A sharp hairline is a symbol of status and self-worth

Jeffrey Boakye talks about cutting his own hair and the Black Guy Universe, ie: the barbershop Read More

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The Met Gala has become too tame, we need fresh designers to bring it back to life

by Tshego ‘Red’ Mosiane  The Met Gala — formally known as the Costume Institute Gala — is fundamentally an annual fundraising gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute which doubles as the grand opening for that year’s Costume Institute fashion exhibit at the museum but since collaborating with Vogue it has become fashion’s… Read More

If Muslim women’s clothing makes them consenting slaves, who are their slave masters?

by Shohana Khan Last week French Women’s Rights Minister Laurence Rossignol likened how Muslim women dress to being in collusion with slavery, roundly offending a vast number of groups. Quite an achievement. She was closely followed by the co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Berge, who claimed that the fashion world should not get their hands… Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Cultural Appropriation: The Fashionable Face of Racism

Although Media Diversified is on a site break for the month of August while we develop exciting new projects, we still want to continue delivering challenging, insightful content to our readers — so we’ll be going into the archives to bring back some of our most-read articles. Chimene Suleyman’s “Cultural Appropriation: The Fashionable Face of Racism”… Read More

Why is society’s idea of beauty so often either ‘white or light’?

by Amit Singh Since model Jourdan Dunn took to Instagram on the 2nd of January to announce that she will be gracing the cover of the February edition of British Vogue there has been much excitement from some quarters. The reason for this is because Dunn is the first solo black model to grace the… Read More

Africa Fashion Remixed

by Angela Inniss As a fashion enthusiast, not even a long day at work or the rain was going to stop me from attending Europe’s biggest event for African fashion: Africa Fashion Week London! #AFWL. AFWL provides a platform for established, and up and coming African/African inspired designers, models and industry entrepreneurs to showcase their… Read More

Fashion in the DRC and The Rules of Sapology

FASHION IN THE DRC by Angela Inniss Bold, Bright and Brilliant; just a few words to describe the stunning prints and fabrics used in creating Congolese fashion. Unlike Western trends, Congolese styles are created to stand out from the crowd, making use of both vibrant hues and striking prints, reflecting African culture. Traditionally, Congolese clothing… Read More

Cultural Appropriation: The Fashionable Face of Racism

by Chimene Suleyman There is a painting in my parent’s house that my mother made. It is a self portrait; green eyes looking back between the black cloth of the headscarf painted around her face. It is a beautiful painting, carnal even. The assigned image on my phone for my father is a photograph taken… Read More

Beards: Applause for You, Stigmatisation for Me

by Taimour Fazlani The male beard, what can I say about the male beard? The traditional epitome of male masculinity, and the outwardly bearings of your ‘man’s man’. The bearded man is the kind of man synonymous with hypermasculinity, ideals of strength and dominance. A recent study in Evolution and Human Behavior found women now… Read More