauty  identity  attention 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Same-sex weddings open the door to finding the right male attire for women -
"Women like me haven't necessarily had a community," says Susan Herr. "We haven't shared information. Do we shop in the women's department or the men's? How should a good suit fit? We had to figure this all out on our own."
gay  fashion  marriage  beauty  style  women  business  washington 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Vital Signs - Study Finds Women Wear Shoes That Cause Pain -
“I think women need to really pay attention to how a shoe fits and realize that what you’re buying could have potential effects on your feet for the rest of your life,” said the paper’s lead author, Alyssa B. Dufour, a doctoral student in biostatistics at Boston University. “It’s important to pay attention to size and width, and not just buy it because it’s cute.”
fashion  marketing  women  men  health  science  research  massachusetts  beauty  gender 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Thwarting Thieves by Disguising Your Laptop -
A company in Spain has created a bag that might deter thefts of laptop computers. When it’s wrapped up in the pouch, the computer looks like the front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Or El País, La Vanguardia, La Gazzetta dello Sport or other newspapers. After all, who’s going to steal a newspaper?
technology  fashion  computers  europe  business  journalism  newspapers 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
James Wolcott on Cultural Snobbery |
In my bohemian days (the exotic reek of incense haunts me still), I owned a jukebox—a huge honker, a neon-trimmed sarcophagus—which I studiously stocked with 45s to showcase the catholicity of my pop sensibility, from the Supremes’ “Up the Ladder to the Roof” to Elton John and Kiki Dee’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” to Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf,” to the Clash’s “(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais.” I was fond of that machine, despite the mockery it inspired, because it was like having a custom-built twin. “Male record collectors seek mastery over a body of music, almost always as a way of establishing a masculine identity,” Krin Gabbard argues in his psychosocial study “Hipsters and Nerds.” (Oh, so that’s what I was doing.) “The collector makes conscious and unconscious connections to the masculine codes in the music, but he also works at acquiring a commanding knowledge that can be carefully deployed in the right surroundings.”
music  social  business  books  technology  culture  pop  movies  publishing  literature  aesthetics  identity  fashion  gender 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Village Voice - New York Music - Rob Harvila - Janelle Monáe, Space Cowgirl
"I have bulks of white oxford shirts and black pants and saddle-oxfords in black and white. . . . I don't own any colors in my closet," she explains. "I got tired of—colors. I feel more centered when I'm in black and white. I feel more focused. All the colors come out in my work, in my voice, in my movement. And, sometimes, I don't feel centered when I'm onstage. I feel extremely flamboyant. It's a uniform. It works very well for me. I have too many things to focus on—like being an artist, you know?"
fashion  music  nyc  rock  aesthetics  art 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Hard to Name Real Winners at Fashion Awards -
“The most important thing is to go back to basics, and remind ourselves why we fell in love with fashion in the first place,” Ms. Ullman said. “As long as you have a single needle and a spool of thread — and a first-rate marketing team — you can do it.”
fashion  design  creativity  nyc  awards  marketing 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The brilliance of Beth Ditto - Times Online
“I don’t understand all these women who say they feel betrayed by fashion. A piece of clothing can’t talk — it can’t tell you that you can’t have it — so really, you're just telling yourself that. You make yourself the victim, because if you want clothes that bad, then make them yourself. You have to get creative if you’re fat. I’m really good at turning a belt into a necklace, and I can always find a nice pair of earrings.”
fashion  women  style  fat  beauty  creativity  diy  rock  music 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Popping Up Your Collar -
[...] So guys, there's nothing foppish about turning up the collar on leather jackets, coats and some shirts. Check yourself out in the mirror from all angles to experiment with ways to pop up that collar ever so slightly, so that it looks stylish and not too studied. [...]
men  fashion  style  hiphop 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Ex-Post copy editor wills CU $778,000 - The Denver Post
"[...] Hemingway was well-known among Post employees for his pastel polyester suits, but on his last day of work before he retired in 1991, he wore a Giorgio Armani tuxedo, according to accounts. After retirement, he traveled the world, and for 15 years he was ... a volunteer exhibit guide at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. [...]"
fashion  journalism  museums  denver  media  newspapers  education  obituaries  colorado 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Calgary Herald: The essential checklist
"Style is a deeply personal expression of who you are, and every time you dress, you are asserting a part of yourself."
feminism  gender  fashion  marketing  women  beauty 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
About Face: How Plastic Surgery Can Give an Older Woman the Face of a Baby -- New York Magazine
"When I tell her that making the face bigger or 'fatter' seems counterintuitive, she says, 'I know, that’s why no one was doing it twenty years ago.' 'How did you figure it out?' I ask. 'Because I was doing lipo and I don’t like to throw anything away.'"
beauty  women  youth  children  nyc  magazine  art  aesthetics  aging  identity  celebrity  medicine  fashion  health  culture  gender  feminism  surgery 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Groovy old men: The rise of the silver swingers - Features, Fashion - The Independent
"Philosophically speaking, there's a long tradition of thinking that life isn't a matter of time, calibrated in seconds, minutes, hours and years, but measured in experience. You can have many lifetimes if you do lots of things, and feel lots, and respond lots; if you're open to endeavour and relationships, you can pack in many lifetimes."
aging  men  uk  beauty  fashion  marketing  happiness 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge Overdressers: Beware of suspicious minds
"If you dress at a higher level than you normally do, people will say, 'What's he doing? He's dressing like this for a reason; what is it?' [...]"
fashion  men  women  work  jobs  aesthetics 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Age of the Silver Fox |
"While men used to cover their gray with Grecian Formula, now an increasing number of them are proudly accepting their changing hair color -- regardless of their age."
aging  men  sex  beauty  fashion  identity  gay  reputation 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
HorsesAss.Org » Blog Archive » Help Darcy get her house in order… and ours
"That bit of XML is a demarcation of the end of a block of data enclosed in tags marking it as of type 'war.' What’s profound to me is that by putting it into context by wearing it on your shirt, you’re saying “war ends here - with me.”
war  protest  washingtonstate  politics  fashion  data 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
New York Press - JERRY PORTWOOD - Nerd Mentality
“That’s one of the interesting things about becoming a de-stigmatized category that people, in theory, think is cool. If people are falsely claiming to be nerds, I shouldn’t recoil when I’m called a nerd.”
identity  aesthetics  fashion  marketing  books  nonfiction  nyc 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Obama Hones His Partisan Image in Attacks on McCain -
"He is like a minimalist musician hitting a new note; the slightest change in his look excites speculation. Are you sure he undid his tie?! What depths of emotion must roil beneath that cotton dress shirt!"
obama  politics  fashion  elections  campaigns  aesthetics  identity 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Dandy Man Can
"So you and Rachel have an open relationship?" "Our relationship isn't open. It's more ajar."
polyamory  sex  love  relationships  fashion  aesthetics  men  women 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Roaming the World, Detecting Fashion - New York Times
“A red flag for me when I’m hiring is someone who says ‘my whole life is fashion.’ You have to be interested in much more than fashion. You have to understand the world if you are going to understand what people want to wear.”
fashion  creativity  aesthetics  travel  work  jobs  attention 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pants May be Touted as the Coming Thing, but Women Seem to Prefer Dresses - New York Times
“Instead of spending days thinking about your wardrobe, you can concentrate on who you’re voting for for president.”
fashion  women  nyc  president  elections  campaigns  2008  identity  marketing 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powell's Books - PowellsBooks.BLOG - Was It the Prose or the Clothes?
"When I hear thunder, I take a bow. When I hear rain, I assume it is applause. And so like the sun, I shine, having no alternative. Yes, darlings, I shall be a reprobate dandy; that's my job. And the good lord will forgive me: That's his."
fashion  men  creativity  diy  design  identity  aesthetics  writing 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge Power players pop white collars
"The word women use is sharp. Or dapper or attractive. They often touch your shoulder or lay their hand on your forearm. Men tell you, you look 'great,' and they say it with something like puzzlement or suspicion."
fashion  men  beauty  style  identity  obama  elections  politics  aesthetics 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Intersectionality Extends to Fat Acceptance Too! at Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture
"It appears that all the people of color who don’t feel quite a part of the fat acceptance movement have a new manifesto. [...]"
race  size  fat  beauty  identity  racism  feminism  activism  fashion 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Apparently, You Can Be Too Sexy -
"It was like pulling teeth to get the women our age to come in there. In our 40s and up, we are sexy -- just not the same sexy a college gal is."
sex  fashion  marketing  beauty  corporations  business  aging 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
village voice > news > The Fabolous Life by Chloé A. Hilliard
"We're sitting in a theater watching him work, looking at his mind. Even when he comes out on the walkway, he comes out in a Mickey Mouse T-shirt—and he's supposed to be Marc Jacobs."
creativity  fashion  music  hiphop  nyc  aesthetics  identity 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Men in Chadors - Paper Cuts - Books - New York Times Blog
"There the candidates stood - with their squared-off, box-car suits, boring ties and overbearing flag-lapel pins. They looked exactly alike, anonymous, interchangeable and fashion-challenged."
men  fashion  beauty  identity  culture  gender  politics  republican  gop  reputation  debates 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Vanishing Point
“My agency asked me to lose some muscle. I lost a little bit to help them, because I understand the designers are not looking for a male image anymore. They’re looking for some kind of androgyne.”
men  fashion  beauty  aesthetics  marketing  gender  europe 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Raw jeans: The great unwashed |
"I've thought about that day in May when I will throw these suckers into the wash for the very first time. And I've thought probably way too much about a pair of bluejeans."
fashion  men  women  aesthetics  design  marketing 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The geek who conquered the fashion world | Magazine | The Observer
"I fantasise about what the future could be in terms of aesthetic and psychology. It's the most difficult thing to do because you have to start from the past - your favourite architect, your favourite song - you take it all with you."
fashion  design  culture  interviews  futurism  aesthetics  psychology  architecture  music 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Utne Reader: Love Your Fat Self
"Our imaginations are harnessed to America’s favorite adolescent fantasy: how much prettier, thinner, richer, and more successful we will be one day."
fat  culturalstudies  culture  usa  beauty  love  fashion  aesthetics  identity  media  women  toread  sex 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Beauty and success | To those that have, shall be given |
"It therefore makes biological sense for people to prefer beautiful friends and lovers, since the first will make good allies, and the second, good mates."
beauty  reputation  fashion  love  friendship  work  jobs  sex  sociology  aesthetics  dating  health 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge Calling Out of Context by Nicole Ankowski
"[M]en and women who are intelligent, politically astute and proud to call Ira Glass a sex symbol melt when I say I used to work at the Victoria's Secret Catalogue. They beg me to "answer the phone." (Hell yes, I've gotten laid using my old phone voice.)"
sex  marketing  men  women  work  jobs  ohio  reputation  fashion 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Taste of Fame: Entertainment & Culture:
"I never thought that this would be the way. I never thought it would be food. But if you think about it, I'm the kind of girl who thinks about what she’s gonna cook for dinner when she’s finishing her lunch."
marketing  newyork  london  literature  food  fashion  cooking  television 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Personal Inventory: the erotic appeal of the Lands' End catalog -
"Who thought sixty pages of stylish-yet-practical clothing would employ models that are disturbing approximations of the lovely, thirty-something woman who doesn't want to put up with your shit anymore?"
humor  fashion  writing  men  beauty  marketing  aesthetics  sex 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Other People’s Photosets - The Medium - Magazine - New York Times Blog
"When we stare at other people — on the street, in paparazzi shots, on the Internet — what are we looking for? Beauty, ugliness, evidence of hidden treachery, inspiration for what to wear?"
beauty  photography  flickr  aesthetics  fashion  identity  creativity  attention  reputation 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Virtual marketers have second thoughts about Second Life - Los Angeles Times
"[T]he representations of the people who play in it don't have human needs. Food and drink aren't necessary, teleporting is the easiest way to get around and clothing is optional. In fact, the human form itself is optional."
games  online  www  marketing  behavior  fashion  food  corporations 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: "'Girl Power' Group's Look Gave Voice To Individuality" By Robin Givhan
"[T]he smartest thing the Spice Girls did was to represent as many of those schoolyard groups as possible, making them all seem important and suggesting that they could all manage to get along."
fashion  feminism  social  pop  music  women  aesthetics  identity 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Frump-Free Cooking: The Look That Sizzles - New York Times
"Everyone has to have a little bit of hootchy. But the trick is not to have it go too far, because if it becomes too overly sexual, issues of hygiene come into play."
food  marketing  fashion  television  women  cooking  gender 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
'I wish I could've been a rock star. They don't have to talk. Plus they get to sleep all day, do lots of drugs, and have sex with anyone they want' | Woman | The Observer
"[T]here's a difference between being egotistical and knowing your value as a product and an actor. I know my value as a product, and I've divorced myself as a human from myself as a product."
fashion  uk  interviews  gay  men  women  aesthetics  beauty 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Beth Ditto advises an non-sewing non-skinny reader how to look great on a budget | Pop | Guardian Unlimited Music
"[S]tyle, like art, is a primal instinct. My number-one theory in life is that style is proportional to your lack of resources - the less you have, the more stylish you're likely to be."
fashion  aesthetics  beauty  diy  creativity  music 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
CBC: Skinny mannequins on their way out in Spain
"We are aiming for a model of healthy beauty. There is a lot of pressure, not just from the fashion world but society in general, for women to seek models of beauty that are unreal and even unhealthy."
fashion  health  spain  europe  women  marketing  politics  society  beauty 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Beauty Makes Its Own Rules
“She’s kind of like a dream person ... what a glamorous person is supposed to be, someone who knows everyone, who gets the loudest applause when she walks through a door.”
fashion  beauty  law  nyc  crime 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
New Magazines Reflect Muslims' Diversity -
"If I have an African American woman or a Pakistani woman on there without [a] hijab, it might be any Pakistani magazine or any African American magazine. But with a woman who's covered, people know instantly."
religion  fashion  islam  magazines  media  identity  usa  marketing 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge Lisa Gabriele's "Pretty in Penury"
"Class and all its implications really sets in in high school, when teenagers become aware that, indeed, they are held hostage by their family's socioeconomic status. After all, you live with these people. What they are, you are."
class  poverty  education  cinema  1980s  family  parenting  money  work  jobs  school  illinois  chicago  fashion 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Folk Wear for the World
“Too many people are making clothes that look realistic and plausible on the runway, that are never going to happen. So much of it is just a piece of boring something to promote an image, to sell underwear, handbags and perfume."
fashion  france  usa  identity  aesthetics  beauty  marketing 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: In the Land of Bold Beauty, a Trusted Mirror Cracks
“The reasons are purely aesthetic, not medical, especially for women. They want to get thin no matter what, all because of images from north of the Equator. It is a cruel cultural imposition on the Brazilian woman.”
women  gender  fashion  identity  brazil  aesthetics  beauty  feminism  poverty  southamerica  disease  marketing  globalization 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Let's Burn The Burqa :
"Some 1,500 years ago, it was decided for an individual's personal reasons that women should have purdah and since then millions of Muslim women all over the world have had to suffer it."
religion  men  women  islam  india  gender  fashion  identity 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
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