Inspired by Art Herstory: Monica Rohan


Above: all images by Monica Rohan, found here.

I love Monica Rohan’s artwork —apparently self-portraits of herself perpetually disappearing into flora or fabrics.

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The Jan Murphy Gallery notes,

“Using space as a striking pictorial device, her female subject is positioned in adventurous settings, endlessly floating or falling, climbing or reclining, hunting or hiding.”

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Rohan is a young Australian artist, and she’s doing very well for herself–in May of this year, all 15 pieces she had to show at an exhibit in Brisbane sold out before the show even opened! You can see why though, her works are totally dreamy and wistful.

All images throughout found here.

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Gloss over This: Zendaya


“A big reason I play with beauty and hair is that it’s important to show different kinds of beauty when I’m on the red carpet. I don’t want to be just one-dimensional or relatable to one type of person. I want a different woman to be like, That’s like me! That’s my hair! or That’s so my style! If I went out there wand was just like, pretty, all the time, doing the same thing, it can be cool but you’re also catering to one type of person, and what about all those other kinds of beautiful out there? […] During our conversation, she replies more succinctly to a question about her take on feminism than women twice her age: “A feminist is person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else. It’s equality, it’s fairness, and I think it’s a great thing to be part of.”

-Zendaya in “She’s Just Doing Z” by Alicia Cox Thomson in Flare December 2015

New Chairlift Music Video: Orange You Glad To See Armpit Hair?

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I was watching the newest Chairlift music video for “Ch-Ching” and I noticed something–other than a great song and a fantastic billowy orange outfit, lead singer Caroline Polachek was sporting armpit hair!

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What women choose to do with their body hair is totally up to them. This sighting seemed to be worth mentioning as its good to see Polachek was able to do what she wanted, despite most music labels wanting to turn out glossy, mainstream pop stars. Its simply a little bit of defiance that was noted and appreciated.

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Recommended Reading: blogger and photographer Liz Morrow of Delightfully Tacky recently did an excellent personal essay on growing out her body hair. Read it here.

And now just some fun orange looks that would have been at home in this music video if she did an outfit change:


Above: Adeam Spring 2015


Above: Maryam Nassir Zadeh Spring 2015. Note–who knew that you could pair a bold orange with a twinset in a light slate grey colour and it would look great?


Above: Sonia Rykiel Resort 2016


Above: Sophie Theallet Resort 2016


Above: Temperley London Resort 2016


Above: Stella McCartney Resort 2016

Let’s Pause and Appreciate All the Times Bhumika Arora Appeared on the Spring 2016 Catwalks

As we did for Lineisy Montero, let’s appreciate some of the times we saw model Bhumika Arora on the Spring 2016 runways.


Above: Bhumika Arora wearing a luxurious dress on the Etro Spring 2016 runway.

Fashion month diversity is rare on the catwalks, period. While we do see Black and Asian models occasionally on the runways, we hardly ever see models of South Asian, Middle Eastern, First Nations, Native American descent by comparison.


Above: Bhumika Arora on the Alberta Ferretti catwalk wearing awesome lingerie-inspired clothing


Above: Even though you’re wearing sunglasses, we know that’s you on the Stella McCartney catwalk, Bhumika Arora!

This is why Bhumika Arora’s presence on the runways during the Spring 2016 shows is such a big deal–we hardly see women who look like her in high fashion ever. So thank-you, Bhumika Arora, for being around, and three cheers to the designers who cast her to be part of their shows.


Above: Bhumika Arora looking amazing in white during the Carolina Herrera show


Above: Bhumika Arora making us want to wear flowers in our hair, as she is here in the Diane von Furstenberg show


Above: Cool, blue Bhumika Arora on the Ohne Titel catwalk


Above: Bhumika Arora proving that a dark red lipstick is what you need to wear with a very tropical outfit as seen on the Anna Sui runway

My Must-Read List of Magazines

By: Emily Y.

Whoever says young people/millennials don’t read magazines is wrong—I consume them with unending zeal and always have. Fashion magazines are why I have good style. Lifestyle and cooking magazines are a big reason for why I am able to cook. Here’s the list of magazines I read on the regular.

Elle Canada, FASHION, Flare


Ah, my holy trinity of Canadian fashion magazines. Obviously, I need these magazines for my website as part of the ongoing Covers & Content column and our yearly recaps (even a few videos!)

flare october 2015 coverIf I didn’t ‘need’ these magazines, I would probably still subscribe to Elle Canada and FlareFlare has gotten really on-trend and relevant this past year especially, a must-have for young Canadian millenials I should think. Elle Canada very regularly features feminist content, which is weird for an offshoot of a major international magazine. I would not, however, subscribe to FASHION—it’s like a Canadian Vogue, and I don’t read Vogue unless someone really great is on the cover. The only thing I really like about FASHION are Elio Iannacci’s cover stories—he’s not afraid to ask deep questions and doesn’t shy away from discussing feminism with nearly every one of Fashion’s cover stars.



I got the US Bazaar subscription this year as a birthday present from one of my friends, which I’m super grateful for since it has helped with content for this website. Bazaar is especially interesting to follow because of their dogged loyalty to alleged sexual offender/“fashion” photographer Terry Richardson. I never bought this magazine for this reason alone, but again, it was a lovely, helpful gift.



I love Bitch magazine! This quarterly publication always has a cool theme for each issue (“Food”, “Red”, “Pulp”, amongst others) that you might wonder “how does this theme relate to feminism?” but it always does and its super great. Reading Bitch makes me smarter, and I love the new narratives, stories, and pieces of her story it introduces to me 4x a year. I will say though I feel like the past few issues haven’t been as strong as they usually are. I’m def not ready to throw in the towel yet though!


BUST is probably the coolest magazine I subscribe to, and it breaks my heart that they only publish 6x a year. It’s an out loud and proud feminist magazine, but has tons of cool nuggets of info and entertainment. They have super cool cover stars (Grimes! Janelle Monae! Laverne Cox! Krysten Ritter! Dolly!), and I love how frequently they feature ‘plus’ models in their fashion editorials.

Canadian Living

Canadian-Living-May-2014I know—it’s strange that I, as a twenty-something living in a major city, subscribe to Canadian Living. But you know, I gotta say, I love all the Can-con, and their recipes are super accessible, easy, healthy, and delicious. Their fashion is even pretty good sometimes! I also like all the articles, they are timely and informative, and not stuff that I would otherwise seek out on my own  (usually the health stuff). Everything is well-researched, and proudly Canadian.

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