The 50 year economic embargo against Cuba made many things on the island stagnant — 0ne of those things was fashion.
Now, since Raúl Castro’s government has allowed internet use, young people are eating up what their peers are wearing around the world. They love seeing what a hipster sports in Brooklyn — flannel shirts, ripped jeans, and all.
One of these young people is Gille Mesa Valdes, a tattoo artist who travels to France and imports clothes, ink and needles. He’s been able to earn up to $50 dollars per design, which is more than a doctor makes in a month!
Most can’t afford those luxuries and resort to extreme measures to look fashionable. It’s as extreme as using shoe polish and the insides of batteries to dye their hair.
“They’re taking a risk because it’s toxic,” said Andy Gomez, a former University of Miami professor. “But desperation is a powerful thing. Looking in the mirror and feeling hip, attractive — and free — is an escape from the world they live in.”
Fashion consumers are calling out designer brands for their recent displays of Black imagery on their social media pages in light of the Black Lives Matter protests. Of course, representation is appreciated, but a recent post about “Shrill” actress Niccole Thurman is pointing out that such displays should not be treated as Fashion trends.
In a series of tweets shared with her Instagram page, Thurman held the fashion industry accountable.
Calling out the fashion industry for their past exclusion of Black people and people of color, Thurman tweeted a string of emojis, featuring white faces. Sparsely sprinkled into the white faces were a few images of Black emojis and other emojis representing people of color. Thurman captioned the image writing “every Fashion Instagram page looking like.”
Speaking about the fashion industry’s current display of Black models in their social feeds in relation to the global protests that have broken out across the country in response to the recent death of George Floyd. “Feel like this tweet will get me yelled at somehow, so let me just say I’m GLAD to see more beautiful black women in my feed,” Thurman followed up her tweet writing. “It’s just THEY’VE BEEN THERE. THEY’VE *BEEN* BEAUTIFUL. Why’re brands just now seeing them? Don’t think we’re not going to check in on you a month from now.”
Users on Twitter and Instagram were quick to applaud Thurman’s point.
Many people who saw Thurman’s emoji illustration agreed with its sentiment. “Yeees!! And every goddamn photographer (nature photographer aside) I follow probably frantically searched their picture archive for that one shot of a black model they have to post last week, like “Look! I’m good! I take pictures of black people once in a while!!” a user by the name of @LoveCrimeCat wrote in response to the tweet while another remarked that ‘It’s only a matter of time until they go back to regular programming. I hope not but for some of these brands, it’s all performance.’
It’s Pride Month, mi gente which means that if you’ve been slacking on your support of the LGBTQ+ community its time to whip out your wallets and support! This year, we searched for beauty brands that are supporting beauty brands, not just with pretty packaging but actual action.
To celebrate Pride, check out brands that are using your buys to support Pride Month.
Marc Jacobs Beauty
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored (with Pride) line includes six new shades of its bestselling Enamored Lip Lacquer. The new line includes fun shades like Coming Out, Dancing Sheen, Hips Don’t Lie, Pink-Kiki, and Wet Your Lips.
Each gloss is available in Marc Jacob’s limited-edition rainbow packaging. For each purchase made, proceeds will be donated to the LGBTQ organization SAGE which works to support older members of the LGBT community
Glamnetic is dedicating 30% of all proceeds from its new Power Lash set donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The rainbow lashes are made for easy wear and feature a magnetic band that attaches to the brand’s magnetic liner.
Stay glam while wiping off your makeup with Blizz wipes that are loaded with amazing skin products like chamomile, cucumber, and aloe. The brand is donating 100% of the proceeds of their melt wipes to The Trevor Project.