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When Empowering Young Girls, Actions Speak Louder Than T-Shirts

“Girl Power” isn’t some new concept—just ask the Spice Girls. But it’s certainly gained new momentum since the 2016 presidential election, as Hillary Clinton’s shocking loss to Donald Trump stunned the nation. In an era where unqualified misogynists can still gain the upper hand, it’s become increasingly important to teach young girls to go high even when “the man” tries to drag them low.

Yet, while our overall efforts are commendable, we need to take things to the next level. We need to stop talking and start doing.

Source: The Children’s Place

Recently, The Children’s Place made an admirable attempt to bring girl power to the elementary set with an empowering line of feminist tees and tanks. Each piece features words and images that aim to bridge the otherwise glittery gender gap. They encourage girls to pursue male-dominated professions and forge their own path to success. Much like the inspirational quotes that litter Instagram, however, reciting such mantras and living their truth are two entirely different animals.


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“Real” Talk: Why Aerie’s Latest Campaign Lacks Sincerity

aerieThough “retouched” images continue to plague newsstands and online publications across the globe, one can no longer peruse the pages of their favorite magazines and catalogs without the keen sense that something just isn’t right. We are all increasingly aware of the fact that Photoshop now allows photographers to smooth out imperfections, enabling them to remove wrinkles from both clothing and skin, yet its undeniable presence across all media outlets has left many desensitized to the damage such alterations may inflict upon our psyches and our youth.

However, as more women start to speak out about the pressure to look “picture perfect” despite these digitized standards of beauty, we are beginning to see a resurgence of “real” photographs that demonstrate the true beauty of the female form.

In what appears to be a blatant attempt to increase brand awareness and attract new customers, Aerie, the underwear, loungewear, and fitness wear extension of American Eagle Outfitters, decided to embrace the issue by creating a new campaign that touts the company’s refusal to Photoshop any of its models. Referred to as #aerieREAL on a recent direct mail piece, the campaign features (supposedly) average women that have not been distorted in any way. Yet, while I want to appreciate the retailer’s attempt to shun the sleazy façade that fuels its competitors—namely Victoria’s Secret—the brand neglected to break down its own personal barriers and erase the stigma these images perpetuate.


You see, while the moles and slight stomach dimples unmistakably reveal that the models remain au naturel, Aerie forgets to acknowledge that these “real” models are just that—models. They are all incredibly fit, with each exhibiting the same basic body shape and toned physique. All are impeccably groomed, as not a single one has a hair out of place (if you know where…ahem, what I mean). And all are most definitely taped into their bra. (Have you ever tried on one of Aerie’s bras? Or any stylish bra for that matter? Trust me, if your breasts are even remotely rotund, one will fall out the moment you roll over on your side.) Not a single one of these “real” models looks like the kind of young, impressionable girl you may find rummaging through the sale panties at the back of the store.

Honestly, it’s difficult to embrace a campaign that claims “the real you is sexy” when these models look like cookie cutter copies of one another. Aerie clearly wants to maintain a certain image, and that image will inevitably alienate those this campaign was intended to reach. None of these girls have stretch marks. None have belly fat that droops just over the band of their undies. None of them have rippled thighs or bumpy armpits. No, these girls were chosen for their practically flawless appearance and their willingness to be “retouched” through makeup and body wax.

But, then again, what more can one expect from a brand that must stow its double-D selection within the confines of its dressing room? Aerie may be trying to break ground with this newfangled notion its conjured, but the retailer has many miles to travel before it reaches the point of inclusion and representation for all female body types.

Trashin’ Fashion: 5 Trends That Need to Get Canned

Walking through the mall has become quite painful for my eyeballs. While no one can really explain how certain trends grab hold, one can easily detect when they should be put to rest. No, I’m not an expert. Heck, I’m not even all that fashionable myself. But when it comes to what’s in style, I can’t help calling it like I see it:

dsc_31601. Mullet skirts: OK, that might not be their official name. In fact, I have no idea what their real name happens to be. All I know is that these skirts are reminiscent of the glorious 80s hairdo that needs no introduction. Short in the front, long in the back—this style accentuates the knees, making even the thinnest legs look chubby,stubby, and malformed. Also, I can’t imagine it’s very easy to sit down without giving the world an unintentional peep show.

2. Pointy shoes: First of all, no one’s foot comes to a point, so why try to jam your toes into something that’s clearly uncomfortable? Plus, the excessive level of toe cleavage leaves me wondering why you ever thought they looked good in the first place. Oh, and have you ever seen (or read) The Witches by Roald Dahl? They wore pointy shoes to disguise their squared feet—a telltale indicator—and reduce suspicion. I’ve got my eye on you, ladies.


3. Wedge sneakers: Over the years, sneakers have come to represent comfort. From the gym to the hiking trail, sneakers enable us to move quickly and freely without distress. However, not long ago, designers began adding a little boost to this wardrobe staple. Now stores carry an endless supply of sneakers on stilts, featuring Velcro, high-tops, and golden studs galore. Heels already dominate the industry. Don’t steal our sneakers, too!


4. Gigantic jewels: Jewelry can be the defining element of an ensemble. However, today’s most popular styles feature overbearing rocks and heavy chains. Often times, these pieces look as if the designer rummaged through their garden, gathered the largest stones, and strung them together to turn a profit. Plus, these items tend to weigh heavy, particularly necklaces, causing unnecessary strain on the neck that inevitably leads to headaches.

ombre_hair_coloring5. Ombre hair: With its two-toned nature and its dated style, ombre hair may very well become this generation’s version of 80s hair. Though primarily popular amongst those with long, straight hair, the mismatched dye job looks lazy, as if the person sporting the ‘do was merely too lazy to head back to the salon. Though not quite the worst hair trend in history, I imagine pictures will inevitably be burned—or deleted/untagged as the case may be.

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