Contour Queen: The Power Of Makeup Revisited

A few years ago, I wrote a piece called “Send In The Clowns”. As a photography student who was enthralled by feminism and bodily autonomy, I captured my thoughts on makeup through a series of pictures that expressed my confusion- whether weaing makeup was feminist or not. Two years on, I would’ve never thought that…

Hairy, Angry Feminist: Why I Put Down My Razor

As of October last year, I stopped shaving my armpits. Of course, I’d heard of other feminists doing it, and thought it was pretty damn awesome. Yet, I never mustered up the strength to throw out my disposable razors and go “au naturale.” Oddly enough, I hadn’t shaved my legs consistently for about a year…

Our Lady of Forgiveness

When I was fourteen, I received a death threat through a MySpace message from a disgruntled eighth grade girl. This was my first introduction to “girl hate.” The hostility, anxiety, and sheer terror that resulted from this message created an internalized hatred for women within me that would take me years to overcome. My first…

A Springtime Playlist

The sun has finally come out here in the UK, and I’ve started listening to some more light & summery music to celebrate! Here’s a playlist of some of the female musicians or female-fronted bands who have been serenading me over the last week or so – add them to your springtime soundtrack! Chela –…

Her Name is Quvenzhané

Quvenzhané Wallis, the star of Annie, is an absolute powerhouse. Her acting skills are undeniable, and she is absolutely adorable on screen and in interviews. Wallis is the youngest actress to receive a nomination for the Academy Awards for Best Actress, and has worked alongside countless other great actors and actresses including Jamie Foxx and Cameron…

Faces of Women

Hi, everyone! Here are some digitally colored versions of drawings I made for Inktober. My idea for the month was to draw only girls. I love creating images of women and exploring different facial features, hair types, and ornamentation. I see endless possibilities and would like to continue this project into the new year– let’s fill 2015 with…

Exiting Teenage Purgatory

My teenage experience was coated in pink, period blood, and purity; I applied strawberry Lip Smackers between dramatic sighs and lived for the thrill of sneaking out to meet my crush. I’ve evolved immensely from ages thirteen to nineteen, but have maintained my adoration for Courtney Love, rose lipstick, and scribbling my inner dialogue in…

The Obama Girls and Black Womanhood

President Obama’s daughters, Malia and Sasha, are ages sixteen and thirteen, respectively. They are teenagers — children really — who have received backlash for their choice of dress and their actions. Elizabeth Lauten, who felt the need to comment is also the communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) and who resigned from her position, posted…