High fashion is generally revered as something one should aspire to obtain. Many of the runway looks aren’t things you would see as everyday casual attire, with very dramatic pieces layered in feathers, sheer fabric and more. But some companies, like Bally & Co., have chosen to cater to a broader audience. Although the fashion from this company is more inviting to the average person, the prices are not.
In a society where certain groups are taught to be ashamed of or embarrassed of their community, like people of color and members of the LGBTQ community, empowerment and representation is necessary, particularly for the youth. America’s black youth are among these groups, unfortunately black people are taught from a very young age that they are less than.
Contemporary art has a multitude of forms, many of which are criticized as random or too hard to understand. Pieces in this area of thought simply require an analysis past the visual pleasure they may lack. This type of art gets showcased at Flux, an event that creates a space for local Atlanta artists to showcase their work in harmony with nature at Grant Park. This year’s Flux event took place from Sept 27-30th at Grant Park.
Several artists and educators have taken the route of “edutainment,” as their occupation, meaning they try to educate their audience while also entertaining them. Thirty-one year old, Nigerian-American “inspirational artist,” Tobe Nwigwe takes an intellectual stimulating approach to hip-hop, in an effort to motivate the youth by way of edutainment.
Pacific Islanders get virtually no representation in mass media. That number decreases below zero when factoring in queer people, especially transgender people. Hawaiian singer Lina Robins-Tamure represents the Pacific Islander transgender community well and with pride. The 24-year old is not paraded around as the “trans-Hawaiian singer” to be used as a diversity prop because she has genuine talent that can’t be knocked as a form of “affirmative action” simply because she’s representing a marginalized group. Her voice has the silky smoothness of early R&B singers like Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Her passion for music pulsates around her from videos to live performances.
We all know that being plus size isn’t welcomed with open arms in our society, let alone the fashion industry. As a result, plus size designers and models have taken matters into their own hands by designing their own clothes, and spreading awareness about their work through blogging, and putting on events to showcase their fashion. The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo, or TCF Style Expo, is an event held in Atlanta annually to celebrate plus size bodies in fashion.