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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

Instagram / @life.of.lauren

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

Instagram / @svngre_seca

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

Instagram / @kawaii_fetus

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

Instagram / @qadir.el

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

Instagram / @nycpride

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

Instagram / @nycpride

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

Instagram / @nycpride

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

Instagram / @nycpride

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!

Instagram / @nycpride

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

Instagram / @love_is_love_collection

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

Instagram / @alexisevelynbeauty

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

Instagram / @nycpride

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.

As El Chapo Got Sentenced To Life In Prison, His Daughter Launched A Clothing Line Based Off The Drug Lord And People Cannot Wait To Drop Money On This

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As El Chapo Got Sentenced To Life In Prison, His Daughter Launched A Clothing Line Based Off The Drug Lord And People Cannot Wait To Drop Money On This

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It’s been a tumultuous week for drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. On Wednesday, Guzman was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years and was ordered to pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture. But on that same day, Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar, one of Guzman’s ten children, was in the midst of officially launching her new clothing line named after her father, El Chapo 701.

El Chapo’s daughter is starting a clothing line in Mexico that is based heavily off the legacy and lore surrounding him.

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The brand-new fashion line made it’s debut at the Intermoda fashion show in Guadalajara this week and is making headlines for its inspiration. Alejandrina Guzman named the brand “El Chapo 701” as a reference to Forbes naming her father the 701st richest person in the world back in 2009. 

The clothing line sells items such as T-shirts, belts, purses, and jackets all adorned with imagery of Guzman and the 701 logo. According to the Mexico Daily News, many of the products that were on display in Guadalajara were made by prison inmates at the Puente Grande prison in Jalisco where Guzman managed to escape from in 2001 out of a laundry cart. The proceeds from sales will reportedly go to helping people in need and assist in the reintegration of inmates back into society.

“In the entire world, he is known as the CEO of Sinaloa or the Lord of the Mountains. He is the unique and legendary 701,” the brands website says.

Products prices range from $35 for shirts to $100 for belts and jackets. 

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Whether it’s ties, leather wallets, and boots, El Chapo 701 has managed to produce a wide variety of items for the El Chapo enthusiast in your family. Many of the items reportedly sold out very quickly at the Intermoda fashion show amidst growing buzz for the recently incarcerated Guzman. 

But there is already a competing El Chapo brand that is being released. That company has the consent and approval of Guzman and is being headed by his wife. 

Back in March, Guzman had reportedly signed a contract from prison granting rights for his name and likenesses to a company headed by his wife, Emma Coronel. The company is called El Chapo Guzman and just saw it’s first clothing drop last week. The ex-drug lord will not have any role or say in Coronel’s company. 

“I’m very excited to start this project, which was based on ideas and concepts that my husband and I had years ago,” Coronel told CNN, adding that the line will be dedicated to their twin daughters.

Reaction to the El Chapo clothing brand has been quite interesting online as some are praising his daughter for her entrepreneurship skills.

Credit: Twitter/@genesis_araiza

Some people online are looking at the brand launch in a more positive way. One user said “You gotta understand Our people are hustlers. The hustle never stops! YEEE!!! Plus it’s simply supply and demand WHY U MAD HE CAUGHT ALREADY”

Guzman has been viewed differently by various people since his rise to Robin Hood-like reputation in Mexico. He would often give back to the many poor communities in Sinaloa, Mexico making him a beloved figure to many there. But that legacy is mixed to others as Guzman became a drug lord and kingpin for drug cartels in the ’80s and ’90s. 

While the 62-year-old Guzman gets ready to spend the rest of his life behind bars, there is a growing market for brand and name. With nearly 9K followers on Instagram, Alejandrina Guzman has a well-established social media presence for her fashion brand and will no doubt be fueling this popularity behind El Chapo. 

“There are people who give us a lot of support, who like it, who buy things and come from other places to distribute our products,” Adriana Ituarte, a sales representative for the brand told Mexico News Daily. “But there are some people who criticize us, who say we are promoting a drug trafficker.”

READ: El Chapo Will Spend The Rest Of His Life Behind Bars But It’s What He Told The Judge That Everyone Is Talking About

Just When You Thought The Fashion Industry Didn’t Need To Learn More Lessons About Tone Deafness, Chanel Did This

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Just When You Thought The Fashion Industry Didn’t Need To Learn More Lessons About Tone Deafness, Chanel Did This

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Like many major institutions, the Fashion Industry has been accused in the past of gatekeeping and breeding a lack of diversity in its designers, models, and photographers. This lack of variety in the stories told by the industry has resulted in more than a few controversies in the recent past for some of the biggest names in fashion.

Brands like Gucci, Prada, and H&M have all seen major backlash after featuring products that were more than a little racist. Back in December of 2018, it was Prada with their Golliwog-like figures displayed in the windows of their SoHo boutique. Then there was H&M and their online page featuring a young, black child wearing a shirt that had the word monkey on it. Less than a month later it was Gucci in February 2019, with their sweater that — when pulled up — had the dark features and red lips of a blackface character.

These controversies caused more than a little public outcry when they happened. Either because of these instances or because they realized it was way past time, all three of these company’s created some sort of position to encourage diversity and inclusion in their organizations.

Now, it seems that Chanel has done the same but their hire has a major difference than others in the industry.

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Earlier this month, Fiona Pargeter — who previously held the same position at Swiss bank UBS — joined Chanel as their Head of Diversity and Inclusion. Though Pargeter obviously comes with previous experience, she also lacks something that seems important in an inclusion director. Namely, she isn’t a member of one of the marginalized communities Chanel hopes to further incorporate.

According to a post on VOGUE, the role was created as “a sign of Chanel’s commitment and its importance to the house.” In an interview with THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, a Chanel representative elaborated on this new position. The statement read:

“Fiona Pargeter just joined the company in the position of head of Diversity and Inclusion to evolve our existing diversity and inclusion approach. Diversity and Inclusion has been led for a couple of years in our People and Organization function by our people communication and engagement leader. Fiona has been hired to continue to create momentum for our efforts. This recruitment is a sign of our commitment to these topics and its importance to the house.”

While the position doesn’t necessarily require the director of diversity and inclusion to be a minority, this appointment does raise some valid questions.

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Was Pargeter the best person for the job based on her experience and skill and is that why she got the job or was it another example of failed diversification? Was her hiring a purposeful attempt to avoid tokenism and diversity hiring? Only the decision-makers at Chanel can speak towards that.

Can a white person honestly do a good enough job at reaching out to marginalized communities? Do they understand enough about the racism that Black and brown people face? Can they make a difference in the systems that oppress these communities? We aren’t sure but history has shown us that the only ones who create this kind of systematic change are people who have experienced the atrocities of said system themselves.

In response to Gucci’s controversy, streetwear designer Dapper Dan was tapped to lead a predominately black “Changemakers Council.” Additionally, the brand hired a Black Vice President of Brand and Culture Engagement, Antoine Phillips. Prada recruited director Ava DuVernay and artist Theaster Gates to co-chair the Diversity and Inclusion Council after their own backlash. Likewise, H&M made their own hires after their accusations of racism. Annie Wu was instated as Global Leader of Diversity & Inclusiveness for the company and Nigerian-American Ezinne Kwubiri was made the North American lead.

Can these Black people and people of color do a better job than Pargeter just because they understand the pain of racism? Possibly but we can’t say for sure.

Of course, Twitter had a lot to say about the Chanel hiring as well.

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This Twitter user pointed out that Chanel’s response to too few Black people and POC in their company was to hire yet another white person. It almost reads like a bad joke when it’s put that way but it is exactly what the fashion company did in this situation.

There’s no telling how impactful this hire will prove for Chanel or other members of the industry but, in the meantime, we can vote with our dollars instead. Buy from Black and POC owned brands and know for sure that your money is going directly back into marginalized communities instead of systems that would further oppress them.

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