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Haute Culture

Words by Erin (she/her), 22 VIC   When my parents immigrated to Australia when I was 3, I didn’t feel I belonged. As a little girl, I always wanted blonde hair and blue eyes. This was partly because the media emphasised blonde hair, blue eyes, and whiteness as beautiful when I was a child. As…

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Appearance and Vanity

Appearance and Vanity

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  There exists a palpable collective contempt held for the perceived vanity of women. I have felt this contempt through a lifetime of recurrent offhand remarks and demeaning comments targeted at appearance-focused women, remarks made by men and women alike – and often in the name of feminism. Statements such…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Style

We have watched all over the world, as young Iranian women cut their hair in protest. The average person cuts theirs at least once a year (if we can be bothered) so why has this made us cry with rage? As the next generation we’re mindful of climate change, does this impact the way we…

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Beauty Synonyms Blog Article - my size

Beauty Synonyms

Words by Kyara, 22 VIC “We have other sizes in the back,” the shop assistants say when they see me looking through the racks. I smile and say thanks. Slim young women and athletic young men inhabit the beaches and the bars and the streets. For both locals and foreigners, Bali feels like the place…

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The Tattooed Face Woman. Are All Traditions Worth Preserving? Part 2

Words by Núria, 25 VIC Back in the village, Lin Shwe is the first tattooed woman I meet, and the one who makes the strongest impression on me. I don’t know if it’s because of her hypnotic deep voice or the way she smokes her pipe – slowly, without rush. It’s after meeting more Chin…

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The Tattooed Face Woman. Are All Traditions Worth Preserving? Part 1

Words by Núria, 25 VIC Lin Shwe Htang, from the Mun tribe, is at her home with some of her grandsons. It’s their day off school, so they all hang together while their parents are working in the fields. When heavy rain starts to pour, everyone goes inside. As her grandchildren sit down around her,…

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Fast Fashion

Fast Fashion is Slowly Destroying Our Environment and People’s Lives

Words by Hayley 24, QLD Fast fashion has granted young people greater opportunities to express themselves through their clothing choices. However, this freedom of choice comes with a hidden responsibility. We not only wear the clothes but also the story behind them. We wear the pollution of the Citarum River in Indonesia where over 1,000…

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