• Woman & Beauty

    ‘PITCH PLEASE’ Competition Awards $300k To Black Women Beauty Businesses Aiming To Disrupt The Industry

    According to Nielsen, at some of the world’s biggest beauty brands, less than 10% of senior-level executives are Black women despite African-Americans possessing $1.2 trillion in spending power. The Black hair care industry alone generates billions in annual sales, mostly at the hands of their women customers.  To rectify this disparity, PITCH PLEASE!, powered by Pull Up for Change’s Impact Fund and New Voices Foundation convened up-and-coming Black women-owned beauty brands to deliver the pitch of their lives to change the beauty business game. During the pitch competition, Peak and Valley, Peculiar Roots, and Undefined Beauty among others competed for  

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  • Fashion

    What is gender-fluid clothing? Fashion industry experts explain.

    So, what is gender-fluid clothing? Gender-fluid clothing has no agreed-upon definition in the fashion industry — it’s easier to explain its purpose. In essence, gender-fluid fashion isn’t limited by the traditional “menswear” and “womenswear” binary. Instead, the idea is that any given outfit completely disregards the association between pants and men, skirts and women and so on. In fact, some experts say gender-fluid clothing has little, if anything, to do with the brands, designers and retailers that create them. Instead, they argue, any piece of apparel can be gender-fluid if its wearer so chooses. Black masculinities scholar Nalo Zidan, a  

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    A discursive industry shift has ushered in a new wave of fashion writing-Fashion-trends News , Firstpost

    The last few years in India have shown a welcome boom in good fashion journalism, even as fashion magazines have closed down. What has brought about this shift? Representational image via Shutterstock/Yulia Reznikov ‘Curious Fashion’ is a monthly column by feminist researcher, writer and activist Manjima Bhattacharjya. Read more from the series here. *** It’s like someone is reading my mind. Every time I think of something exciting to write on for this column, it serendipitously appears in my social media timeline – because someone has written about it already. While this can get annoying, I am one for silver  

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  • Woman & Beauty

    Meet the Moroccan women making Argan oil for the beauty industry

    TAROUDANT, Morocco, June 15 (Reuters) – In the arid mountains of southern Morocco, local women harvest argan oil, a natural product they have long used in cooking but which has become highly prized by the global beauty industry as an anti-aging skin treatment and restorative for hair. Most argan oil is produced by local cooperatives of Amazigh-speaking Berber women around the cities of Agadir, Essaouira and Taroudant where the argan tree, which bears small green fruit resembling an olive, is common. For centuries the oil, among the most expensive in the world, has been extracted by drying argan fruit in  

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    ER doctor Michele Harper takes us inside her broken industry

    It’s 11 a.m., and Michele Harper has just come off working a string of three late shifts at an emergency room in Trenton, N.J. The past few nights she’s treated heart and kidney failure, psychosis, depression, homelessness, physical assault and a complicated arm laceration in which a patient punched a window and the glass won. “I’ve never been so busy in my life,” says Harper, an ER physician who also is the author of “The Beauty in Breaking,” a bestselling memoir about her experience working as Black woman in a profession that is overwhelmingly white and male. “It’s a blessing,  

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