Posts by Kelly Dougher

aging

From Princesses to Warriors: Women Making Aging Fierce

Getting older used to seem like a faux pas for women in the spotlight. But these are some of the women using their platform to make aging aspirational. If there’s one word that can be used to describe the way women are portrayed in the media, whether it’s on magazine covers, ad campaigns, movies or TV, that word would probably be “aspirational.” This aspirational image is usually that of a young woman with smooth skin, shiny        …read more

Instagram artists, comic artist

14 Instagram Comic Artists Who Just Get It

We can’t guarantee you’ll make it through your week if you don’t follow these 14 comic artists on Instagram. Many adults have fond memories of asking their parents for the comics section of the newspaper on sleepy Sunday mornings. Now, however, most people get their news online, and comics are being consumed digitally as well. With more than 200k Instagram posts tagged with the hashtag #comicstrip, it’s never been easier to get your daily dose of art        …read more

famous refugees

15 Famous Refugees Who’ve Made the World a Better Place

Imagine what the worlds of art, film, music, science and politics would look like without these famous refugees. Just when we entered 2017, an executive order suspended admission of refugees as well as anyone from seven predominantly Muslim countries to the United States. Outrage and worldwide protests immediately followed. Critics decried the so-called “travel ban” or “Muslim ban” as discriminatory and possibly even illegal due to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. In fact,        …read more

buzz cut

The Female Buzz Cut: A Lazy but Effective Storytelling Device

A comprehensive look at the female buzz cut in pop culture. There is arguably no hairstyle in pop culture that has quite as much meaning as the female buzz cut. A buzz cut on a female character always broadcasts subtext about the heroine and her story, and furthermore it’s almost always the same subtext. That’s not something you can say about any other style or beauty choice in pop culture, whether it’s bangs or a        …read more

Westworld

Can ‘Westworld’ Flip the Script for Its Female Characters?

HBO’s new series ‘Westworld’ treats its female characters harshly. Will those characters successfully take charge of their own destinies? After the many scenes of gratuitous rape and violence perpetrated against female characters in HBO’s Game of Thrones, it’s not surprising that critics and viewers braced themselves for more of the same from Westworld. From creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, HBO debuted its latest original series October 2, 2016. It is inspired by the 1973 Michael Crichton        …read more

Iris Apfel

95-year-old Iris Apfel Redefines What It Means to Have Style

All hail Iris Apfel, unofficial fashion icon. Every year the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) gives the Fashion Icon Award to someone who stands out for their style and individuality. Past winners include Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Moss, Rihanna and Johnny Depp. This past year, Fashionista editors playfully nominated Iris Apfel for the Fashion Icon Award but it was Beyoncé who took home the statue (which, to be fair, is completely appropriate). It’s        …read more

women's fashion

Women’s Fashion on TV Demonstrates Increasing Diversity of Roles

Women’s fashion on TV is as varied as the female characters portrayed. It used to be that if you were a woman in a TV show, you were probably either a casually dressed homemaker or a businessperson in a work-appropriate power suit — sometimes both. There wasn’t much variation in women’s fashion, from mom jeans to pantsuits, because they represented the miniature boxes that female characters were put in. Now, however, if you flick through        …read more

daily fashion

In Defense of the Daily Fashion Chameleon

Do you crave daily fashion transformations? There is a very large part of me that admires people who find a distinct sense of style for themselves and stick with it. Steve Jobs famously had an entire wardrobe of identical black turtlenecks and blue jeans because it eliminated the need for one extra decision every morning and freed up his mind for more important things. When you think of classic style icons like Jackie O., Audrey        …read more

body shaming

The Fashion Industry Is on the Cusp of a Major Evolution

Get ready for a more diverse, ethical, eco-friendly fashion industry. If you could change one thing about the fashion industry, what would it be? Reasonable answers to that question range from making fashion more environmentally friendly to allowing for more inclusion of diversity in terms of sizing or ethnicity. One answer that doesn’t make sense, however, is “nothing.” Whether you work in the fashion industry, simply enjoy shopping and reading fashion blogs, or barely even shop        …read more