Representation On The Runway

Representation On The Runway

NYFW was the most diverse it's ever been.
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New York Fashion Week just saw its most diverse season of all-time, and it’s worth celebrating. What some write off as a trivial social event serves as a marker for our progress with representation in media.

The fashion industry has a rocky history of inclusivity; critiques of lacking representation in size, race, sexuality, and age are long-held. After Marc Jacobs’ fiasco with cultural appropriation, or the story of Victoire Dauxerre who walked for brands like Celine and Prada while battling anorexia, much progress has yet to be made. Statistics provided by The Fashion Spot’s annual diversity report allow for optimism.

Whereas the Spring 2015 show saw models of color comprising 20.9 percent of runways, Spring 2018 accounted for a sixteen percent increase. As a first, every runway had at least two models of color, and though this seems minimal, last season was only the first to see at least one model of color on every runway. Larger brands like Marc Jacobs featured a lineup where over half the models were women of color, and critics are hoping it becomes a constant.

With regards to body diversity, the show featured 90 plus-sized models walking the runway, and this compares well to the mere 26 featured in the Fall 2017 show. Unsurprisingly, it was plus-size brands that provided 56 of the 90 castings, but the increase is worth acknowledging. As with racial representation, well-known designers like Michael Kors and Prabal Gurung demonstrated greater inclusivity, thus setting a standard to be followed.

Fall 2017 gave audiences only 12 transgender castings, all belonging to five well-known brands. Spring 2018 featured 31 such castings, 28 of which were transgender and 3 of which were non-binary. Furthermore, 10 of the 31 models were women of color. Chromat is hailed as the brand that consistently features the most transgendered models, while Helmut Lang continues to attract attention for casting a transgender, non-white model over the age of fifty.

Given that, Spring 2018 had the most age-inclusive runways of any previous season. Models over age fifty made ten appearances— a minimal rise from Fall 2017’s six, but a notable one nonetheless. Of the group, four were women of color, one woman was plus-size, and another was transgender. The intersectionality of representation has never before been so numerous.

The sole fault in the celebration of this diversity is just that; after 74 years of Fashion Week, we are only celebrating now. Some brands are still behind — hailing Tom Ford for 65 percent nonwhite models seems futile when The Row drops from thirteen percent nonwhite models to ten percent. Designers like Prabal Gurung are among the few that attempt to address the lacking size inclusion by the majority of the industry. Nevertheless, there is an observable growing effort being made to provide a platform on which people of any race, sexuality, or age can experience visibility.

Keep working for inclusion that no longer comes as a surprise or an innovation; Spring 2018 bodes well for the future.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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If College Majors Were Types Of Shoes, I Would Be Black Heels Everyday

3. Education- ankle booties

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All majors have a type of shoe that they always fall back to. From science to liberal arts, everyone has a "type." I broke every major down by type of shoe the women in that major wear on a daily basis.

1. Business- Fun heels

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If you want to work in marketing you will for sure have a collection of colored heels to go with your business attire.

2. English- Vans

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English majors have to be on the go and what better shoe to be comfortable and stylish?

3. Education- Ankle booties

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Education majors have a life time of looking put together to look forward to. They start now with cute, but professional ankle boots.

4. Engineering- Bean boots

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Future engineers need sturdy and closed- toe shoes to get their work done in.

5. Pre-Law- Black heels

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As future lawyers wearing high heels in a suit is a way of life.

6. Nursing- Dansko shoes 

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Nursing students have clinicals that can last ten hours. They need to have comfortable shoes that are also slip- resistant.

7. Pre-med/Biology- Running sneakers

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They never sleep and need to be comfortable. Plus, they need closed- toe shoes for labs anyway!

8. Musical Theater- Flats

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Musical theater majors are always dancing around and looking adorable while they do it.

9. Poetry- Doc Martens

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Poetry majors have amazing style and love to look edgy.

10. Math- Converse

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Math majors don't have time for much more than jeans and sneakers, so Converse is a very nice shoe choice.

11. Psychology- Birks 

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Pscyh majors have to be comfy and birks are the most comfortable shoes.

12. Environmental Science- Rain boots

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They have to be outside in all kinds of weather and mud. Rain boots are the only logical shoe choice.

13. Any language- Sperrys

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What can I say, they have style

14. Equine studies- Riding boots

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This is pretty self- explanatory.

15. Criminology/Sociology- Tall boots

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They want to look cute without trying too hard.

So did I get it right? What kind of shoe do you love to wear?

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