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Kathleen-Mae Ramas


Emily Tiberio


Ruby Buddemeyer



ONLINE EDITORS Katie Coombs Gillian Nelson

SOCIAL MEDIA Sabrina Polkowski


ASST. FASHION EDITOR Franchesca Sampeur





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Androgyny In Music Fashion


Putting Your Best Foot Forward


Ones to Watch


You’ve Got Good Jeans


Fast Plummet of Our Planet


Bottom’s Up


Cut It Out

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Abs (And Legs) for Days


Beat the Heat


Trends of Tomorrow


Golden Moment


Makeup for POC


Makeup Dupes


A Nazi Plundered Picasso


Why Do People Still Stand in Line for Food?


Reading for Yourself


Empire State of Film


That Pregnant ‘Glow’


Protecting Planned Parenthood


Evolution of Cool Girls in 2017



meet the E-BOARD 03.

Kathleen-Mae Ramas EDITOR IN CHIEF

Franchesca Sampeur ASST. FASHION EDITOR



Ruby Buddemeyer FASHION EDITOR




Gillian Nelson ONLINE EDITOR


Sabrina Polkowski SOCIAL MEDIA




editor’s letter With the semester coming to a close and the year only halfway through, there is already so much to reflect upon. The year has been crazy, and our country has reaped both many benefits and many struggles with each passing day. And as we’ve gone through those same struggles as college students with the privilege to attend a college in the heart of New York City, we’ve felt the gravity of every plan proposed, every decision made, and every word or thought that was spoken or believed. Every FLASH member has shared tears, frustrations, struggles, and pain, and we resonate with and want to humble ourselves before all the people who aren’t as fortunate to share the same opportunities as we do. This issue of FLASH is particularly special because it doesn’t just discuss looks, or beauty, or lifestyle. It doesn’t just touch upon the newest trends or places to be. Instead, it does all of that while addressing the deeper issues and thoughts that we ought to be paying attention to within them. This issue encompasses all of the efforts and passions of not just us, but of those we admire most. This issue was meant to be a platform and to give a voice to those who are fighting to make their voices heard everyday, and we stand by them as both reverent admirers, and as a source of the utmost support. We hope that as you take the time to read through each carefully crafted and curated piece, you’ll find yourself asking questions, searching to find answers, and hoping that someday, everything that cultivates the human search for truth and justice will be acknowledged. This is a little bittersweet for both our Creative Director, Emily Tiberio, and me, since we will be graduating this semester. It’s been a wonderful and beautiful experience finding our start as writers and contributors within FLASH, and then working our way forward and to the top, to try and create what we can call today a loving and passionate community. We’re proud of the work we’ve done, how we’ve grown together, and what FLASH has become. We’re wishing all the good luck and positive vibes to our E-Board as we pass the torch and let them be the leaders of what we someday hope to be a creative empire. We love you all so, incredibly much. Stay true to yourselves, and keep making us proud! <3 Kathleen-Mae Ramas Your Editor in Chief


fashion There’s no denying that the country’s political and social climate is changing rapidly—but have you noticed that these transitional periods are mirrored in fashion? Often criticized for its frivolity, fashion has become as much of a cultural signifier as theSkimm’s latest e-blast. Statements made and created in fashion can be as simple as slipping on a bold, patterned pair of shoes or veering away from socially constructed gender binaries through androgynous dressing. It’s the fluidity of style that eliminates the stigma of the industry’s frivolity. Here we explore the positives and pitfalls of consumer culture and the cycle of comparison.





ANDROGYNY in Music Fashion by CARSON THORNTON GONZALEZ As 2016 came to a close, the nation collectively celebrated the end of a challenging, dramatic year that had a seemingly never-ending number of celebrity deaths. Among those who passed away were two icons who epitomized gender fluidity in music: David Bowie and Prince. Both artists challenged traditional gender roles not only in their music, but in their outward appearance as well, both being known for their use of makeup to exaggerate certain features as well as donning traditionally feminine silhouettes. As traditional gender roles continue to be challenged, and as the idea that gender itself is a social construct becomes a part of mainstream conversation, the androgyny in music fashion that these iconic figures began continues to grow and evolve through modern artists. While Prince and Bowie challenged masculine roles, many female musicians today are taking on androgynous looks and styles to change what is considered traditionally feminine. Perhaps most well-known for her consistent use of androgyny in her style is Janelle Monáe. As she uses her exceptional talent to move through various mediums, most recently finding great success as an actress starring in both Hidden Figures and Oscar winner Moonlight, Monáe has often rocked “men’s clothing” on the red carpet—specifically pantsuits, in an atmosphere where women are often expected to wear bright and dazzling


gowns. Her use of traditionally masculine apparel is also visible in her music. In her music videos “Tightrope” and “Q.U.E.E.N,” Monáe wears a number of different suits, an ensemble that is most often associated with wealthy male professionals. While it’s not uncommon for women to wear suits, Monae’s decision to wear one in a revenue-driven field that is often clad with hypersexualized women is not only bold, but rare. Through her consistent use of masculine silhouettes and clothes traditionally worn by men, Janelle Monáe has embraced androgyny and continued the work of other artists in the process of normalizing gender fluidity in music fashion. Alongside Monáe are other equally powerful women who use their celebrity platforms to introduce androgyny into their art—including Beyoncé. Unlike Janelle Monáe’s fairly consistent style, Beyoncé has gone through a series of transitions not only in her music, but also in her fashion. As a member of Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé conformed to the style of the time, wearing clothes that were meant to represent her identity and sexuality as a woman. However, as her musical style moved away from traditional pop and she began a solo career, Beyoncé’s fashion has undergone significant changes. A number of photos in recent years depict Beyoncé wearing masculine suits and in her performance of “Formation” at the 2015 Super Bowl, she and backup dancers are wearing their own version of Black Panther gear (which originally consisted of an all black outfit including a black leather jacket and beret). While these female


artists still embrace clothing that is thought of as traditionally feminine, their androgynous looks create space for more gender fluid fashion. But what about modern-day male artists who challenge gender roles in music fashion? They’re there, just harder to find, and very few compare to the likes of David Bowie and Prince. While women have been wearing “men’s” clothing since they entered the blue-collar workforce, men have traditionally been dissuaded from wearing “women’s” clothes. There is a stigma that renders men in women’s clothes as emasculated and weak, making it much harder to blur the lines of gender in men’s fashion. However, some have challenged this idea. Perhaps one of the most surprising uses of androgynous style is in a genre that has been especially dominated by men: rap. Young Thug graces the cover of his most recent album “Jeffery,” in a light purple dress with ruffles, holding a lavender umbrella. While Beyoncé and Monáe use more quotidian androgynous styles, there is more crossover from male to female clothing in high fashion. This somewhat explains the dress on the cover of “Jeffery.” Young Thug is known for his interest in high fashion which largely influences his everyday clothing. While the issues surrounding gender in our society are not simple, an important step in the right direction requires fluidity and acceptance of what we consider masculine and feminine. In order to begin breaking down these societal structures that shape our everyday thinking, we need people like Janelle Monáe, Beyonce, and Young Thug to keep using their influential platforms to challenge traditional ideas of femininity and masculinity in fashion.


Putting t o o f t s e b by PERI ROHL


I hate the word “work clothes.” Whenever I see my friends go on an interview for an internship or a meeting for their business class, they always wear black, grey, conservative, plain. Where in the rule book does it say that we have to abide by the one inch black heel standard? I want to change that standard by saying the most outrageous thing—you don’t

YOUR forward have to dress conservatively to be taken seriously. And I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that wearing a crop top and jorts is going to be appropriate for a formal setting, but screw the skirt suit and the boot flare Gap trousers! Confidence comes from whatever you feel the most yourself in. For me? It is always the shoes. When I put on a pair of statement sandals or heels, I know I will be putting my best foot forward, walking into whatever challenge lies ahead with confidence and power.



PINK AND ORANGE FLOWER POWER For a more sophisticated look, these flower power shoes really make an impact when paired with an all monochrome outfit. Replace your drab grey suit for this eye catching and confident ensemble. Whether you will be on your way to a job interview or in need of making a long lasting first impression, this look will definitely take you places.

Leopard Sandals From errands to sitting in an office all day, this jean and low heel combination will keep you comfortable, yet work or internship appropriate. Unless your work environment has a no denim policy this outfit is perfect for a day full of running around the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and for interns there will be many days like this! The ruffles of the jeans draw attention to the shoes, sure to catch the eye of everyone you meet (maybe even the eye of someone looking to hire)! These sandals are the perfect replacement for the plain black block heel, but they still have a classic and seasoned finish.

Multicolored Flats These shoes remind your boss you are young, hardworking, and full of creativity. By wearing them with understated black trousers and a flowy top, you will be free to move with ease about your workspace. The gladiator sandal has met its match with the outrageous flats, and you will definetly be known by your boss or co-workers as Shoe Girl. But who cares? With these shoes you will stand out (potentially from other interns) and make a memorable impression.


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the brand still manages to keep costs reasonable. Maldonado describes his brand as “punk rock” with darker tones, and longer fits. The designer takes inspiration from many sources: designers like Jun Takahashi, hip hop artists such as $uicideboy$, and movies directed by Quentin Tarantino. Maldonado primarily uses Instagram to communicate with his customers, releasing photos and videos to excite them before dropping a collection. His Instagram page has gained major traction (with more than 6,000 followers) and has received attention from celebrities such as Craig Xen, G-Eazy, and even Hypebeast. While Maldonado has had great success with a large customer base, he has also struggled in the initial startup of his brand. The designer suffered from a lack of support as well as previously failed collections. Maldonada says, “Starting the brand was scary because I didn’t know if it would work. I went into it thinking this is going to be a creative thing I do that isn’t going to work.” Maldonado has maintained a positive attitude through obstacles by trying to improve future collections and having immense support from his “militia.” Now at 22, Maldonado has major ambitions for Brigade USA. He wants to open a store on Mulberry Street, collaborate with Vans, and live comfortably off of his brand. Maldonado is an inspiration to his followers and encourages

other “outsiders” to reach their goals. He tells aspiring designers to stay determined, take risks, and be patient because, “It’s not always easy...things don’t happen have to want it more than eating.” Maldonado is honest when explaining the obstacles he faces, but encourages other designers to take risks. “You can be a failure at something that you hate, so why not be a failure at something that you love,” he shares.


Aaron Maldonado began his design career at the young age of 14. It all started when Maldonado first learned graphic design and began reaching out to artists online who inspired him. With the help of his mentors and practice, Maldonado became a skilled graphic designer and eventually applied his skills to his father’s clothing brand. Maldonado says designing for his father gave him “a taste of what it’s like to create something tangible.” In 2014, Maldonado began his clothing brand—Brigade U.S.A. Starting with a humble collection of only two t-shirts and a jacket, Brigade U.S.A. has since expanded to include high-quality sweatshirts, jackets, accessories, t-shirts, jewelry and more. Maldonado’s recent collection has products selling out within minutes online. Maldonado takes great pride in his supportive followers and customers, saying they have made themselves into a small community. Maldonado says he often felt like an outsider growing up and wanted to have a brand for the “outsiders.” His brand, Brigade U.S.A., is named to reflect the idea that his “customers are like a militia, or family.” Brigade U.S.A. is geared towards young men ages 14 through 24, but many of Maldonado’s apparel is unisex. In his next collection, he plans on including a piece specifically for girls. Brigade U.S.A takes inspiration from Supreme and other high-quality streetwear brands, but

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Like your trusted best friend, there is a very intense, emotional bond between you and your favorite pair of jeans. They mold to your body perfectly, they have the perfect worn in look— to put it simply, they just understand you. You two have been through alot together and they’ve always done their best to support you outfit after outfit, but like any frequently-worn garment, there comes a time when you look into the mirror and feel a twinge of boredom. Although you may be tempted to retire your denim comrade into a box in the attic, there’s an alternative solution: grab some scissors and spruce them up. You don’t have to be a master DIY-er to handle these tweaks; all you need is a pair of jeans looking for a makeover, a pair of sharp scissors, and a little bit of faith. People change over time and since your jeans have been so good to you over the years, return the favor by tweaking them a tad with these easy customizations.

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This cutting-edge (pun intended) trend has provided many with a subtle taste of DIY freedom to personalize their wardrobe just a bit more. Grab a pair of scissors and a pair of jeans that you want to experiment with and lay your pants down on any flat surface. If the pants are a good length when you wear them normally, make your cuts right along the upper edge of your hem. However, if they’re a little too long, this is your chance to even them out accordingly. Make a clean line across the bottom of each leg and once the cuts have been made, take a pair of tweezers to pull out some of the poking threads and then toss them into the dryer (pro tip: always wash denim inside out to prevent the dye from fading) to fully encourage the fray.

cut the knees This may seem simple but with one small snip, you can change the whole vibe of your look. Take a pair of scissors, lay your jeans down flat, and make two slight cuts right where your kneecaps would be. Free the knees and let them be exposed to that fresh air to create a slightly edgy vibe.

cut hem asymmetrically If you want to get even more crafty, try your hand at an asymmetric hem to add a subtle flare to your bottoms. And before you start sweating about your DIY skills, let us reassure you that all it requires is a few simple cuts. Like all other steps beforehand, lay your pants down flat and grab those trusted scissors once more. Along the bottom side hem of your jeans, plan out how far up you want to cut. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve chosen that spot, mark it with chalk to help guide your scissors. Next, take your scissors and cut up that point on both sides and then simply cut only across the front of your jeans to create your asymmetric hem. These pants are perfect to wear with heels or booties to show off your shoes. The asymmetrical cut adds a special touch to any jeans, as they result in a one-of-akind look.

use the scraps for a choker Be resourceful and get scrappy! Instead of throwing the scraps from your denim procedures into your trash, glue on some velcro and use them as a choker. Amongst your velvet and chain chokers, this textured, denim one will stand out and give the perfect edge to add to any look, day or night.



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by SIBEL ISKENDER In 2013, the roof of a garment facility in Dhaka, carrying brands such as Primark and Benetton in the capital of Bangladesh, cracked and collapsed onto thousands of innocent workers. After a government inspector called for worker evacuation in the Rana Plaza factory due to large cracks in the walls, the factory managers persuaded employees that it would still be safe to come to work, even threatening to fire those who feared the impending worst. The Human Rights watch reported that after Rana Plaza generators were switched back on after a power cut, the building crumbled, killing 1,100 people. This tragedy, among countless others, proves how the divisive phenomenon of fast fashion is one of many consequences, those that we often turn a blind eye to. While we marvel at H&M and Forever 21’s jampacked shelves with enticing price tags to match, we forget to recognize how our lives and the lives of those around us are affected as a result of our neglect. Whether mindfully or unknowingly, we choose to put ethical standards and the well-being of our environment at stake. For those of us who might not know, fast fashion is defined as “lowcost clothing collections that mimic current luxury fashion trends.” The sweeping movement dissuades us from quality, and replaces it with quantity. As discussed by scholars Joy Annamma, John F. Sherry, Jr, Alladi Venkatesh, Jeff Wang and Ricky Chanin in their article Fast Fashion, Sustainability, and the Ethical Appeal of Luxury Brands, in a world so desperate for “massclusivity,” the line we draw between luxury and forgery becomes blurred. So just what makes stores like Forever 21 so attractive? With today’s heavy presence of Instagram and Twitter celebrities telling us what’s “in”, trends cycle at rates like never before, and it has become easier than ever to want something, and to get it right away. As a result, high street, or fast fashion brands can use their capacity for immediacy to their advantage, and consumer demand can be met with greater efficiency. This begs the question, do we truly value originality, or do we rather crave the feeling of being part of a bigger, more seemingly exclusive group of faux phonies? An interesting contradiction arises. As a generation who rages over solar panels and hybrid cars, sustainable is the farthest fitting word


we can use to label the garment industry. This contradiction perpetuates the hypocrisy in our oxymoronic, green-capitalistic western world. We call to attention our crippling impacts on the environment, but we continue with the same habits that initiated those detriments. We buy, buy, buy- but what’s the catch? This is an industry that promotes incredible environmental degradation in secret, allowing us to shop endlessly and guilt-free. After all, about 2 billion pairs of jeans are made each year, the majority of which get thrown away or are never worn at all. A few weeks ago, I bought a pair of jeans at H&M for roughly twenty dollars. Two wears later, those jeans developed a giant hole in the leg—so, I threw the jeans away and started again with a new pair. But what really went into making those twenty dollar jeans? EcoWatch contributor Glynis Sweeny reported 7,000 liters of water, and the promotion of child labor, unethical working environments, and monumental environmental consequences. The ecological drawbacks of fast fashion begin at the foundation of clothing production- cotton cultivation. In regards to pollution, we are quick to point a finger at coal, yet the clothing industry is a close second to the amount of environmental waste that is produced each year according to the Stanford Social Innovation Review. We must take into account the effects of not only obvious pollutants in agriculture— pesticides, toxic dyes, and waste in discarding these poorly-made items—but also the extravagant amount of natural resources used in extraction, farming, harvesting, processing, manufacturing and shipping. Glynis Sweeny also found this overproduction of unnecessary goods for the millions of Americans who make over 50,000 dollars a year, and for most of us college students, is detrimentally contributing to the environment and pollution of our own and other less developed countries where cotton is produced. Our ability to purchase anything we want, whenever we want, wherever we want has both promoted wastefulness and deteriorated self-discipline. Compulsion fuels our overconsumption and overconsumption fuels our compulsion. We purchase goods of low quality only to have them fall apart and be disposed of in a short matter of time. The vicious cycle rages on.


And the environment and our spoiled psyches are not the only victims at stake. The price of my twenty dollar jeans may have been the only twenty dollars the person who sewed them had earned in one entire day. The ethical standards of which these low quality items are made are little to none. Five months prior to the disaster in Dhaka, where the Rana Plaza garment factory crumbled down upon thousands of innocent, underpaid workers, the factory of Tazreen’s Fashion company experienced a massive fire that 112 employees did not survive. Those working just floors above the fire were forced to remain on duty despite the sounding alarms alerting of fire. These casualties and grieving injuries were all for a ten dollar tee shirt that me, a “broke” college student wore once and will probably never wear again. Can there be alternatives to fast fashion that can satisfy the trendy consumer? Many new ecofriendly retailers, Groceries, Reformation, and Yala Designs for example, have committed to absolutely sustainable, ethical fashion. Although they come at a pricier cost than the average rayon sweater at Zara, the quality, longevity, and consciousness is a price the mindful consumer should be willing to pay. Additionally, rather than disposing of unwanted clothes, consumers should be more heavily encouraged to donate unwanted or oftentimes, unworn clothes to those who are in need, or even those simply looking for a new addition to their closets. Smart-phone apps like Poshmark and Depop allow for consumers to resell gently worn luxury fashions at much lower, more affordable prices. If we more heavily implement the concept of “reduce, reuse, recycle,” the waste and pollution created by the garment industry every year would be abated. I bash fast fashion, yet I wear fast fashion because I too, am part of the problem. When we preach to “go green” and “help those in need” we must realize that the only way our problems will become solved is through action and prevention. Fast fashion does not only affect us—we are building a world that our children will one day live in. Trendy is not synonymous with ignorant. Donate, recycle, and put your wallet away. Your bank account, the planet, and thousands of workers overseas will thank you.





by Nicola Campos

Times are changing. We have discovered more technological advances than we ever thought were possible and the plethora of potato chip flavors in the market is, quite frankly, mind-blowing. There’s no doubt that society is progressing and reaching new heights—and fashion is no exception. Apart from the emersion of new brands and patterns, a certain category of clothing has been making its way into the limelight once again: pants. Pants have been re-invented and re-designed in more cuts and styles than ever before, and are begging to be seen (and worn). Pants have been notoriously under-credited, as fashion and non-fashion lovers alike, seem to harbor the misconception that bottoms must take a backseat while our tops bask in the limelight—as though we can only be creative and stylish in our upper garments. But today more than ever, pants have proven to be an apparel that can be the focus of an outfit. How have pants proven themselves worthy of our attention? Well, remember when tight, skin-hugging, breath-stealing, jeans and pants used to be all the rad? When moms and grandmas would say, “Oh no, I’m not young enough to pull off those things?” New and looser styles of pants are re-emerging; styles which anybody of any age and size can pull off and not have their circulations cut off in the process. But believe us when we say that air for your legs is only one of the many benefits that these pants will bring into your life. How have pants proven themselves worthy of our attention? Well, remember when tight, skin-hugging, breath-stealing, jeans and pants used to be all the rad? When moms and grandmas would say, “Oh no, I’m not young enough to pull off those things?” New and looser styles of pants are re-emerging; styles which anybody of any age and size can pull off and not have their circulations cut off in the process. But believe us when we say that air for your legs is only one of the many benefits that these pants will bring into your life.


Culottes have been mislabeled as an underdog in recent years, as many don’t think they’re particularly ‘cool’ and are afraid to waddle into the pool of ‘big flowy pants’. The dictionary terms these bottoms as cropped pants with a flared leg and having seen them on women of all shapes and sizes, they seem to embellish all body types extremely well; Their high waist elongates your legs and flared bottoms instantly turn you into a retro queen. Pairing the looser bottom half of your outfit with a fitted top would balance the look out more. Try tucking a simple white or black crew neck t-shirt into denim culottes with sneakers or slip-on sandals for the perfect laid back look. For going out at night, pair a v-neck camisole with cotton or satin culottes, a choker, and heels. Furthermore, little do you know that by attiring yourself in these pants, you are partaking in a French scandal and feminist movement that happened decades ago. In the late 1700s, culottes were frequently worn by upper-class males in France as a symbol of wealth and power. However, they made a transition during the Victorian Era when they became a liberating garment for women. As women of the time started to become much more invested in activities such as tennis, horseback riding, and cycling, these bottoms created an illusion of wearing a long skirt thus allowing them to enjoy newfound freedom in their concealed pants. Because the divide between the legs was usually covered by panels or ruffles, most women got away with wearing culottes. It was only when French designers began toying with the idea of divided skirts that these pants gathered social backlash around them. For a period of time, there was a French law prohibiting women to wear culottes unless they were riding a bike or a horse and those found breaching the law would be arrested on the streets. Fortunately, as gender roles and attitudes evolved over time, pants for women became socially acceptable and culottes


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could finally come out of hiding. So, if you think you’re too cool for culottes, think again. Amal Clooney certainly doesn’t think they’re beneath her; and neither should you.



Yeah, we’ve all seen those girls walking through the streets of SoHo looking unbelievably retro and sensational in their high waisted cropped denim bottoms and you can’t deny that desire to look just as cool. Mom jeans are the answer to your fashion prayers! This 1980s trend has recently been adorned by the chicest girls in town and the once deemed ‘baggy’ and ‘unflattering’ style is being praised in a whole new light—just as how culottes and nonskinny pants have been embraced in the past decade. Perhaps it was the satirical 2003 SNL skit featuring Tina Fey and Amy Pohler wearing Mom Jeans, a cut of jeans “exclusively designed to fit a mom’s body, for even the least active moms” that brought them the attention they deserved. However, it was certainly the “normcore” fashion movement began by hipsters who made it cool and contemporary to be wearing laidback articles of clothing such as baggy jeans and hoodies that allowed the Mom Jean trend to be propelled further. Just like culottes, this style of pant has evolved and has become extremely flattering with its high waist to flatter your behind and straight cut to slim your legs. With its cropped


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fit, you can show off your coolest sneakers and ankle boots. Keep things casual with a band tee tucked in with a duster coat or dress it up with a black v-neck blouse.


From our moms to boyfriends, we can’t seem to stop getting inspired by our loved ones! We’ve all heard of the boyfriend jean which is still cool and comfy and perhaps a symbol of having a boyfriend, but there’s a new style in town and FLASH Magazine is always one step ahead of the game. Introducing, the boyfriend trouser! Don’t limit yourself to just one boyfriend material (yes we just made that pun). Expand your collection from denim to cotton and khaki and your outfits will scream effortlessly cool. Cuff the bottoms and stomp around in some doc martens, a long-line bralette, and an oversized denim jacket.


It all started with a song about unrequited love. As most things do, don’t they? Eric Clapton from Derek and the Dominos wrote about his passionate relationship (or lack thereof) with Pattie Boyd in the band’s 1970s hit Bell Bottom Blues. It’s highly unlikely that a love song would trigger the fashion takeover of a particular style of trousers but one can’t deny it as a propagator. Flared pants were actually birthed in the navy, where some sailors in the early 19th



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century utilized the style of wide pants that ended in bell-shaped cuffs. However it was only in the 1970s that these pants became fashionable for both sexes and were a symbol of the eccentric style of the decade. Sonny and Cher assisted in their popularizing by adorning them on their popular tv show and by the 2000s, the bell bottom trend had evolved into a slimmer and less exaggerated flare of the boot-cut style. So next time a crush doesn’t respond to your mating calls, turn on some Derek and the Dominos and rock your favorite flared pants with a cropped blouse tucked in and some heeled booties to stomp all over their you-know-whats.


You don’t have to be in the military or a hip-hop artist from the 90’s to adorn these pants; Though they were certainly inspired by these purposes and time periods. Hip hop artists have played a huge and slightly unexpected role in the world of fashion and rappers have sparked movements in their choice of trousers. Cargo pants were quintessentially hip-hop in the 1990s and the Sundance documentary Fresh Dressed illustrates the importance of fashion in the music scene. Furthermore, in the 1930s, cargo pants were worn by soldiers for functional purposes. That explains the wide cut fit for trudging around forests and the abundance of pockets for storing grenades and weapons. Replace the armaments with your favorite lip-gloss and snacks to keep you awake during your history lectures and pair them with a fitted camisole and large hoops for that grungy effortless look.


Paper-bag pants haven’t found themselves involved in as much backlash and controversy as those previously mentioned, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be paid attention to. Despite their lack of a history, the paper-bag style of pant are once again an effortless way to look classy and put-together. Perfect for a day at work with flats and a fitted blouse tucked in, or on a casual day with white sneakers and a cropped top, these trousers have a paper-bag waist tie that cinches in your waist to slim your figure while providing volume at the same time!


We are all well aware of those kids who woke up five minutes before their 8:30 am lecture for they rush into class attired in a drool-infused hoodie, messy bun, notebook in hand, and the notorious giveaway: classy Hello-Kitty pajama bottoms. While we at FLASH aren’t shading those who treasure their beauty sleep more than time to get ready, we do believe that there is a cuter and more fashionable way of styling your pajama bottoms! Who knows how and why the pajama dressing trend has been a widely embraced and consistent practice throughout the evolution of fashion but perhaps it’s due to society’s collective subconscious desire to be as close as possible to any sleep paraphernalia. We highly recommend the lingerie sections of thrift stores for the most unique pajama bottoms. Such stores usually carry high-end silk sleepwear with funky designs that rich old ladies simply grew tired off (get it? Tired? Sleeping? We try.) Throw on a simple form-fitting bodysuit under those pants, white sneakers, and a leather jacket on top to know you’d turn heads all day long--this time for the right reasons. The best part? You can keep that messy bun. So chime in with those of us at FLASH and bid farewell to the days when our closets bursted with countless blouses, t-shirts and jackets, leaving room for only a handful of bottoms that faded into the shadows. It’s time to practice ‘Bottom’s Up’ and get your hands on (and legs in) these life-changing pants.


CUT IT OUT: “She’s so beautiful,” a young teen thinks to herself while scrolling through her feed and stumbling upon the latest supermodel’s morning selfie that emphasizes her chiseled cheekbones, acute nose, symmetrical eyes, plump lips, and poreless skin. She glimpses over the caption of “I woke up like this” and studies the pillows and the morning light glowing in the background of the picture. After liking it and then scrolling through the comments that consist of “Wow, I want to die,” “Oh my god! Look at her face,” “She’s so perfect...I’d kill to look like that without makeup on,” some feelings of shame start to turn in on herself instead. What started out as a quick glance on social media, turned into a young girl questioning why her face isn’t perfectly symmetrical and luminous like the model’s. Later on that night, she stares into the mirror. Why don’t her cheekbones pop in an eye-catching yet subtle way? Why don’t her lashes naturally curl in a gravity-defying, upward manner? She reaches up to her face and pulls the skin taught, attempting to mirror the look of the model’s tight appearance. What’s missing from the reality of this scenario is the idea that this is no fair comparison, and no matter how hard the young girl pulls or tweaks her skin, she will never achieve the model’s level of constructed perfection with her own two hands. What young men and women often forget is that these Barbie-like women that flood social media daily and have their selfies grab headlines at top-notch news outlets have professionals orchestrating every one of their waking moments. Looking to these social media fashion

With the help of plastic surgery and the latest beauty treatments, these idolized humans can transform themselves into flawless gods and then brand it as simply Mother Nature doing her job.

celebrity worship leads to unnatural beauty standards by EMMA CHILDS

models as representatives of natural beauty is putting your faith into false prophets. With the help of plastic surgery and the latest beauty treatments, these idolized humans can transform themselves into flawless gods and then brand it as simply mother nature doing her job. They can slap on some skin-correcting, vitamin-infused moisturizer atop their constructed cheekbones, chins, lips, and wrinkle-free, injected skin, take a selfie, and then declare it as their “Makeup free, just woke up like this, #NoFilter” look. So then when others see these pictures and associate it with “natural,” the debilitating questions of “Why doesn’t my natural face look like that?” start to rear their ugly heads. But to compare yourself to these women, who have the daily help of the best in the beauty industry plumping and refining every inch of their faces and body, is to compare yourself to a standard that is unattainable in nature. The resources these models and superstars have help create shortcuts to perfection. While we know that these tweaked women representing natural beauty causes people to make unjust comparisons, it also begs the question: If women, like the Hadid and Kardashian sisters, who have been born into riches, use any expense at their disposal to create idolized beauty and success in their industry, is it cheating? How can up-and-coming models, who weren’t born amongst the company of the best beauticians in the world, break into the industry if their competition has been molded to perfection? For instance, Bella Hadid is one of the latest models who have had recent claims of her cosmetic adjustments. When doing a side by side comparison of the younger Bella Hadid and the one we see strutting Marc Jacobs’ runway today, there are noticeable differences in her facial construction. All of a sudden, her nose was reshaped and her chin was evened out to a level of symmetrical perfection. So, what happened? Maybe one morning she just woke up to have all traces of her awkward pre-teen years smoothed out and she simply grew out of it. Or maybe, she had a few procedures to help sculpt the Victoria’s Secret model face that she desires. And if so, did she cut

This idolized culture we have created, as if these normal people are superhuman, is toxic. And only when we stop this distorted adoration of celebrities, will we stop experiencing the negative effects of their alterations.

corners in order to get into the industry or was she just being smart and resourceful? Since it isn’t natural, does it make her any less of a model? Like Bella, the Kardashian and Jenner sisters have recently come under critical claim for possibly having their hips and figured altered to form a curvier shape. In recent times, body positivity has flooded industries to create more welcoming and inclusive elements to society and with this change, came a popularity of thicker, curvier women. And nowadays, there cannot be a beauty and fashion change without the queens of trends themselves, the Kar-Jenners, joining in. These beautiful sisters started appearing in the public eye with perfect hourglasses along their waists as if sculpted by a symmetry-loving God. Respectfully, critics started to claim that the surgical knife aided this transition and helped these women monopolize on beauty’s latest trend. Does this count as deceit and foul-play when compared to the models and fashion

individuals who don’t have the liberty to reconstruct their structure? It is perfectly reasonable for people to take charge of their life and alter themselves along their own accord. If it leads to self-empowerment there’s nothing wrong with it and is just another choice along each individual’s own journey to self-love. But if it is a choice dictated by society with the aims of career climbing, than that’s where it becomes problematic. It creates an unfair advantage against the individuals attempting to break into the industry who don’t have access to the operating table and experienced beauticians. And when someone constantly exists in the public eye and then brands their look as natural even though it is far from it, it leads to a negative trickle down effect on those who idolize their every movement. So, how do we stop this problem? In order to stop the cycle of comparison, we must go to the source and the reason celebrity worship exists. These pedestals our society crafts, and then shove people onto, create a tremendous amount of pressure and form a microscopic lens that focuses on every aspect of these specimens. This induces publications to churn out daily news headlines that arouses interest on trivial details like the inches of their lips and degree of their crow’s feet wrinkle lines. This idolized culture we have created, as if these normal people are superhuman, is toxic. And only when we stop this distorted adoration of celebrities, will we stop experiencing the negative effects of their alterations. We have to recognize that these beautiful models, that may seem superior, are simply humans. They will age and get wrinkles the same way everyone else will. They may have armed forces by their sides combatting those marks of age but nevertheless, Mother Nature will still leave her touch of time on their bodies, just like everyone else. No amount of botox will change the fact that, at a fundamental level, they are the same as everyone else. Look past the haze of their glory to realize that these celebrities, are truly just like us, and your natural reflection should never be compared to anyone else’s because it is uniquely your own.

beauty Spring and summer are the perfect seasons for experimenting with your look. As we step away from the colder months, we approach this new season with a fresh look. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using bold colors for your makeup, new nail trends, or even a new exercise routine, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to try something new.



Abs (And Legs) For Days! 5 minute, dance major approved ab and leg workout by MORGAN REED So it’s nearly summer and you’ve finally warmed up to the idea of starting to work out or intensifying your current routine. Congrats! This is a wonderful step in the right direction but there’s one little problem: you hate the gym, especially the Fordham LC gym. So what do you do? For most of us college students in New York, heading over to Equinox for a good sweat sesh is not an option. And even if you could afford it, are you honestly going to want to go work out after a long day of classes? And not to mention, you have an endless amount of homework. Damn, college is hard. What if I told you that there’s a 5 minute workout that you can do in the privacy your dorm room that will give you the toned abs and shapely legs of those Ailey/Fordham BFA students? You’d like that wouldn’t you? I thought you might. So put on your favorite playlist (Beyonce’s Lemonade is my go to) and clear a space in your room for some major abs and legs.

1.The Plié / Relevé Combo For your first exercise, you’ll need something to hold onto to help keep your balance: a chair, your roommate, whatever. You’re going to turn your legs out to first position and rise up to your tippy toes. Challenge yourself and go as high as you can. Slowly bend and straighten your legs and repeat for a minute. Feel the burn. It hurts so good.

2. Crossbody Cruches Crossbodies aren’t just cute purses with long straps! Lie down on the floor (if you can find it underneath all your clothes) and get yourself into a basic crunch position. Put one hand behind your head and reach the other across your body while you use your abs to lift yourself into a regular crunch. Reaching your arm across will target both your abs and obliques. We’re all about a 2 in 1 here. Alternate arms and continue for 1 minute.

3. Ballet Leg Lifts You’ll need your chair again for this one. Stand up strait with your legs in parallel. Slowly lift your leg to the front, bring it back to parallel and then lift to the side. Spend 30 seconds on each leg. This is a hard one so build up to the full minute! Dancer tip: try to use the muscles underneath the leg rather than gripping your quads to do this exercise!

4. Reverse Supermans Yay more abs! For this exercise, lay down on your back and make sure your abs are activated. Dancer tip: a trick to activate muscles is to give them a tap so that they’re stimulated and begin to fire. Stretch your arms above your head and take a deep breath in. Lift your upper back off of the floor while you simultaneously stretch your legs long and lift them as high as you can. Hold for a second then lower back down to the floor. You know the drill, repeat for 1 minute.

5. Clam Shells The last exercise is one that dancers do religiously. It targets your inner thighs and glutes to create long and lean muscles. You can stay on the floor for this one and lay on your side. Put your hands and arms where they are most comfortable and bend your knees so that they’re slightly in front of the rest of your body. Making sure your glutes are activated, open and close your legs like a clam shell. Spend 30 seconds on each side.

Congratulations, you have completed a dancer caliber workout in just 5 minutes. Doesn’t that feel good? Yeah, I know. You’re welcome. Try to fit this workout in everyday whenever you have five minutes to spare and you’ll be rocking those shorts and crop tops come summer time!


Beat the Heat by SAMANTHA WEI

Spring and summer are finally here! During the next few months, it is important to make sure that you are adequately protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. From strolling through Central Park to taking a daytrip down to the beach with friends, it is easy to get caught up in the fun of this time of year. When the weather is gorgeous outside you’re bound to want to go out and have fun. While most people are already aware of the link between sunburn and skin cancer, it is still common for people to forget to protect themselves from the sun! With this in mind, below are some ways you can combat the sun’s rays helping to ensure that you have a happy and healthy spring and summer!

Getting To Know The Sun’s Rays As you’re soaking in the sunshine over the next few months, it is important you know why you should protect yourself from the sun! When you wear sunscreen or protect yourself from the sun in other ways, you are shielding yourself from UVA and UVB rays. Both of these rays have been linked to skin cancer and each have their own impact on the skin in many other ways. UVA rays penetrate the skin’s thickest layer, the dermis. They are also linked to skin wrinkling and aging. This is why many people who sunbathe or tan regularly appear to often look older than they are. UVB rays cause the skin to redden and burn. Instead of penetrating the dermis, they radiate on the skin’s most superficial layers and are responsible for the red tinge many people get when they burn. With so many ways to protect yourself from the sun, there is no excuse to leave yourself susceptible to these harmful rays.


Keeping It Traditional Applying sunscreen is the most common way to prevent sunburn. With several types of sunscreen and many different brands, you have countless options when it comes to choosing the right sunscreen for you. As the most effective way to protect your skin from the sun, the most adequate protection comes when you use sunscreen in lotion form. While a spray sunscreen is quick and convenient, it can often lead you to miss certain areas that you think you covered. Some of the most commonly missed areas include an individual’s feet, hands, and ears but spray sunscreen can certainly leave other areas susceptible to sunburn, as well. This is because, in contrast to lotion, it’s often hard to see exactly where the spray fully penetrates the skin. For those unfamiliar with the typical recommendations made when it comes to sunscreen, it is important that you are aware of the following:

1. Wear sunscreen that has over SPF-15 coverage. This is because SPF-15 sunscreen blocks approximately

93% of all UVB rays that hit your skin. As the SPF number goes up, the percentage does too. 93% is definitely a great number when you compare it to the 0% coverage you’d get if you didn’t wear sunscreen!

2. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before your skin is exposed to the sun to allow the ingredients to fully bind to your skin.

3. After wearing sunscreen for 2 hours, you should reapply the same amount consistently. Breaking The Mold

While it is important to apply sunscreen, you can also defend your skin in other ways. Many products that individuals use on a daily basis carry some form of SPF-coverage. From facial moisturizers to eye creams, you probably already use some beauty product that can provide sun protection. Moisturizers are an easy way to make sure your skin is covered. Here at Fordham University, several students already use Simple’s moisturizers. Available on Amazon and throughout New York City at stores such as CVS, Simple produces a moisturizer that also has SPF coverage. The Protecting Light Moisturizer is $9.99 at Target for a 4.2 oz bottle. This makes it easy for customers to keep their faces moisturized and protected. With the sun at its peak over the next few months, it could be helpful to switch over to a product that provides this feature. This way if you forget to put on your sunscreen, as you’re running out the door, your skin will already have a layer of protection. This does not mean, though, that you should not put on sunscreen! It is best to combine products. Your skin will be much happier and healthier if you use moisturizer and sunscreen together.


Accessorize It While beauty products such as moisturizers and foundations are both simple ways to keep your skin safe during the spring and summer months, there is another way to combat the sun. Wearing a pair of sunglasses and a hat can help to shield two important areas of the body: your skin and your eyes. Accessorizing with different sunglasses and hats can be a fun way to change up your style while also maintaining a healthy body. Switching it up from a pair of Aviator sunglasses to a pair of Wayfarer sunglasses can help you create new looks that vary from day to day. Sunglasses allow you to express this individuality while also allowing you to protect your eyes and the skin around them. Varying your hat choices can also help you to change up your style. With so many styles of hats to choose from, you can keep your face out of the sun while also expressing yourself. Keeping your hats near your front door can allow you to grab one on your way out when you’ve forgotten to lather on the sunscreen on a sunny day. This is an easy solution for forgetful or busy individuals.

Polish Off Your Look & Stay Safe Too Makeup is another a great way to ensure that your skin is properly protected. Countless make-up products provide SPF coverage including various foundations and bronzers. Many foundations such as Clinique’s Even Better Makeup provide SPF-15 coverage or higher. It’s not unusual to get busy and forget to slather on some sunscreen on a sunny day. Many of us already apply our make-up on a daily basis. These products make it easier to protect your skin while also expressing your individuality through the power of makeup.

-Kat Von D

By following these guidelines, you can help make sure you have a safe and healthy spring and summer! The sun is up. The warm weather is here. As the next few months unfold, be sure to protect your skin. With a variety of ways to do so, there is bound to be an option that is perfect for you and your daily routine. Your skin will ultimately thank you and your body will too! Have a happy and healthy spring and summer!


TRENDS OF TOMORROW by NAIRA ABDALLA Wearing nail polish has always been one way to express yourself or to compliment your outfit. Over the years, nail trends have progressed from just using a simple base coat and top coat to extensive nail shapes, bright bold colors, and cute nail designs. Today we have very exciting nail designs where every type of person has a way to express themselves.

Stiletto nails, the fiercest nail trend around, is perfect for feeling like you could conquer the world and do whatever you set your mind to. Instead of an ordinary rounded finish, the nail would point out in a sharp, triangular shape. However, the only downside of this nail shape is that it can be very dangerous, since it is a pointed object so keep caution to your eyes. To achieve a Stiletto nail shape you can either go to a nail salon to get the real deal or if your nails are long enough you take a nail filer and smooth out the edges in a way where the sharpest part of your nail would be the top. Metallic are an easy way to make a bold statement with little to no effort. Metallic nails can be worn with any nail shape but, pair it up with the Stiletto shape for a more intense look Glitter nails have been a trend for years, however, using glitter to create ombre patterned nails has risen into popularity. To achieve this look, the glitter is concentrated at the bottom or aligned at the top following the tip of your nails. Sparkles can make a simple statement with any shaped nails and look feminine and aesthetically pleasing.

With the upcoming spring and summer seasons, neon colored nails are rising in prominence. Neon pastels, such as pink, mauve or baby blue, are perfect for the warm weather and would grab anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention. Personally, I love this trend especially since it correlates with the weather. Besides, what better way to welcome spring than to paint your nails? After watching hundreds of Instagram videos on how to perfect an ombre colored nail, I can tell you that this is the hardest nail polish trend out there to achieve. To get an ombre nail you have to get a sponge from any drugstore near your house and directly on the sponge, make streaks of the different shades of any color in a dark to light gradient. Gently press the sponge on your nail and top it with a top coat, then go flaunt your nails. So, grab that sponge and all the shades of pink you have and try it out. Nail trends are constantly changing and becoming more and more fierce, bold, or even more simple. Even though, these are only a few trends, whichever trend you decide to go with or if you want to set your own trend, make your own personal statement.




by ALYANA VERA Spring is hereâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but not all of us are ready. If the months of harsh winds and frigid temps have done their toll on you, then your skin is probably feeling lackluster. After a long winter, the lack of vitamin D and dry weather can make for a dull complexion. Of course, moisturizing is essential so that you can help bring life back to your face, but if you need a quick fix for dullness, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one. Try and reach for the color gold this spring, to fake a dewy and glowing complexion. Gold is a universally flattering color, and it can be used almost anywhere on your face. From gold lips to gold lids, here are a couple looks you should try this spring.


Gilded Cheeks For a glowing complexion, start by laying a shade of gold closest to your skin tone all over your cheekbones. Then, on the highest points of your face place the lightest gold highlighter. Make sure to highlight your cupids bow and the top of your nose. Bill is wearing Tourmaline and Moonstone from the Anastasia Glow Kit in Sun Dipped.

Natural Glow


For a more natural eye look, try laying a pink shadow all over the lid. Blend out the edges for a more natural look, and then place a gold shadow in the middle. For extra sparkle, lay a champagne glitter over the lid; donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry about being precise, the messier the better! For lips, try a neutral gloss with gold flecks, like Colourpopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ultra Glossy Lip in My Jam. For highlight, try a color that looks most natural on you. For Andie, I used Moonstone from the Anastasia Glow Kit in Sun Dipped.


24-Karat Smile If you want to turn heads this summer, then this look is for you. Start by painting your lips with Colourpop’s Ultra Metallic Lip in DM. Then take a flat shadow brush and take up a true gold like the color Gold from the Lorac Pro Palette, and place that on top of the lips. Start at the center of the lips and then build out, and blend that out. Pair the lips with a bronze shimmer liner on the eye, blend that out into the crease and then define with a taupe shadow.

Bright Eyes

Light up your world with this eyeliner look. Start with a clean base, primer and, for an even bolder look, a white eye primer. Use a strong gold pigment (for this look I used Colourpop’s Pearlized Highlighter in Candyman) with an eyeliner brush. Start with a modest wing, and then carve out the lid. This look requires a steady hand and a clean application, but the end result is a striking look.

Golden Girl This easy look requires little prep time but is guaranteed to turn heads. Start with outlining your cupid’s bow with a true gold (I used the color Gold from the Lorac Pro Palette) using an eyeliner brush, and then take your finger and smudge the same color in the center of your bottom lip. Put a clear gloss on top to give the lips a high-shine look. Then take a light gold color, like Moonstone from Anastasia’s Glowkit in Sun Dipped, and brush it along your cheekbones. Take the same highlighter and place it on the top of your nose.


MAKEUP FOR POC by M.. Elizabeth Pustinger In a world full of makeup possibilities, from rainbow highlighters to indie brand non-smear liquid lipsticks, it seems like there’s absolutely something for every single person. However, for people of color, this isn’t so true. One of YouTube beauty guru Jackie Aina’s most viewed videos is “The Worst Beauty Brands EVER for POC!” She openly critiques different brands to her nearly 1.5 million subscribers, so she can showcase the inconsistency in representation of people of color in the beauty community. “We all know lack of diversity in cosmetic brands is still definitely an issue we’re facing,” she starts the video off clarifying. “Don’t get me wrong: there are a plethora of amazing foundation brands and companies that I really like that work for my skin tone, [but] I shouldn’t have to be limited to the few brands that do actually get shades right.” These lists have been compiled to showcase brands and specific products that cater to darker skin tones, from warm tan to deep black. They have also been compiled to show the disparity between products for different ethnicities in order to hopefully

begin a conversation of representation for POC overall. That being said, here are some of the amazing brands and products that POC are using for their glam looks:

FOUNDATIONS Milani Cosmetics Conceal + Perfect Foundation, $10, any drugstore This brand was originally created for people with darker skin tones. Their foundation formula works as high-coverage and has colors from 00 Light Natural, for light skin tones, to 14 Golden Toffee, which works for “dark skin tones, with deep, warm undertones.” Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation, $35, Sephora Tattoo artist Kat Von D began her cosmetics line with inclusivity on her mind. Her buildable foundation ranges from a fair ivory color to deep hazelnuts and espressos.


CONCEALERS Black Opal True Color Flawless Perfecting Concealer, $5.25, Duane Reade Black Opal prides itself on being a “beauty destination” for people of color. It’s mission statement, as shown on their website, is “to celebrate the nuances of black matter how unique your shade, your tone, or heritage.” Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer, $24, QVC, Ulta, and This full coverage concealer “blends like butter” according to Haitian beauty guru Shanygne Maurice in her first impressions review video of the concealer. “I am a darker skin tone has 14 different shades to choose from,” she explains.



Juvia’s Place cosmetics

RCMA Makeup No Color Powder, $12,

Juvia’s Place is an indie cosmetics company that creates their pigments with inspiration from African culture. The colors are created with people of color in mind, to balance and compliment their deep shades of skin tone.

Translucent setting powders are known to have absolutely no pigment in them, so they will not affect the color of your foundation or concealer. They are a favorite by all skin colors because they do not lighten or darken any parts of your look; they simply set all your liquid products you put on your face. This specific powder is well known in the beauty community and can be used on any skin shade.

Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Eyeshadow Palette, $35, juviasplace. com This specific palette was created to celebrate Ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti, who ruled Egypt alongside the Pharaoh. The shades include a muted orange, a mustard yellow, a rich navy blue, and a shimmering bronze. Juvia’s Place Masquerade Palette, $30, This limited edition palette is a culmination of colors reminiscent of African celebrations. There are pops of color with a sharp Barbie pink and a royal purple which are taken from African costumes. Then there are transition colors (neutral colors used to more seamlessly blend other colors together) with a matte tan and a subdued burgundy.


Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Another favorite translucent setting powder is this one by celebrity makeup artist Laura Mercier. This setting powder is different from the RCMA one however, because it includes a second shade, which does have dark pigments in it. These dark pigments work to mix in with your foundation and concealer to mattify your skin.

makeup dupes that you (and your wallet) will love by Courtney Brogle

Whether you are a resident makeup guru or a basic beginner, we can agree that the cost of makeup products can add up quickly. Especially for struggling college students, regular trips to Sephora won’t treat your budget kindly. Thankfully, the cosmetic world has many products that treat all wallets kindly and may even be comparable to high-end luxury items. Note that all prices are estimates.


Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($7 at Ulta) vs. BeautyBlender Original ($20 at Sephora) This cosmetic sponge not only is $13 less than the beloved Beautyblender, but it also has added functionality, with a larger flat end and tapered corner, which allows for a more precise and even application of the skin. When dampened, this tool seamlessly applies foundation, concealer, cream contour, and even setting powder for a flawless finish at a much more affordable price.

Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner ($8 at Ulta) vs. Stila Cosmetics All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($22 at Sephora)


Unfortunately for consumers and their bank accounts, the Stila Liquid Eyeliner’s felt tip dries out even before the product runs out; before long, you’ll end up buying another $22 pen. With this more affordable option from Maybelline, the quality of your wings stays the same at a much friendly cost.


Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser ($7 at Ulta) vs. Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36 at Sephora)

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation ($13 at Ulta) vs. Makeup Forever Mat Velvet and Mattifying Foundation ($41 at Sephora)

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Wet n Wild Shimmer Palette in Hollywood Boulevard ($5 at Walgreens) vs. Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop ($38 at Sephora) Although there is truly no true comparison to the immense glow that Becca Cosmetics’ highlighting products, it is difficult to justify the extreme price point. Luckily, for only $5, Wet n Wild offers an impressive shine at a fraction of the price.


ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in LAX ($6 on the ColourPop website) vs. Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in Leo ($29 on the Kylie Cosmetics website) Kylie Cosmetics and ColourPop are sister companies that are produced by the same manufacturers and are rumored to have similar (if not the same) formulas. When swatched side-by-side, Kylie’s Leo and ColourPop’s LAX, are extremely similar in consistency and pigmentation. There are several other sources online who have compared Colourpop colors to Kylie Cosmetics, and there are several other dupes available for the rest of the collection.


NYX Hi-Definition Photo Concealer Wand ($5 at Ulta) vs. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30 at Sephora) The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is a long time fan-favorite, but at $30 not many have the funding to splurge. Luckily, NYX offers a great dupe with that feel light and creamy on the face with impressive color payoffs.


L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara ($8 at Ulta) vs. Too Faced Cosmetics Better Than Sex Mascara ($23 at Sephora) Surprisingly, many beauty lovers prefer this L’Oreal mascara over many high-end products, including the popular Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. L’Oreal’s mascara formula and color payoff are non-comparable for many, and with only an $8 cost it’s a win-win situation.


Milani Cosmetics Baked Blush in Luminoso ($7 at Target) vs. NARS Cosmetics Blush in Orgasm ($30 at Sephora) NARS Cosmetics Orgasm Blush, a cult product in the beauty world, offers a subtle shimmer with the natural flush of pink-peach color it provides. However, the Milani Cosmetics Baked Blush in Luminoso provides a similar result, at a more affordable price, and is available in most drugstores.


Ulta Contour Kit ($15 at Ulta) Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit ($40 at Sephora). Anastasia Beverly Hills is renowned for its eyebrow and contour/highlighting products at high-end prices. Luckily, the Ulta Beauty Contour Palette offers a quality result with a nicer price tag.


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ELF Makeup Brushes ($2-$12 at CVS) vs. MAC Makeup Brushes ($20-$42 at MAC).

NYX Brow Pomade ($7 at Ulta) vs. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade ($18 at Sephora)

Especially when just starting out in makeup, Having good quality makeup brushes is a must will improve your makeup looks and skill, but shouldn’t have to break the bank. While MAC and Sephora brushes are of great Cosmetics have high quality brushes, ELF Cosmetics offers a wide array of sturdy, long-lasting tools at a more affordable price.

One of the hottest makeup trends right now is “Instagram Brows,” which are sharp and precisely shaped eyebrows with a faded start at the corner of the eye that tapers off into a darker and thicker end. This look is typically achieved with brow pomade, a wax-based product that both tames hairs into place as well as fill in sparse areas. This is distinctive from regular pencils or powders, which only fill eyebrows in to give


Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder ($6 at Walmart) vs. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($38 at Sephora)

Setting powder does much more than seal in foundation/concealer; it can be used to “bake” one’s face (in which one applies a larger amount of powder to areas of the face in order to prevent creasing, fine lines, and pores as well as highlight), catch fallout powders when applying eyeshadows, and sharpen cheek

a fuller look without necessarily keeping the hairs in a uniform manner. A wonderful alternative to the pricey Anastasia Beverly Hills cult classic is from NYX Cosmetics and fills brows in just as beautifully.

14 NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray ($8 at Ulta) vs. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray ($31 at Sephora)

contours. Tried and true makeup staples many beauty gurus rave over are both Coty and Laura Mercier loose powders. However, Laura Mercier is much pricier, and the Coty Airspun does the same job and offers much more product that lasts much longer.

No makeup look is complete until it is set to perfection with a refreshing spray. Since setting spray formulas tend to be incredibly similar, NYX Cosmetics offers two setting sprays, in matte and dewy finishes. The dewy finish gives a more natural and hydrated look, while the matte version


NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Sandstorm ($7 at Ulta) vs. Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny ($18 on the Jeffree Star website)

maintains oiliness and prevents a makeup meltdown in humid environments. The dewy finish is typically used by those with dry skin, and the matte finish is favored by those with oily skin.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics have become extremely popular within the last year for their wide range of beautiful liquid lipsticks. However, at an $18 price tag, excluding shipping and handling fees since it is only available online, can become a bit extreme. NYX Cosmetics’ Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Sandstorm is a fantastic dupe that won’t hurt your wallet and will leave you looking just as fabulous.








The weather is warming and the sun is shining! Summer 2017 is right around the corner and we can’t wait. Another school year is coming to a close and the promise of a little R&R is right around the corner. Start thinking about your summer bucket lists now, and how you want to spend your well deserved time off. If you need some suggestions we’ve got you covered.

If you’re looking for something a little intellectual to keep those gears in your head moving, a museum should be your go-to! One of the best in the city, the Met. Spend a day wandering around, enjoying the art, and taking lots of photos for your Instagram, of course. While you’re there, make sure you check out Picasso’s painting, The Actor. We have the inside scoop on the current dramatic story involving this painting that is sure to strike up your intrigue. Since you’re out and about in the city—in the summer, when time is all you’ve got—be sure to check out the foodie heavens we’ve featured for you. So what if you’re queuing up for it? Your tummy (and your Instagram) will thank you. When you’re home free, to prevent being unable to school when you get back in the fall, make sure you’re reading for yourself—we hope to inspire you to rekindle your love of reading, and provide some recommendations to make it easier. For all of you that aren’t staying in NYC this summer, we have a list of ten great movies based in New York City that are sure to keep you entertained and have you looking forward to the fall semester when you are able to be back in the greatest city in the world. 2017 has been quite the year, and we aren’t even half way through. The political tension in this country is at an all time high and people are speaking out more than ever before seen by our generation. Our sources tell us the what it means to be “cool” is quickly being transformed by this politically fueled culture. If you are going join the new wave of “cool,” make sure you’re well-informed -- brush up on your knowledge of one of the most important (feminist) issues: Planned Parenthood. We’ve got a crash course in everything you need to know about the organization and the threats it is facing this new year. As if you need any more inspiration, we’ve got a story about, Beyonce, that is sure to spark your feminist fire. So come on in, relax and take a dip in the social and political culture-pool of New York!






Although World War II ended in 1945 with the drop of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, its aftereffects, specifically those on patrons of art, are still felt to this day. Nazi looting is one of the main causes of unsolved crimes in the art world that seldom results in restitutions of artworks to the original owners. Not only did Nazis murder and displace Jewish families during the Holocaust, they looted the artwork that had belonged to them. These works of art have ended up in museums, in the custody of foreign goernments, and in private collections. Scarcely have they ended up in the rightful hands of the descendents of the families from which they were taken. When a family claims a piece of artwork was looted by the Nazis, they are first required to present ownership of the painting. Even if this ownership is impeccable proof, the current owner of the artwork may deny the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claim. This then forces the family to take them to court and sue them for their rights to the artwork. This occurred with Menzel v. List, the case in which the demand-refusal rule was created. The descendants of the Menzel family had proof of ownership of a Marc Chagall they were

forced to abandon, and yet List refused to return it. One such similar case is currently in court. The descendant of a German-Jewish businessman is suing the Metropolitan Museum of Art over ownership of one of the most prized and valuable paintings in the Metâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection. Picassoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Actor, was painted from 1904-1905 and is currently valued at 100 million dollars. According to The New York Times, the Leffmann family, who were German-Jewish industrialists, originally purchased The Actor in 1912 for around $9,000. In 1938, the family was hiding from the Nazis in Italy and were forced to sell the painting for $13,200 to Parisian art dealers Hugo Perls and Paul Rosenberg. This allowed them to flee to Switzerland and eventually to Brazil. The suit contends that this constitutes a sale under duress. The painting passed through a few galleries, including the Knoedler Gallery (infamous for its involvement in the sale of forged works), until it was bought by Thelma Chrysler Foy in 1941 for $22,500, according to Artnet News. The painting would later be donated to the Met in 1952, as shown in its provenance.


The painting, The Actor, is now one of Picasso’s most famous and valuable works. It is ominous; “simple yet haunting” in the words of the Met, and was painted in the El Greco style synonymous with his blue period. However, this was a break from his “obsession with the wretched” for a more flamboyant subject matter of acrobats and the theatrical world. Laurel Zuckerman, the great-grandniece of the Leffmanns, sued the Met in September of 2016, though she had been talking to the Met for years, for possession of The Actor or damages amassing more than $100 Million, according to Artnet News. She claimed that the Leffmanns sold the painting under duress due to Nazi pressure and for well below market value. This is considering the fact that the painting was insured for $18,000 when loaned to the MoMA in 1939, the year after the sale, as stated in The New York Times. And since the painting was sold under duress, the Leffmanns would have not truly have lost title to the painting. In addition, according to The New York Times, Zuckerman argued that the Met’s provenance for the painting, its history of ownership, was inaccurate as it did not even list the Leffmanns’ ownership of the painting and was not corrected until 2011. This shows the Met’s failure to investigate the the true origins of the piece, even though they have had the painting since 1952 and of any other institution, have the most

resources at hand to investigate this incredibly valuable piece. The Met, on the other hand, claims that the 1938 sale of The Actor was a fair market sale; the museum denies the implications of any duress at the time of sale. According to Artnet News, the Met claims that the amount the Leffmanns received was more than any other Picasso was sold for to a dealer by a collector during this time, thus the Met has “indisputable title” to the painting. The Met claimed that the faulty provenance was only based on information provided by Hugo Perls and the donor, and then fixed when more information became available. The Met also tried to argue that the statute of limitations (the time a plaintiff has to file a lawsuit) had run out. Yet, the Zuckerman defense argues that since New York follows the demand-refusal rule, when Zuckerman asked for The Actor back and the Met refused, the statute of limitations began. There has been no decision regarding this case as it is currently being battled in the New York courts. I leave it up to you, the readers of this article to decide for yourselves who deserves the painting. Does the museum truly have “indisputable title” to The Actor or do the injustices of the holocaust and the legitimacy of the demand-refusal rule make Laurel Zuckerman a deserving recipient of this painting that is her last connection to her ancestors, the Leffmanns?


why do people still stand in line for food? by Alexandra Gilles Now more than ever, people have been standing in absurdly long lines for some ungodly, exotic munchie. Unless you have been living without access to wifi for the past year, you’ve seen pictures of (and maybe even devoured) a Black Tap milkshake, a rainbow bagel, a Dominique Ansel cronut, 10Below rolled ice cream, and — the biggest craze right now — DŌ cookie dough. From what I’ve seen, all this hype is drawing our generation away from the classic New York City tourist attractions like visiting the Statue of Liberty and riding a bike in Central Park and driving us more towards scavenging for something that looks cool on Instagram.

Let me try to explain how this food craze began. A man by the name of Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook. You, all your friends, and your crazy aunt created accounts. Not long after, a couple of other dudes created Twitter, and then some more created Instagram. Millennials jumped onto the social media wagon and started uploading, sharing, liking, and


tweeting their lives. At some point, it turned into a race for followers and likes across platforms. Those few who somehow figured out how to win the follower race became what we now call “influencers,” or the bloggers, youtubers, models, and rich kids that are used in marketing techniques. Influencers of what? Probably the whole world. Since everyone (whether or not they admit it) wants to be like an influencer, they stalk them obsessively. Where are they going? Who are they wearing? What are they eating? Oh funny you ask, they’re eating DŌ cookie dough. Some uploads, shares, likes, retweets, snap stories, and live streams later, the line outside DŌ wraps around the entire block. There’s also another factor. I asked a few groups of young tourists standing in line at DŌ how they heard about it. They all said Facebook without any hesitation. In addition to the social media influencers impacting the food craze, INSIDER videos add to the demand as well. INSIDER videos provide information and drool-worthy images of a featured food item in stores around the world. They talk to the person that owns the place, maybe talk to a baker or chef, and follow them as they create their masterpieces. A little share, share, share later (well more like half a million shares to go with 44 million views) and DŌ has become a household name, and not for how yummy

it tastes, but for how yummy it photographs. Okay, hold up. People are standing in long lines for food and their first priority once they’re finally holding the ice cream cone of cookie dough is to snap a picture. It’s not to indulge—savouring every last bite occurs later. They first need to show all their snapchat friends and Instagram followers that they just stood in line with a bunch of other people for the biggest food craze of the moment in New York City. And not just immediately upload a real Instagram nor send a picture to a couple friends, but post on Instagram and Snapchat stories. These “story” features are very similar across popular social media platforms. The basic aspect is the ability to post pictures that are most likely occurring in real time in order for them to disappear within 24 hours. “Stories” are adding to the reason people follow through with going to the place they saw on an Insider video on Facebook. I asked a few people standing in the DŌ line if they were from the city. None of them were, showing the lengths at which our generation will go to be able to post a fun and engaging story on Instagram and Snapchat. Hence, this food line

trend is a result of social media and its features. To some, sacrificing precious time to stand in threehour lines reflects pure stupidity, but to the social media enthused kids of our generation, it’s a great opportunity. For the food entrepreneurs, it seems like creating an interesting food product, getting Insider to feature you, and inviting influencers to take pictures are the ultimate answers to building a successful business. However, because a lot of media stories are here today and gone tomorrow, trends show that popularity dies off in a domino effect as quickly as it arose. It’s kind of like that time in high school when everyone thought it was cool to make Harlem Shake videos. Ha. But more seriously, last year’s three-hour wait at Black Tap has now reduced to a nearly empty restaurant. Even though it’s the same $15 milkshake, everyone has been-there-done-that. Often, the hype of lines outweighs the quality of the product, and if it’s no longer an event to post a “story,” it’s not worth it. People would rather wait in a three-hour line to get a good picture and be relevant than stroll into their local bakery.


reading for yourself


With exams, papers and extracurricular activities, it can be hard to make time for yourself as a college student. Even when you aren’t busy with responsibilities, which doesn’t happen all too often, you would rather do anything but read. For me, once I hit high school and eventually college, reading became a chore. I was forced to read books that I had no interest in, and as a whole reading became synonymous with ‘work’ for me. I have to spend hours on end reading for class, so why would I devote anymore time to a book than I already have? The library itself, once a haven for me after school, has become synonymous with the trial of studying. Long academic articles have ruined my opinion of books, or any other form of literature besides the occasional blog post. Not to say that I find all of my assigned readings boring; some of them are truly interesting. But after a long day of class, work and reading, all I want to do is snuggle up in my bed and watch another episode of Parks and Rec. That’s the kind of apathy towards the literary genre that I’ve grown; if it weren’t for school, I probably wouldn’t read anything longer than 500 characters. At least, that was before I made a concerted effort to incorporate texts I want to read into my ordinary routine. My journey towards loving books again began in my senior year of high school, when I made the ambitious (at the time) decision to read four books outside of class by the end of the year. I tenuously started off by reading twenty pages a day, devoting twenty minutes before bed to reading a book of my choice. However, as I went on, I began

to notice I would read voraciously for hours on end; at first I’d say, only a page more, only a chapter more, until I’d realize it was 1:00am and I had somehow arrived at the conclusion of my story. There is something beautiful about the way we can lose ourselves in a book, the way in which reality disappears for a moment and all there is are the words on the page. I could spout off hundreds of statistics about how reading helps broaden your vocabulary, or helps introduce you to different cultures, or helps relieve stress, but I don’t think you should read for those reasons. You should read for yourself, just for the pure joy of discovering a new story, for the almost childlike wonder you can obtain my immersing yourself in a realm of fantasy. We shouldn’t let school make us hate something we used to love, or perhaps prevent us from learning to love the written word. If you used to love reading, but the steady progression of responsibilities have alienated you from the embrace of the written word, I urge you to rediscover your relationship with reading. Take a few minutes before you go to bed, or maybe when you wake up in the morning, to read a book. Or maybe a poem, or a newspaper, or whatever literary genre you please. Or maybe, if you are already a devoted follower of the cult of the word, then you could try moving outside your comfort zone; if you are a fiction purist, try one of those teen fic novels you scorn so much. If you are a avid fan of Lord Byron’s poetry, try Rupi Kaur. Above all, don’t allow school to ascribe reading a new meaning. In a time when reading may seem like a chore, it is all the more important to read for yourself.

A reading list for those who want to fall in love with reading again... Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur Between the World and Me – Ta Nehisi-Coates A Raisin in the Sun – Lorraine Hansberry


Empire State


by Sneha Neogi


Each day in New York is like a movie: taxi cabs, tall buildings, bright fashion, and many characters to meet. Many movies are filmed in New York because of its fast-paced feel and innovative attitude. From a horror classic to romance in the city, these are movies that will help one dive into the New York mentality.

10) Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

This movie is a necessity on this list for many reasons. First, the Fordham promo. Shia LeBeouf’s character, Jake Moore, is a Fordham alumnus and part of the movie is filmed at our Rose Hill campus. Second, this movie really captures the intensity of Wall Street. Gabelli kids will appreciate the honesty of this movie, and how Wall Street is not all money and suits.

9) West Side Story (1961)

An iconic story involving gangs, music, and love. If that doesn’t scream entertainment, then what does? This energetic musical set in the Upper West Side and revolves around the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks (two teenage gangs who are differentiated by their ethnicities). This movie takes place before the beautiful Lincoln Center was made, and has a very urban feel to it.

8) King Kong (1933)

King Kong is, to this day, Rotten Tomato’s greatest horror film of all time. The movie was filmed on the streets of New York City; as the story goes, a director is in search of a heroine for his film, and finds poor Ann Darrow. The director in the film, Carl Denham, promises Ann an adventure of a lifetime and does not fail to deliver. Denham’s plan is to go to a remote island, home to a monster named Kong. As the movie goes on, we meet Kong who is actually a giant gorilla (that wasn’t a spoiler…was it?) Anyway, this movie is a classic. Who doesn’t love a giant gorilla on the Empire State Building?

7) Before We Go (2014)

An underrated Netflix gem, this movie is about a woman who misses her bus to Boston and is stuck in New York City for the night. She meets a charming musician who tries to help her find her way back home. Together they find more than that, they find a connection and an adventure in the city. This movie is thoughtful and the relationship between the two characters is full of respect and charm. The movie is very light, and portrays the beauty of the New York night. The city really enhances the romance in this movie.

6) Maid in Manhattan (2002)

What an adorable movie! It is about a senatorial candidate falling in love with a maid in his hotel. Sure, this movie has a bit of a predictable plot but it still

leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy on the inside. The movie is totally relatable because we all want to feel rich and fancy sometimes. Jennifer Lopez, Manhattan, and a young Tyler Posey...need I say more?

5) Spiderman (2002)

A shy and nerdy high school student develops spider-like abilities after being bitten by a spider. This movie is seen through the perspective of Peter Parker, young city student. Peter Parker has a lot on his plate with girls, school work, social life, and the strange gift given to him. The audience gets a flying tour of New York by Spider-man in this film.

4) The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Anne Hathaway plays an aspiring journalist that lands a job at a high-end fashion magazine, Runway. Personally, this movie is the movie that comes to mind when I think of New York City: fashion, opportunities, scary bosses, glamour and personal transformations. Hathaway’s character, Andy, initially has no interest in fashion. But, thanks to humiliation and taunting by Runway’s editor-in-chief (Meryl Streep), Andy learns a lot about fashion and herself. I believe this movie gives hope to all college students, if we work hard we can do it.

3) Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

This horror classic is about a pregnant woman who believes there is something ominous about her baby. This film is often categorized as a cinematic masterpiece. Visually this movie is incredibly aesthetic, especially the apartment Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes’ characters live in. The film is a psychological horror that is really hit or miss with critics. Yet, all agree that New York City is beautifully portrayed in this movie. Fun fact: There is a scene in the movie where Farrow’s character walks into New York traffic due to the strange symptoms of her pregnancy. Roman Polanski (the director) told Farrow to walk into actual New York traffic. His logic was that no one would hit a pregnant woman, and the reactions of the drivers and Mia Farrow would be genuine.

2) Annie Hall (1977)

Any Woody Allen film would fit in this spot, but Annie Hall is my personal favorite. This movie is about a New York City comedian who falls in love with a ditsy girl named Annie Hall. The two characters are very different and dynamic, but the audience still roots for


them throughout the entire movie. It really portrays all the different kinds of personalities you can encounter in this city of eight million people. Woody Allen’s witty style and his interaction with the audience during the movie makes it unique and lovable.

1) Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Ahh! My favorite movie of all time with my favorite actress of all time. Audrey Hepburn plays Holly Golightly, a Manhattan woman who loves glamour and wealth (don’t we all?) It is a light film, but leaves an impression on all who watch it. It is a charming movie filmed in a charming city. Audrey’s character in the movie is damaged but dreamy, and finds love in a city where all she expected was wealth. Nothing says iconic more than the image of Audrey Hepburn in her beautiful black dress eating a pastry in front of the Tiffany’s windows. New York is constantly changing its trends and styles, but these films incorporate the fundamentals of one of the greatest cities in the world. The characters in these movies find love, mentors, monsters, and opportunities in the city we are lucky enough to call home. It is time for all of us to create our own stories in New York City: lights, camera, action!


That regnant ‘Glow’ by PAIGE BRYAN

The image of the female is intrinsically married to sex and motherhood. However, today more young women are beginning to prioritize their independence and careers, a concept that has become increasingly normalized through the ideals of feminism. The idea of staying home and starting a family doesn’t come into play for many until they fulfill their desires for independence. Pregnancy is not an easy choice. The social scrutiny of choosing between continuing a career post-birth or leaving it behind altogether is unavoidable. The physical and emotional challenges that pregnancy and childbirth bring are understated in a patriarchal society, creating a community of women who rejoice and cry together for those who choose to have children. This community should be inclusive of social status, history, and race, but there are obstacles at every level. For black women, there are racial and social stigmas present at every corner. Oftentimes centered around the need to be independent and

self-sufficient from a young age, while maintaining the foundations of motherhood for the next generation. Beyoncé, a fixed and immovable black female pop culture icon, announced she was having twins in February of this year, further elevating her status as an awesome role model for black females. Beyoncé is an artist whose music and life have oftentimes combined to create beautiful art. In Lemonade, Beyoncé changed the pop music narrative by presenting an artistic representation of the effects of slavery on black women that left many in awe of its cinematic mastery. With the release of “Formation,” many joked that the song forced white Americans to acknowledge that Beyoncé was, indeed, a black women. With her pregnancy announcement, the stunning visuals that left many enthralled with the masterpiece of Lemonade were brought back to the foreground. Spencer Kornhaber, a culture writer for The Atlantic, states simply that, “it’s recent and yet classical. Themes about motherhood and blooming


life and femininity are right on the surface. The colors, the composition, and the content make it hard to look away.” Beyoncé successfully reinterpreted classic renaissance paintings and created new artistic visuals with crucially relevant social themes. But with all that she accomplished, there were some that felt bitterness, rather than excitement. A specific trend appeared the following week, showing articles with titles expressing disdain with Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement with each one full of ‘white feminism’ and a distinct tone that sounded anti-black. One particular article caught my eye (and the eyes of many on Twitter). The New York Post posted a link to an article succinctly titled, “Having a baby isn’t a miracle and doesn’t make you a goddess.” The article doesn’t stray too far away from title, but even moves to lambast other celebrities that considered giving birth anything more than that. Naomi Schaffer Riley, the author of said article, articulates in far too many words that giving birth


is not a miracle, or even an accomplishment. For many readers, there was a clear line that had been crossed. Targeting Beyoncé’s joyous moment - along with other moms both celebrity and not - as simply fetishizing motherhood, Schaffer does a disservice to feminism and, frankly, even to basic human emotions. With an accusatory tone she writes, “Beyoncé has never known when to draw the line between what she should share with her husband and what she should share with an audience,” then cites Beyonce’s 2014 Grammy performance as evidence. With her brand of ‘white feminism,’ Schaffer Riley hypersexualizes Beyonce, while condeming the hypersexualization of women in the same sentence. These women not only feel attacked, but defensive due to an irrational fear that their voice is being oppressed. The privilege of being the dominant voice for women has lead to a lack of intersectionality in the narratives white women present. With Beyonce actively challenging and changing these narratives, the only response they can seem to give is anger and thinly veiled racism. In Naomi Schaffer Riley’s case, her attacks are soft and lack any true merit, but the sentiments behind them are shared by too many women. Beyoncé’s transformation of her pregnancy into art and her celebration of motherhood as divine are important reminders that the female body can carry life within itself. That alone should be enough of a reason why pregnancy and motherhood should be celebrated as divine art. To believe such important aspects are trivial is to ignore a rich and intricate history that has fostered and raised society to stand where it does today.

"I felt like God was giving me a chance to assist in a

miracle. There is somthing so relieving about life

taking over you like that. Youre playing a part in a much bigger show. And

thats what life is. Its the greatest show on earth."




Protecting Planned Parenthood by SOPHIE AMBRO

Since election day, Planned Parenthood centers across our country have seen an increase in those offering to volunteer, donations to support its mission, and most notably, a rise in the number of people booking appointments to get much needed health care in the wake of President Trump’s inauguration. I never thought the President of our United States would have people flocking to get birth control, but that’s our world now, folks. Trump’s presidency has created cause for concern for anyone that depends on Planned Parenthood for health care services or simply supports the organization’s mission. According to its website, Planned Parenthood’s mission is:

• to provide comprehensive reproductive and

complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual • to advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services • to provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality • to promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications Many of you probably support at least one mission Planned Parenthood works to fulfill and might think our government should support (and fund) an organization that works towards these goals. But,


there are a lot of people in government that don’t. Unfortunately, federal funding for Planned Parenthood is just one more fight underway in the wake of this past election. But before you paint your signs and get out to that second, third, or maybe even fourth protest (this week), take a minute to educate yourself on how federal funding for Planned Parenthood actually works. Fight for what you believe in and make sure you know what you’re fighting for… and against! First things first: What is Planned Parenthood and what services does the organization provide? While the debate to defund Planned Parenthood is primarily centered around abortions provided by the organization, abortions account for only 3% of its total services. And, data shows the number of abortions performed has actually decreased now that people have affordable access to birth control. The most used Planned Parenthood service is sexually transmitted disease (STD) and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment. Other Planned Parenthood services that are utilized much more than abortion procedures are contraception, general women’s health services, and cancer screenings. Planned Parenthood has been a vital resource for providing reproductive health and sex education for millions of people throughout our country for the past 100 years. With 650 health centers in the United States, the nonprofit organization is one of the nation’s leading providers of high quality and affordable healthcare while also being the largest provider of sex education in the country. An

estimated five million adults and teenagers visit a Planned Parenthood center each year and one in five women in the United States has gone to a Planned Parenthood center once in her lifetime. Those numbers alone should be enough to warrant guaranteed federal funding. Now onto the hard stuff. How is it funded by the federal government? Planned Parenthood currently receives over $500 million a year from federal and state funding, which is more than 40% of the organization’s $1.3 billion revenue. That’s a lot to lose should Congress vote to defund the organization, which would likely mean major cutbacks in services and programs and increased cost for the patient. Public funding comes from Medicaid and Title X. Medicaid, which comprises 75% of Planned Parenthood federal funding, is a social insurance program that allows underprivileged individuals to have access to basic medical services. Title X guarantees the use of federal money exclusively for family planning-related medical services. Medicaid operates using federal and state funds, so should the federal government stop supporting Planned Parenthood states can still choose to do so. Also, states receive a 90% federal reimbursement on Medicaid family planning spending. Now, if you’re anything like me, this is what will really get your blood boiling. Title X prohibits federal funding to be used for any abortion related procedures and Medicaid allows government money to be used towards an abortion only in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother. Planned Parenthood is required by law not to use federal money for abortion services. The Hyde Amendment in 1976 holds, “no funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by Federal law, shall be expended for any abortion.” So, only 3% of all Planned Parenthood services is abortions, and none of them are provided using federal money! Abortion services are funded by private donations or paid for by the patient themselves. Now that we all have a basic understanding of this issue, what changes are coming under Trump and what hasn’t changed yet? I reached out to Carrie Mumah, Director of Digital and media Relations at Planned Parenthood of New York City, who provided me with the following information on what the organization see as the greatests threats and concerns since November’s election results.


Q: Will insurance cover birth control and for how long? A: Yes. Right now (unless the law changes) insurance companies are required to cover birth control without a copay or deductible. We don’t know what changes will be made to the Affordable Care Act (ACA aka Obamacare) or when, but as of now, that law has not changed. Q: Can a person still have an abortion and use her Medicaid? A: Yes. If you live in New York State and are enrolled in Medicaid, the cost of your abortion will be covered by New York State Medicaid funding that does not include any federal dollars. You can also come to Planned Parenthood New York City for preventive health care at any of our five centers with your Medicaid plan. Q: Is Planned Parenthood out of money or getting defunded? A: Defunding means that the federal government will no longer pay Planned Parenthood for taking care of people with Medicaid coverage for their health services. It does not mean that you cannot receive care from us—it means that Planned Parenthood NYC will not be reimbursed by Medicaid for that care. Q. Should I be worried about my appointment being canceled due to Trump defunding Planned Parenthood? No. Your appointment will not be canceled due to defunding threats. Planned Parenthood sees patients regardless of insurance or immigration status or ability to pay. They intend to remain open and take care of our patients—as they have for the past 100 years. Q. If Trump signs the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act how fast will that take effect? We do not know when and what changes will be made to the Affordable Care Act. Right now, the law has not changed. Planned Parenthood is doing everything they can to continue to provide care for our patients. Q. Will Planned Parenthood report the status of a refugee or an undocumented immigrant to the government? Planned Parenthood NYC is open to everyone including undocumented immigrants and refugees. They do not report anyone’s documentation status to government authorities.

Now you might be thinking, what can I do about it? If you are wondering what you can do to help the fight to support Planned Parenthood, get out there and protest, educate others, write to your Congressmen and Senators, and don’t let the next four years push us back 50. We must make our voices heard against this President. He might have the power but we have the volume! Update at Press Time Without his usual fanfare of cameras flashing and the attention he usually craves, President Donald Trump privately signed a bill Thursday, April 13 that allows states to withhold federal money from organizations that provide abortion services, including Planned Parenthood. The bill reverses a regulation that former President Barack Obama signed that prohibited states from withholding money from facilities that perform abortions, arguing that many of these facilities also provide other family planning and medical services. President Trump signed the bill after Vice President Mike Pence, a social conservative who regularly touts his anti-abortion stances, had to cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate after two Republicans opposed the measure. “(Women’s) worst fears are now coming true. We are facing the worst political attack on women’s health in a generation as lawmakers have spent the past three months trading away women’s health and rights at every turn,” said Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood. On May 4, 2017 the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed in the House of Representatives by one vote and is now awaiting a vote by the Senate. The AHCA prevents Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal money for one year and prevents federal subsidies from going to any health plan that covers abortion.

Planned Parenthood locations in NYC MANHATTAN

Margaret Sanger Center 26 Bleecker St.


The Bronx Center 349 E 149th St.


Boro Hall Center 44 Court St.


Diane L. Max Health Center 21-41 45th Rd. 212-965-7000


by Alexandra Gillis

It’s 2017: the year of concerning climate change, the rooster, Donald Trump’s inauguration, and apparently head transplants? The world is constantly changing—some of it good, some of it bad, and some of it ugly. Also changing is the perception of what makes a cool girl—in 2017—cool. I’m not saying that cool girls are no longer cool—yes, they’re still killing it—but because everything around us is changing—society, culture, science—our perception of what is cool has evolved. Take anti-Trump Gigi Hadid; sex-positive Amy Schumer; non-makeup makeup wearing Glossier CEO Emily Weiss who coined the slogan “Happy is cool,” witty, man-repelling self-expressionist Leandra Medine; each of them redefine what constitutes coolness. Not to overdo the already overdone political culture analysis so far this year, but everything that has been going on has affected how girls present themselves, both online and off. In 2017, being a cool girl is more about marching with a pussy hat on 5th Ave than shopping on 5th Ave; she’s more concerned with planned parenthood than planning her night out; and above all, she’s more interested in forwarding feminist values than having her femininity objectified.


Remember Cher from Clueless? She was the classic cool girl, but in retrospect, her coolness is tone deaf and outdated. The mall was her second home where she would blow endless amounts of money on designer clothing. Not to be rude to this fictional character, but she wasn’t the smartest chica on the block. She didn’t put any effort toward school. She was neither socially conscious nor self-aware, and she was only preoccupied by her own endeavors. If Clueless came out in 2017, I doubt that it would achieve the same success that it did twenty years ago. Back in 2000, there was something attractive and sympathetic about her, but now she would be blasted for her privilege and ignorance. Today’s cool girl drastically contrasts Cher. Take Sophia Amoruso, for instance. She’s the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, an American fashion retailer. In 2014, Amoruso wrote Girlboss, a New York Times bestseller that came out as a comedy series this year. She also hosted the Girlboss Rally in March, which brought together over 500 women leaders to spark actionable conversation about how to be a power woman. Although Amoruso is a fashion CEO, she doesn’t seem materialistic—she is smart and driven by social justice. (It’s worth noting that her business has recently gone under, but her influence as a feminist icon has remained.) The 2017 cool girl doesn’t commonly spend thousands of dollars on a Chanel jacket, but instead sports the phrase “Nasty Woman” or “Pussy Power” on an inexpensive t-shirt to make a political statement. Being a cool girl used to be about looks, luxury fashion, and having the hottest boyfriend. However, the 2017 cool girl is concerned with speaking her mind, empowering others, and being educated (not to mention, she shaves her legs only when, and if, she wants). Of course, these girls aren’t necessarily trying to be cool, but as it comes with being a cool girl, people will be following. As politics have been integrated into casual small talk, this country’s perception of cool has evolved with it.









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Student activists at Fordham Lincoln Center are leading the way to equality and justice both on and off campus. We asked them some questions about their missions, the issues that are most important to them, and how to get involved. We are thankful for the work that they do, the communities that they support, and the causes that they work tirelessly for. Check out their full interviews on the blog!

Wayne “ Juice ” Mackins FCLC ‘19, Theater Major Black Student Alliance

“I feel like my personal mission is to continue to be honest and if I make mistakes to own up to those mistakes and... being right in the sense of facing or going in the right direction. And my direction is to be more cognizant of other people’s rights and their issues.”

Areeg Abdelhamid

FCLC ‘18, Communications and Media Studies Students for Justice in Palestine, Muslim Students Association “I’m going to try every damn day to fight for every single person that I can fight for.”

Maya Tatikola

FCLC ‘20, Potential Social Work Major Feminist Alliance, It’s On Us Coalition, Jersey Battered Women’s Service “I feel like it’s important to note that I recognize that I am not perfect... I’m constantly learning how to improve as an activist too, and I feel like that’s important to recognize in my own personal statement.”

Rosario Ramos-King

FCLC ‘20, Latin American Studies Feminist Alliance, It’s On Us Coalition, SOL, North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence “[My mission is], in one word, growth… just to grow with myself and to grow with other people and communities.”

Emily Rubino FCLC ‘17, International Humanitarian Affairs and Sociology SJL for Dorothy Day Center, It’s On Us Coalition, Peace Action New York State

“I think that it’s really important to focus on the communities that were doing the work that needed to be done before all this stuff happened and that will continue to be here and continue to fight for what is right long after this is all over.”

Lexi McMenamin FCLC ‘17, Political Science and English It’s On Us Coalition, Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice, Feminist Alliance

“I am fighting for liberation for all, including myself. Our struggles and stories are intimately tied into one another’s, and I believe firmly in collective labor for the rights of all.”

Sofia Dadap

FCLC ‘18, Anthropology and Women’s Studies SAGES, Fordham Students United, Students for Justice in Palestine, Environmental Club “I’m just hoping to build more transparency, honesty and communication between students and also the staff, faculty, administration, everyone… they should know what students are saying, essentially.”

Sapphira Lurie

FCLC ‘17, Comparative Literature SAGES, Fordham Students United, Students for Justice in Palestine

“[My mission is] to increase student power. Students are apparently responsible for 90% of the revenue at Fordham so there is no reason why students shouldn’t have a better say in what goes on at this university.”

Claire Holmes

FCLC ‘19, History & possible Political Science/Women’s Studies Major Feminist Alliance, It’s On Us Coalition, Rainbow Alliance, The Observer, Stove’s Comedy Club “Loving people is hard. It’s so easy to hate people, or to be angry, and I can’t fall into that trap. I always have to choose to love people.”

Shannon Constantine

Political Science Major, It’s On Us Coalition, Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice, Stove’s Comedy Club “I want people to feel that they can do anything they set their mind to, and I want to be a force in people’s lives to help them achieve a mindset that allows them to accomplish all of their goals.”

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FLASH Issue No.9 Spring / Summer 2017  

Fordham University's fashion magazine devoted to fashion, beauty, art, and culture on campus, in New York City, and around the world.

FLASH Issue No.9 Spring / Summer 2017  

Fordham University's fashion magazine devoted to fashion, beauty, art, and culture on campus, in New York City, and around the world.