Fashion/Philosophy: Leaving Self-Doubt Behind

Scan 1Above: Nadja Bender models in “High Style” photographed by Camilla Akrans in Bazaar March 2015.

At first I asked myself what I had learned in the university. I placed all the answers to this question in a corner of my mind. Then for a few minutes I dwelt on the number of things I did not know. Then I compared, and became perplexed. Still, as I walked with my face upturned toward the sky, I thought of all I had to say, of all the things stirring within me. Inexperience, youth, all seem things which I must conquer, alone, and only one comforting thought remains, that I have learned the rudiments of my art and that I shall spend the summer writing [...] Why should I shrink and stand back and doubt myself? All around me people are writing my thoughts, my ideals, my observations. I read books of which I might have written a few pages. I thought of the Essay on Self-Reliance, and, tramping through dusty roads at twilight, I formed many resolutions.

-Anaïs Nin, Early Diaries Vol. 2


Gloss over This: Meghan Trainor

2014 Billboard Women In Music Luncheon

It probably didn’t help that Trainor said she wasn’t a feminist in an interview with Billboard last September. “Back then, I couldn’t tell you the definition [of feminism] so I felt bad-I’m just a 20-year-old girl who writes songs,” she explains.

Fast forward a few months and she has done a little research. “I finally read the definition and I was like ‘Wait, this is me!’” says Trainor, adding that her songs are about getting equal treatment and that Beyoncé is her “all-time favourite person” –partly because they agree that girls “run the world.” That might not be the exact messaging feminists would use, but it’s as deep as Trainor cares to dig on the issue.

- Meghan Trainor in “Nobody’s Poster Girl” by Sarah Laing in Flare March 2015

3 Feminist T-shirt Companies to Stock Up on Now


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Want to let your feminist flag fly? Get out there and start scooping up some t-shirts from these awesome feminist clothing companies.


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Who: Only Child Apparel

The Designer: Madison Reid

Where: This line is local–based right here in Vancouver!

Fun fact: Portions of all sales are donated to a rape crisis centre here in Vancouver (we’re not sure which one)



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Who: House of Addams

The Designer: Jessicka Addams

Where: LA

Fun fact: According to her shop website, Addams’ work is inspired by, “Goth culture, religious iconography, the Easter Bunny, cats, decapitations, sea creatures, and all things John Waters.”



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Who: Bandida

The Designer: Jamie Balbuena

Where: “El Barrio, a.k.a. Spanish Harlem” (noted in the Spring 15 issue of Bitch magazine)

Fun fact: “Bandida is Girl Power in Spanglish. We celebrate Cholas, Chongas and Chulas all over the world. Feminist + FUEGO.”


Gloss over This: Mona Eltahawy


“Whenever someone asks, ‘How can I help the women of your background?’ I always tell them to help the women in their community. A lot of people forget that there’s a rollback of women’s rights in many parts of the world, especially in places where people keep asking, ‘How can we help your women?’ So I always tell American audiences, especially white audiences, that they can help the states that are losing reproductive rights because of the Christian right wing. Misogyny lies on a continuum, and nowhere in the world has it been erased.”

- Mona Eltahawy in “Let’s talk About Sex” by Anupa Mistry in Flare April 2015

Screen Style Icon: Mabel of Gravity Falls

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So Gravity Falls is a hilarious Disney cartoon that has recently caught our eye. The show centres around twins Dipper and Mabel who go to live with their “Gruncle” (great-uncle) Stan in Gravity Falls, Oregon. The town is a supernatural hotspot, and between that and helping Gruncle Stan run his pseudo-museum the Mystery Shack, hijinks ensue. It’s hilarious (yes, even for adults), and while it doesn’t seem to have as many women in leading creative roles as we would like to see, it’s still worth a watch.

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Naturally, we’re especially interested in Mabel, voiced by feminist actress Kristen Schaal who you might know from Flight of the Conchords, Bob’s Burgers or her book, The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex.

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Mabel is hilarious, adventurous, a boss, and about as silly and playful as cartoon characters get. She’s bold and fun, and not the one-dimensional wannabe-mean girl that lots of shows tend to write for tween girls.

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We also love how Mabel is portrayed as being active, not passive, and not a wallflower. Sure, she’s boy crazy, but she also knits, dances, plays video games, and is a master prankster.

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We love her wardrobe of rotating chunky turtleneck sweaters featuring various hilarious graphics that she seems to wear regardless of season.

Mabel - Gravity Falls

Short sleeve long sweater, 70 CAD / Grey pullover sweater, 42 CAD / MSGM skirt, 480 CAD / Johnstons of Elgin ribbed socks, 71 CAD / Ruffle skirt, 19 CAD / Vans Planet Shoes / L Erickson hair bands accessory, 43 CAD / Aéropostale blue hair accessory, 6.34 CAD

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