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Table of Contents

FALL 2017


04 Haute Online 08 Top 5 12 Editor’s Letter 13 Masthead


22 Celeb Style 28 Clip Art 32 Not Just for Show 34 Are those Real? 38 BTS 42 Sherpa

18 Runway Realway 58 Hopped Up Desserts


50 Two’s Company 52 Take a Dip 54 Like, Subscribe, and Feel the Burn 62 Accio Butterbeer

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66 Blue Eagle Music

72 Good Fries and Good Vibes


78 A Skate in the Park 90 Record and Produce 104 Delicates 132 Six Looks: Food


118 Into the Background

148 Horoscopes 150 Quiz: What Spring Break Location Are You? 152 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat


158 The Reocurring Conversation 166 Mac Miller Circles 176 Powerful Platforms 180 Thread Exec: Where Are They Now? 188 Replace, Not Waste 194 Rant/Rave: TikTok Fashion

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HAUTE ONLINE Looking for some new blogs to add to your radar? Whether scrolling for outfit inspo or needing a quick recipe, we’ve got you covered virtually.

FOOD WE NEED TO TALK Sadly, the majority of women have a flawed, if not unhealthy, relationship with food. The podcast “Food, We Need To Talk” is the result of one woman’s journey to fix her relationship with food while tackling the myths and dangers of diet culture. Hosts Juna Gjata and Dr. Eddie Phillips are fighting back against the mixed and damaging messages that pervade our consciousness by citing hard science, interviewing top professionals in the diet and exercise world, and giving personal accounts. The duo guides their audience through topics like exercise, body image, food addiction,

genetics, and weight loss in hopes that by learning more about food, we will stop being so scared to eat it. “If I’m not dieting I’m literally going to gain 20 pounds on gingerbread lattes and peppermint mochas. And if I do diet, then I’m just watching everyone else drink their peppermint mochas, and I want one, too!“ Juna said, according to wbur.org. If you are sick of being stuck in an unhealthy relationship with food or if you want to gain more knowledge about nutrition and exercise in general, “Food, We Need To Talk” is a great listen. – MARIE CHAILOSKY


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HISTORY CHICKS Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider are two women who have an insatiable interest for women in history. So, they decided to make a podcast about it back in 2011 and call it “The History Chicks.” Since then, they’ve amassed a large audience of people who love history and want to know more about the other half of the population who were also there during important eras in history. They argue that women are not talked about enough in history books, so they make it their goal to discuss women who have made a name for themselves either through crime, politics, charity, activism, or a mixture of these elements. They have hundreds of episodes ranging from Ida B. Wells to Mary, Queen of Scots. Graham and Vollenweider create a casual atmosphere with their podcasts, and it’s like your two

older sisters are telling you all about the amazing women who graced history but were sadly left out of your textbook.



MY FAVORITE MURDER Listeners have been drawn into the enthralling true-crime podcast, “My Favorite Murder.” On the show, co-hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark delve into past cases to shed some light — and witty commentary — on the details every week. Despite the gruesome reality of the subject of the show, Kilgariff and Hardstark manage to delight audiences with their comedy and hilarious insights to both familiar and new cases. Their episodes cover a wide range of topics such as arsonists, wrongful convictions, possible hauntings, cults, robberies, unsolved mysteries, and, of course, serial killers. Each show highlights two gripping tales outlined by


each of the co-hosts. The women go into detail, citing all of their sources to give their listeners accurate and intricate information. Listeners can learn while they are entertained by the frightening stories. Tune in to hear about some of the most well-known cases such as the Black Dahlia mystery and infamous killer Ted Bundy, as well as lesser-known stories like the Sleepwalking Murderer. “My Favorite Murder” is a funny, gripping show bound to make you laugh and lock your doors at night. – MEAH MCCALLISTER

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THIS PODCAST WILL KILL YOU “This Podcast Will Kill You” is an informative and science-based podcast from the Exactly Right Network. Hosted by “The Erins,” Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke, these two disease ecologists and epidemiologists explain the science and history behind infectious diseases, poisons, and everything in between. They’ve collaborated with other podcasts like “In Defense of Plants” and “The Biology of Superheroes Podcast” to provide listeners with a better understanding of everyday illness like the flu and eradicated illnesses like smallpox. They recently did an episode on coronavirus in response to the outbreak that started in 2019. There’s a cocktail inspired by each episode, also called a “quarantini” and an alcohol-free “placeborita” for

listeners to drink alongside the podcast. They usually have a punny name and have some elements related to the topic of the episode. They include their sources at the end of each episode, on their website, and on their Goodreads page for those looking for a more in-depth analysis. This podcast is both informative and easy to understand, so you don’t have to have a degree in science to understand it. – HANNAH PRIDEMORE



Find out the top five things that our exec board is inspired by right now.



MASEGO One of my favorite

things to do during my free time is finding non-mainstream artists to support. Masego is currently my latest obsession. He is a saxophone player, singer, rapper, comedian, and DJ. His music ranges from jazz fusion, funk, neo-soul, and contemporary. Masego’s smooth vocals and unique sense of music style are truly a work of art. His recent album is so well crafted that every song is an experience. If you’re looking for great music to chill to and vibe with, I highly recommend him. – YANA DURADO

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UNREAL CHOCOLATES I think I found heaven in a peanut butter cup. UNREAL candies are the best way for me to get my chocolate fix while still eating vegan. Though they also make a few non-vegan chocolates, their variety of dark chocolates are some of the best candies I’ve ever had. All of their products use organic, sustainable, and non-artificial ingredients. They tend to retail at around $6 per pack, which is admittedly quite expensive, so I only treat myself to them occasionally. The price is worth it during those weeks where I am particularly stressed and craving a chocolate that won’t break out my skin. – CHLOE RUFFENNACH



”MANIC” Halsey has really

outdone herself with “Manic.” Not only has her sound evolved, but she also hasn’t lost her voice in the process. The pain and emotion behind each song really resonates with listeners, and the fact that she pairs it with a poppy beat or an insane guitar riff makes for an interesting juxtaposition. The album flows like a big book full of short stories, all loosely related by an overarching theme, but the songs are still strong enough to stand on their own. I am a little sad that “Nightmare” wasn’t on the album, but “Manic” still killed.






An all-purpose skin salve that can do just about everything. I have been using Smith’s this whole winter, and I am obsessed with it! I don’t leave the house without it, and I have not had dry lips since I started using it. You can pick one up at any mass retailer for under $10, and there are three different scents. The uses of Smith’s are endless; you can use it as lip balm or a skin moisturizer, to tame your eyebrows, to help with flyaways, and even more. I love the old-style tin; it makes it easy not to lose it (at least not yet). You really don’t want to miss out on this product that is SO versatile.


Watch “Love Island.” Stressed out? Watch “Love Island.” Experiencing any type of emotion? Watch “Love Island.” Yes, “Love Island” is in fact a cure-all remedy for any type of mood you might be in. Just a fair warning: it is the most addicting show you will ever watch. You’re also going to need to put your closed captioning on because there is no reason to watch “Love Island” if you’re not watching the U.K. version, and the accents are thick. The range that these “islanders” hit is whiplash-inducing; watch as they go from the highest of highs (spoiler: many of them DO fall in love) to the very lowest of lows, and are hysterical every step of the way. What are you doing if you’re not watching “Love Island”? – MARIE CHAILOSKY



Editor’s Note Welcome back, Threadies! Spring break is quickly approaching and the idea of a break gets more inviting as the weather warms up. But as the semester picks in preparation for midterm season, consider taking some time for yourself by checking out our first issue of the spring semester! For some fashion inspiration, our celeb styles on Normani (P. 24) and Matty Healy (P. 22) should help as you transition your wardrobe from winter to spring. Looking for a way to change up your makeup game? Check out our article on false lashes in Seams (“Are Those Real” P. 34) for a brief history of falsies and how they compare to lash extensions. Whether you’re going home for spring break or you’re relaxing in Athens, our DIY section is full of fun projects to try over the week-long vacation. Have an old pair of white shoes that could use some color? Try hydro dipping them to create a unique marble effect (“Take a Dip” P. 52). Don’t have access to a gym in your hometown? Check out “Like, Subscribe, and Feel the Burn” (P. 54) to find out ways to utilize online workouts that can be done in your living room. Leaving Athens but still craving Jackie O’s? Our “Make It” this issue explains how to bake a Jackie O’s dessert using their beer, which can be found in grocery stores outside of Athens (“Hopped Up Desserts” P. 58) Even though awards season is over, the lack of diversity in the nominations can have a lasting effect 12 | THREAD

on the movie and music industry. It seems like every year Twitter and news outlets highlight the overt whiteness in award shows; so why hasn’t something changed yet? Our Features editor covers this topic in “The Reoccuring Conversation” (P. 158). Ever wonder what old Thread exec members are up to post-graduation? Find out in “Where Are They Now” (P. 180)! As always, we hope you love this new issue as much as we do. Stay strong through the midterm season, and have a wonderful spring break!

Much Love,

thread EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Hannah Pridemore MANAGING EDITOR Chloe Ruffennach PHOTO EDITOR Leanna Siupinys




SEAMS EDITOR Marie Chilosky

BUSINESS MANAGER Nathaniel Stansbery

WHO, WHAT, WEAR EDITOR Shaina Dubinskiy

PHOTO CHIEF Matthew Jones

DIY EDITOR Lindsay O’Nesti



WEB EDITOR Mack Wagner

COPY CHIEF Emily Barbus



Emily Barbus , Lauren Britt, Ansel Croft Andrew Guidarelli, Kate McCarthy


Amber Eusebio, Anna Johnston, Grace Sublett, Alexandria Vella


Nathaniel Stansbery


Ansel Croft, Yana Durado, Caelin Parsons


Grace Auble, Alexis Ky


Margaux Augier, Madeline Fink, Elena Golubovich , Chloe Ruffennach, Riley Runnells


Grace Auble, Lauren Britt, Marcell Buyers, Casey Calvetta, Kimberlea Czulewicz, Taylor Dahl, Laine Dannemiller, Dililah Gonzalez, Georgia Hilliard, Will Hippler, Dylan Hollenbacher, Alexis Ky, Nick Licata, Jazz Merz, Lindsay O’nesti, Rachael Quillin, Haleigh Reischman, AnnMarie Waslar, Stephen Zenner


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A Skate in the Park, 78

Record and Produce, 90



Delicates, 104 14 | THREAD

Six Looks: Food, 132


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SEAMS From the runway to the streets, and everywhere in between, here are this season’s most sought-after trends.




Australian siblings Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman created their luxury fashion brand, Camilla and Marc, back in 2003. Their vision for the brand was simplicity matched with construction in order to allow their clients’ personas to shine through. They work independently in Australia and have opened nine boutiques across the continent. They have also captured the attention of people across the world and have an international website for their clothing. Camilla developed her passion for structure and draping during her time at the Institute of Design in Sydney and then later at Accademia Italiana Arte Moda in Florence, Italy. Their Pre-Fall 2020 womenswear collection debuted in late December, and the brand held close to their vision. Vibrant reds, carefully constructed tartans, and silks are significant threads throughout the looks. The brand’s outwear shines through, highlighting Camilla’s innate talent for construction. Striking black, white, and beige trenchcoat-length coats fit snug to the models’ bodies, making each piece different from each other. The warm colors and 18 | THREAD

fabrics in this collection suggest Camilla and Marc want their clients to be comfortable during the colder months while still being fashionable. Their belted designs show how the brand appreciates the figure of a woman, urging their audience not to lose sight of their shape no matter the temperature. Camilla was quoted in an interview with Vogue saying that this collection was made for the wearer and “nothing else.” Her minimalist viewpoint and careful construction with only a few stand-out colors allow anyone to wear the brand’s pieces. It’s a fly-under-the-radar type of collection, but any woman wearing their clothing will do anything but.

Camilla and Marc





Exploring men’s fashion and executing it properly can be difficult. Many designers struggle with dancing on the line of masculinity, so their pieces become boring, too flamboyant, or campy to the point that it isn’t wearable for everyday men. However, Rainmaker, based in Kyoto, Japan, accurately walks that line and makes men’s fashion wearable, yet fun. Rainmaker takes traditional men’s clothing pieces, such as blazers and trousers, and gives them a funky twist. At Tokyo Fashion Week, the brand made its mark when it incorporated traditional Japanese clothing articles with interesting washes of muted color. This gave the looks an oversized fit, catering typical men’s fashion looks to both men and women. The art of Rainmaker lies in the construction of the outfits, not in the pattern of the print or the color of the clothing. There are so many different texture elements to Rainmaker, such as flowy loose-fitting tops, striking leather shorts, and elongating trench coats. Although it is elegant, Rainmaker can also appeal to the everyday fashion-forward person as the styles can be worn on the streets and in everyday life as well. Rainmaker proves that it is important to keep fashion not only exciting, but also realistic.

These pieces allow the models to move freely and feel good, but they still have a captivating look overall. A lot of the fashion world, especially when it comes to showing pieces on runways, can get caught up in the art of it all and not be attainable or ready-towear. However, Rainmaker uses a variety of models and keeps the show very minimal, so as to not distract from the clothing. This collection perfectly bridges the gap between high-end fashion and minimalism, and they are going to be a brand that people keep their eyes on for the future.


Matty Healy



Matty Healy has mastered the art of camouflage. The 1975’s lead singer is constantly evolving and adapting with his art. It seems that with every new release, Healy cleans out his closet, disposing of whatever does not precisely reflect his new vision. During the era of their self-titled album, Healy stuck almost exclusively to white and black clothing, mirroring the aesthetic of that album. The era between 2013 and 2016 was filled with white oversized t-shirts, black leather jackets, and somber faces. This era defined him as a tortured artist, riddled with drug addiction and confined to colorless clothing. “We wanted it to look more like a brand than a band,” he told BBC Radio when describing the aesthetic choices. However, the debut of their second album revived the band. Their aesthetic changed entirely with Healy championing an era of pinks and florals. He claims that the vibrant aesthetic derived from their fans. In music videos, Healy wore blue eyeshadow and red lipstick. Although black clothing and leather remained a staple, Healy branched out his style to reflect their optimistic tone in the album, and


he often found himself in dreamy sets of flowers, makeup, and blush hues. “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships” ushered in a less defined era for the band in regard to clothing. The release of their single, “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME,” displayed a bleach-blond Matty Healy and he often wore black suits. This era was overall less distinct, especially by color, which was often reflected in Healy’s less constrained clothing choices. One can speculate that, because of the political nature of the album, Healy intended for his music to speak for him. Now, Healy appears to be unconfined by his art. Though his hair color often changes depending on the singles they release, his style is less strictly based on the album’s aesthetic. He still wears white t-shirts and leather pants as well as the occasional flair of makeup, but he also now wears hoodies and jean jackets, baseball caps, and knit hats in a mismatch of his previous eras. Healy has taken a while to break free from his art. He now lets his music speak for itself without harshly restricting his clothing to reflect a time period. Healy is unapologetically himself, though he still often sticks to black and white clothing, as if still partial to the era that shot his band into fame. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 23

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Normani is a fashion and attitude icon. The singer and dancer rose to fame with her girl group, Fifth Harmony, but after their split in 2018, she didn’t hesitate to showcase her talent through a solo career. At just 23 years old, she has won a Teen Choice Award and an MTV Music Video Award, and she has had several collaborations with popular artists including Khalid, Kehlani, Calvin Harris, and more. Due to her success with Fifth Harmony, Normani had more fame among younger people. As she grew up, she transitioned her look to a more adult fanbase. Around 2014, Normani switched from blouses, colorful jeans, and cupcake dresses to leather jackets, sheer shirts over stylish bras, and tight-fitting statement dresses. After signing a modeling contract with Wilhelmina in 2018, Normani dove into fashion. “Now, more than ever, I feel like music and fashion play off of each other,” she said in an interview with Vogue. With her growing music notoriety, her fashion has blossomed. She isn’t tied down to just a few particular styles; she finds ways to incorporate various looks into her wardrobe. From jean shorts and a turtleneck to a power suit or a mini dress, the only thing consistent about her style is her unapologetic ability to be herself. In November 2019, Normani

became Savage X Fenty’s first-ever brand ambassador. Rihanna called her the perfect ambassador of the brand, saying: “She exudes confidence and power. Everything she does is executed with passion and the belief she’s going to kill it. That’s why people gravitate towards her.” Even though Normani is naturally a style icon, her attitude and the way that she presents herself as a role model to others is what truly makes her stand out. Normani believes that you are the only proof you need, that you are worth it, and that people should make the most of their lives. She says, “The only person holding you back is you.”


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Step Into the Light In her blog “Letting in the Light,” McCallister addresses Seasonal Affective Disorder. She provides helpful advice for this common plague to mental health. This post discusses the ways that light and light therapy can improve mental health during seasonal depression, and it assures readers that those suffering from SAD are not alone in this prevalent struggle.

Fluctuating Feelings In her blog post “The Ebb and Flow of Mental Health,” McCallister discusses the ways that mental health fluctuates. She encourages readers to embrace these changes in feelings and provides advice on how to deal with them. This post attempts to address mental funks and difficult days by validating those feelings and providing ways to improve those more somber days.







ewelry has always added personality to an outfit, but now accessorizing has infiltrated the hair industry like never before. Hats and headbands have been pushed to the side by hair jewelry, which is a growing trend that has the potential to turn even the simplest outfit into a work of art.


Celebrities like Yara Shahidi, Janelle Monae, and Alicia Keys have experimented with the trend on television, in music videos, and on the red carpet, showing just how versatile these accessories can be. But this fashion-forward trend is not exclusive to the rich and famous; anyone and everyone can rock hair jewelry in any environment. From a night out on the town to a professional job interview, hair jewelry can elevate your style. While this accessory seems like a recent innovation, it is


not a new concept. Jewelry is a central part of braiding culture, adding flair to an already intricate braiding design. For years, hair jewelry has also been used to add personality to twists, locs, and even to spice up bridal looks. These accessories have changed shape and size throughout the years, but they have constantly been a way to express culture and one’s mood. These clips and jewels have gained so much traction that they have launched a hair art movement. Now people from all


walks of life are playing around with hair accessories. There is no longer such a thing as too many bobby pins, and colorful clips are no longer childish. All hair, whether curly, straight, long, or short, is now a canvas for people who are using their imaginations to create art. This movement has promoted creative expression that does not require someone to be a trendsetter. It’s also easy to communicate your mood through hair jewelry. When feeling

elegant, add clip-on pearls or small diamond pins to any hairstyle. For a bold look, add pins with words on them such as “boss” or “goddess,” and for a whimsical look add colorful butterfly or flower clips. Adding any accessory to an outfit is like adding the last paint stroke to a work of art. Without it, the art would not be complete or interesting. Hair jewelry is the last paint stroke that can add creativity to every outfit and it is a force to be reckoned with.



tyle is subjective. Today, everyone has a specific style, usually with a personal twist. One of the main accessories sweeping urban style is faux glasses, specifically blue light blockers. In the past, glasses were seen as a sign of intelligence, or even social awkwardness, because of the style that was associated with it. In the modern fashion industry, glasses have become an essential accessory for brands to complete a runway-ready look or add flair to street style.



Today, glasses are still worn for prescriptions, but there is a new trend emerging with non-prescription glasses. Blue light glasses are worn to block blue wavelengths in the light spectrum, which is naturally found in sunlight. Yet, in addition to natural light usually only seen during the day, we are constantly surrounded by screens that emit blue light in unhealthy doses. According to a study published by “Applied Ergonomics,” using tech devices before bed or for extensive amounts of time suppresses melatonin, the hormone which regulates our internal clocks and helps us fall asleep. But, studies have also shown that by wearing blue light glasses, the disruption in the secretion of melatonin and eye strain and discomfort from staring at screens for extended periods of time is lessened significantly. In addition to blue light glasses, many handheld tech devices have features like the iPhone’s Night Shift that lower the blue light emitted from its screen. Glasses are a widely used accessory that can help define or articulate an outfit. Some styles and colors offered to consumers

are more extreme than others, like bright orange lenses to fully block out any blue light from screens. These are best used if your daily life includes looking at computers for long periods of time. However, other styles have been outfitted to complement everyday styles, like tortoiseshell patterns or funky frames. Stores like Urban Outfitters sell these styles at affordable prices with different options, which can benefit your look and your eyes. Wearing these not only adds a cool accessory to whatever outfit you’re wearing for the day, but it also helps block out harmful amounts of blue light to stop the disruption of your body’s natural clock.









yelashes have always seemed to be the focal point of makeup. In the ‘60s, long, fluttery lashes graced every woman’s face. During the ‘70s and beyond, mascara has complemented many eyeshadow combinations. Today, long, fluttery, flirtatious lashes take center stage yet again. False lashes and lash extensions have become more commonplace than the mascara tricks of the past. But just as time changes, so does beauty standards and styles. Having long lashes is still just as desirable today as it once was, but many have put down their mascara wands for the ever-versatile fake lashes. Traditional strip lashes are offered 36 | THREAD

in a variety of styles for any occasion. Some lashes are made to be long, voluminous, and dramatic while some are made to be wispy, short, and natural. And, with the invention of magnetic falsies, fake lashes have become easier to apply and wear for a long time. Some women choose to completely skip the process of applying falsies every day and opt for eyelash extensions. Eyelash extensions are adhered to one’s natural eyelashes and are maintained in the same manner acrylics are maintained — with an initial application and supplemental fills. Some women opt for lash extensions because they are customizable and


eliminate a need for mascara and fake eyelashes. Additionally, the lash extensions are more low-maintenance and tend to appear more natural. To some, using any kind of false lash tool may seem unnecessary, expensive, or overly-complicated, but having prominent lashes seems increasingly desirable today. One reason for this trend is the rise of celebrity makeup. Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian West are being seen on social media wearing false lashes that appear as though they are their own natural eyelashes. Additionally, anyone who watches makeup gurus on YouTube knows that false lashes are the cherry on top of a finished eye

makeup look. There are some criticisms of each, though. False lashes have been criticized for being unsanitary because they are reused so often and some users do not clean them. Lash extensions are criticized for requiring a lot of care, such as not rubbing one’s eyes, never using oil cleansers, and combing through them each morning. The desire to achieve perfect eyelashes effortlessly has been satisfied by fake lashes and lash extensions. Despite their faults, they provide wearers with the opportunity to create the illusion of long, luscious eyelashes. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 37

BTS: The K-Pop Group’s Worldwide Influence on Fashion




t’s no secret that Korean boy group BTS has taken over social media. They debuted their first album in 2013, and since then they have amassed almost 50 million followers on social media and were the first Korean act to pass more than 8 billion listens on Spotify as of Feb. 24. They rose to the top of Billboard’s Album chart three times in one year, the only other act to achieve such a task is The Beatles. Even though they’ve achieved so much in just seven years, BTS has a much wider reach than just their music.


When it comes to fashion, East Asia seems to always be a step ahead of the West, especially in South Korea. Their sense of style and constant effort to push the boundaries of trends makes for some pretty impressive outfits. A great way for Korean celebrities to show off their own style is at the airport. Therefore, airport fashion is a staple in K-Pop culture, and BTS is very familiar with the masses of paparazzi greeting them before every flight. They wear their best ensembles, usually accompanied by a face mask and some sort of eyewear. Rapper and main dancer of BTS, J-Hope, is someone who sets trends just by walking to his terminal. His favorite brands include Vetements, Supreme, Off-White, and Commes de Garçon. This luxury wardrobe allows him to put together looks that are interesting, colorful, and usually carrying a theme. One of his most viral looks from years past includes a clear bag by A Cold Wall filled with accessories from Balenciaga, Stussy, and Supreme. He sported an oversized Balenciaga buttondown and wide-legged painter’s pants also from A Cold Wall. After J-Hope was seen in this outfit in May 2018, almost all items he wore that day were sold-out online within the week. He and his bandmates control the trends and what is in style in South 40 | THREAD

Korea, and now that they have an international reach, they control trends around the world. During their Love Yourself World Tour, BTS teamed up with Dior Men’s artistic director, Kim Jones, to create custom looks for part of their set. The outfits included harnesses, the infamous Dior saddlebag, and a myriad of fabrics and patterns. Each member wore cargo pants for ease of dancing during the show. These custom Dior looks were a first for BTS, and it was most definitely a rare occasion for a group act to receive such high honor. On and off the stage, each member of BTS has their own sense of style. Their leader and main rapper, RM, finds brands that are sustainable and care for the Earth, channeling a humble style with lots of earthy tones. Rapper Suga and main vocalist Jungkook, however, opt for a darker, monochromatic look. They both gravitate toward typical street style brands such as FG and Stussy, with their favorite footwear being Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers. Through all the fame, flashing cameras, and adoring fans, each member of BTS still manages to keep a tailored personal style. They wear what they want, all the while influencing and sometimes creating fashion trends across the world.









A profile on the soft, warm fabric taking over fashion in 2020. BY MARGAUX AUGIER PHOTOS BY YANG CHEN





nbeknownst to most trendsetters and followers, the Sherpa style originated from the ethnic “Sherpa people” of Nepal, who have lived in the Himalayan mountains since their emigration to the region in the sixteenth century. The name derives from the Sherpa language words “Shyar,” meaning east, and “Pa,” meaning people. Although known for their expertise in climbing steep mountain ranges with ease, you might recognize the Sherpa people today more so for their style. The traditional Sherpa style was made of wool and worn mainly for safety from the frigid temperatures while living in such 44 | THREAD

high altitudes. As the American fashion industry slowly adopted aspects of other cultures into their clothing lines, the Sherpa style was westernized and soon revolutionized cold weather apparel for decades to come. In the 1940s, American pilots sported shearling-lined sheepskin bomber jackets, which later influenced James Dean to pull off this same style again in the ‘50s. Thirty years later, Del Boy, from the TV sitcom “Only Fools and Horses,” rocked a dark tan suede sheepskin jacket. Yet again, in the ‘90s, Levi Strauss and Co. popularized the Sherpa look after they began lining their denim trucker jackets with the fleece material. Dark-hued denim




outerwear with an off-white Sherpa collar dominated the ending of the decade. More recently, certain characteristics of ‘90s grunge apparel have made a comeback in the fashion industry, including Sherpa. This synthetic blend of acrylic and polyester can make any look appear cozy. The most common form of Sherpa usually appears in jackets, coats, and pullovers, yet the trend has also expanded to include much more apparel and accessories. Sherpa can now be found lined in socks, headbands, flannels, and boots. There are even sweatpants made entirely out of Sherpa; Target’s jogger-style Sherpa pants recently sold out on its website. The style comes in a broad range of colors too, thanks to the synthetic material’s uncomplicated ability to dye. For

this reason, Sherpa is easy to style and can be worn by any age. Levi Strauss Co. recommends pairing their Relaxed Sherpa Trucker Jacket with a tulle skirt or earth-toned chinos to “take the catwalk to the streets.” Dress your Sherpa jacket down with a simple pair of leggings and sneakers, or dress it up with light-wash jeans and a sharp set of boots. Sherpa, also called “faux shearling,” continues to gain further popularity for its animal-friendly status and its long-lasting durability. The Sherpa material is manufactured to resist tears, rips, and snags. Additionally, Sherpa’s animal-friendly quality is appealing to vegans and animal-conscious shoppers. Not to mention, Sherpa is often cheaper than genuine wool or fur, while still maintaining a lightweight structure with strong insulation for those bitter winter days. The comfort and versatility of Sherpa are unparalleled, and the look is just as wearable. Whether it's an everyday outfit for class or an evening out with friends, you’re bound to look cool and comfortable, while staying out of the cold. From fleece-lined jackets and coats to blankets and more, Sherpa can now be found across thousands of websites and stores to fit any personal style needs. So, the next time you pull that Sherpa fleece out of your closet for the upcoming chilly day, think of the Nepali people that started it over 400 years ago. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 47



Crafting the most intricate of knick-knacks, working out the mind, body, and soul, and making the most delicious of treats.


TWO’S COMPANY This DIY does not require mastery of the sewing machine. Anyone can create this stylish look just by hand sewing; no prior sewing experience is needed! BY EMILY BARBUS PHOTOS BY CAELIN PARSONS

YOU WILL NEED: • Two button-down shirts of the same size in two different patterns or colors • Scissors • A needle and thread • Sewing pins (optional)

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y choosing which parts of each shirt you’d like for the end product. Make follow the seams of the shirts to make it easier to cut and sew together. ou’ve chosen what sections of the shirts to use, carefully cut out the from the main shirt, leaving about a half-inch from the seams. section.

ake the second shirt and cut out the same section as the main shirt, sure to cut as close to the seams as possible, but don’t cut the seams h the piece. If you are cutting around a sleeve, leave the seam around the erence of the shoulder end. This will make it easier to manage when the garments together.

the pieces right sides together and secure with sewing pins if available. arefully stitch the piece of the second shirt to the main shirt, using the h allowance you cut earlier. To get a strong, secure stitch, make sure to tch after every turn. Secure and cut the excess thread. ur shirt right side out to see your finished product! WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 51


Hydro dipping is a cool and creative way to make any simple object into something colorful. Many companies sell hydro-dipped shoes that’ll stand out in any outfit. However, if you have an old pair of shoes, preferably white, you can easily hydro dip them at home to give them a fresh look. In a few simple steps, you can hydro dip your shoes without wasting a pair by buying a new one.

SUPPLIES Toothbrush

Baking Soda

Hydrogen Peroxide

Masking Tape


Spray Paint




INSTRUCTIONS 1 Clean the shoes that

you’re going to hydro dip. Get a toothbrush and an equal mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and water to scrub them clean.

2 Tape over any parts of the shoe you don’t want to get dyed.

3 Pick out the colors of spray

paint you want to color your shoes with.

4 In a large bucket or container, spray the paint on the surface of the water.

5 Sink your shoes into the water,

keeping them submerged until all the color sticks.

6 Remove shoes from water and let them completely dry for 24 hours.

7 Take off the tape. Afterward, you will have a brand new pair of shoes with a distinctive pattern. The shoes will become a style statement!



Whether it’s the winter chill or taking the time to get over the hills, getting to the gym during the colder months of the semester can be a challenge. Luckily, online workouts make healthy living possible from your own home. They can spark inspiration, are easy to navigate, and, best of all, they’re free. Here are some tricks for getting fit from your living room floor with a little online assistance.




This workout focuses primarily on core and leg muscles, and it is best taken at a 50/10 interval. However, home workouts can comfortably be done at a pace that is best for the individual. Searching for cardio videos should result in similar workouts. At-home workouts can be more comfortable than training at the gym. Not to mention there is no social pressure about your workout following Instagram fitness bloggers like @blogilates or @fitonapp. However, staying focused might be harder. In that case, wearing headphones and exercising in a space without the distraction of a bed or other people is often beneficial.

100 RUSSIAN TWISTS This exercise engages your upper core and your hips. If you aren’t feeling your muscles engage, lean back further on your tailbone and rotate a few degrees more.

100 CRUNCHES Crunches are a classic! Adding this will round out a workout like protein on a salad.



There are a lot of exercises that you can do laying down, but don’t be fooled. This set will engage your core, quads, and glutes. Lay on your back and raise your legs to the ceiling with your toes pointed. Don’t let your feet hit the floor during a set of 12 for maximum intensity.

THREE SETS OF 12 LEMON SQUEEZERS Lemon squeezers balance leg and core training. Lay on your back, legs extended and toes pointed. Rise to complete a sit-up while pulling your knees to your chest at the same time.


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Jackie O’s is known for its great beer and tasty food. Many of their dessert recipes incorporate their beers, making them easy to recreate at home.




WHAT YOU’LL NEED • 1 can of O’Hooleys beer

• 3 teaspoons vanilla mint extract

• 1 1/2 cups (336g) butter

• 3 cups flour

• 2 1/4 cups sugar

• 1/4 baking soda

• 1 1/2 cups milk

• 2 3/4 baking powder

• 2 cups chocolate chips (mini)

• 4 egg whites (separated from yolk)


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Preheat oven to 450 degrees.


Add about one-third of the flour mixture to the batter and beat on medium speed until incorporated.


Add about half of the milk and beat on medium speed until incorporated.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a medium-sized bowl.



Simmer the beer and pour over the first amount of chocolate chips.


Let sit for a few minutes to melt the chips, then whisk until smooth. Cool the chocolate mixture.


Cream the butter and the first amount of sugar.

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Add the cooled chocolate mixture. Slowly add the egg yolks, vanilla, and mint extract, scraping often.


Continue alternating adding dry and wet ingredients, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.


Add the sifted dry ingredients to the mixing bowl alternating with the buttermilk.

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Add the mini chocolate chips until combined.

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Fold the egg whites into the chocolate batter until combined.


Frost outer surface of the cake thinly with a vanilla or vanilla and mint frosting layer. Reapply until the desired thickness.

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Play with frosting decorations and add mini chocolate chips.

Whisk the egg whites in the mixer, slowly adding the second sugar amount when the whites get foamy, until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to over whip.

Pour batter mix into a preferred cake pan. Bake 30-33 minutes, checking regularly. Once fully baked, remove from oven and let sit 5-7 minutes before adding frosting.

Have a party and share with friends (or keep it all for yourself)!



Many people might know what butterbeer is if you ask them, even if they’ve never read or watched the “Harry Potter” series. Butterbeer is an iconic drink that the main characters of the “Harry Potter” series enjoy multiple times throughout the books and movies that leaves readers wanting a taste of their own. While you could take a trip to Universal Studios to enjoy the butterscotch taste of this sweet, cold drink, there are also multiple ways to make it at home. This recipe is one of the simpler ones and can easily be done in the dorms or in your kitchen.


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1 quart of vanilla ice cream 1/4 cup of butterscotch syrup 32 ounce bottle of cream soda Whipped cream (optional)


diy: work it



Put four 16-ounce glasses in the freezer to chill for at least 20 minutes.


Mix the ice cream, butterscotch syrup, and cream soda in a blender or by hand until smooth.


Divide the mixture between the four glasses.


Top with whipped cream and more butterscotch syrup, if so desired.


Serve with spoons or straws.




A glance into some of Athens’ most captivating people, places, and events.





rank McDermott assists each customer as they trickle in through the door of his store, Blue Eagle Music. Any question, concern, or fascination is personally tended to by McDermott as he works to keep and improve the legacy of the 49-year-old business.




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McDermott moved to Athens in 1995 and bought Blue Eagle Music in 2006, 35 years after it had opened. After 14 years, he made his unplanned business opportunity into a full-time job. “When it went up for sale, I said ‘yep, it’s my turn to take it over and keep it going,’” McDermott said. The store is full of McDermott’s treasures. Everything from his extensive guitar collection — over 100 strong — to vinyl records and other string instruments for people to try. Not only can people purchase

instruments or records, but customers can also come in to get their instruments repaired and sign up for lessons with the various instruments. The lessons are taught by free agents, whom McDermott allows to use his space for no charge. McDermott’s decision to purchase the store came from a deep-rooted love of music. Though he had played the trumpet in middle school, his passion truly began when he was 15 years old, living in Philadelphia, and received his first guitar. “My first guitar came into my hands and that was it,” McDermott said. “The trumpet was out the window.” The left-handed guitarist realized that it was difficult to find guitars made for players like him, prompting him to start a collection. Currently, his favorite piece in his collection is a Gibson SG from 1968, which is arguably his most valuable guitar. His love for the instrument, like other great guitarists, was inspired by many musical icons including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix. However, rock and roll is not the only genre that McDermott specializes in; he also has a degree in classical guitar and draws inspiration from jazz and classical greats. McDermott turned his love of guitar into a teaching opportunity. His full-time job was teaching guitar lessons to 40 or WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 69

45 students per week, while also using his spare time to play in bands. His love of different instruments inspires the diversity of products within Blue Eagle Music. The variety of McDermott’s inventory appeals to all types of people in Athens. Some kids come in to get their first instrument, and college students will get small ukuleles to keep in their dorms. Big collectors will also come in looking for their next great find. There’s a broad group of people who come in for a wide variety of reasons. McDermott has only one employee at Blue Eagle Music: Megan Bihn. As a guitarist herself, she heard that McDermott was looking for help at the store and thought it would be a great job. She started working at the store about five years ago, because of the flexibility with the hours around her performances. “There’s always new stuff coming in and going out,” Bihn said. “It’s cool to help somebody find something they really connect with and love and are excited about.” Bihn noted that against today’s competitive internet market, it’s nice to have stores like Blue Eagle Music that have a strong rapport among the people in Athens while being able to compete. More than the competitive nature of the product, Bihn 70 | THREAD

and McDermott agree that the store is a center of the Athens community, especially being one of the oldest businesses on Court Street. Typically they’ll see people who used to go to school or live in Athens come to the store and get excited that it’s still there. “I think people in this small community spirit get to rejoice a little bit that we’re still here,” Bihn said. McDermott has loved being able to make a living doing something he loves every day. From getting involved in the vintage guitar market, working with instruments he knows and loves, and meeting people within the community, he feels that his ownership of Blue Eagle has been very rewarding. However, he claims to love the community aspect of the store the most. New customers befriend him and older customers welcome his ownership of the store. Though he enjoys when Ohio University gets new crops of students who will eventually discover the store, he especially loves bonding with what he deems the “friends of Blue Eagle,” or customers who have been coming for longer than he’s owned the store. “I own the store, but the town and the people have been around longer than me,” McDermott said. “They’re like, ‘yeah, we own the store, but you know, you can take care of it for now.’”




disco ball shoots blue and red light beams from the ceiling, reflecting on the groovy, pastel-painted walls. An alternative track plays throughout the store, cueing a slight head bob from customers.



“It’s all about the good vibes,” soft smirk while leaning back with Myles Cutler, CEO of Fry’d his hand giving an “OK” gesture. Brands said. Culter, 22, built his At the grand opening on Jan. 31, company with an emphasis on rapper and songwriter, Afroman, customer experience. “If they whose music often refers to see us having a good time, then smoking marijuana, made they are gonna have a good an appearance. time, too.” Cutler said the idea for the Fry’d is the newest business came when he was in quick-service restaurant located Amsterdam with his family and at 5 N. Court St. The store sells saw busy fry shops on nearly hand-cut fries, sweet potato fries, every street. Upon returning to tater tots, and funnel cake fries Ohio, he was hanging out with that customers can top with 20 his friends and randomly said, different sauces and seasonings. “Hey guys, what if I open up a There are three sizes to choose fry restaurant that was hippies, from: buzzed, baked, or blazed. ‘70s, good vibes-themed and Each prepacked called it Fry’d?” bowl is cleverly “I F T H E Y S E E U S After receiving named, such and H AV I N G A G O O D positive as Shroomie encouraging T I M E , T H E N T H E Y feedback, Fries, Late Night Munchies, A R E G O N NA H AVE Cutler was and Chili-Out determined to A GOOD TIME, Fries. However, make his dream customers can a reality. TO O.” also customize “[My] their own fries to their liking. dream is to have a Fry’d on The employees are young and every college campus around energetic, hyping up every this country,” he said. Culter customer as they come in. The is dreaming big; however, he back of their bright tie-dye shirts placed emphasis on making sure read, “Let’s be blunt, these fries that the first location is perfect. are dope,” which encompasses He is splitting his senior year the brand image that Cutler into two years, so that he can created at Fry’d. successfully balance managing Owning the only fry shop in Fry’d and taking classes. Athens, Cutler said, “If you’re “On top of school, I am gonna do something you have working about 80 to 90 hours a to do it the best. That’s what week. And last week I worked we do here.” over 100 hours.” After he The brand logo is a fry with graduates from Ohio University, human features: droopy eyes and he wants to open his next 74 | THREAD


location in either Columbus or West Virginia. “In the next five years, I wanna take the right shots so that over the next 50 years, we can get there,” Cutler said. He claims that his biggest mentor throughout this process was his dad. He grew up in South Florida where his dad 76 | THREAD

owned multiple Dunkin’ Donuts franchises. Cutler learned about customer experience since he was a young child. His dad would have him and his sister in the shops talking to customers and handing them their change. At just 16, Cutler took over his dad’s finances for the entire company.

One of the things Cutler said he is most proud of is when customers come in and tell him that they want to start their own business as a student after they witnessed his success. “I didn’t do this for the expectation of other people doing the same thing as me. I

never thought that would even happen,” Cutler said. Open Sunday through Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Wednesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m., Fry’d also appeals to the late-night crowd, with their busiest hours being 11 p.m. through 2 a.m. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 77



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Light-hearted reads for the quiz-taking, listicle reading, horoscope believin’ spirit in all of us.





AQUARIUS JAN 20 - FEB 18 This season will be fast-paced for you, Aquarius. You could be meeting a lot of new, intriguing people, but make sure to keep your head on straight. Through love and understanding in new circumstances, a learning experience could be received. Communication is key in this time of your life; don’t let confusion overtake you.

ARIES MAR 21 - APR 19 You and your circle may be very much in the spotlight this spring. Changes of plans regarding your closest friends may appear out of nowhere; embrace the changes for they could be for the best. You may have a strong desire for new experiences and travels, which can be made possible if you balance this with your personal responsibilities.

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It’s time to get ready for change, Threadies! We have successfully transitioned from winter to spring, and with seasonal change comes cosmic change. What will the signs have in store for them? Will you be more social or more of a homebody? Will you be lucky in love or happily single? Leave me to read the stars for you.

THIS MONTH’S SIGN You may find yourself

PISCES changing your mind a lot this FEB 19 - MAR 20 season, Pisces. Confusion about past experiences may be reflected within your personal life and values. To stay on your path, take guidance from the people closest to you. Although this may bring hard lessons, your sense of responsibility will be softened as you learn to not be so hard on yourself. You could feel very energetic this month, so just don’t be careless!

TAURUS APR 20 - MAY 20 This season is when you’ll thrive in personal endeavors relating to career and professional life goals. A new direction in life could result from some sort of monetary inheritance or change that will fuel your determination. New opportunities or circumstances could cause some confusion in your life, so make sure you go to the people closest to you for clarification and advice.

GEMINI MAY 21 - JUN 20 The possibility of new travels and adventures could arise, and they could be connected to an old friend. This is going to be a new and exciting thing in your life, but be careful in monetary situations and find out everything before you start giving so much.

CANCER JUN 21 - JUL 22 Right now you might be overthinking a situation surrounding an area of shared income. This could be triggered by slow changes within your work environment; your sense of responsibility should be your priority this season. Don’t let the worries of impending career changes hinder your progress.

LEO JUL 23 - AUG 21 The focus this season is on your area of romance and partnerships; surprising developments could be revisiting you from a distant part of your life. Someone that has been in the background of your life for a while may reappear and cause some unneeded stress, but don’t fret. Your focus this season should remain on work, relationships, and shared resources.

VIRGO AUG 23 - SEPT 22 This season you may feel a bit scatterbrained with decisions being brought up in relation to your professional life. A lot of activity should be occurring in things you’ve been investing in for a long time. A past opportunity or partnership may be popping back into your life, which may cause some added stress to your professional and monetary concerns.

LIBRA SEP 23 - OCT 22 Social activities are in the spotlight for you this season. The possibility of taking a short vacation or mini-adventure is very likely. This could come to you in an unexpected manner. An opportunity to mend a past relationship or situation could make itself apparent; adjustments can be very positive. Your professional life may also be very busy this season, but it will bring in new contacts and networking opportunities.

SCORPIO OCT 23 - NOV 21 Your focus this season should be in-home affairs, Scorpio. Discussion about a possible change of location or residence could be coming your way, which may put added pressure on you in addition to someone who you look up to coming to you for advice. Don’t stress! These are all learning experiences that can be made very positive.

SAGITTARIUS NOV 23 - DEC 21 This season, your energy should be put into communicating with old and new acquaintances. Avoid any rash decisions made with people in your life, no matter how much you are driven to do so by past experiences. A good and well-learned lesson can come out of this.


You could find yourself making quick decisions this season DEC 22 - JAN 19 that you may regret. Slowing down your pace on your thought process throughout any situation will be the best course of action. Everyone deserves to take their time and follow their intuition while still remaining tactical. Reconciling previous responsibilities in a relationship could be worked out; emotional progress is necessary. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 149



Wondering where your ideal hotspot for spring break is? Find your perfect destination based on your fashion aesthetic. Select your go-to spring wardrobe to find out!

4) What is your go-to accessory for almost

1) What is the best bathing suit for

5) What will your everyday top be? a) White tube top b) Bandana top c) Loose, silk button-up d) Fuzzy cardigan e) Oversized t-shirt

spring break? a) Neon bikini b) Floral bikini c) Silver one piece d) Strapless red one piece e) Mismatched bikini 2) You decide to have a night out on spring

break; what shoes do you wear? a) Strappy heels b) White sneakers c) Bright stilettos d) Thigh-high boots e) Black ankle boots

every outfit? a) Sunglasses b) Fabric headband c) Big barrettes d) Beret e) Silver hoops

6) What will your everyday bottoms be? a) High-waisted shorts b) Jean skirt c) Black skinny jeans d) Wide-legged pants e) Straight-legged jeans

3) You get asked out to dinner by a spring

7) What song will you be blasting while

break stranger; what do you wear?

getting ready for the day?

a) Gingham sundress b) Strapless jumpsuit c) Sequin dress with bell sleeves d) Velvet pantsuit e) Sweater with patterned pants

a) “Yummy” by Justin Bieber b) “BOP” by DaBaby c) “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd d) “Adore You” by Harry Styles e) “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish

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Mostly a: You will be heading to sunny Miami Beach this spring break! You’re looking to visit a warm and party-filled location to match your bright spirit. Miami will bring you fun, sun, and unexpected love. Grab a group of your closest friends and begin the journey down to Miami Beach!

Mostly b: For this spring break, you are looking to travel out of the states to Puerto Rico! This place is just as lively and beautiful as you are. It’ll be an experience of a lifetime as you explore new beaches, food, and culture while meeting new people!

Mostly c: You have a taste of luxury and plan on winning even more cash at Las Vegas! Your outfits have a mix of glam and sophistication that blends perfectly with the casinos and clubs at Las Vegas. It’ll be a spring break that you will never forget but also never speak of. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

Mostly d: Unlike most, the sun might not be a priority for you. Head north to Canada with your best friend to see Niagara Falls, have drinks in beautiful bars, and bundle up alongside friendly locals. There’s so much to explore in this large country from the beautiful landscapes to unique hot spots. It is a country as individual as yourself!

Mostly e: You’d rather not spend all of your money this spring break. This is why you chose to go to your hometown instead! Nothing would make you happier than to destress with your family and friends in your very own home. Recharge with days full of naps and nights full of fun! WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 151


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t’s widely known that larger cities are a haven for unique foods. In terms of vegan and vegetarian options between by CHLOE, Champs Diner, Peacefood Café, the hundreds of ethnic restaurants, as well as food trucks and farmers markets, there’s no shortage of options. Most, if not all, options can even


be translated into the average person’s kitchen. However, while spending time in these big cities, locals and visitors alike can easily discover many new options. Whether it’s for those who’ve adopted a plant-based diet or for those who still eat meat and dairy but are curious and open-minded, there’s something for everyone. There are plenty of reasons people have adopted these lifestyle changes, and whether it’s for the animals, health, the environment, or religion, restaurants typically try to tend to everyone’s preferences. Most people know that tofu

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is the basic meat replacement option in every restaurant and every vegetarian’s repertoire, but tempeh, seitan, and jackfruit are becoming increasingly popular. One of the best takes on vegetarian bacon is made from seitan, which by definition is wheat gluten, but it tastes just like the breakfast staple. Tempeh can be used as a replacement for corned beef on the classic Rueben sandwich. If you want to take it to the next level and make the whole dish vegan, replace the dressing with a dairy-free version. The most common use for jackfruit is as a replacement for pulled pork. Just be sure to

purchase the jackfruit ready to cook or else you’re in for way more prep work than expected. A whole jackfruit is a large, yellow piece of fruit that can be very confusing and daunting to the average person, but, when broken down, it can be a refreshing and delicious meat replacement. In addition to these options, there are countless more replacements that people have been creative enough to work with over the years, including lentils, chickpeas, black beans, quinoa, and oats. These recipes might sound intimidating or out of budget for college students, but there are both inexpensive and expensive ways of being meat-free, and

it’s very doable for a low-income lifestyle. Making these dishes at home brings the price down immensely. Buying inexpensive ingredients and experimenting in the kitchen makes the experience even more enjoyable. Dining out at trendy restaurants can hike up the price of vegetarian and vegan cuisine, though. So, try one of these the next time you do meatless Monday or when you get on a vegetarian kick and simply want to mess around with new and different foods. As for finding recipes? The internet is your best friend. Vegans and vegetarians alike are dying to share their creations with everyone they can. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 155

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BACK OF THE CLOSET An in-depth look at today’s most buzz-worthy topics.





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Award season is coming to a close, but everyone is still talking about the continued lack of diversity and nomination “snubs” that award shows saw throughout the season. From the Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, to the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) to the Grammy Awards, this award season faced severe backlash because of the lack of women and artists of color in the nomination mix.


However, this is not a new problem in Hollywood; awards season is typically dominated by white artists, usually men, winning most of the categories. Media outlets wait for the nominations to be announced, only to pounce on the academies for the lack of diversity. So, if this is happening every year, why have we not seen a change in nominations? And are there consequences for these historically white awards? “I know there have been attempts to have more diversity and equity, but it's hard to when the people who are making decisions that composition hasn't changed,” said Dr. Akil Houston, associate professor of cultural and media studies at Ohio University. Voting academies are made up of thousands of what their websites describe as industry professionals who vote on the category of their expertise. For example, directors vote for directors and musicians vote for musicians. However, some categories allow for the entire body to vote, like Best Picture at the Oscars, which means people without expertise are allowed to vote on their favorite, even if they know nothing about the category. In January, Deborah Dugan, CEO of the Recording Academy responsible for putting on the Grammys, was placed on administrative leave after the 160 | THREAD

Academy said an assistant accused Dugan of bullying, according to Vox. Dugan denied all claims and said she was placed on leave for exposing the misconduct and corruption within the Academy. Dugan was the first female CEO of the Recording Academy, which looked to be a step in the right direction; however, she only held the position for five months before being placed on leave. Dugan issued a complaint to the Los Angeles Equal Employment Opportunity Commission saying, “The Academy’s general counsel sexually harassed her; that her predecessor as Academy CEO, Neil Portnow, had been accused of rape by an artist (a charge Portnow has denied); and that the Grammy nomination process had been unfairly manipulated,” according to a report by Vox. With the Grammys finished for the year, Dugan’s battle with the Recording Academy continues with an open investigation, and harsh words are emerging from both sides.


Unfortunately, sexual misconduct claims are nothing new in Hollywood, especially after the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up shocked the world in 2017. In the wake of #MeToo, the 2018 awards season was dominated by artists, female and male, showing support for women. At the 2018 Golden Globes, nearly all of the women and many of the men wore black in solidarity for Time’s Up, and Oprah Winfrey became the first woman of color to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, at the 2018 Oscars, #MeToo and Time’s Up were addressed directly through a montage introduced by Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek, and Annabella Sciorra – all of whom reported sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein. The montage called for more inclusion and onscreen representation for women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. In Frances McDormand’s Best Actress speech, she invited all female nominees to stand. However, after the female-driven 2018 season came to end, the entertainment industry seemed to forget about it. “I think when you normalize diverse ways of seeing and thinking, that's how you can 162 | THREAD

change your practice. But to just say OK, we got in trouble because there weren't any women, alright, so now we're going to have this overemphasis on women. Got that out of the way, now let's go back to the way things were. So I think that's what we've seen,” said Houston. The 2020 Oscars nominations announcement was followed by a slew of backlash from many groups as the nominations for the top four acting categories were painstakingly white, with Cynthia Erivo as the only person of color nominated in an acting category for her role in “Harriet.” Additionally, social media buzzed with talks of notable snubs in the nominations. The snubs included Jennifer Lopez for her role in “Hustlers” and Awkwafina for her role in “The Farewell,” especially after she was the first performer of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe Award in the lead actress film category. Another significant snub that had people talking came in the Best Director category, which featured only men. This caused an uproar as people were furious that Greta Gerwig did not make the list for her direction of “Little Women.” However, the best director category has been historically male-dominated as Kathryn Bigelow is the only

woman to have won an Oscar for best director. In 2015, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite took center stage after the Oscar nominations were announced to reveal that all 20 contenders for lead and supporting actor and actress are all white for the first time since 1998, according to USA Today. After this backlash, the Academy vowed to double the number of women and people of color in the Academy's membership, governing bodies, and voting members by 2020. After the 2020 nominations were announced, the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag resurfaced on social media. “I think that what social media is allowing is kind of a reckoning. There's a disturbance, there's a reckoning of something's wrong. I think that social media increases the chaos, which feels bad right now, but actually is good in the sense of there's obviously a problem [and] people are upset,” said Dr. Lisa Beeler, director of diversity and inclusion for the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre. “And you look back at a lot of different things that were big … things in the past that awakening needed to happen for people to start … look at the civil rights movement. Well, now we have an awakening right here on our phone.” WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 163

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During the 2020 Oscars, Steve Martin and Chris Rock opened the show by addressing the lack of women in the directing category and the lack of black people nominated in the acting categories. Additionally, Natalie Portman wore a cape embroidered with the names of snubbed female directors to the event. While the Oscars ratings hit an all-time low, the movie “Parasite” made history by becoming the first foreign-language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. While the Oscar nominations slate was mostly white, the Screen Actors Guild’s nominations recognized a more diverse list of actors and actresses including Lupita Nyong'o, Jamie Foxx, and Jennifer Lopez. However, even with this diverse list, the top four acting categories were awarded to white individuals, including Laura Dern, Brad Pitt, Joaquin Phoenix, and Renée Zellweger. The best cast win was the exception with the SAG Award going to the Korean cast of “Parasite.” At the 2020 BAFTA Awards, Joaquin Phoenix criticized the British Academy for the lack of diversity in the awards. All 20 of the acting nominees at the BAFTA awards were white, and when Phoenix won Best Actor

for “Joker,” he used his speech to call for others to work to “dismantle” the “systematic racism.” He also went on to say he was “ashamed” because he has not done all that he can to ensure his sets are diverse. “So if Phoenix, what he had to say is true, then that's where the shift has to come from. [It] has to come from that group who are the least affected. I always say that when the least affected are the most outraged, that's when you'll see some real change,” Houston said. The world is diverse, and the representation that we see in Hollywood needs to change with that. Audiences are tired of the same narrative every year, and the viewership numbers for awards shows are reflecting that. Audience numbers are down and continue to drop every year, which cannot totally be blamed on the lack of diversity, but it surely seems to be playing a role. As viewers, the outrage needs to continue because with social media and national media backing viewer opinions, their voices are heard. Members of the Hollywood community, as Phoenix said, need to take responsibility to create a real change. Hopefully, they will be the ones to lead the charge. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 165



cclaimed American singer-songwriter and producer Malcolm James McCormick, better known as Mac Miller, passed away on Sept. 8, 2018 – a death that completely shocked the music industry. His passing from an accidental drug overdose sparked major controversy in Hollywood for weeks. Miller’s ex-girlfriend, Ariana Grande, even released a song referencing him after his death. Grande’s lyrics from the pop hit “Thank U, Next,” read, “Wish I could say, ‘thank you’ to Malcolm / 'cause he was an angel.” It has been over a year since Miller’s death, but his music still tops the charts. Clearly, his musical career was nothing short of a 166 | THREAD

legacy and one that had a profound emotional impact on his listeners. On Jan. 8, 2020, the bio of Miller’s Twitter account was changed to read “Circles. January 17th.” That same day, his family posted an Instagram photo on his account explaining their decision to post his unreleased music after his death and the song’s relation to his previous album, “Swimming,” from August of 2018. The first track on Miller’s posthumous album, titled “Circles,” references the last verse of “So It Goes” from “Swimming,” that read “Just like a circle, I go back to where I’m from.” Both “Swimming” and “Circles” are deeply personal and centered around Miller’s fluctuating mental health. The artist felt compelled to use music as his

form of therapy, making these albums a way to cope with his struggles. In “Circles,” a song of only one verse, Miller curated his first reference to his continuous struggle with drugs and mental illness over the years. He used the metaphorical image of a circle to depict the cyclical action of becoming sober, yet ultimately relapsing once again. The introductory verse, “Stumblin’ around, you’ve been guessing your direction,” highlights Miller’s sensation of feeling lost and directionless. In other words, he felt that he didn’t know where he was going, constantly walking in circles and making no real progress toward sobriety or a healthy mental state. Later in the verse, Miller sang “I just end up right at the start of the line,” seemingly alluding to not only his metaphorical circle but also to his struggle with cocaine use. Miller expressed his understanding that other people feel sorry for him and his problems, but he spoke of his awareness of this and stated that he doesn’t want others to worry for him: “You’re feeling sorry, I’m feeling fine / Don’t you put any more stress on yourself, it’s one day at a time.” In contrast, his second track “Complicated” offers listeners a heartfelt, yet upbeat melody complemented by multiple synths. This song in particular recounts Miller’s yearning to get through one day at a time while avoiding life’s constant complications. Again, the lyricist made a reference to his struggling mental state, saying that his “head is getting pretty cluttered.”

This metaphorical necessity for organization is later addressed in track number four, “Good News.” Miller alluded to his former girlfriend Ariana Grande and the late Biggie Smalls while rapping about life’s trials and tribulations in his third track, “Blue World.” The intro featured a portion of the 1955 song “It’s A Blue World” by The Four Freshmen. The following chorus, “this mad world made me crazy” hints to the film “Donnie Darko,” in which the main character goes crazy throughout the film and sacrifices himself through time travel. The film ends with the song “Mad World” by Tears for Fears, covered by Gary Jules. Throughout the chorus, Miller also referenced his love for creating music solely out of the enjoyment of the craft and not for publicity, as well as his battle with drugs. Additionally, throughout “Blue World” Miller repeats “don’t trip,” a phrase eerily reminiscent of the burnt orange-colored hat that he wore during his Tiny Desk Concert in 2018 with “don’t trip” embroidered on it in a trippy font. The fourth track, “Good News,” highlights Miller’s continual search for abatement, while those around him only want him to have “good news” about his mental state and suppress his negative feelings. In the opening verse, Miller sang, “I spent the whole day in my head / Do a little spring cleanin’” referencing the ultimate organization of his head’s clutter from track number one. Miller explained in the song that he’d rather just live, but he can’t bring himself to change; he conveyed that he felt he’s served WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 167

his purpose in life and reached an acceptance with life and death, possibly breaking the circle. Despite its somberness, “Good News” debuted at number 17 on the Hot 100, making it his highest-charting song to date. In the final week of January 2020, track number six, “Everybody,” debuted at number 80 on the Hot 100. Inspired by the 1972 single “Everybody’s Gotta Live” by singer-songwriter Arthur Lee, Miller’s rendition introduces minimal piano, drums, and bass with layered vocals that build up to the first verse. This song coincides well with the theme of the rest of the tracks on “Circles,” ever so matter-of-factly stating life’s fate – that “Everybody's gotta live / And everybody's gonna die.” “Hand Me Downs” reached number 75 in the Hot 100 and stands as the only track on the album to feature Baro, Melbourne singer and

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rapper, on the chorus. Throughout the song, Miller reflected on his headspace and coping mechanisms, with a clunky beat, melancholy strings, and quirky synth sounds to culminate the instrumental. A different version of track number nine, “That’s on Me,” was originally leaked in October of 2019. Although altered significantly, the studio version from “Circles” debuted at number 100 on the Hot 100 at the end of January. The song served as Miller’s way of indicating accountability for his mental state, while also encouraging others in similar situations to find help. Exemplifying a difficult battle with his mental health, the artist’s lyrics like “don’t wait around” embody his understanding and acceptance of his mental state. In this song, Miller attempted to console his listeners’ grief while admitting his own mental health issues, which was ingenuity

that was both touching and titled “Surf,” extends to listeners a heart-wrenching. deeper insight of his personal issues As the only traditional rap song and weakened mental state. With an on the album, “Hands” presents objective view of his situation, Miller Miller questioning his own behavior gave his audience another view of and pondering some of his negative his feelings of nonsense and his lack thoughts. The track, which is of self-esteem. In the second verse, reminiscent of his 2014 mixtape Miller sang that despite feeling lost, “Faces,” features whimsical keys with he knows “that somebody knows a section of pitched vocals to act as me” and that “somewhere there’s part of the beat. In the chorus, Miller home,” implying that his home was even referred to his lyrics from “Self where he’s most emotionally attached Care.” Although Miller acknowledged to someone. This verse suggests his need to treat himself better, that Miller didn’t feel understood by his ongoing drug use ultimately those around him, but he had faith resulted in his untimely death. In that someone in the world could and the 2016 Fader genuinely ”...THE THEME OF THE REST would documentary, make him feel less “Stop Making OF THE TRACKS ON CIRCLES, isolated or Excuses,” Miller home.” EVER SO MATTER-OF-FACTLY “atThe explained the final track on beginnings of STATING LIFE’S FATE – THAT the album, “Once his drug habit, Day,” originally “EVERYBODY’S GOTTA LIVE / abegan “it started by me as an just sitting inside unreleased piano AND EVERYBODY’S all day, and then ballad recording on GONNA DIE.” it’s like, then you Miller’s cell phone. — MAC MILLER get bored, then The video, which you’re like ‘well, I could just be high, went viral on social media, was played and I could have a whole adventure in during the Mac Miller: A Celebration this room.’” of Life Concert after his death. Now With an easy cure for boredom in as an official track on the album, the the palm of his hands, Miller often rapper sang in the opening chorus, resorted to drugs for entertainment, “Once a day, I rise / Once a day, I as explained in this song. The fall asleep with you.” Although it preceding lyrics of the chorus, “Don’t seems Miller was speaking about a need no chauffeur, fuck the backseat significant other, the rest of the song / No, I’ll stay behind the wheel,” suggests the rapper was actually propose that Miller was behind the singing about himself, referencing wheel, taking control of his life and his constant battle with his inner living it to the fullest. voice. Miller was very open about Miller’s second-to-last and the hardships that he faced, both second-longest track on “Circles,” in his songs and in his interviews. In WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 169

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the refrain, he sang, “Every now and again, baby, I get high.” In 2013, the rapper told Complex Media Inc. that he briefly turned to lean – a soft drink, cough syrup, and hard candy concoction – to cope with the stress of his mental health battle. In 2016, Miller told Pitchfork Media Inc. that he began smoking marijuana in fifth grade, eventually leading to a job as a dealer, as well. The second verse in “Once a Day” subtly connects to the lyrics from his song “Doors” on the album Miller released in 2015, “I just keep waiting for another open door.” The artist went on to sing “Don’t keep it all in your head / The only place that you know nobody ever can see,” encouraging his fans to seek help if they’re experiencing situations similar to his. Throughout not only the song, but also the album as a whole, Miller attempted to guide his listeners to share their emotions, so that they don’t get consumed with regret too. If you’re dealing with substance abuse or mental illness, know that there are resources to receive help. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) national helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357).


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Why Don’t the Boutiques in Athens offer Plus Sizes? BY JILLIAN CRAIG ILLUSTRATIONS BY RILEE LOCKHART


hopping for clothes as a plus-size person presents a few challenges. One can rarely find clothes that fit, are affordable, and look good. However, the issue of sizing availability heavily affects plus-size people when it comes to local boutiques in Athens. Boutiques in Athens face different challenges from those in other cities. For example, they have to find a target demographic to order clothes for. Hallie Morris, manager of Kismet, explained that their store must identify a target demographic to sell to and must order clothes accordingly. “We’re trying to fill a niche that compliments the other stores but doesn’t take away from them,” Morris said. “But, for our demographic and the way we’re working, (because we’re new) we’re still trying to figure out a few things.” In order to thrive in Athens, the boutiques need a niche to fill for students. 172 | THREAD

“Figleaf caters to the small demographic much more than we do – their niche is very tiny,” Morris said. According to Figleaf’s website, the waist inch count for a size small is 23-25 inches, 25-28 inches for a medium, and 28-33 inches for a large. The fit for individual items may vary based on style, but the options for anyone who doesn’t fit their measurements are nonexistent. The issue of availability for clothes larger than a size four is an issue that needs to be addressed. According to the National Health and Statistics report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control from December 2018, the average waist size for a woman over 20 is 38.7 inches. That waist measurement would prevent one from buying anything from Figleaf. In order to address the issue, Morris has been advocating to include styles at Kismet that flatter a greater variety of people. “I have been encouraging them to broaden their horizons,

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especially when it comes to clothing,” Morris said. Another task local boutiques are challenged with is the lack of business received while students are away. Boutiques, like Kismet, have to find styles and sizes that Athens residents will also buy because they become the target audience when school is not in session. “When they [the owner] do buy larger styles, they’re not cute,” Morris said. “They hang differently, and they usually go on the sale rack because they’re not something people want.” Another issue is the general lack of availability of plus size clothing for boutiques in Athens to purchase. Purchasing for local boutiques in Athens is different compared to chain clothing stores like Forever 21. Kismet acquires its clothing from trade shows, so there is only a certain “pool” that business owners can purchase from. Therefore, if no one is offering plus sizes, it makes it harder to find, and therefore sell, plus-size clothing. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 173

With so many predicaments that are presented with trying to expand clothing sizes at local boutiques, it can be hard to find solutions to remedy the problem. Kismet, according to Morris, is always experimenting with different styles of clothing to gauge what shoppers will like. For example, bodysuits had once been flying off the racks, and now they are being phased out for blazers and formal dresses. Experimentation with current sizing and styles is what will determine future sizing and styles. Morris also adds that certain styles of clothing at Kismet are not meant to fit every body proportion, and that’s ok. “When it comes to the cuts and the styles, there are a lot of things in here [Kismet] that don’t work for me, not just because of the sizing, but just because of my body proportions,” Morris said. “I like to frame it in a different manner, like, you can choose eight things, only two will work with your body type, so really you’re saving money, and you’re restraining yourself.” 174 | THREAD



POWERFUL PLATFORMS Real-life heroes using their celeb status for good BY ELENA GOLUBOVICH PHOTOS BY PROVIDED


elebrities’ personal lives are known to the world because of the constant spotlight and media coverage highlighting their every movement. Many of them try to keep their lives private, but others use their image and status to support powerful causes. In the past, celebrities used to be shunned and told to mind their business or to “only worry about what they’re good at.” Yet, as time went on, celebrities started pushing back.

For example, Jane Fonda has been a Hollywood powerhouse and activist since the beginning of her acting career in the ‘60s. She has been in the news recently because of her peaceful protesting of the threat of climate change on Capitol Hill. After being arrested multiple times since September, Fonda took her “Fire Drill Fridays” protests to Los Angeles. She has been vocal about supporting the younger generation of activists and clearly puts her own safety on the line.


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Matt Hendrickson, a veteran journalist who has worked for publications like Rolling Stone and has close to 25 years of experience in the entertainment journalism industry, is no stranger to seeing celebrities use their status for good, especially Fonda. “I think Jane Fonda is pretty badass because she’s been doing this stuff for 50 years, if not more,” Hendrickson said. “There’s still a segment of the population that hates her guts for what she did: her protests during the Vietnam War. ‘Annoyed Jane,’ they always called her. But she walks it like she talks it.” Emma Watson, on the other hand, was a child celebrity who found fame through her acting role as Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” movies. Even as a young actress, Watson created an impactful image for her older years. After announcing her role as a U.N. Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, Watson worked to raise awareness for issues surrounding young girls’ education and the conversation of gender equality. While attending the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, Watson’s date was women’s rights activist Marai Larasi, the executive director of the black British feminist organization Imkaan. A fan of Watson and a student at Ohio University, Corinne Rivers has followed Watson’s career since she was young. Because of Watson’s position as a Goodwill




Ambassador since 2014, Rivers has followed the influence that the actress has on young women and equality on a global scale. “Since becoming an ambassador, [Watson] has traveled to different countries: Bangladesh, Zambia, and she did the humanitarian efforts to help with their economies,” Rivers said. “She’s done stuff with organic clothing and been an ambassador for so many different equality efforts and most of all, educating girls and getting women the gender equality that they need.” Jaden Smith, the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, is also publicly involved in activism. He celebrated his birthday by opening a vegan food truck that serves meals to homeless people in Los Angeles. As the son of Hollywood A-listers, one might 178 | THREAD

expect him to grow up spoiled and entitled. Instead, Smith works to give back to the less fortunate, and the food truck was only a peek at his philanthropic work. He also works with a church group to bring clean water to residents of Flint, Michigan, where a contaminated water crisis has affected the town’s safety for over a decade. Akon might be best known as a popular rapper from the 2000s who seemingly dropped off the face of the celebrity world. However, for years now, the music producer changed career tracks to focus his efforts on humanitarian work in Africa. His first project, Akon Lighting Africa, began because he wanted to go on a global tour, but many of the countries he wanted to perform in did not have the infrastructure or electrical power to support

the concerts. As a result, the Senegalese-descended artist has created “100,000 solar street lamps installed across 480 communities in 15 countries, along with 1,200 solar micro-grids and 5,500 indirect jobs,” according to an article by Forbes. Now, Akon focuses his efforts on creating a sustainable and futuristic city in Senegal with its own digital currency and environmentally-friendly infrastructure as its basis. There are also numerous other celebrities that are heavily involved in activism, however, not publicly. “A lot of people that I’ve come across in these industries, a lot of them do it pretty quietly. At least the ones I’ve come in

contact with. It’s not done really for publicity or image; it’s just done because these people have the opportunity to do something good and have an effect on peoples’ lives without the press,” Hendrickson said. These celebrities are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to activism and philanthropic efforts all over the globe. Despite some public opinion that celebrities should “stay in their lane,” many still use their image and status to benefit those who are less fortunate. Luckily for communities all over the world, these celebrities, and many more, have pushed against that belief to bring goodwill and progress to areas that are normally neglected by political authority figures.



WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The first issue of Thread was released in 2010, and it has become the go-to magazine for college fashion on Ohio University’s campus. Since then, numerous diverse creatives have taken charge to make the magazine what it is today. Not only are there editors, but there are also people in charge of everything from styling to public relations. Past editors have taken their experiences from Thread and applied them to their careers all over the country. From writing for Oprah to running a social platform with millions of followers, Thread alumni have gone on to do some pretty great things. BY GEENA PROVENZA PHOTOS BY PROVIDED

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Katie Pittman OCCUPATION: Executive Assistant WHERE SHE’S LIVING: New York City FORMER ROLE AT THREAD: Editor-in-Chief


KATIE PITTMAN, was the editor-in-chief of Thread for two years and graduated in 2019. She is currently working at O, The Oprah Magazine, as executive assistant to the editor-in-chief in New York City. She even got to meet the “O of O” (Oprah Winfrey herself) last summer during her internship. What Pittman loves the most about her job is working in an environment that strives to uplift women. She frequently writes about what women are accomplishing and how they are making our world a better place. “I’ve met so many incredible women through my writing, and that’s the essence of what I want to keep doing,” Pittman said. She says the long days filled with last-minute problems can

be stressful, but everyone comes together “as efficiently as possible.” Despite having numerous internships in New York City and beyond, Pittman says she wouldn’t be where she is today without Thread. Learning how a magazine functions and developing management skills helped her tremendously. In addition, Pittman majored in Spanish, which she incorporates into conversations quite frequently. Besides working at the magazine, Pittman has been busy moving into a new apartment and “making it a home.” She plans to visit Arizona in May and hopes to go back to Spain over Thanksgiving.

“I’ve met so many incredible women through my writing, and that’s the essence of what I want to keep doing.” — KATIE

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Bentley Weisel OCCUPATION: Vice President of Communications Manager WHERE SHE’S LIVING: New York City FORMER ROLE AT THREAD: Editor-in-Chief BENTLEY WEISEL, another Thread editor-in-chief, graduated in 2014. She is currently the vice president of communications manager at JP Morgan Chase & Co. in New York City. While she technically works in the financial field, Weisel has found ways to turn her career into a creative outlet. “I get to write a lot and tell great stories about people’s lives and how they’re making a difference,” Weisel said. “I also get to create and edit videos and design meaningful work.” Weisel admits that it was hard letting go of her dream to work in the fashion industry after graduating. While her path looked different than expected, she is still very passionate about her career. “It’s tough knowing exactly what you should do after school, and it might take a couple of tries, but being open, finding the right

moments to lean in, and letting yourself define your own success and fulfillment will take you to great places,” Weisel said. Weisel moved from Columbus to New York City — the place she had always dreamed of living — two years ago. She finds the city’s hustle exhilarating and believes it’s taken her career to the next level. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 183

Maggie Boyle OCCUPATION: Socials Editor of Pop Culture WHERE SHE’S LIVING: New York City FORMER ROLE AT THREAD: Fashion Director

MAGGIE BOYLE, former fashion director of Thread, graduated in 2019. As IMGN’s socials editor of pop culture, she heads “Journal,” the brand’s vertical on Snapchat Discover. IMGN also runs other big Snapchat channels, such as “Daquan” and “So Satisfying.” Her content reaches over 3 billion users each month. Boyle loves getting to be in charge of a team and strategizing on how to improve the brand’s image and following. However, growing up in the age of Vanessa Hudgens and Miley Cyrus, it can be challenging to relate to a young audience, which idolizes celebrities like James Charles and Dove Cameron. “It’s fun trying to get into the mind of a 16-year-old,” Boyle 184 | THREAD

said. “It’s opened my eyes to a lot of fun new celebs. But you really never know how a certain celebrity is going to perform with our audience. It’s often very hit or miss.” As a retail merchandising and fashion production development graduate, Boyle had dreamed of styling and creative directing right after college. She’s had to step out of her comfort zone with working in journalism but is happy where she is now and sees herself staying at IMGN for a long time. “You’ll learn quickly after graduation that if you want to get your butt to NYC, you often don’t have the luxury of being picky when it comes to accepting jobs,” Boyle said.

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Paige Bennett OCCUPATION: Content Editor WHERE SHE’S LIVING: Los Angeles FORMER ROLE AT THREAD: DIY Editor

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“By doing this, you can find your strengths and interests, which can help shape your entire career!” — PAIGE BENNETT

PAIGE BENNETT, was the DIY editor before graduating in 2017. She works full time as a content editor for “Inhabitat” and has turned her passion for food into a career by freelancing for outlets including Insider and Eat This, Not That. Her workday consists of creating recipes and taste testing the newest food trends. While many Thread graduates have found themselves in New York, Bennett decided to work in Los Angeles. She enjoys stopping by the beach after work, as well as indulging in LA’s food scene. “This city is also full of creative, passionate people, which is exciting to be around,” Bennett said.

Bennett credits Thread with helping her decide her career path. Leading the DIY team taught her about food writing, which is something she has fallen in love with. Bennett suggests trying different things because you never know what you’ll end up liking. “Sign up to model, to write, to do PR,” Bennett said. “By doing this, you can find your strengths and interests, which can help shape your entire career!” Bennett plans on staying in LA for now. She would love to make food writing her full-time job, but can also see herself going back to school to teach journalism.



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s the fight against global warming continues — and the impending doom of the Earth burning up into one big fireball because of human impact becomes ever more prevalent — there has been a major rise in reusable products in the last couple of decades. From silicone sandwich bags to reusable cotton rounds, many people are slowly changing their habits to follow a more sustainable way of living to lower their carbon footprint in hopes of creating a better future. There are many brands to choose from when starting your 190 | THREAD

own waste-free and sustainable journey, and Package Free is the one-stop-shop for all the basic necessities. Their slogan, “On a mission to make the world less trashy!” rings true when scrolling through their website. From recyclable and compostable coffee cups and water bottles to Zero Waste Starter Kits that include a variety of reusable utensils, Package Free offers eco-friendly alternatives to commonly used products. They also offer a subscription service so that products can be shipped as often as you would like. They even offer deals for free shipping.

Package Free has reusable and recyclable products spanning a wide variety of categories. For those looking to promote the brand and their sustainable way of living, they have tote bags and hoodies with their logo and the phrase “I’M NOT TRASH.” In the beauty department, they have reusable ear swabs, biodegradable hair ties, body wash bars, natural toothpaste, and a multitude of skincare products. There are organic cotton bibs and teethers for babies, plantable cards for every occasion, and they even have washable pads and pantyliners for those who prefer to not use menstrual cups but still want to help save the environment. Their biggest market, though, is arguably in the kitchen department. From bamboo cutlery, stainless-steel containers, silicone sandwich bags, and solid dish soap bars, Package Free products could be found in every part of a person’s kitchen. According to their website, they have made a major impact on the environment since their opening on Earth Day in 2017. They allegedly have kept over 4 million plastic straws and 3 million plastic bags out of landfills in the past couple of years. They consider themselves “a hub for low-waste living” and that’s more than evident when perusing their offered products. Founder Lauren Singer has brought together multiple brands





and vendors, making it easier for consumers to lower their carbon footprint. Package Free has even helped the brands it works with to lower their environmental impact with its packaging policy to reduce plastic and waste. People can also subscribe to their newsletter for updates in the zero-waste community. Package Free has two brick-and-mortars; one located in Brooklyn and one in Chelsea Market, where customers can check out their products first-hand. There, customers can also recycle a slew of common household items that would usually end up in the trash. Singer started spreading her own personal information in the 192 | THREAD

zero-waste movement on her blog, “Trash is for Tossers,” years ago. According to the Package Free website, she’s an expert on waste and can fit all of the trash that she has produced in the last five years inside of one 16-ounce mason jar. While this alone is a major accomplishment and no small feat, Singer is also the founder and CEO of The Simply Co., which is an organic and vegan laundry detergent company. Her blog is still active and many tips for a zero-waste lifestyle can be found there. The physical locations, in line with their zero-waste guidelines, try to be as green as they can by accepting recyclable items from customers, having a

zero-waste educated staff to answer questions, hosting events and pop-ups, having all of the store necessities like tags and shelving upcycled, and offering a “bulk bar” where customers can purchase all of their beauty and skincare needs in one place without an excess of packaging. Customers can recycle a multitude of products at their physical locations. While Package Free recycles the more mainstream products like empty plastic bottles from beauty and cleaning products, they also accept some unconventional items as well. Old home phones and VCR players don’t have to be thrown out with the garbage, and air and water filters can find a

new life no matter how dirty. Even used toothbrushes and empty toothpaste tubes are all welcome. Whether you’re a veteran zero-waster who’s looking for a one-stop-shop for all your zero-waste needs, someone who substitutes more eco-friendly options where they see fit, or someone who is just now getting into the zero-waste movement, Package Free is the place to go to find affordable, eco-friendly alternatives to common one-use and un-recyclable products. For tips and tricks on how to live your own waste-free lifestyle, follow Package Free on Instagram, “@packagefreeshop,” or online at packagefreeshop.com. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 193




any people have tried to argue that TikTok, the latest video app that’s blowing up social media, is the new Vine. However, Vine did not have a fashion culture that revolved around tiny clothing and acid-wash band t-shirts. What is most frustrating about TikTok fashion culture, in my opinion, is that it revolves around 15- to 19-year-old influencers who exaggerate dances and facial expressions that have influenced the youngest and most impressionable generation. There are benefits of TikTok fashion, but so many of the main influencers are not necessarily positive influences for a variety of reasons, the biggest being creating body dysmorphia for their young audience. Many of the young girls and boys on TikTok are small in size or represent the body standard of a very small portion of the population. Many of the girls will wear tiny cropped shirts and low-rise pants (whether they are sweatpants, jeans, or leggings) to show off their impossibly flat stomachs and tanned torsos. The boys mostly wear oversized 194 | THREAD

Def Leppard acid-wash t-shirts, baggy gray sweatpants, and excessive chain jewelry. In fact, a TikTok hairstyle has been adopted by teenage boys nationwide that includes a close side cut and a mop of curly hair hanging in their face on top of their head. Honestly, I’d take the Bieber haircut for another four years over this weird style. And let’s not forget that most of the girls have long, straight, shiny hair and pimple-free skin with little makeup on to emphasize their natural beauty. The problem with TikTok fashion is that it’s too unrealistic. If anyone wore the ridiculous lock chains as jewelry or a toddler-sized t-shirt in a normal and public place, they would receive a lot of weird looks and whispers. Diluting this style down to something more attainable for younger generations, while also keeping the sexual undertones to a minimum, would be an excellent way to fix the grip of influence that this fashion has over impressionable kids and teenagers.

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TikTok isn’t just an outlet for innovative lip-synching or trendy dances; it also has a connection with starting many of the fashion trends that we’ve seen in the past year. From chains to split-dyed hair, TikTok has caused a new fashion culture that has overtaken influencers of the app. The “e-girl” or “e-boy” look and “culture” has become the end of many jokes on social media. Yet, when you look around our very own campus, the fashion influence of this trend can be seen.

Take America’s most popular new artist, Billie Eilish, for example. Her fashion parallels that of the TikTok “e-culture” with her chains, oversized layers, and neon green roots. In addition to Eilish, artist Doja Cat has also embraced the new fashion culture, titling her Vogue makeup tutorial “Doja Cat’s Guide to E-Girl Beauty.” This fashion has also blurred the line between genders since the look has nearly identical clothing pieces from one gender to another. This has also made the so-called e-boys embrace what has been labeled as femininity by wearing nail polish and earrings. Personally, I love the style, and I’m guilty of dying a strand of my hair purple and applying a little too much blush. I’m not the only one because fashion from TikTok is becoming widespread. Despite this, the uniqueness of the look can still be appreciated. For once it’s an alternative, grunge-meets-skater style that dominates the fashion market when in the past it was regarded as a niche and non-mainstream look. It shouldn’t matter where the trends come from if the clothing, makeup, and hair are enjoyable for individuals. For myself, and many others, it’s a style that helps us express ourselves. It’s a distinctive and fashionable new way to dress that has inspired a mass of people to take risks with their wardrobe. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 195

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February 2020