St. Vincent’s “New York” is Everything

St. Vincent (Annie Clark) is amazing. She is smart, funny (just go watch all the promo video clips for MASSEDUCATION on her Instagram), clever, and her video for “New York” is the best. Screen caps below. I can’t wait for her new album to come out.

I saw her live a few years ago in Calgary for Sled Island–hands down one of the best live shows I have ever been to in my life.

Seeing her perform “Cheerleader” live  at Sled Island has become an anthem of sorts for me when I’m just done with the the cheerfulness and from-the-sidelines attitude that the patriarchy so often demands from us.

I feel like St. Vincent, Janelle Monaé, and of course Beyoncé are probably the trifecta of women I would follow into the future.

“New York” is such a brilliant song — it loops perfectly, and next thing you know, I’ve been listening to it for hours…

Music x Style: Santigold’s “Chasing Shadows”

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Santigold’s video for “Chasing Shadows” (single off her new album, 99 cents) is totally the life I want. A stylish lady, all alone, doing what she wants.

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Above–this totally makes me want to go to the corner store seule just for some orange juice.

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Above: Hanging out in a dollhouse whilst wearing a killer pink dress and a huge rock on my finger that I bought for myself? Yes plz.

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Above: Yea maybe this is a weird fantasy, but you know what, I just read Kate Bolick’s Spinster and I’m feeling it.

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Watch this awesome video/hear this amazing song here.

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:

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Above: Adeam Spring 2015

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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?

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Above: Sonia Rykiel Resort 2016

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Above: Sophie Theallet Resort 2016

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Above: Temperley London Resort 2016

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Above: Stella McCartney Resort 2016

The Ultimate Girl Gang Style: “Electric Lady” by Janelle Monáe

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If there’s one celebrity who means more to us here at The Closet Feminist than anyone else, it’s Janelle Monáe. She’s an artist with an aesthetic that is incomparably interesting, complex, and inspiring. Monáe embraces intersectional feminism, still engages in all sorts of activism despite her fame, and her conscientious theories on clothing and personal style are pretty much unparalleled.

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Naturally, her latest video for Electric Lady has caught our eye for its girl gang/super-sorority style starring her Electro Phi Betas , pictured below (just go listen to the whole album to learn more, you won’t regret it).

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While the video opens with some super-distracting product placement, it more than makes up for it with the rest of the video. Monáe’s videos are the best for a few reasons:

1. They always, always star people of colour, more often than not almost exclusively.

2. People of all ages star in her videos.

3. There is never any girl hate, we are more likely to see friendship and ladies running the show.

4. Women are never, ever objectified.

5. You can totally tell that Monáe won’t compromise her vision, all her videos have a very specific aesthetic (just think of this while people like Katy Perry are busy moping they can’t just keep relying on cultural appropriation).

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If this video doesn’t have you wanting to run out the door for a Electro Phi Betas letterman jacket of your own (or at least something close to it) then you’re probably doing it wrong.

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“We’re about to make a whole new nation, with a million Electric Ladies, ya’ll make me so proud.”

-from Electric Lady

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Pink crop top, 21 CAD / Monki pink tank, 5.85 CAD / Avelon grey letterman jacket, 445 CAD / River Island slim fit pants, 64 CAD / Converse white sneaker, 87 CAD / Allurez jewelry, 720 CAD / Jeweliq stackers jewelry, 24 CAD

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