Covers & Content: April 2015

Read on to find out how the diversity of Canada’s top three fashion magazines stacked up this month.

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The Magazine: Flare

The Cover Star: Tatiana Maslany

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: There was one fashion editorial this month, and it was a Token Diversity Spread–there were three models (Kelsey, Nora, and Raniya all of Muse Management), and only Raniya was a woman of colour.

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

 

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The Magazine: Elle Canada

The Cover Star: Phoebe Tonkin

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: There were two fashion editorials in this issue. One starred one thin, white model, and the other starred one thin Asian model. For the first editorial it should be noted that it veered dangerously close to some Asian cultural appropriation that we once tore Flare apart for.

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

 

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The Magazine: Fashion

The Cover Star: Elisha Cuthbert

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: Fashion did something incredibly rare for our major Canadian fashion magazines, and for that they get a round of applause–they had two fashion editorials this month, and both starred one thin, black model each. It’s super-typical for us to see magazines with editorials full of thin, white models. Fashion tends to be the least diverse of the three major Canadian fashion magazines, but every once in a while they really surprise us. For example, they are the only Canadian fashion magazine in the past three years (so far) to have done the inverse of a White Issue–that is, they had a woman of colour on the cover and had editorials starring models of colour exclusively–that would be their August 2013 issue.

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

 

 

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

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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)

Buy: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/OnlyChildApparel

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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.”

Buy: http://houseofaddams.com/

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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.”

Buy: http://www.vivabandida.com/

Gloss over This: Mona Eltahawy

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“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

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