Reflecting on The Women’s March

I raise up my voice not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard

I wanted to share today some beautiful photos my dear friend Audrey Froggatt took of the Women’s March on NYC.  Although I was unable to attend due to a prior commitment, I have been so inspired by the stories and photos posted all over social media.

The real beauty of the event was that so many different causes inspired women to march, drawing in women from all walks of life.  Below is a meditation Audrey wrote reflecting her own experience.  It’s simple, yet poignant and powerful and I hope it inspires you.

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Help L’Occitane Empower Women

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Did you know? The UN estimates that women do 2/3 of the world’s work, produce 1/2 of its food yet earn 10% of its income and own 1% of its property?

Simply increasing a woman’s weekly salary by $10 per week in a developing country is the equivalent to increasing a man’s by an average of $100!

Since International Women’s Day is tomorrow, I wanted to celebrate a bit early by bringing to attention to one of my favorite brands that support women’s economic emancipation, education, and entrepreneurship.

We all love the brand L’Occitane en Provence’s amazing shea butter hand creams, but did you know that those very hand creams have helped almost 900 women learn to read and write, as well as given over 9,700 women support in developing and strengthening their businesses?

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This Week Social Media Made a Mockery of My Body

What I’m about to say, I’ve been thinking about for awhile, but haven’t had the time to really explore on MO.  However, now that all hell broke loose last week surrounding Calvin Klein’s new underwear campaign featuring “plus size” model Myla Dalbesio, I feel there’s no time more appropriate to come forward and outright say this…

I am sick and tired of fashion publications using labels to marginalize women’s bodies.

This is my body.  Deal with it.

This is my body. Deal with it.

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What Does a “Female Fashion Photographer” Look Like?

Guest Post by Audrey Froggatt, NYC Fashion Photographer

 

“You don’t look like a fashion photographer”

What exactly does a “fashion photographer” look like? 

What Does a "Female" Fashion Photographer Look Like?

Bearded with balls?

Combat boots, messy hair, big glasses, and the “just rolled out of bed” look?

Is Terry Richardson our example? Let’s shoot hot models and play with lighting and big toys.

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Chanel SS’15: “Feminism” or Faux Pas?

It seemed like things were finally starting to look up for feminism—

Image via The Guardian

Chanel's "Feminist" Protest, SS'15

Three days ago, California passed a “Yes Means Yes” law, giving the term “sexual consent” a legal definition.  It was a little over a week ago that Emma Watson delivered a poignant speech before the United Nations, addressing the importance of gender equality.  In fact, it’s barely been over a month since Beyonce delivered a full-throttle performance at the VMAs that culminated in one “FEMINIST” statement. 

For the first time in what felt like a very long time, people began re-evaluating their relationship with the “F-word.”  Feminism’s use of mainstream celebrity and social virility gave the movement a “friendlier” face.  Sure, some feminists took issue with the less than serious star-studded approach  — after all, no one can ever be the perfect poster child for the movement (not even Steinem!)—  but for once it seemed that discussion surrounding the word “feminism” became much more fluid.  “Gender Equality” was no longer a taboo topic, or perceived as a social myth constructed by embittered, man-hating women.

However, this all came to a screeching halt the other night, right in the middle of Chanel’s fake city staged in the Grand Palais.

Image via The London Evening Standard Chanel's "Feminist" Protest, SS'15

 

On Monday, Karl Lagerfeld sent a stampede of tweed and floral clad models stomping down the runway, waving handmade picketing signs with slogans such as “History is Her Story” and “Free Freedom” (a nod to the notorious #FreeTheNipple campaign) while yelling into branded megaphones.

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There Goes My Hero…

It appears that as of this year Madame Ostrich is reading more like one long winded eulogy rather than a fashion blog.  I feel like every great woman whose professional life I deeply admire has passed away this year.  However, of all of them, this one hits the hardest.

Joan Rivers

When news of Joan’s death hit twitter around 3:00 pm today, my phone began buzzing incessantly with messages from friends and family members sending their condolences.  If you know me personally, you know that there are two celebrities I idolize—Dave Grohl, and Joan Rivers.

Most of my adolescent life (and subsequent denial of adulthood) was spent watching Joan on Fashion Police with the intensity of Moses before the burning bush.

I’ve always said that if I ever get married, Joan Rivers would officiate my wedding…and I wasn’t joking.

However, my admiration for her isn’t in a creepy way.  I don’t have a separate twitter or instagram account dedicated to her supreme being.  I’ve never been into the whole “super fan” thing—I’ve always found it weird that someone would devote their identity to someone other than themselves.  Instead, it’s more of a deep reverence and respect for the way she lived her life and the legacy she created.

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It’s 2014. Why Are We Still Talking About Beyoncé’s Butt?

To quote a Destiny’s Child throwback—“The Writing’s On the Wall.”

When Beyoncé stood in front of a massive screen emblazoned with the word “FEMINIST,” it became the most impactful and far-reaching feminist statement in the word’s 177 year long existence.

Beyonce Feminist VMAs

Image via NewStatesman

Although you may or may not agree with Beyoncé’s specific brand of feminism, there’s no debating that her 17 minute long performance has reached more individuals in 24 hours than any other “feminist” action throughout the past 40 years.

The thing is, we live in a global era.  Beyoncé is not only a representation of the “American Dream,” but a global icon that women across the globe admire.  She breaks the mold, her existence is a balance of dichotomies that contradict our social ideals—she’s graceful but tough, a hard worker and a family woman, she plays the role of desirer and desired—To put it bluntly, Beyoncé’s a BFDIn fact, Beyoncé’s so important that even Siri knows to add an accent mark to the “E” at the end of her name.

Beyonce's Feminist VMA Performance

Whether you love her, or hate her, you can’t deny the truth: When Beyoncé speaks, the whole world listens.

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