women Archive

H&M’s diverse advert mirrors the real world. Shame the ad industry doesn’t | Arwa Mahdawi

Diversity is so hot right now. Take H&M’s new television advert for its autumn/winter 2016 collection, for example, which features a range of women including: • Black women with natural hair • Women with shaved heads • A muscular woman • Action shots of women’s wobbly bits wobbling • A thin woman eating french fries without a side of guilt • Armpit hair • A …

If the average woman is 'plus-sized', why doesn't our fashion reflect that? | Erika Nicole Kendall

America’s streets are full of what the fashion industry labels “plus-sized women” – far more than we previously thought. Thanks to a new study, we now know that the average woman is around a size 20. Not, as previously believed, a size 14. That means that the disconnect between the clothes in store windows and the bodies of women walking past them is greater than …

Why do women paint their nails? ​Clue: it has nothing to do with men

Many women spend much time and money having their finger nails painted and decorated. Toe nails, too, quite often. Is there evidence that young men find this attractive?David, by email Regular readers will know, I hope, how much this column appreciates correspondence. It’s you, the little people, who make this all worthwhile, I say, tearfully clutching my Oscar. So, believe me when I say that …

Victims of acid attacks honoured in lead-up to London fashion week

Two women who were badly scarred when they had acid thrown at them will be taking to the catwalk this week at a charity gala event in the lead-up to London fashion week. Adele Bellis, 24, from Lowestoft in Suffolk, and Laxmi, 26, from Delhi, will be joining models on the catwalk for a show run by the British Asian Trust and a charity, GMSP, …

Indian acid attack survivor takes to the catwalk at New York Fashion Week – video

Acid attack survivor Reshma Qureshi makes her catwalk debut on the opening day of New York Fashion Week on Thursday. She was invited to take part by FTL Moda, a fashion production company committed to challenging industry stereotypes of beauty. Wearing at full-length dress by Indian designer Archana Kochhar for her catwalk appearance, Reshma tells Reuters she wants victims of acid attacks to be viewed …

Social Goods | Kanye's Multiracial Casting, Fast Fashion Waste, Bigger Sample Sizes

“Was Kanye West Wrong to Seek to Cast ‘Multiracial Women Only’?” (The Guardian)“The rapper’s casting call for Yeezy Season 4 show is merely an accurate extension of the brand: hip but economically driven.” “Fast Fashion Is Creating an Environmental Crisis“ (Newsweek)“Only 0.1 percent of all clothing collected by charities and take-back programs is recycled into new textile fibre.” “CFDA Strengthens Its Diversity Guidelines in the Days Leading …

Collar to elbow: how to flash the flesh with your autumn wardrobe

In the flesh, fashion can be confusing, drawing on body image, trends and the weather. The question of how much flesh to flash is a perennial one, which probably (and correctly) overrides all of the above. Should you show underboob or sideboob? What’s the state of cleavage in 2016? Which leg is better? Angelina Jolie thought the right one and, put simply, Kim Kardashian said …

If Lena Dunham and Cara Delevingne are feminist superheroes, we all are | Phoebe-Jane Boyd

Striking blows for gender equality used to be an intimidating undertaking: you’d really have to pull out something major. Hunger strikes, dying after being felled by a horse at the Derby, skinned alive with oyster shells – it’s understandable why most would decide: “You know what, I won’t.” Other options not involving death were going undercover as a Playboy Bunny, taking part in violent protests, …

Dressing while female: a semi-definitive guide to exercising sartorial safety

Geopolitics is really starting to mess with my autumn/winter wardrobe. While the UN conveniently sits in silence, government officials around the world can’t seem to shut up about what women should or shouldn’t wear. India’s tourism minister, for example, has just advised that foreign women shouldn’t wear skirts “for their own safety”. Meanwhile a number of French mayors are nobly continuing to ban the burkini …

#nomakeup: would you go au naturel like Adele?

Would you dare to bare all in public? We’re not talking nudity here – nothing so crass, but the idea of sharing photos of yourself without the benefit of complexion-enhancing foundation, eye-framing mascara and a pop of colour on your lips and cheeks. Your face, in all its naked glory, staring out from your friends’ Facebook timelines and strangers’ Instagram feeds. Would you? I confess, …