THE YEAR IN REVIEW ISSUE
THE ARTIST, ACTOR, AND CLOTHING DESIGNER FINDS HIS DRIVE THROUGH PASSION AND AUTHENTICITY P.20
PUT THIS YEAR ON REPLAY THREAD PHOTO STAFF’S FAVORITE “PICS” OF THE YEAR. P.72
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FRONT OF BOOK
04 Haute Online 08 Top 5 12 Editor’s Note 13 Masthead
18 Runway Realway 24 Attached at the Hip 26 Stick With It 30 Kate McKinnon 34 Robert Pattinson
20 Celeb Style
40 Slugging 42 Clickbait Cardio: 12/3/30 44 Stay Pressed: Your Guide to Waffle Irons
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46 Watermelon Sugar… Buzz
table of contents
WHO, WHAT, WEAR
56 Tavolino Serves Food With a Purpose
50 Drippin’ With A Mission
MIDDLE OF THE BOOK
62 Behind the Seams 88 Six Looks We Like: Red Carpet Outfits
104 Horoscopes 106 Quiz: Which Saturday Night Live Sketch Are You?
72 Put This Year on Replay
BACK OF THE CLOSET
110 Fashion and Beauty Delivered: Is It Worth It? 118 And We’re Live: Podcasting Culture 124 Leaving a Legacy 138 Rant/Rave: Low Rise Jeans
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HAUTE ONLINE Looking for a new internet obssession? Whether you want to listen to podcasts or watch some videos, we’ve got you covered virtually.
MADISON WILD’S TIKTOK FASHION My favorite content to see when I am scrolling on TikTok is fashion and watching people style their imaginative wardrobes. A content creator I have recently discovered is Madison Wild (madisonxwild on TikTok). She creates videos where she layers clothing and accessories until it fits her style. Her style is versatile; she has created a street style for herself with low-rise baggy pants paired with a mesh top and t-shirt, 4 | THREAD
sunglasses, and headphones. She can go from this street-style look to more vintage apparel. She has several videos where she styles an outfit with beautiful lace and flowy garments, giving the feeling that she does not belong in this era. Wild loves layering jewelry and has inspired me to wear more funky pieces to give my outfit a more striking look. She has given me a different look at fashion as she goes through trial and error
when trying on jewelry, jackets, and other accessories to see if they will enhance the outfit. Her style gets better and better the more she layers. When people in the comments ask where she gets her inventive pieces from she usually says Depop, Poshmark, Etsy, or a thrift store near her. She is creating a fashion statement and making it sustainable. - SAMANTHA KRUSE
BEYOND THE SCENES I had the opportunity to watch the Beyond The Scenes podcast live in session when I was at South By Southwest this past March. An extension of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, host Roy Wood Jr. talks about a variety of different topics that are currently happening in American society with guest speakers every episode. Covering topics from
the Texas abortion ban, Asian hate crimes, and being a Black journalist in America, it is not only informative but manages to keep comedy in his shows while they discuss heavy topics. I was lucky enough to see the live recording of the episode “Being a Black Journalist in America” and it was a first-hand look at three Black journalists and what they have
had to deal with in their careers. This podcast is a great way to stay up-to-date and educated on topics that we always see headlines for. It is important to know what is going on in today’s political and social climate. I highly suggest that everyone listen to the podcast. - AMY SZMIK
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BRITISH VOGUE’S “IN THE BAG” There is something weirdly satisfying about seeing celebrities in normal situations. They are these glamorized beings on red carpets and in blockbuster films, so any chance fans get to see behind the scenes into their normal lives is extremely fun. That is why I love British Vogue’ s YouTube series, “In The Bag.” The series has videos around four minutes long that feature all kinds of celebrities showing what they keep in their handbags. In my own handbag, I have quite a lot of various knickknacks and essentials, so seeing 6 | THREAD
what is important, essential, and fun for some of my favorite celebrities to have just brings me joy. Sometimes I even take recommendations of products like lotions and journals, as well as recommendations for things to add to my handbag. People can watch over 60 episodes of the series by searching British Vogue “In My Bag” on YouTube and see celebrities like Emma Watson, Gemma Chan, and Zoë Kravitz expose their handbag best. - RILEY RUNNELLS
DISPO It is safe to say that film-style photos are all the rage. Film cameras, disposable cameras, and Polaroids have made their way back into high demand since the “vintage” look is back in style. Dispo is the perfect app to fulfill any retro needs. It is great for adding character and spice to any social media platform, especially Instagram. The grainy photos add so much to a once-simple photo,
and not to mention the grainy look takes one straight back to the ’80s. The app offers no-flash and flash options, and allows one to zoom in and out, something that you could not do with a real disposable camera. The only downfall: the app makes one wait 24 hours until the photos are fully developed. On the app, people are also able to scroll through other people’s photos locally
and afar; there is also a way to add friends. The app is free and available to download. Not to mention, it is the perfect way to capture college memories. - KAYLA BENNETT
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SENTIERI’S FOTOROMANZO Anyone who has ever taken an Italian language course at Ohio University knows exactly what I am talking about. Each section of our textbook has the typical vocabulary and culture sections, but everyone’s favorite part of starting a new unit is the fotoromanzo. The short videos cover college students Emily, Viola, Riccardo, and Lorenzo as they live together in a family’s boarding house in Rome, covering their day-today interactions and teaching us Italian in a fun and dramatic way. Many Thread meetings this year have involved enthusiastic discussions of the newest episode and I spent this entire academic year eagerly awaiting the next installment. I will never finish it because I am graduating and only in the first level of the language, but I recommend taking Italian as your language, even if only to follow the charming and addicting series. - CRISTINA FORMICHELLI
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ROLE MODEL One of my favorite things in life is discovering a new artist that I instantly fall in love with. There is something so special about instantly connecting to all of their music and aimlessly looking through music platforms until you have listened to every song they have ever put out. Within the past two years or so, I discovered the artist Tucker Pillsbury, better known as Role Model. I instantly connected with his lyrics, voice, content, and person. Pillsbury has released
multiple singles and EPs which have mostly all been surrounded by a message of wanting to spend time alone and heartbreak, but he recently released his debut album, titled Rx, which centers around a completely different message, such as being in love and adjusting to actually letting someone into your life. Although none of the songs sound like typical love songs, he believes writing a love song is lame. Pillsbury truly cares about the work he puts out and I believe
he is on his way to being a really huge artist. I truly am so amazed at how connected he can make his fans feel to the music he writes and I think he is on his way to being a really huge artist with an even bigger impact on the music industry. I encourage you to give him a listen and I promise you will not be disappointed. - HUNTER GIBSON
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SNAPSEED Snapseed is an absolute gamechanger when it comes to photo editing on mobile devices. Snapseed is an app created by Google that gives you immense flexibility in what you want to do with your image. From HDRscape options to basic filters, Snapseed has it all. Although my preference for editing is always a desktop version of Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, Snapseed is always great if you need to edit out a quick shadow or get it looking good for Instagram. With its wide variety of options and its accessibility of it on mobile, I feel that Snapseed is a wonderful addition to your home screen. - CORRIN SWITZER
SOLAR POWER BY LORDE We are always going through transitionary periods in our lives. Be it ending a semester or a relationship, the chapters of our lives write themselves into a story that keeps growing with us. That is why I love Lorde’s 2021 album, Solar Power. The singer, known for her melodramatic repertoire, changes tune and creates a love letter to the growth and confusion that is your 20s. Falling in love with others is not nearly as important as falling in love with your life and yourself. I recommend listening to “Secrets from a Girl (Who's Seen it All)” all summer long. - MIA WALSH
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BLACK LIP GLOSS The one thing that I have been loving recently as a new addition to my makeup routine is black lip gloss. As someone whose favorite color of clothing to wear is black, this was the staple piece I did not know I needed. After seeing a video on TikTok of someone reviewing the E.L.F. Cosmetics Cookies ’N Dreams black lip gloss, I immediately went online to purchase my own. I know what
you are probably thinking: black lip gloss sounds intense, such as black lipstick would be. But this little gloss provides the perfect sparkly and sheer tinted look I wanted. You will hardly be able to tell that you are wearing black lip gloss and that is why I love it so much. It is different from a regular clear or pink-tinted gloss. I get the perfect amount of sheen and sparkle with a slightly darker
tint to add some dimension to my look. What also makes it great is it can double as a glossy eyeshadow look if I am feeling more fun. If you are looking to add a new gloss to your collection, consider trying this one. You will not be disappointed! - BRE SEVERNS
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I cannot believe the time has come, but it is here: Thread’s final issue of the 2021-2022 school year. It is bittersweet, putting together six issues and watching our staff form unbreakable bonds, both professionally and personally. On the one hand, you feel incredibly proud of creating work that people love while promoting our brilliant student staff. On the other hand, with every issue comes the end of the year, and for Ohio University seniors like myself, the end of college. As this is my last issue as Thread’s editor-inchief, I feel this immense pride in the work we have done, and this overwhelming sadness of having to say goodbye. In keeping with the theme of bittersweetness, we decided to make our final issue of the year our “Year in Review” issue. We took all the trends and celebrities who have been most relevant and longstanding throughout the year and put them together for our readers to experience some nostalgia. In Seams, we have Celeb Styles from Zendaya (P.22) and Kid Cudi (P.20), accessories like fanny packs (P.24), and Seams Profiles from SNL’s Kate McKinnon (P.30) and The Batman’s Robert Pattinson (P.34). In DIY, readers can learn 12 | THREAD
the 12/3/30 workout (P.42), figure out how to use a waffle iron for more than just breakfast (P.44), and find a recipe for delicious watermelon mojitos, just in time for summer (P.46). In Back of the Closet, our features tackle sampling products through fashion and beauty subscriptions and whether or not they are worth it (P.110), and an overview of podcasting culture for professionals and those looking to get into it (P.118). We also talk about the legacy left behind by those who have died in the fashion and entertainment industries this year (P.124), and feature Yuegen, a brand doing some great sustainable work (P.132). Because it is our year in review issue, we wanted to do something special for our Middle of the Book shoots. Our photo staff had the chance to go back and pick some of their favorite photos from the year for us to look back and see the great quality of their work (P.72). Additionally, we are always trying to find ways to connect more with our readers and show how we create the magazine, so we created our Thread Behind the Scenes spreads, where we show off some of our favorite behindthe-scenes moments from this year (P.62). This issue is the perfect way
to end the year and the perfect culmination of a year’s worth of hard work to continue the legacy of Thread. Though I am sad to go, I’m happy to hear about the lovely plans everyone has for next year. I know Kayla Bennett, Dori Gray, and the rest of the wonderful executive board for next year will make Thread soar to new heights we’ve never seen before. Being editor-in-chief of Thread has been the greatest privilege and source of happiness of my life to date, and I cannot thank you all enough for supporting us through your readership. Please enjoy our final issue of the year, and be on the lookout for the great things to come.
All my love,
HEAD STYLING ASSITANT
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Grace Auble, Hannah Campbell, Tommi Hensler, Zoe Cranfill, Bre Severns, Corrin Switzer, Ella Calhoun
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From the runway to the streets, and everywhere in between, here are this season’s most sought-after trends. CELEB STYLE P.22
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COMMISSION FALL 2022 RTW
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Co-founded by Jin Kay, Dylan Cao, and Huy Luong, New Yorkbased Commission launched in 2018 as a womenswear label dedicated to a more personal, niche form of nostalgia. “The core of [Commission] is our memories of our mothers from the ’80s and ’90s,” Kay said in a 2019 Vogue interview. East Asian influences run throughout the label’s collections, as does a mix of “kitsch with sophistication,” according to a 2020 i-D interview. Kay, Cao, and Luong each grew up in Asia. They eventually met through a mutual friend after coincidentally following the same life path by ending up in New York City, graduating from Parsons School of Design, and working office design jobs. At Commission, Kay works on clothing design; Cao works on accessories, communication, and production; and Luong works on the brand’s art direction and visual identity; according to the LVMH Prize website. In 2020, the three became the first trio shortlisted for the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. “We want to prove that there’s more nuance in Asian culture than typical motifs and
generalizations often portrayed through a Western lens,” they said on the LVMH Prize website. Though the label was originally conceptualized to channel the style of a “woman that is chic, but also intellectual and intelligent,” as Cao said in an interview with Document Journal, it expanded and released a men’s collection at the request of Ssense in 2021. Commission titled its Autumn/ Winter 2022 Ready-to-Wear collection “Fast Riders, Slow Dancers.” Released in February, Kay, Cao, and Luong were “thinking about non-American perspectives on America … and classic American fashion,” according to Vogue Runway. The collection contained both womenswear and menswear. At first glance, the 38 looks appeared to have clear Western influences, displaying big belt buckles, copious amounts of denim, below-knee-length pleated skirts, and shirts with Western yokes. However, a closer look at the garments revealed repeated “slash” and grommet details, texture mixing via layering, and inventive asymmetrical hemlines. The overall color palette was pretty
neutral, only occasionally straying from black, silver, brown, or blue. One standout look easy to replicate layered an asymmetrical, midi-length silver slip dress over a gray, sleeveless fuzzy turtleneck, tying everything together with a tall pair of black Western boots. Another consisted of a pair of red straight-leg sweatpants, a blue button-down shirt, and a striped half-zip sweater, complete with an upper abdomen slash detail atop. “As we evolve, we want to expand the narrative of the brand,” Cao said in the interview with i-D. “We want to make room for other ideas to develop, to allow ourselves to be inspired by all these sources as well. But you will always see the image of our mothers.”
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BY CARLIE REESE PHOTOS BY ZELDA THAYER-HANSEN
KID CUDI Scott Mescudi, better known by his stage name, Kid Cudi, is one of the most influential artists of the past decade. He is an artist, actor, and clothing designer, but Cudi said he would describe himself more as an “explorer.” That is the best way to describe the enigma that is Kid Cudi. From his rhythmic and
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passionate music, to his acting, and to his fun and groundbreaking fashion choices, Cudi is a star at everything he does. Cudi’s signature look is a mix between punk rock and streetwear. He also makes sure to never stay within the walls of masculinity. From colored hair and painted nails to wearing dresses on the red
carpet and performing in crop tops, Cudi knows how to look his best while being his best. From the beginning of his music career, his expert mix of the two styles has been a source of ridicule for him. However, he always stayed true to himself and continues to wear outfits most people would not dare to. At a 2010 New Year’s Eve party, Cudi arrived in a kilt paired with Jordans. This outraged many people because a rapper wearing a skirt was not heard of. He was also one of the first rappers to wear skinny jeans both on and off stage, which was another choice people did not like. Still, 10 years later, Cudi is still making exciting choices with his fashion statements. In Cudi’s 2021 Saturday Night Live performance, he paid homage to one of his biggest inspirations, Nirvana’s late frontman, Kurt Cobain. In both performances, he took inspiration from Cobain’s closet. Cobain was also known for wearing clothing outside of gender norms, often wearing dresses to perform. Cudi wore a custom “Off-White” floral dress similar to one Cobain had worn in the ’90s. Cudi has worn dresses, leather jackets, skirts, and anything else that can be thought of. Cudi has proved that no matter your race, gender, occupation, or sexuality, you can wear anything you want and be confident.
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From Disney darling to mononymous Hollywood A-lister, Zendaya’s journey to certified fashion icon is easily tracked on a red carpet timeline. The 25-year-old Emmy Awardwinning multihyphenate has cemented her status as a Met Gala main character and is the face of Lancôme, Bulgari, and Valentino. The teenager who once posted oversaturated “OOTD” pictures on Instagram in high-tops and patterned pants is all grown up. Today, she exhibits an amalgamation of elegance and artistic flair in all that she does — and wears. Zendaya met stylist and image architect Law Roach when she was 14 years old. She became his first major client, according to The Business of Fashion, and a legendary duo was born. Roach, in conversation with WWD , said they built their careers using emerging, independent designers, and that direction still stands. He also explained to People that Zendaya not having “a ‘look’” was something he wanted to make sure of early on. “When it comes to fashion … there’s nothing [Zendaya] won’t try,” Roach told People Magazine in 2021. “She’s fearless.” And fearless she is, known for surprising audiences with her unique style choices, including wearing a mullet to the 2016 Grammy Awards. She faced condemnation for the hairstyle, but time revealed she simply predicted the return of “business in the front, party in the back.” A genuine fashion aficionado, Zendaya has experience in the design department as well. In 2017, she launched the nowdefunct gender-neutral clothing and shoe line Daya by Zendaya,
a creative collaboration between her and Roach. In 2018, the two began a two-collection collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger, titled Tommy x Zendaya. From Rocky Blue on Shake It Up! to Rue Bennett on Euphoria, the styles of the T.V. characters Zendaya has played have matured alongside her. While Rocky was a fan of bold layering and pattern-mixing, Rue slipped vintage designer pieces into her laid-back wardrobe in season two. Off duty, Zendaya is often seen combining cute with comfort. Paparazzi capture her wearing her natural curly hair and glasses while on the go. Her signature outfit elements include baby tees, blazers, and oversized pullovers. The 2021 Dune press tour was essentially Zendaya’s personal runway show. Fans gasped for breath as they frantically posted reactions to her back-to-back Roach-styled serves on social media. At the 78th Annual Venice International Film Festival, she donned a nude, custom leather Balmain gown that both molded to and draped across her figure. With a hip-high leg slit, slicked wet-look hair, and emerald Bulgari High Jewelry, she was the moment. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awarded Zendaya the Fashion Icon Award in 2021, an honor whose past recipients include Beyoncé, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga, and more. On its website, the CFDA defined a Fashion Icon Award winner as “an individual whose style has made a significant impact on popular culture on an international stage.” Zendaya is the youngest to ever have the
title. Supermodel Iman, who received the award in 2010, introduced Zendaya at the 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards. “Zendaya is one of the youngest icons to inspire and excite the world with her great sense of style. And, she’s certainly one of the most fearless,” Iman said. “She transcends any known definition of ‘celebrity style’ we’ve become accustomed to.” Many memorable fashion moments come to mind when reflecting on Zendaya’s style evolution: the ivory Vivienne Westwood gown and waistlength locs she wore to the 2015 Oscars, the custom Tom Ford hot pink breastplate of the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards, and Euphoria season two premiere’s black and white striped 1992 Valentino Archive dress are just a few. “Fashion … [has] been a creative outlet, and kind of an extension of all the reasons why I love acting,” Zendaya said while accepting her Fashion Icon Award in custom Vera Wang. “[Fashion] gave me the extraordinary gift of transformation.”
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anny packs get an unfortunate rap. Historically a staple of ’80s and ’90s tourist style, they are quickly becoming the stars of the fashion industry. Fanny packs appeared on some of the world’s biggest red-carpet stages like the runways of Chanel and Paris Fashion Week. Along with the fanny pack’s relatives, the mini and micro bags, the fanny pack is currently having a revival and we could not be happier. Fanny packs have previously been a popular trend in tourist styles for a reason. They are extremely versatile and can serve a multitude of purposes. In the 1950s, Sports Illustrated featured an early incarnation of the fanny pack as an accessory for crosscountry skiers, which stayed popular among recreational and
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outdoor enthusiasts for the next several decades. The fanny pack later became a crucial addition to tourists’ wardrobes because of its functionality. After being a vital addition to tourists’ wardrobes, the fanny pack became an accessory in the ’80s for name brand designers like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel. The ’90s also brought us the fanny pack stylings of sitcom stars, like Will Smith on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” and musical artists, like the members of New Kids on the Block. These outfits are reflective of the fanny pack styling that was popular at the time. However, the trend slowly died and the fanny pack sadly went out of style by the start of the 21st century. Recently, the fanny pack has made its return through a general
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resurgence of ’80s and ’90s styles and trends as well as celebrity endorsements and throwbacks, like Dwayne Johnson’s iconic turtleneck photo. Fanny packs are an excellent piece to accessorize street-style outfits and pair well with chunky sneakers, oversized sweatshirts, and baggy sweatpants. The fanny pack also made its way into the world of businesswear, coming in varieties made from leather or with designer logos printed on them. Whether you are trying to recreate the tourist-core looks of the ’80s or the streetwear styles of the ’90s, fanny packs are a fantastic way to accessorize while also giving you a completely hands-free way to keep belongings safe while on the go.
“WHETHER YOU ARE TRYING TO RECREATE THE TOURIST-CORE LOOKS OF THE ’80S OR THE STREETWEAR STYLES OF THE ’90S, FANNY PACKS ARE A FANTASTIC WAY TO ACCESSORIZE.WHILE ALSO GIVING YOU A COMPLETELY HANDSFREE WAY TO KEEP BELONGINGS SAFE WHILE ON THE GO.”
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Stick With It BY ERIN FINAN PHOTOS BY PROVIDED
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or busy college students, morning routines can take up a lot of valuable time in the day. Waking up early and getting ready for class is already hard enough without the added stress of doing a skincare routine, planning an outfit, or putting on makeup. Luckily, there is a solution that can save both time and money. Here are some of our favorite multiuse makeup products:
Glossier Cloud Paint Originally created as an easy-to-apply blush, Cloud Paint has more uses than initially thought. The buildable, gel-cream blush claims not to accentuate pores, fine lines, and wrinkles, making Cloud Paint helpful to use almost anywhere on the face. Cloud Paint comes in a variety of pinks and peaches, which makes an excellent substitute for eyeshadow. This is one of the best products on this list, serving not two but three functions. This product can triple as a lip tint. Applying the product to the lips and finishing off with a clear gloss can instantly elevate any look.
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Clear Brow Gel Most makeup brands have their own version of the clear brow gel. This product is a quick and easy solution to set brows before heading out the door. However, this product can work for so much more than just the brows. Those who want the look of longer, fuller lashes without investing in an expensive mascara need to look no further than the clear brow gel. Curling the lashes and then applying a clear brow gel gives the illusion of mascara without any of the hassle. This is especially convenient for those who struggle to color-match their lashes. Lastly, this product can tame flyaways and keep them locked in place throughout the day.
Tinted Moisturizers & SPFs One of the most important parts of any skincare routine includes protection from harmful ultraviolet rays. Achieve this protection by using sunscreen, preferably with the SPF of at least 30. Unfortunately, plain sunscreens can be too thick and often give skin a white cast. This is where tinted SPFs come in. Using a tinted SPF can give the skin a light-coverage look and eliminate the need for foundation. Most importantly, using tinted sunscreens or moisturizers helps to ward off dryness and harmful sun damage.
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Kaja Beauty Bento Eyeshadow Trio With the recent increase in popularity of K-beauty skincare and makeup products, there is no surprise that Kaja has basically defined the multiuse product trend. The brand has a huge selection of multiuse makeup products for the eyes, lips, and face. One of its best products has to be the Beauty Bento. This stacked set of eyeshadows is compact and convenient for makeup on the go. Each set has three colors and comes in a variety of color pallet options. These powders make for great eyeshadows but can also double as a quick and simple contour kit, depending on the colors in the pallet.
The world of multiuse makeup products can be a little overwhelming at first. Hopefully, these products can help you get started and make your daily makeup routine a little easier.
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A decade of laughs with Saturday Night Live’s darling. BY TATE RAUB PHOTOS BY PROVIDED
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ate McKinnon has long been paving her way in comedy and acting. Best known for being a cast member on Saturday Night Live, or SNL, the 38-year-old New Yorker is a comedian, actor, and writer. Her comedic inclinations started to take root from a young age, a pivotal moment being her audition to be “the queen of reading week” using an English accent. From that point on, she began experimenting with various accents and has had a knack for them ever since. “I think the genesis of my entire life, probably, was the smiles I elicited doing this British accent,” McKinnon said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I’ve been chasing that dragon ever since.” McKinnon graduated from North Shore High School in 2002 and with a theater degree from Columbia University in 2006. While at Columbia, she cofounded a musical improv comedy group called Tea Party. She also starred in the Varsity Shows V109 Dial D for Deadline, V110 Off-Broadway, and V111 The Sound of Muses. Amongst the cast and crew were actors Grace Parra and Jenny Slate, and directors Greta Gerwig and Tze Chun. McKinnon was also a member of the student comedy group Prangstgrüp, which focused on planning and documenting elaborate pranks on campus. In 2007, McKinnon got her big break on the Logo TV show The Big Gay Sketch Show. The show was on for three seasons and McKinnon was a cast member for all of them. Between 2007 and 2012, when she joined the SNL cast, she was a voice actor on The Venture Bros., Robotomy, and Ugly Americans,
winning a Logo NewNowNext Award for Best Rising Comic in 2009 and getting nominated for an ECNY Emerging Comic Award in 2010. When she initially joined SNL, McKinnon was a featured player, or featured cast member, but was hired as a repertory player, or full-time cast member, in 2013. She has since been nominated for nine Emmy Awards and won two for her work on the show. Throughout her time on the show thus far, she has portrayed an extensive list of characters, including Colleen Rafferty, Debette Goldry, and Olya Povlatsky to name a few. Beyond that, her list of impressions is even more extensive, some of the most notable ones being Justin Bieber, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Ellen DeGeneres, Nancy Pelosi, and Martha Stewart. As an actor, McKinnon has been in a wide array of films and TV series. Her filmography includes Ted 2 (2015), Finding Dory (2016), Ghostbusters (2016), The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018), Yesterday (2019), and DC League of Super-Pets (2022). McKinnon has been in multiple episodes of Family Guy between 2015 and 2016, starred as Ms. Fiona Frizzle in The Magic School Bus Rides Again (2017-2020), and stars as Carole Baskin in the 2022 Peacock miniseries Joe vs. Carole. In addition to her talents, McKinnon has been a voice of the lesbian community for a long time, being the first openly gay female cast member of SNL.
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Robert Pattinson Pattinson is making waves with his performance as the Batman, and he isn’t stopping there.
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obert Pattinson has been crowned the sexiest man alive, became one of the most-used internet memes of all time, and is now a certified superhero. Indie film’s and the internet's golden boy just keeps getting better with time and surprising his audience at every turn. Born in London in 1986, Pattinson actually had more of a musical beginning. Rather than focus his energy on acting, he learned guitar and piano and played local acoustic gigs. However, he began modeling for British brands and magazines. It was during this time he developed a love for cinema, citing Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando as some of his acting idols. He had a number of supporting and small roles starting out in his acting career, but his first big role came in the form of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Shooting this interfered with his going to university, so he never ended up studying theater. However, his career did not taper out after that film; he continued to act and was named “British Star of Tomorrow” in 2005 by The Times and was hailed as the next Jude Law.
Of course, he broke out as a teen heartthrob for his starring role as Edward Cullen in Twilight, and for five films he won the hearts of young people everywhere as the dreamy vampire. He also made headlines for his relationship with co-star Kristen Stewart, which ultimately ended but captivated fans’ attention for quite some time. Between shooting those films, Pattinson took on some independent film projects like How To Be and Little Ashes. Other films of note include the heartbreaking romance, Remember Me, the circus drama Water For Elephants, and, more recently, the thriller agent film Tenet. Though Pattinson got mainstream recognition from the Harry Potter and Twilight films, he ultimately left the world of blockbuster films in favor of the more indie-underground film scene until the release of The Batman this year. Though people were skeptical about his casting, they quickly came around after the film scored an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and critics praised Pattinson for his take on the well-known character. But Pattinson has received much more praise outside of his performance as “Vengeance.” He
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has won 11 MTV Movie Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, the 2009 Hollywood Film Award for New Hollywood by Hollywood Film Festival, and, yes, the Sexiest Man Alive honor by both People Magazine and a group of doctors studying the Golden Ratio of Beauty Phi – an ancient Greek formula from mathematicians used to measure physical perfection. Of course, it is easy to look at his chameleon-like acting, his gorgeous face, and his wonderful red carpet style, but Pattinson is more than any accolade: he is a ray of sunshine. His lovely relationship with musician and model Suki Waterhouse is cute as can be, and his charm and chaotic energy radiate through every public appearance. His performance as The Batman is hopefully not his last, as the film sets up nicely for more to come. Regardless, there is no doubt Pattinson will impress fans with another performance, and continue to create a legacy of realistic, wholesome chaos through his persona.
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Crafting the most intricate of knick-knacks, working out the mind, body, and soul, and making the most delicious treats. CLICKBAIT CARDIO: 12/3/30 P.42 OUTHREADMAG.COM | 39
slugging BY KATIE JOHNSON
TikTok did it again with another skincare hack that actually works; the method in question is called “slugging.” It is a great way to seal skincare products into one’s face and create youthful-looking skin, but unfortunately, the hack makes you look like a slug crawled all over your face. The good
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news is that you only have to do it at night when no one is watching. This skincare hack ensures the products are locked into the skin and are truly getting into the pores to do the dirty work. Slugging can help minimize water loss, which is a great way for people with naturally dry skin to see results.
- Products from your
preferred skincare routine (face wash, serums, moisturizers, etc.) - Aquaphor, Vaseline, or any other healing ointment - A skincare headband or hair clips - Your favorite pair of pajamas
STEP ONE Complete your entire skincare routine with your favorite products. STEP TWO Pull hair away from your face in a way that will be comfortable throughout the night — slugging will make your face very sticky. STEP THREE Apply a generous amount of the preferred slugging product to your face. When it comes to
rubbing the slugging product of choice in, you will probably not be able to completely rub the product in, since it is so thick. Focus on creating a nice even layer over top of the skin. STEP FOUR Your final skincare step is finished. Now it is time to read a book, put your pajamas on, watch your favorite comfort show, and start unwinding for bed. In the morning, prepare to wash your face and reveal a youthful-looking glow.
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BY KATIE MILLARD PHOTOS BY PROVIDED
GOING TO THE GYM CAN BE STRESSFUL, ESPECIALLY IF IT IS NOT A HABIT. IT SOMEHOW SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE THERE HAS BEEN GOING FOR YEARS, AND WITHOUT A N E S TA B L I S H E D WORKOUT ROUTINE, IT CAN BE HARD TO KNOW WHERE TO START. LUCKILY, A VIRAL WORKOUT CAN HELP: THE 12/3/30.
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WHAT YOU NEED: 1. A treadmill 2. A great workout playlist 3. Motivation THE STEPS: 1. The 12: Set your treadmill to an incline of 12%.
2. The 3: Set your treadmill to a speed of 3 miles per hour.
3. The 30: Walk at that pace and incline for thirty minutes.
4. Put in your earbuds and enjoy your playlist. 5. Keep going — a half-hour can start to feel like a long time, but persevere. You’ll feel great after.
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Stay Pressed: Your Guide to Waffle Irons
BY MIMI CALHOUN PHOTOS BY PROVIDED
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but waffles can be eaten at any time. The fluffy insides and crunchy outsides are satisfying no matter when you have them. With a waffle iron, it is easier to get those golden goodies quicker and faster. Irons also come in a variety of shapes, such as circles, squares, and hearts. Want to put your waffle iron to good use or need some convincing to get one? Here are some waffle iron recipes that are sure to make your mouth water.
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• 2 cups all-purpose flour • 1 tablespoon sugar
• 4 teaspoons baking powder • 1/4 tsp. salt
Dessert Waffles • Whipped Cream • Chocolate Sauce • Powdered Sugar Classic Waffles • Butter • Maple Syrup
• 2 eggs • 1 3/4 c. milk
Fruit Waffles • Strawberries • Blueberries • Bananas • Raspberries • Blackberries
• 1/2 c. vegetable oil • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat the waffle iron.
Beat eggs in a large bowl with a stand mixer or a hand mixer until fluffy.
Slowly beat in flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt, and vanilla until combined and smooth.
Spray the preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray.
Pour the mix into the hot iron and shut the lid.
Cook until desired color or golden brown.
Garnish with desired toppings.
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WATERMELON SUGAR...BUZZ BY MIMI CALHOUN
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s the sun comes out and the weather gets nicer, there is nothing like a refreshing drink to quench that thirst for the warmer seasons and time outside. Switch up your drink game with a beverage that is both a bit sweet and spicy. Here is how to make watermelon mint mojitos that are sure to make you ready for the sunshine and heat.
INGREDIENTS: • 2 cups seedless watermelon cubes
• 2 limes
STEP 1: Cut limes in half and cut watermelon into cubes.
• 2 ounces simple syrup
STEP 2: Squeeze lime juice into a blender.
• 6 oz. light rum
STEP 3: Add watermelon cubes, mint leaves, and simple syrup to the blender.
• Club soda • Mint leaves • Ice • Extra watermelon cubes and mint leaves for garnish
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STEP 4: Blend until the watermelon is crushed and the mint leaves are broken. STEP 5: Add 1 1/2 oz. of light rum to each glass with ice. STEP 6: Garnish with watermelon cubes and mint leaves.
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WHO, WHAT, WEAR A glimpse into some of Athens’ most captivating people, places, and events. DRIPPIN' WITH A MISSION P.50 OUTHREADMAG.COM | 49
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Drippin’ With A Mission Ohio Drip is making life colorful one ice dyed garment at a time. BY HANNAH CAMPBELL PHOTOS BY CORRIN SWITZER
very local business has a unique story, with many the result o f h a rd s h i p a n d struggle. For couple Ryan and Kelsey Danley, their story may not have started out pretty, but it did turn out fashionable. Ohio Drip, an ice-dyed clothing company based in Columbus, Ohio, started during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the inspiration behind it was a long time coming.
In January 2019, Ryan was involved in a snowmobile accident that left him paralyzed and using a wheelchair. Determined to remain positive, he spent lots of time with Kelsey trying new activities. Kelsey has been quilting since 2015 and wanted to incorporate new fabric into her work. She said she heard about ice-dyed fabric and thought it would be cool to try. After seeing interest from family and friends, the couple
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decided to start selling their apparel. The company’s mission is to “make life colorful,” and the Danleys hope to inspire consumers with their products. Ryan said he is thrilled to see how much community support the company has received. “When you put something out in the world, you’re just a little nervous about it,” Ryan said. “And then to see a positive reaction just makes you feel good … and so it’s given us more confidence, I think.” Ryan said the apparel is based on what he and Kelsey would wear, including hoodies and sweat sets. The couple also takes inspiration from trends and interesting fabric combinations they see online.
“A LOT OF THE CREATIVE PROCESS TAKES PLACE AT OUR KITCHEN TABLE, THOUGH,”
Since then, the company has sold about 750 orders, not including wholesale items from vendors such as MR EATWELL. In addition to their Etsy shop, Ryan and Kelsey sell at local markets and pop-up shops. Kelsey said she is happy to see the opportunities that have come from the company and the many connections they have built. “There’s been so many other vendors that now we’re in connection with that have gotten me intrigued of different 52 | THREAD
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crafts that they’re doing and the support of each has been super cool,” Kelsey said. Ryan and Kelsey started the business outdoors, but eventually moved it indoors during the winter months so the ice would fully melt. The couple said they utilize their entire house for their work. “A lot of the creative process takes place at our kitchen table, though,” Ryan said. “We sit there, we have a poster with all of the colors on it that we have available, … and we go, ‘What is the mood we’re going for on this one?’” Despite putting so much energy into the company, Ryan also works full-time in compliance and ethics, and Kelsey works as an information technology projects manager. Both agree it can be hard to find a balance, but also said their jobs help them run the business side of Ohio Drip. Keeping with its motto of making life colorful, the company is collaborating with Colerain Elementary School in Columbus to add some extra brightness. Ohio Drip is hosting a design contest in the school, in which the winner will design a T-shirt with the company. The proceeds from the shirt will be donated back to the school, as many students’
families struggle with financial hardships. The school is especially special to both Ryan and Kelsey, as 65% of its population is orthopedically impaired, meaning the students use support such as wheelchairs or powerwalkers, or are medically fragile. Jaclyn Shurelds, an intervention specialist at Colerain Elementary, first met Ryan in high school. They continued their friendship and Ryan came up with the idea of the contest to form a relationship with the school and
“I love that it was a positive outlet for Ryan, because I know it was definitely a struggle at the beginning, mentally,” Shurelds said. “I think it’s such a great bonding experience for the two of them, and then also connects them to the community outside of their relationships.” While the design competition is still ongoing, Ryan and Kelsey said people should look out for new items this summer, including denim jackets and items that incorporate Kelsey’s quilting. Ryan said he hopes to continue s p re a d i n g j o y a n d fostering relationships with the community through his story and the company. Ryan said he wrote a poem while recovering in the hospital, titled “Why not me?” He wrote the poem asking why he could not be the one to create change and JACLYN SHURELDSovercome his accident instead of asking why the the surrounding community. accident happened to him. “I don’t think many people “You might think things are know about the uniqueness of impossible,” Ryan said. “You the population of our school,” might think there’s no hope. Shurelds said. “So he definitely You might think things won’t wanted to raise money for the get colorful, but give it a little kids that are within our school.” bit. Keep pushing, and I think Not only did Shurelds love the it’s inevitable that things will get collaboration idea, but she said better.” she loves the story and mission behind Ohio Drip.
“I THINK IT’S SUCH A GREAT BONDING EXPERIENCE FOR THE TWO OF THEM, AND THEN ALSO CONNECTS THEM TO THE COMMUNITY OUTSIDE OF THEIR RELATIONSHIPS.”
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TAVOLINO SERVES FOOD WITH A PURPOSE Local Athens restaurant brings homemade Italian cuisine to your plate and connects the community. BY CARMEN SZUKAITIS PHOTOS BY PROVIDED
Sitting on Athens' west end is a hidden gem, Tavolino — a beautifully quaint, family-run Italian restaurant. As a child, Emily Christine, owner and chef of Tavolino, read her mother’s cookbook and had her Barbies play “restaurant.” This sparked a dream of opening her own restaurant, and in June of 2017, her dreams became a reality with Tavolino. Christine said she wanted her guests to have the experience of going to someone’s grandma’s house for a meal, something similar to having a family dinner at home. She wants guests to enjoy the smell of the cooking food while they indulge in a glass of wine. The restaurant has an open floor plan so guests can see Christine cooking their food or even walk up to the counter to have a conversation with her. Christine said that the restaurant has a very relaxed vibe, so much so that sometimes she will yell across the room to talk with a 56 | THREAD
regular and vice versa. The restaurant’s name translates to “little table” in Italian, and people often ask Christine, “Why Italian food?” “I say it’s because it's the best food,” Christine said. “I like fresh pasta, the flavors, and the style of the food is my favorite. It's good food. But, I also really like Italian culture; [It’s] very familyoriented, very centered around … spending time around the table together. That is a very important thing, and we don't have a lot of that here.” Before opening Tavolino, Christine waited tables.
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“The whole idea, especially with corporate businesses, is [that] the customer is always right,” Christine said. However, Christine believes that the customer is not always right and can sometimes act inappropriately towards the staff. When Christine opened her restaurant, she set the standards for the food and service. She can decide what ingredients are used, where they come from, and the nutritional value of the food. Christine believes the service provided is just as important as the food. Christine said Tavolino 58 | THREAD
allowed her to meet people, connect with them, and develop relationships. Furthermore, Tavolino opened its doors and allowed Christine to be more generous. She has been able to give back to the community. “I don't have a lot as far as being able to be generous with money, to help with whatever issues, especially hunger issues in the community,” Christine said, “So being that I have a food business, I can help with that; and it's not a stretch as far as being able to do that, which
is also why I have a platform to use to make it easier to access. I mean, [if] somebody's randomly handing out sandwiches on the sidewalk, people are going to be like, ‘Where's this coming from?’ But, if it's coming from a food business, then it's not as weird.” Christine started offering free lunch on Tuesdays for everyone in the Athens community when the pandemic first hit. Still, to this day, Christine serves free lunch every single week — no payments are necessary. One must simply knock on the door of Tavolino, and someone will
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bring out a paper bag lunch to the table outside. When Christine first started offering the free lunches, she estimated that it cost $150 to $170 per Tuesday. However, she said some people started to donate, and some gave the change they had in their pockets. Tavolino offers a four-course dine-in and carry-out meal every Friday and Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Customers must call in advance to reserve a table or order carry-out. The menu changes almost nightly; however, Christine always offers
the four-course meal containing an appetizer, soup or salad, a choice between two entrees, and a selection of desserts. Despite Tavolino offering limited meal options, Christine works around all food restrictions. The only caveat is one must call ahead of time to let her know what restrictions to work around. “I make everything from scratch,” Christine said. “I am so happy to feed you if you have horribly difficult food restrictions. People are always like, ‘Oh, no, I don't want to. No, no, don't bother.’ First of all, I like
a good challenge. But second of all, having dealt with food restrictions that my kids have or friends of mine have, you can't eat anywhere. Either it's not safe because you have an allergy, or they don't have anything for you but salad because you're vegan. You deserve to be able to go out for a nice meal and not have to cook for yourself every moment of the day. You deserve to go and have the meal that everybody else is able to have, and I love to be the person to give it to you.”
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MIDDLE OF THE BOOK A look into Thread’s creative shoot concepts. PUT THIS YEAR ON REPLAY P.72
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CAMPUS CASUAL Light-hearted reads for the quiztaking, listicle reading, horoscope believin’ spirit in all of us.
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BY KATIE MILLARD
ARIES MAR 21 - APR 19
Now is your time to thrive, Aries. As your month comes to a close, you have enjoyed a period of spontaneity, fun, and friendship. Let those influences linger throughout the month and expect them to soon pair well with an influx of luck. On May 10, Jupiter, the planet of luck, will enter Aries for the first time in 12 years, and you are already feeling that cosmic prosperity in the wings. Continue letting your gut guide you and throwing caution to the wind. With Jupiter’s influence and your own natural affinity for adventure, new experiences can only go well for you. Prepare for a month of luck and high spirits.
THIS MONTH’S SIGN Get excited, Taurus. Your year is about to get
TAURUS APR 20 - MAY 20 great. Your month is quickly approaching, so now
is time to gear up and prepare for a relaxing, steady, and creative month. No one knows how to kick back better than a Taurus, and you will certainly be able to do that next month. However, you will also have some influence from the upcoming Libra pink moon, sparking your creative side and helping you secure something you have been desperately wanting. Expect a month of self-prioritization in the best way, and you are sure to cruise smoothly through the end of the semester.
GEMINI MAY 21 - JUN 20
CANCER JUN 21 - JUL 22
LEO JUL 23 - AUG 22
You are a diplomat this month, Gemini. Ruled by mercury, you will be affected by the sextile MercuryVenus, which will make you a pleasure to be around. You may be pulled toward a Taurus or Libra while everyone else is drawn to you. Your heightened social skills will charm strangers and friends alike, and you may be called on to lead cooperative efforts. You might also be asked to deliver bad news, as you appear able to always say the right thing. No matter how you use these heightened social abilities, allow your charm to lead you through an exceptional month.
Look for love Cancer. With your ruler, the moon, in sociable, enticing Libra, you will attract romantic partners this month. Your emotions will stay calm, allowing you to balance multiple potential partners as they flock to you. While you will have a plethora of options, do not get too caught up in any The Bachelor-style excitement. Allow yourself to look beyond the exhilaration of flirtation and find a true connection. If you prioritize building relationships, then you will have something to hold onto once the flurry of the Libra moon has passed. Find someone with a real attachment and you will build something great.
This will be a fiery month for you, Leo. Your ruler, the Sun, is in your fellow fire sign of Aries, sparking your natural warmth and energy. Do not shy away from confrontation this month. If something is bothering you, now is the time to speak up. You will feel especially empowered in your communicative skills. However, make sure to prioritize productive conversation over emotional responses. If you are not careful, confrontations could turn ugly. Rather, take care to speak up in a considerate way and you are sure to have pleasant conversations.
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VIRGO AUG 23 - SEPT 22
LIBRA SEPT 23- OCT 22
SCORPIO OCT 23 - NOV 21
Finish that checklist, Virgo. With Aries’ energetic influence, you are sure to be highly motivated. As finals approach, use the ram’s spirit to charge through the rest of the semester. You tend to love a list, so make one and then get that burst of satisfaction by checking off each item one by one. You are extra stimulated, so do not let this burst of productivity go to waste. Work ahead, when possible, to save yourself some time when the relaxing Taurus season enters. By tapping into this motivation, you can stampede through the end of the school year and get everything done.
You will be even-tempered this month, Libra. The moon is in your sign, so your emotions will be balanced and fair. You will have a great perspective this month, with the ability to step back and consider all sides of a conflict or situation. This will allow you to make level-headed, fair decisions that those around you will respect and appreciate. Additionally, you will be great under pressure, as you will be able to keep your emotions in check. Use this gentle power to help others navigate tricky situations, as you will be great at giving advice this month. Settle into the easygoing essence you will effuse and enjoy a relaxed and emotionally fulfilling month.
Your health will be great this month, Scorpio. As your ruling planet, Mars, is sextile the Sun, you will exude a youthful spirit. Any physical activity will come easy to you, and you may be drawn to exercise or pick up a sport. Your competitive side will be heightened during this time, so take care to enjoy participating in activities as much as you want to win. Your energy and liveliness will grant you excellent health, so you will be able to better dedicate your time to fun pursuits. This is a great month to spend time outside, indulge your inner child, and feed your competitive spirit.
SAGITTARIUS NOV 22- DEC 21
CAPRICORN DEC 22 - JAN 19
AQUARIUS JAN 20 - FEB 18
Get creative, Sagittarius. You are ruled by the planet Jupiter, which is about to join Neptune in the sign of Pisces. This Jupiter-Neptune conjunction combines Jupiter’s luck with Neptune’s inspiration, allowing you to feel especially imaginative. Tackle a project that has been stumping you for some time as you are sure to think of a new way to approach the situation that may just solve your problem. Lean into artistic urges too, as you are especially attuned to the world’s beauty this month. Let yourself become enchanted and your world will get more colorful. This month is a great time to be an artist, a dreamer, or a soul-searcher, Sagittarius.
Your serious side will make an appearance, Capricorn. As your ruling planet, Saturn, is sextile the Sun, you will especially feel Saturn’s responsible pull. You may come across as reserved this month, but really you are being humble. You may present a quieter persona, which will come across as a strong, silent type. People will look to you to set an example and will follow your actions. Your strong work ethic and mature outlook will help you succeed as classes end and finals hit, and your responsible appearance will let you shine as a leader.
Your independence will be enticing this month, Aquarius. Venus is sextile Uranus, your ruling planet, during this time, which will have a positive influence on your social life. People will be extra attracted to your eccentric side, so now is a great time to make new friends. Your best matches will be people who maintain their own lives and commitments so they can respect your independence. Look toward those who let you carve your own path and your new relationships will thrive. Embrace your attractive nature and follow your independent spirit for a socially and personally fulfilling month.
PISCES FEB 19 - MAR 20
You are searching for your fairytale, Pisces. You have a naturally dreamy outlook and love to romanticize your life, so get ready for the approaching Taurus season. Ruled by Venus, the planet of love, Taurus season will bring excitement and romance into the spring air. Spend the last few days of Aries season focusing on yourself, so that when charming Taurus enters the Sun, you can live out all your idealized fantasies. Practice some self-care, try on some new outfits, and prepare for a month full of rom-com-reminiscent adventures. Now is the time to tap into your inner dreamer. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 105
WHICH SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SKETCH ARE YOU? Have you ever wondered what skit you are from Saturday Night Live? Take this quiz to find out the answer. BY TATE RAUB | PHOTOS BY PROVIDED
1.WHAT TYPE OF DRIVER ARE YOU? a. Neutral driver b. Fast driver c. Good driver d. Chaotic driver e. Bad driver 2. WHAT TYPE OF ASTROLOGICAL SIGN ARE YOU? a. Earth b. Water c. Air d. Fire e. I do not like astrology 3. IF SOMEONE ATE YOUR LEFTOVERS, HOW WOULD YOU REACT? a. Ask who took them b. Confront whoever ate them c. Make more/Go out to eat d. Yell e. Depends on how the day was going 4. WHICH OF THESE SINGERS/BANDS IS YOUR FAVORITE? a. Katy Perry b. Beyoncé c. Justin Bieber d. The Rolling Stones e. NSYNC
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5. WHICH SNL CAST MEMBER IS YOUR FAVORITE? a. Kate McKinnon b. Bill Hader c. Kristen Wiig d. Will Ferrell e. Andy Samberg
MOSTLY A’S: "CLOSE ENCOUNTER"
You are “Close Encounter.” You tend to get yourself into unconventional situations and always feel confused as to how you got into them. But, this means you always have good stories to tell. Paired well with your borderline comedian-level sense of humor, people love to hear you talk. You most likely have an interest in astronomy and/or astrology. You are very down to earth, and whenever you find yourself in the middle of a sticky situation, you are able to find a positive outlook on it. You are a breeze on a summer day and always manage to make people’s days.
MOSTLY B’S: "DEAR SISTER"
MOSTLY D’S: “MORE COWBELL”
You are “Dear Sister.” You may feel like you are frequently in a state of controlled chaos. You are not one to start problems, but if they are brought to your attention, you are not afraid of confrontation. Journaling is a part of your daily routine or a favored outlet for your feelings. You tend to consistently surprise those around you because of something you impulsively did or the decisions you make for yourself. You do not go out super often, but you always dress to impress. However, your impulsivity can get tiring, so you are a big fan of napping whenever you need to recharge.
You are “More Cowbell.” You are very unapologetic in every aspect of your life, but your hobbies are what you are incredibly passionate about. You do well in group-centered scenarios and do not love being alone all the time. You would rather do a project with your in-class best friend than write a paper but always do well on both because you are so hardworking. The weekend is your time to shine; you tend to be the life of the party because of your carefree, cheery nature, but if there is not good music playing, the party might as well not happen.
MOSTLY C’S: “THE CALIFORNIANS”
MOSTLY E’S: “DICK IN A BOX”
You are “The Californians.” No matter what your budget is, you always set aside some funds to treat yourself. You are rich at heart, so sometimes there is not much of a thought process behind the random things you buy. Your friends may get a little annoyed when you complain about being broke after you sent them a video of your latest online shopping haul, but do not worry, they will not hold it against you. Your confidence and knack for being a social butterfly make anyone want to be around you, but your close friends and family are always a priority.
You are “Dick in a Box.” It is without question that you always have good intentions in whatever you do. However, sometimes the course of action you take to get those intentions across do not land in the way you planned. You are a big fan of just about any holiday, especially if it means you get time off of school or work, but your favorite is probably Christmas. You tend to not think about the consequences of your actions but usually only get into minimal, if any, trouble. There is truly never a dull moment with you. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 107
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Fashion and Beauty Delivered: Is It Worth It?
A look into the different subscriptions that exist and whether or not they’re worth purchasing. BY MIMI CALHOUN | PHOTOS BY PROVIDED
ith the growth of the internet, shopping became accessible at the tips of one’s fingers. Amazon, online retailers, and fast fashion brands like Shein and ZAFUL allow shoppers to receive clothes and beauty products quickly, easily, and cheaply. But, another way of purchasing has been on the incline: subscription boxes.
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Monthly subscription programs like Ipsy and FabFitFun curate boxes for each customer to fit their personal tastes and wants. Usually, the company will have users take a short quiz to determine their desires and needs and then use that data to accurately provide samples the person may buy in the future. Typically, a monthly box comes with five to eight products and the items could vary anywhere between eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks to tote bags and slippers. Subscribers may be able to pick their products from that month’s selection depending on the
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company or even get the chance to upgrade to newer and better samples. Prices can be as low as $13 per month — or as high as $25,000 per quarter — with better deals often offered when one buys for a longer period of time. While the idea of a little surprise every month may be appealing to some, others may ask, “Is it worth it?” The continuing cost of a subscription may be a deterrent, as the overall cost could end up more than the combined value of the products received. But, the convenience of getting those items at one’s doorstep may outweigh that cost difference.
Tom Marchese, an associate professor of instruction in the College of Business at Ohio University, has experience in marketing and believes monthly subscription boxes came to be because of the convenience. “I think as the Millennials came to age, it was really a millennial thing,” Marchese said. “[Millennials] came to age right at the time with mobile ordering. We now have Amazon, and now we have the ability, through different websites and apps and so forth, to order things [and] have it delivered right to our house[s].” Marchese explained that
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although his generation did technically value variety and convenience, Millennials were the ones to like the option of a subscription box despite possibly having access to a lot of other shopping places. “What [monthly subscriptions] drove was the ability to capitalize on consumers’ needs for variety and for convenience, which is a very big thing,” Marchese said. He also said Gen-Zers were likely to follow in the steps of Millennials by also enjoying the choice of a subscription box. Kyra Vonneumann, a freshman studying accounting and finance, finds benefit in trying different products from a monthly subscription box
“You just get to try out the different products they offer and see if [they’re] really worth buying the bigger size,” KYRA VONNEUMANN
despite never having gotten one herself. “You just get to try out the different products they offer and see if [they’re] really worth buying the bigger size,” Vonneumann said. “You can use [the subscription] to its fullest potential.” Anna Williams, a freshman studying psychology and pre-social work, explained that her friend had an IPSY beauty subscription. “She liked it a lot, and so she got to try out a bunch of different makeup [products] for a lower price than [they were] actually worth,” Williams said. Although there may be benefits to a box that comes with personally curated items every month, there are negatives to the experience as well. From feeding into overconsumption to paying for unwanted products, the cons of a monthly beauty subscription play a defining factor when deciding whether or not to buy in as well. “As a consumer, we purchase [subscriptions], and maybe we don’t need it that next month or the next month, but we’ve already got the subscription,” Marchese said. “So we’re eventually buying products that we don’t really need, and that can add up if you get more of those.” Vonneumann described a similar issue about receiving products every month and said that not 114 | THREAD
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being able to use all the items would feel wasteful and bad for the environment. “My sister had Ipsy, and she said she didn’t use some of the products that they gave her,” Vonneumann said. “She didn’t like it, so that could be wasting money.” Along with wasting money, another downside could be the dreaded cancellation once one no longer wants their subscription. However, Marchese said there are apps that will identify consumers’ subscription boxes for them. “So it must 116 | THREAD
be a problem because there’s actually a company out there that identifies, ‘Hey we’re gonna tell you how much you’re buying on your subscription boxes, that you might [have] even forgotten about and didn’t realize, so we can help you monitor that and maybe cut back some on that.’” Marchese also explained how having products sent right to one’s doorstep was a successful business strategy — especially during the peak of COVID-19 when people had to stay inside. “I think a real test for subscription boxes will be the
next time we’re not in a COVIDtype environment, and we have a recession, and discretionary income is down,” Marchese said. Nevertheless, as with everything that has both pros and cons, some products and ideas may head to the top and some may fall and crumble. Though with monthly subscription boxes, there does not seem to be an end in sight. Vonneumann believes that monthly subscriptions will not be dying out any time soon, as everyday life seemed to focus on the internet and receiving
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products from it. “With our world turning into more of an online shopping type thing, I don’t see them going away,” Vonneumann said. W illiams had the same sentiment that people seem to prefer being able to get things delivered to them without having to do much. “People don’t want to put in effort to go to the store to actually buy stuff, so it’s easy to just have people make things and send it to you even if it costs more money,” Williams said. Marchese does not think that
monthly subscription boxes will ever die out. “I think the need for and the desire for variety and convenience will just get stronger and stronger. I think you’ll have ebbs and flows just like you do with any product in a recession,” Marchese said. “You know if it’s a discretionary product it's probably going to decline some, but I think when economies recover [and] inflation is not a big thing, then I think they’ll recover and they'll do well. I think convenience and variety are here to stay.” So, although there are both
positives and negatives to monthly subscription boxes, the pros seem to outweigh the cons. The ability to pick and choose on top of the products being sent right to one’s front door outshines the possible waste of money or lack of use. Even if a recession were to hit or inflation was to continue to increase, subscriptions may continue to flourish and therefore be worth it.
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And We’re Live: podcasting culture How podcasts are created, who creates them, and what these voices do for the world. BY HANNAH CAMPBELL | PHOTOS BY PROVIDED
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veryone has a story to tell. Whether it is a personal experience or someone else’s, podcasting has become a popular outlet for so many to share these stories. There is no exact date as to when the first podcast started, but the art form has evolved over the past decade to become fast and simple for anyone to listen to and create. Bennett Snyder, a sophomore studying journalism, started Bench Press Media last year. He started the company, and later the same-titled podcast, with friends he met through his learning community. They wanted to get involved when they came back to campus and started using the podcasting studio in Schoonover Center. Bench Press covers stories in football and other national sports. Snyder said his coursework through the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism helped prepare him to start the organization and influenced how he conducts his podcast. “When you’re a journalist, you are always looking for the next great story,” Snyder said. “And we found with our podcast, we do so much better, numbers-wise, when we bring in guests for the show.” Laura Harbert, an adjunct podcasting instructor, said she accidentally ended up in audio storytelling. She first worked at a public radio station before starting in audio documentary work. Her work has been heard and seen on CNN’s Great Big Story podcast, Inside Appalachia, and Scalawag, among others. Harbert said while podcasting started in the mid-2000s, the smartphone completely changed how the industry operated. She also said the easy accessibility of making a podcast can be seen as both a positive and negative thing. “From a democratic standpoint, the ability of people to get their hands on technology and tell stories is a good thing,” Harbert said. “The bad side of that is sometimes people aren’t responsible with that trust. … The ethics of storytelling, no matter what the platform, in journalism [are] under attack.” Nia Dumas, a senior studying journalism, also started a new podcast organization on campus called Melanin in the Media. Dumas said though
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she did not want to work for other student media organizations, she still wanted experience and felt podcasting allowed for “more creativity in [one’s] storytelling.
THE BAD SIDE OF THAT IS SOMETIMES PEOPLE AREN’T RESPONSIBLE WITH THAT TRUST. … THE ETHICS OF STORYTELLING, NO MATTER WHAT THE PLATFORM, IN JOURNALISM [ARE] UNDER ATTACK.” LAURA HARBERT Dumas said podcasting has become “Twitter and a mic,” explaining how easy it is to start one. She said while she wants to continue journalistic work through a new platform, not everyone who has a podcast is a journalist or has the correct opinion on certain issues. “Anyone can literally start a podcast, and you don’t even need the mic,” Dumas said. “You don’t have to have a journalism degree. … Everyone has [a podcast] and I feel like it takes away from the credibility that is there.” Snyder described the issue of how easy it is to make a podcast as “a double-edged sword.” He said the many accessible platforms could do better fact-checks, but their leniency is how Bench Press was able to come about in the first place. “If it wasn’t so easy, we wouldn’t have been able to get going on it,” Snyder said. “I think it kind of plays into just freedom of speech, if anyone can get to that platform.” One of the most recent examples of the issue of free speech on podcasts is with Joe Rogan, host of The Joe Rogan Experience. Not only has he made headlines for racist and transphobic comments on 122 | THREAD
the show, but he also made false claims regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. As a result, Spotify promised to give all podcast episodes mentioning COVID-19 a content advisory warning. Harbert said not all podcasts are journalism, but with all storytelling, the lack of fact-checking is a significant problem. “Certainly with podcasting, it’s getting easier and easier to make non-factual things, because anyone can do it,” Harbert said. Snyder said he first noticed podcasts being heavily presented in the media through Barstool Sports, such as Pardon My Take and Call Her Daddy. While he said these shows were not examples of journalism, some are just simply meant to entertain. Dumas said she hopes to continue podcasting, but will also use her podcasting certificate skills for news production jobs, such as editing sound and writing scripts. Dumas said her biggest advice to students who want to start a podcast is to not be afraid of trying. “The pressure is on you, and you want to be satisfied with whatever it is you are creating,” Dumas said. “So always add to it; don’t be afraid to revamp it. Don’t be afraid to test new boundaries.” Snyder said he encourages podcasters to make an effort to stand out from the competition, which is something Bench Press constantly tries to do. “In order to be successful in a media outlet that is very, very popular and has a lot of different options, you’ve got to differentiate yourself from other competitors,” Snyder said. “When you can figure out an idea that differentiates yourself, that’s when you start hitting gold.”
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LEAVING A LEGACY Honoring those we’ve lost this year BY KATIE JOHNSON PHOTOS BY PROVIDED
This past year was a devastating time for the fashion industry, as it lost countless inspiring members. Those lost left behind something more impactful than they could have ever imagined: a legacy. The deaths included self-starting business owners, designers, journalists, creative directors, stylists, and overall boundary-breaking people who left a significant mark on the fashion industry before they passed.
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Probably one of the most shocking and impactful deaths of 2021 was Virgil Abloh's death in November. He founded Off-White in 2013, became the artistic director for Louis Vuitton’s Menswear in 2018, and in 2021 he earned numerous other roles with Louis Vuitton right before his death. He started his career with an internship at Fendi in 2009. There, he met Ye, then known as Kanye West. Abloh soon co-founded a boutique in Chicago called RSVP Gallery. “Short for ‘Répondez s'il vous plaît’ or ‘please respond,’ the store's name is an invitation for guests to not only visit the space, but to get involved and inspired by the boutique,” according to Fizzy Mag. Abloh also became Ye’s creative director, style advisor, and art director. He was named one of TIME
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Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2018. Abloh privately fought a rare form of cancer for over two years called cardiac angiosarcoma up until his final moments at only 41 years old. A statement posted to his Instagram posthumously read, “Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design. He often said, ‘Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself.’” Abloh was a barrier-breaker in the luxury fashion industry and impacted streetwear fashion in the best way possible. His legacy will live on for years to come.
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Alber Elbaz was a Moroccan-born Israeli fashion designer. He was the former fashion director for French fashion house Lanvin, and in January 2021 he launched his own label called AZ Factory. In 1996, Elbaz was selected by Yves Saint Laurent to take over his job designing for the women’s YSL Rive Gauche ready-to-wear collections but soon was dismissed after Gucci Group purchased the brand in 1999. However, Elbaz soon made his major impact with the Lanvin house. Lanvin, at the time, mainly focused on menswear. Elbaz transformed it to focus primarily on women's fashion, and his designs including heavy zipped cocktail dresses were well-loved. In 2005, Elbaz received the International Award from the CFDA. TIME Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007. In 2016, he was named an Officer of the Legion of Honor, the highest civilian distinction in France according to WWD, by the French government. Unfortunately, Elbaz died at the age of 59 from COVID-19 in April 2021.
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ANDRÉ LEON TALLEY André Leon Talley had a vast career. He was a journalist, a stylist, and the former creative director and editor-at-large of Vogue magazine. Vogue Business described him as “the pioneering Black editor,” “a standout presence in fashion for four decades,” and “known for his encyclopedic knowledge of the [fashion] industry’s history.” Throughout his career, Talley worked at Interview Magazine, WWD, Vogue, W, The New York Times, and more. The Chiffon Trenches , his 2020 memoir, became a New York Times bestseller. Sadly, in January 2022 he passed away at age 73. Talley contracted COVID-19 days before his passing and had multiple chronic illnesses, according to a friend. Talley was one of the fashion industry's most influential style-setters and will not be forgotten.
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FEDERICA “KIKKA” CAVENATI
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Italian-born Federica Cavenati, known as “Kikka,” was a fashion designer and co-founder of Londonbased 16Arlington, launched in 2017. Cavenati and her business and life partner were known for “their contemporary take on old-world glamour and modernization of sequins and feathers,” according to The
Guardian. Celebrities such as Amal Clooney, Lady Gaga, Kendall Jenner, and Billie Eilish have all sported designs from 16Arlington. Cavenati was lost too soon in October 2021 at the young age of 28 to a “short and sudden illness,” according to a statement released by the 16Arlington team.
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Fast fashion appears to be on the rise for many young people. Accompanied by this knowledge and an awareness of the neverending cycle of trends, Tin Herjavec, Fernando Lindez, and Pablo Fernandez brought to life a vision. Together, the three were able to rebrand streetwear fashion into what they wanted it to be. Yugen Vision, a new Spanish fashion brand, was founded by the three fashion-passionate men who care deeply for the environment and sustainability. Yugen Vision has invested in sustainable factories and uses cruelty-free products, biodegradable packaging, and community-building initiatives. It also helps preserve endangered animals. The founders, having worked in the fashion industry for a few years, had seen both sides of the spectrum of sustainability and wanted to do better with their brand. “I’ve always been interested in sustainability, buying the most sustainable products, and I’m still learning but I think the world can be better with that,” Fernandez said. Yugen Vision’s founders said they personally visited their production factory to confirm the standards of the factory. “ We s a w t h e w o r k i n g environment, we met the people, we tried to develop strong relationships,” Herjavec said. The brand’s designs are all sold in separate “drops” with minimal items available per drop. The current drop includes a limited amount of hoodies and t-shirts. “Everything is super limited; we do not believe in mass production… Per item, we would only have 100 units, which would minimize the impact we have on 134 | THREAD
pollution,” Herjavec said. The current drop Yugen Vision is releasing is based on their perspective of a simplified Japanese look. The symbols they included on their t-shirts and hoodies can be found in Japanese culture. The team hopes to be able to include more expressions of their extravagant ideas after this more traditional look. “It’s not like fast fashion brands,” Lindez added. The group has always loved fashion, and each is involved in
the industry in many ways outside of developing their brand. In partnership with their brand Yugen Vision, they developed a non-fungible token, or NFT, project called “Animals by Yugen” to raise money for endangered species. The NFTs Animals by Yugen use are more environmentally friendly than common NFTs. Each NFT animal character represents an endangered species. The number of NFTs for sale coincides with the number of living animals of that specific
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endangered species. The NTF characters are also wearing Yugen Vision clothing as well as a few of their partner brand’s items. “30% of our profits go to nonprofit organizations around the world helping certain endangered animals,” Herjavec said. The first collection has six different endangered species. Herjavec explains that they donate to different non-profit organizations based on which animals are in the collection. They want to donate to organizations that specialize in helping the
specific animal from each collection. In its founders’ eyes, Yugen Vision is more than just a fashion brand: it is a community and an inspiration to be better. “I think our brand is unique, not only because of the bridge we are building by combining fashion and NFTs, but the thing that inspires us is that there are no brands right now in Spain, especially streetwear brands, that are very involved in this theme,” Lindez said. To learn more about Animals
by Yugen and see its NFT collection, visit its website, www.yugenanimals.com. Yugen Vision’s latest clothing is viewable on its Instagram, yugenvision. The brand’s website, www. yugenvision.com, is only available to purchase clothing while drop items are up for sale. “We also encourage the younger generation to go, create, be an artist, and just be an architect wherever you feel like you want to,” Herjavec added.
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RANT/RAVE LOW-RISE JEANS
ILLUSTRATION BY AVERY ALLISON
BY CORRIN SWITZER
Low-rise jeans are one of those things that should never come back. While I think it is fun to reminisce on early 2000s fashion, and the resurgence of the era’s trends has been a super fun addition to the fashion industry as of late, anything low rise is far from my style. I am a huge lover of high-rise clothing; not just because of the look, but also
because of the functionality of the garment. In low-rise jeans, it is harder to keep the garment in place when doing activities like dancing, jumping, or even simply bending over. With high-rise jeans, you never have to worry about coverage during those activities. You can feel safe and secure moving around without fear of your jeans falling off or a
possible “whale tail” moment. If you are looking for comfort and security in your pants as you live in them throughout the day, I think low-rise jeans are one of those things that should be left in the early 2000s.
allows those who wish to show off more skin to do so — they are a chance to show off a new belly button piercing or a lower back tattoo. Though low-rise jeans wearers, in the past, were usually assumed to fit in the “flat stomach” category, that is not the case anymore. Anyone can wear low-rise jeans and they should feel confident in doing so. What one chooses to do with their body is their choice, so if someone wants
to show off a little extra skin, let them; It is all about what makes the person comfortable and confident. The jeans will always be a statement and associated with icons like Britney Spears and Mariah Carey, so therefore they should be allowed back in the spotlight.
BY KAYLA BENNETT
Low-rise jeans have made their way back into the spotlight after their growing fame on social media. The pants are making their comeback after their disappearance since the ’90s and early 2000s, when they were extremely popular. However, low-rise jeans are not loved by everyone, which is fine, but they, no doubt, make a fashion statement for those who choose to wear them. This style choice
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