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Show Your Pride And Allyship With These Colorful And Fun Rainbow Outfits

June is PRIDE month which means cities all over the world will be holding major events to celebrate our LBGTQ communities. Between festivals, parades, mixers, and other big happenings, our calendars will be jam-packed the first month of summer. That means we need to start getting our PRIDE wardrobes established asap.

No matter where you fall on the spectrum, you’re going to want a look that embraces the freedom and spirit of PRIDE. Thanks to Instagram, we’ve got all the vision we’ll need. Here are some fashion-forward examples to spark some inspiration your PRIDE looks.

1. Handmade with Love and Pride

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Some of the best PRIDE looks we’ll see are handmade by creative artisans. Created by @mikaliias, this incredible two-piece denim outfit is adorned with embellishments and beads. We love this look because it manages to be a versatile statement-maker without being gaudy or too over the top.

2. Everything’s Coming Up Rainbow

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If you’re going to dress head to toe for PRIDE, be sure to get shoes that live up to the challenge. These rainbow platforms are fun and fashionable with the added advantage of being hella unique. After all, how often do you slap see-through vinyl on your patas?

3. A Fashionable Foursome

PRIDE is all about community and community is the feeling you get when surrounded by your amigas y comadres. Your BFFs are practically an accessory so don’t be afraid to try a group look. Go for a theme or — if all else fails to impress — wear shorts and shades to help inspire those summertime feels.

4. This Rainbow Goth Look is Everything

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Just because it’s PRIDE, it doesn’t mean you have to ditch your usual aesthetic for a more colorful one. Why not just combine them? Brilliant eye makeup paired with this witchy harness and spike ensemble has us falling in love with the Rainbow Goth aesthetic.

5. Proud and Body Positive

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PRIDE is fundamentally all about inclusivity and this includes bodies of all sizes. Body positivity isn’t always celebrated when sported by fat bodies, but we fully support our bigger babes in taking up space and showing off their killer style. Every PRIDE-goer should be comfortable in their own skin when they join the party.

6. Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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The rainbow is the official symbol of the LBGTQ community so you’re going to see it a lot of it this month. You might as well embrace colorful motif now. This mix of vibrant striped bottoms with a pegasus and rainbow top is exactly what we want to see at PRIDE.

7. Just Add Glitter

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Not sure what to wear to your PRIDE event? Just add glitter. Seriously, that’s all you need. Glitter can glam up any outfit you choose and costs next to nothing. Just make sure your sparkly addition is the environmentally friendly kind before you embrace this quick glo-up.

8. Pride — and Fashion — is For Everyone

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For too long, the LGBTQ community was viewed as perverse and not suitable for kids. Luckily, that has changed as the world has become more educated and empathetic. PRIDE now has many family-friendly events. which means you can take the little ones with you to celebrate. Just don’t forget the matching outfits.

9. Serving Pride Head to Toe

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You’re going to see hundreds of fierce PRIDE looks this month so feel free to make a statement with your own. That’s what cosplayer @kawaii_fetus did with her vividly cute outfit. It’s raver girl meets pastel goth meets Rainbow Brite and we love it.

10. Born This Way

Instagram / @nycpride

There’s nothing better than embracing who you are while being surrounded by people who are doing the same. No matter what you wear this PRIDE season, make sure you’re feelin’ yourself. You’re beautiful, you’re bold and you’re not going to hide it.

11. They/Them

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This year, we’re done with apologizing for who we are. A statement shirt like this one is a powerful way to declare that as well as what you stand for. What’s even better is that it’s easy to style this look with a bold face of makeup or dress it down with a pair of jeans.

12. Teach Them Young to be Proud of Who They Are

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We’re raising a generation of kids who won’t feel the need to hide; a generation who can be proud of who they are. The kids in our community are super heroes who will make it even better for the generation that follows them. That’s every reason to celebrate PRIDE.

13. D-I-V-A

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If you can’t be a DIVA at PRIDE, where can you be one? Drag stars have long been the entertainers and artists of our communities so they’re the perfect people to draw inspiration from. Skin-tight clothing, feathers, and rhinestones go a long way in your search for the perfect PRIDE aesthetic.

14. Biker Babe Chic

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Bikers and those who love leather have always been a part of PRIDE parades. So, if you ride, it’s time to dust off your chaps and hit the road. Add someone snuggling behind you on the backseat to fully emulate the Biker look.

15. He came to SLAY

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Confidence is the thing that really sells an outfit. That means that if you believe you look good then you do look good. Whether you wear an elaborate show girl-esque number or just your favorite jeans, you better come to PRIDE ready to slay!

16. Neon & Glitter & Tassels — Oh My!

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In case you didn’t know, over the top doesn’t exist during PRIDE month. If it is in your personal taste to glitz it up in something fabulous, don’t feel like you’ll be the only one. Chances are you’ll meet plenty of people who get you and your look.

17. Frida Would be Proud

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The iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was famous for wearing flower crowns and she also just so happened to be bisexual. From what we know about the colorful woman, she would have adored PRIDE month. Celebrate your queerness and pay homage to Frida herself with your own brilliant flower crown.

18. Paint With All The Colors

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Once you get your clothes straight, it’s time to deck your face out for PRIDE. Look to your favorite beauty blogger’s work for inspiration or try to free-hand with the use of your own imagination. You have every color of the rainbow to work with so neutral tones need not apply.

19. The Best Accessory is a Flag

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If all else fails, a PRIDE flag is all that you need to make a radiant fashion statement. The traditional rainbow flag, the lesbian flag, and the bi flag are just a few options to try and prove that simple can be just as impactful.

20. To Love and Be Loved

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When all is said, this month is a celebration of love. The love of ourselves, the love of our families and the love of those we choose are what makes the festivities possible. No matter what you wear, remember that PRIDE is a joyous time. Stand tall, smile and face the month with a full heart.

Sports Illustrated Featured Valentina Sampaio As Their First Trans Model And The Images Are Stunning

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Sports Illustrated Featured Valentina Sampaio As Their First Trans Model And The Images Are Stunning

She might be listed as part of Sports Illustrated’s 2020 “rookies, but Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio is hardly one herself. In 2017, the model made waves when she became the first trans woman to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris. With appearances on the catwalks of Victoria Secret and appearances for L’Oréal, she’s been breaking barriers ever since.

Now, three years after making her first big splash, the Brazilian model is making waves for Sports Illustrated.

Joining the likes of models such as Tyra Banks, Christie Brinkley and Heidi Klum, Sampaio’s feature on Sports Illustrated makes for another first. As a transwoman, she became the first trans model to appear in its pages and spoke out in an open essay on what it means to be part of the brand.

“Being trans usually means facing closed doors to peoples’ hearts and minds. We face snickers, insults, fearful reactions and physical violations just for existing. Our options for growing up in a loving and accepting family, having a fruitful experience at school or finding dignified work are unimaginably limited and challenging,” Sampaio wrote. “I recognize that I am one of the fortunate ones, and my intention is to honor that as best I can.”

Reflecting on her humble beginnings in a fishing village in northern Brazil, Sampaio explained that she intends to use her growing platform to fight for trans rights.

Writing about the beauty of her home country, Sampaio explained that its lovely visuals are darkened by a backdrop of brutal crimes against the transgender community. “I was born trans in a remote, humble fishing village in northern Brazil. Brazil is a beautiful country, but it also hosts the highest number of violent crimes and murders against the trans community in the world—three times that of the U.S,” she wrote. In a previous interview with Vogue, Sampaio highlighted that in 2019, 129 transgender people had been murdered in Brazil.

“What unites us as humans is that we all share the common desire to be accepted and loved for who we are,” Sampaio wrote in the essay. “Thank you SI for seeing and respecting me as I truly am. For understanding that more than anything, I am human. Thank you for supporting me in continuing to spread a message of love, compassion, and unity for ALL.”

Karen Vega Becomes The First Oaxacan Model To Grace Pages Of Vogue Mexico

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Karen Vega Becomes The First Oaxacan Model To Grace Pages Of Vogue Mexico

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According to the National Commission for the Development of the Indigenous Peoples, Oaxaca has the greatest percentage of indigenous people in Mexico. Making up 48% of the population in Oaxaca, Mexico the indigenous group continues to flourish and influence Mexican culture to this day. And yet, despite their prevalence and contributions, Oaxacans remain sorely underrepresented in Mexico and Latin America. Only recently, with the rising attention towards actress Yalitza Aparicio, have most mainstream outlets featured the indigenous people of Oaxaca on their screens and magazine pages.

Fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

Karen Vega broke barriers recently after becoming the first Oaxacan model to be featured in Vogue Mexico

Just 18 years old, the model graced the magazine’s pages and spoke out about the importance of seeing more diversity in the world of fashion. “It is time for new generations to have media that show them expressions of equality and educate them about the differences that make us all beautiful,” Vega told the outlet. “My grain of sand would be to put the focus on the southern woman, our stories, where we come from so that more than just photo models, we can also be an inspiration of another kind.”

According to Vogue Mexico, Vega’s journey began at the age of 14 when she helped her abuelo’s wife with her business as a seamstress.

At the time, Vega helped her measure out the dresses that she made for a local fashion form. According to Vega, she quickly fell in love with the world of fashion and began to dream about modeling as a profession. Using social media sites as her instruction guide, she began to obtain an understanding of what fashion meant. She flipped through the pages of magazines and began connecting with models to understand how to break into the world of modeling. Soon enough, after receiving an invite from the designer Pompi García and the photographer Enrique Leyva to model for part of the production “Magical Realism” in the city of Oaxaca she found herself on the path to a professional career in modeling.

She went on to join García and Leyva’s modeling agency, Talento Espina. The agency strives to represent Oaxacan models and ultimately helped Vega receive an invite to participate in an Autumn-Winter show in Mexico City.

“At first there was a lot of doubt about my participation, because although it was a very nice opportunity, the move and my parents’ confidence to leave was difficult, since it was the first time I was leaving Oaxaca,” Vega told Vogue. Fortunately, Vega’s agency was able to help her older brother come along with her.

Now she’s modeling for big brands like Vogue and says its thanks to her agency which taught her to never tolerate abuse from people who hired her and to speak up. According to Vega, working with her agency has taught her that while pursuing her dreams of modeling will come with its struggles because of her Indigenous origins it’s not at all impossible.