This Thirty-Six-Year-Old Muslim Woman Is Tackling Stigmas by Embracing a Hijab

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NDPej29VWI   Mahvish Syed was opening the door at the gym when a stranger's words stopped her in her tracks. "You guys have to do that in the gym?" the woman asked, her voice dripping with condescension. The "that" she was referring to: wearing a hijab. "It's just a piece of clothing," Syed replied calmly, …

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Student By Day, Drag Queen By Night

Glitter, feathers, wigs, and stilettos — if dressing in drag does not scream wearable poetry then I don't know what does. Jordan Collins began performing in drag shows two years ago after being drawn to its ability to merge feminity with entertainment. Performing under the stage name Regina Flores, Collins can be seen live at Metro Brewing Co., SLO …

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This Twenty-One-Year-Old Shares Her Secret to Self-Love: Her Hair

Sierra Newell's hair has always served as a marker of her identity. Being mixed-race, she struggled to navigate the meaning behind her mane. However, by redefining her relationship with herself, Newell was able to harness happiness through her hair. Take a listen to Newell's inspirational journey of self-love and self-identity. Thank you Sierra Newell for sharing your …

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How Online Images are Transforming the Tattoo Process

Marissa Bothwell’s grip tightens as a fine tip needle moves its way toward her ribs. Her eyelids clench, making the pain seem almost blinding. Twenty-year-old Marissa is one of the 45 million Americans willing to put themselves under the needle in hopes of being tatted to perfection. “I had a difficult time clarifying my vision because there …

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How to Tell the Difference Between Vintage and Second-Hand Clothing

For me, vintage clothing stores are one of the best poetic playgrounds for creating and curating personal style. Particularly, I admire vintage clothing's ability to embody yet transcend an era. In other words, the pieces I am drawn to are often so classic that they can withstand any trend. Similarly, when your personal style is authentically you, it is timeless. Vintage …

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