I write about beauty, fashion, feminism and identity for a bunch of different places.
John Wick: Chapter 4 Star Rina Sawayama Knows Beauty Is Political
ALLURE cover story on Rina Sawayama
Why Is It So Hard for Top Surgery Patients to Find Good Aftercare?
This esthetician's unique treatment menu offers healing to trans and nonbinary patients.
Being Blonde Has Never Been Just About Hair Color
The Kardashians Changed the Way We See Beauty — for Better or for Worse
They came. We saw. They contoured. Arabelle Sicardi reflects on one Southern California family and their outsize influence on this century's beauty standards.
Shop the trend
For 21of21, GOOGLE SHOPPING and PAPER came together to break down some of the most memorable shopping moments of 2021 based on Google's trending search data. We were all ready for a change this year, starting with the mood-setting scents in our home. Google search interest for Goop’s “vagina candle,” reached an all-time high in January of this year in the US.
This Grassroots Project Is Donating Clippers to Trans and Nonbinary People
This grassroots project is donating clippers to people across the country.
A Brief History of Makeup as Protest and Power
In this op-ed, beauty reporter Arabelle Sicardi looks into the history of beauty being used as a means of protest and power.
We’re living in a unique moment when brands are being forced to act in response to a wave of customer demands for more and better: more employee diversity, better shade ranges, less problematic shade names, fewer whitening products, and more shelf space for Black-owned beauty brands. This is not a movement that grew overnight or out of the ether. Makeup has long been us...
The Ugly Truth
I read and write a lot about the beauty industry, but my favorite descriptions of the power of beauty have little to do with makeup, cosmetics, surgery, or supplements. All these things are tokens of beauty but they’re not what it’s about. Beauty is about the fungibility of power, the negotiation and pursuit of it, the sacrifices made to it like an angry and vengeful God. Putting on lipstick before a major event is a war cry; before a job interview, lipstick is a prayer as well as armor...
Raisa Flowers Is Pushing the Beauty World to Rethink Makeup
Fashion’s future is already here. This September, we ask What Is Fashion Now? by exploring the people, concepts, and ideas that are pushing us forward in times of unprecedented change.
Raisa Flowers has been on mood boards for your favorite brands, walked your favorite musician’s runway show, and worked behind the scenes on shoots for your favorite magazines. She is your favorite’s fave: the go-to makeup artist and muse for some of the best musicians and creatives working today, including Jun...
Beauty Salons Are Reopening, But the Risk Is Real
This situation highlights the lack of security in our industry
The salon industry’s job growth has consistently outperformed the overall economy in 11 of the past 14 years. It is touted as a career that offers you the ability to be your own boss, travel, and connect with clients, forging relationships across racial lines and class differences. That growth may falter in the wake of Covid-19’s catastrophic impact, particularly Black and Hispanic communities around the country. The results dispr...
Trans Clippers Project
Right now, beauty routines can feel like performance art of luxury from a past life we no longer live. What exactly is the point of putting on lipstick when you have to hide it behind a face mask just to go outside for groceries? What’s the point of doing a skin-care routine when practically no one will see your face without a filter, screen, and internet connection between you and them? Beauty has rarely felt so futile.
But of course, that also means that the pursuit of it is a refusal to gi...
Nail and Hair Salons Are Beginning to Close. How Will This Affect Workers?
One of my coping mechanisms for navigating the world is to always have manicured nails. It is a privilege to be able to afford to get them done by someone else on a regular basis. As I’ve been watching the news over the past few weeks as COVID-19 spreads around the world, I have nervously chipped away the gel polish on all my nails. Beauty salons, like many other brick-and-mortar businesses, will be operating on life support as New York, California, and, likely the rest of the country, shuts ...
A Deep Dive Into the Confusing World of Sustainable Beauty
#FashionCrisis is a series that kicks off the Style section's commitment to educating our readers about sustainability and fashion. We chat with experts, influencers, designers, beauty and fashion brands about what it really means to be sustainable in 2020. In this story, we learn more about what exactly it means to be sustainable in the beauty industry.
How Sharmadean Reid Is Building a Beauty Empire
In an industry where the average funding for Black women is $42,000, she’s accrued millions
The war room I am sitting in is pink and soft and large, and it exists because of a bad manicure.
I’m in London, in the conference room of Beautystack, a beauty-booking startup founded by entrepreneur Sharmadean Reid. The office is a hyperfeminine combination of white and pink, with iridescent acrylic partitions and beauty stations next to body-eating bean bags and aisles of desks. The kitchen, with a ...
I Would Die 4 U, Ann Demeulemeester
BTS, the number one band in the world, has a conspiracy theory about their album cycle that is centered on an Ann Demeulemeester shirt. Designed by Demeulemeester’s successor Sébastien Meunier in 2017 in reference to her multitude of embroidered text pieces, the “I AM RED WITH LOVE” shirt was worn in one performance and made such an impression on fans that it inspired a fan theory about their next tour. Across reddit, weibo, and Twitter, fans connected the simple phrase with a moodboard of th...