Fashion has long been stereotyped the ultimate vapid industry, a world where style matters more than substance and political discussions are anath
A video report from Univision looks at an exciting new exhibit at Casa Azul, the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City, featuring the contents of one of Kahlo's closets. The items in the exhibit include clothing, medicines, and photos that were recently discovered in a previously un-opened closet belonging to the artist. In the video, a museum representative discusses how the exhibit explores two major themes from Kahlo's life: disability and ethnicity.
This post details some daily rituals that help interrupt damaging beauty culture scripts. For instance, do at least one "embarrassing" or "unladylike" action a day. Discuss your period in public. Eat sloppily in public, then lounge on your chair and pat your protruding belly. Swing your arms a little too much when you walk. Open doors for everyone. Offer to help men carry things. Skip a lot. Galloping also works. Get comfortable with making others uncomfortable.
Looks matter, both in our social and working lives. We want to look good and our employers expect us to look good, or at least want us to look a particular way. A raft of research from the US and UK has now established that being perceived to be attractive improves our chances of obtaining work, and boosts our pay and career prospects. Line managers also rate the performances of attractive workers more highly. Finally, attractive workers are less likely to lose their jobs.
"'Poses' is a direct criticism of the absurd and artificial world of glamour and of fashion that magazines present. Specifically, the highly-distorted image of women that they transmit through models that do not represent real women and that avoid all those who are not within their restricted parameters," says artist Yolanda Dominguez on her website. The artist created images of women posing like fashion models out in the "real world," and the results are both hilarious and poignant. Watch a video of the images after the jump.
Models have rights too, no? You might not think so to look at the way many women and men are mistreated in the industry. To combat those issues, nonprofit group the Model Alliance has drafted a bill of rights for models. According to the document, which is still in draft form, models should have the right to a professional relationship with their agent/agency, transparent accounting processes, control over their careers, and negotiable commissions, with special notes for models under 18. Watch a video from the Alliance after the jump.