Don’t you just love those lazy days when the sun is shining bright? I know I do. I was heading over to my book editing job after house sitting my friend. Even though I wasn’t dressed to the nines per se, I still felt like a good old around the way girl. Rocking my white tee, ripped black jeans, and fresh white kicks, I must say all the mattered was my smile. Do you agree?
Jeans – H&M
Tee – Uniqlo
Backpack – Hype
Bag – Made by Me (Shop coming soon)
Anyone that knows me, knows I adore Frank Ocean. He won me over ever since his little mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra back in 2011. The boy is bad and I simply adore his creativity. Ever since he’s come out, literally and figuratively on the scene he has been nothing but authentic. Authenticity is key as an artist and I think Mr. Ocean embodies this. Recently he wore a shirt that caught a lot of attention. I love t-shirts, I mean I should since I design my own (more about them later in future posts). Back to Frank, his shirt read “Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could just be quiet?” Such a direct message that gets the point across and touched a lot of people.
The words were originally a tweet made by 18 year old Brandon Male back in 2015. Yet he’s not the one who made the iconic tweet into a shirt, it was 18 year old Kayla Robinson. Concerning the whole issue with her taking his tweet and making money off of it should be left for another day. What’s important is the message. Male’s tweet was retweeted 30,000 times since he wrote it, wow! Final word: One of the few politically charged shirts that actually makes the reader feel something more than lame.
After going through some tests concerning her lady parts, artist Patricia Iglesias had a lightbulb go off. While reading Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex, she started to question the whole concept of being a woman and what that status means in society. “It made me confront a lot of essential issues that we face as women. It also made me reflect on the profound power of creation but then paradoxically, how we have been regarded as weak and as the second sex.” ,” Iglesias explained to Vogue.
Soon after these revelations, she went back to her studio and began painting abstract ovaries that resembled watercolor flowers. Enter friend and designer Delfina Balda, whom stopped by and saw the moving artwork spread throughout Iglesias’s space. Together, they chose to translate the paintings onto T-shirts, sell them on Balda’s website, and donate a percentage of the proceeds to Circle of Health International, a global women’s health initiative. Then boom, the Ovaries Project was created. Final word: Fashion for a cause, can’t go wrong. I’m also very big on empowering women, so why not support such a thoughtful project.