Covers & Content Annual Review 2016, Part 3: Flare

The 2016 publishing year is over for our three favourite Canadian fashion magazines, so it’s time to look back on every issue printed this year by Elle Canada, Fashion, and Flare, to see how diverse they were overall compared to last year. Up next is FASHION!

For a review of the Covers & Content project, please check out the FAQ page here.

Closet Feminist Terminology

Whiteout Issue: an issue of a fashion magazine where neither the cover star nor models booked/used for any of the major editorials are people of colour.

Token Diversity Spread: When a fashion magazine books/uses an ensemble of models, including some models of colour or models representing other minorities in the fashion world (i.e., plus size models or visibly older models), but are careful not to allow the minorities chosen to make up the majority of the spread or the majority of models chosen.

Has FASHION improved at all over the years? Check out our data from the last three years.

FASHION 2013 Annual Review

FASHION 2014 Annual Review

FASHION 2015 Annual Review

Did you miss Part 1 of our 2016 review focused on Elle Canada? Check it out here.

Part 2 of our 2016 review focused on FASHION can be found here.

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This review is bittersweet, because as of January, 2017, FLARE will no longer be doing print issues. Flare was not perfect, but it’s reporting was timely and interesting. We will truly miss this Canadian fashion magazine.

That being said, did this glossy go out with a bang or a whimper? Read on to find out.

JANUARY

The January 2016 issue of Flare was technically its Winter 2015 issue, covering December 2015 as well.

Grimes was on the cover. There was one fashion editorial in this issue featuring one thin, white model, making this issue of Flare a Whiteout Issue.

FEBRUARY

Ilana and Abbi of Broad City were on the cover.

There was one fashion editorial in this issue featuring one thin, white model, making this issue of Flare a Whiteout Issue as well.

MARCH

Rebel Wilson was on the cover.

For a third month in a row, Flare put out a Whiteout Issue–the one fashion editorial this month featured one thin, white model.

APRIL

The April cover of Flare featured Ania Boniecka, Sonya Esman, Alanna Durkovich, Kayla Seah, and Dajana Rads. It bears noting that the cover was really more of a tedious Joe Fresh advertorial.

There was one fashion editorial in the April issue, starring one thin, white model.

MAY

Shay Mitchell was on the cover.

There was one fashion editorial this month starring one thin, white model.

JUNE/JULY

The Summer issue of Flare featured Ellie Goulding on the cover.

There were two fashion editorials in this issue. The first starred a thin, mixed-race model, the second starred Caitriona Balfe who is thin and white.

AUGUST

Herieth Paul was on the cover.

Above: Herieth Paul in Flare’s August issue.

There were two fashion editorials, counting Paul’s cover story. The second editorial starred one thin, white model.

SEPTEMBER

Priyanka Chopra was on the cover.

There was one fashion editorial in this issue, starring one thin, white model.

OCTOBER

Bella Hadid was on the cover.

Above: From the second fashion editorial in Flare October 2016

There were two editorials in this issue including Hadid’s cover story. The second editorial featured three thin models, two of them were women of colour.

NOVEMBER

Mandy Moore was on the cover.

Above: Evy Jane stars in the one fashion editorial in Flare November 2016

There was one fashion editorial in this month’s issue, starring one thin model of colour.

DECEMBER

Aww, Flare’s last print issue 🙁

Anna Kendrick was on the cover.

There was one fashion editorial in this month’s issue, starring one thin model of colour.

Playlist: vaguely illicit

“There was about Alexandra something of the impervious calm of the fatalist, always disconcerting to the very young people, who cannot feel that the heart lives at all unless it is still at the mercy of storms; unless its strings can scream to the touch of pain.”

  • from O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

 

Looking for other playlists by The Closet Feminist? Check out our first mix, “Breastfeeding Jams” here.

vaguely illicit Track List

  1. Hold the Line by Jack + Eliza
  2. Bent Out of Shape by Young Rival
  3. Easily by Grimes
  4. Corners by Shitwolf
  5. Young by Frankie Cosmos
  6. I’d do you (demo) by Honeys Dream Tapes
  7. One Too Far (Shy Girls Remix) by Jack + Eliza
  8. You Dream of China by Emily Wells
  9. Little Boys by New Shack

 

Covers & Content: January 2016

Read on to find out how the diversity of Canada’s top three fashion magazines stacked up this month for our first 2016 instalment of Covers & Content!

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The Magazine: Flare

The Cover Star: Grimes

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: There was one fashion editorial in this month’s issue, making this issue of Flare a Whiteout Issue.

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: Kate Bock

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: The one and only fashion editorial in this month’s issue starred Kate Bock, a thin, white model, which means that this month was a Whiteout Issue.

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

 

 

FASHION never does a January issue, they only do a Winter issue that covers Dec/Jan. As such, here is the same info as last month below

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The Magazine: FASHION

The Cover Star: Chiara Ferragni

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 starred on thin, white model, making this issue of FASHION a Whiteout Issue

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

All the Halloween Costumes You Need in the New Grimes Video

So if I had been a more aware or present person, I would have noticed that a new Grimes video came out on Oct 26th:

Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream

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And oh. em. gee. Watch it right now.

As usual, the video and the music are amazing because Grimes is a boss.

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Also, the costumes are amazing, here are some screen stills for you. I would have tried to wear at least one of these get-ups if I had not just discovered the video today (Halloween).

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A creepy murderous archangel? A technicolour Marie Antoinette? Zoot suit? Gaming? It’s almost too amazing.

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Grimes recently started her own music label, and unsurprisingly, she is using her boss lady status to help other women in the music industry–just read Nicole Dollanganger‘s glowing praise of her here.

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I know riiiiiiiight?

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7 Best Girl Gang Music Videos

By: Emily Y.

As you may have noticed, I have quite the fondness for all things girl gang-related. Here are some of my favourite music videos featuring gangs of girls. What are your faves?

1. Electric Lady by Janelle Monaé (which I’ve already talked about here)

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2. Bad Girls by M.I.A.MIA_BAdGIrls

 

3. Genesis by GrimesGrimes_Genesis2 Grimes_Genesis1

 

4. Run The World (Girls) by BeyoncéBeyonce_Girls

 

5. Bad Blood by Taylor SwiftTaylorSwift_BadBlood

Though I would note for Swift’s video above, I agree with this and this.

6. You (Ha ha ha) by Charlie XCX 

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7.  Better Have My Money by Rihanna

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