Fashion x Identity: Brooke Candy

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The way I dress isn’t meant for anybody else, it’s solely for myself. I dress based on the mood that I’m in, or how I feel. The things I’ve done, the jobs I’ve worked, and the experiences I’ve had, they’ve all helped shape me. And I don’t regret anything. Any hardships you have to go through, any time when you’re down and out–the only way to stay happy is to find some sort of peace and beauty in it. So I found the peace and beauty that I could [in stripping]. I also got my cheap, showgirl-glam style from stripping. I worked with women who’d strip once, then go in the back and change everything. They’d put on a wig, a different outfit, different heels. It subconsciously inspired me a lot. I felt like, “Who the f*** else is doing this?” Who else is comfortable enough? Who’s choosing for themselves to show their bodies?

- Brooke Candy in “Sticky Sweet” by Callie Watts in BUST Aug/Sept 2014

Gloss over This: Solange

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Though she and sister Beyoncé grew up in a house where Motown musicians were in constant rotation, Knowles says she reacted by choosing a different path. “Any time you’re a kid and you’re told, ‘You’re gonna love Donny Hathaway,’ naturally you’re like ‘No I love Fiona Apple.’ [...] I had written all of the songs [that ended up on 2008's Sol-Angel and the Hadley Sty. Dreams]  and I believed in them,” she says. “I felt I was strong enough to put them out specifically how I wanted to. I identify with Sade and Kate Bush and Erykah Badu, who are artists, but on their own terms.”

- Solange in “Rebel, Rebel” by Leigh Belz Ray in Lucky August 2014

Canadian Designer, NYC Outfit: Dennis Merotto

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Above: A look from the Dennis Merotto Fall 2015 collection.

Everyone in fashion loves Diane Keaton’s clothes as the eponymous Annie in Annie Hall. This look above by Canadian designer Dennis Merotto totally captures her look in the film. Keaton says of her unusual yet completely iconic movie wardrobe choices in a recent interview in Flare:

As a teen, she’d [Keaton] watch TV programs that showcased the common trope of the nerdy girl who wins the boy’s heart by getting a makeover. Keaton realized long ago that she always preferred the before look to the after: “I wanted to be interesting and unique, and I didn’t want to have the makeover–ugh, who cares about that?”

-Diane Keaton in “‘How Much Can I Cover Up?’” by Briony Smith in Flare June 2014

 

Other reasons it caught our eye? It’s perfect for cooler weather, office-appropriate, and for after hours given the addition of a few sparkly accessories (Like bold silver. Definitely.).

Gloss over This: Zoe Saldana

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“I handled the role [of Nina Simone in Nina] with the same love, the same respect and the same pride that any other black person would, because I am a black woman, a proud Latino black woman, and nobody’s going to take that right from me,” she says, referring to her roots in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. “And [Simone] was a woman who was never allowed to [reach] her full potential because of her skin.”

-Zoe Saldana in “Body & Soul” by Elio Iannacci in Fashion August 2014

Covers & Content: August 2014

How did major Canadian fashion magazines stack up this month in terms of diversity? Read on to find out.

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The Cover Star: Zoe Saldana

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: Black/mixed race

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: Yes

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: No

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The Cover Star: There were 3 cover stars–models Pamela Bernier, Sophie Touchet and Kayla Clarke

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White, Black (respectively)

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: No

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: No

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The Cover Star: Rita Ora

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: Mixed race

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: N/A–this month’s issue of Flare did not feature an editorial.

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: N/A–this month’s issue of Flare did not feature an editorial.

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