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The Radical Beauty Project Aims To Put People With Down Syndrome At Fashion's Forefront

The Radical Beauty Project Aims To Put People With Down Syndrome At Fashion's Forefront

Nearly 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome every year in the U.S. alone, according to the U.S. government health figures, yet people will the condition are rarely represented in the mainstream fashion industry. But thankfully, The Radical Beauty Project is trying to change that by creating a platform for people with Down syndrome to be regularly featured in independent fashion shoots and, according to Radical Beauty's site, "provide an alternative vision for beauty" by publishing a photo series that stars people with Down syndrome. Initially launched in 2016, the photo series was an offshoot of the Culture Device Dance Project, a U.K.-based contemporary dance company for professional dancers with Down syndrome.

The Drag Troupe For Kings and Queens With Learning Disabilities

The Drag Troupe For Kings and Queens With Learning Disabilities

Drag as an art form is a global phenomenon and worldwide industry. Queens are now celebrities, with shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race beamed into households across the world. But people with learning disabilities have remained largely shut out of the world of drag. Drag Syndrome—a new drag show featuring drag queens and kings, all of whom have Down’s syndrome—looks to change that.

The stylist behind the ultimate 90s hip hop looks

The stylist behind the ultimate 90s hip hop looks

“I think that Kim and I were magical together and when you have that type of synergy only greatness can come forth. We were thinking outside of the box and unapologetically taking risks. People gravitate to that type of authentic and creative energy.”  

THE AFROPUNK FESTIVAL SPARKS A GLOBAL MOVEMENT

THE AFROPUNK FESTIVAL SPARKS A GLOBAL MOVEMENT

The Afropunk Festival is more than a two-day festival; it’s a global movement. It’s a celebration of Black culture and a safe space for self-expression and activism through skate, music, film and art. The manifesto is “No sexism, no racism, no ableism, no ageism, no homophobia, no fatphobia, no transphobia, no hatefulness.” Cofounder Matthew Morgan’s stated, “Afropunk is for open-minded, forward-thinking, progressive people. We are not a genre of music — we’re a state of mind. If you’re gonna do something that has an impact, it’s important for us to be involved in something that helps to spark a dialogue that’s felt globally.”

AMANDA LEPORE IS MORE THAN A DIVA WITH 'THE MOST EXPENSIVE BODY ON EARTH'

AMANDA LEPORE IS MORE THAN A DIVA WITH 'THE MOST EXPENSIVE BODY ON EARTH'

Amanda Lepore’s childhood was far from the glitz and glamour that surrounds her today. Growing up, Amanda was bullied for being different from all her peers because although she was born a boy, her internal identity was female.

In her teens, Amanda started taking hormone therapy and underwent gender reassignment surgery that was paid for by her boyfriend’s father. She fled New Jersey and became a fixture on the New York City club scene in the early ’90s with the likes of Kabuki Starshine, Richie Rich, and Michael Alig (whose rise and fall was made into the feature film Party Monster). After meeting photographer David LaChapelle, Amanda Lepore became his muse, appearing in his cheeky, colorful photographs including the Amanda as Marilyn and Amanda as Andy Warhol’s Liz Taylor in his After Pop series.

LONG LIVE MCQUEEN

LONG LIVE MCQUEEN

With the recent passing of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade and the important surrounding conversations about mental health and suicide prevention, there’s no time more relevant for a documentary about fashion designer Alexander McQueen. While most fashion documentaries understandably cater to fashion insiders, McQueen appeals to anyone who wants to see the emotional elements and hard work put into creating an empire. Directed by Ian Bonhôte and codirected/written by Peter Ettedgui, the film is told through a five-chapter structure and contains ample footage of the designer’s life, his creative process, and his provocative runway shows as seen through interviews and his personal collection of home videos. Read more...