"Oh-oh! Someone amongst us is not a real feminist …"
Saturday, March 8 is International Women's Day. In the spirit of the day, I would like all those fashion editors pushing feminism as a trend and flats as a symbol of female empowerment to put their money where their mouth is. Here is a list of changes I would like the fashion industry to embrace.
The fashion industry measures diversity by the number of models of color cast for runway shows or the presence of models of color cast in major brand campaigns. While numbers are clearly important, social progress is often difficult to measure in objective terms. We therefore shouldn't neglect the individual narratives for they highlight the reasons why diversity in fashion matters in the first place.
These are decidedly dark days for the Grey Lady. This past January, Cathy Horyn announced she was retiring from The New York Times' "Style" pages. Yesterday morning, the doyenne of fashion writers and probably the last bone fides fashion critic of her generation and caliber announced she was leaving her perch at the International New York Times (formerly the International Herald Tribune), a position she has held for the past 25 years.
I never thought I would see the day when Paris Vogue would resort to Google Translate to develop its web content. Either that or they've hired a remedial reading student to proof-read their online articles. How else to explain the gramatically-challenged sub-title "Clarins upgrade sa salade healthy en imaginant une association encore plus gourmande!"
As you may have heard, Charlotte Rampling will be the face of Nars' 20th anniversary campaign. This announcement wouldn't be all that exciting but for the fact that Rampling is 68 years old and unlike other actresses of her generation such as Catherine Deneuve, she appears to have embraced her age rather than trying to fight it lock, stock and scalpel.
There is currently a debate taking place on sites like Jezebel over whether Claire Underwood, Robin Wright's character on House of Cards, is a feminist icon or not. Personally, I think the debate misses the point. Instead, we should be celebrating the fact that the writers of House of Cards have created such a rich, complex female character that finally breaks with traditional portrayals of political wives.
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