An Eclectic Set of Links for your Eclectic Set of Weekend

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We have all had a hard, long week, and most of us have likely spent it feeling dowdy inside a parka. Because it’s cold outside. What better time than the present to look outward from our parkas to the great wide world of the internet and its style-related links? Rebecca M. Wornette’s eye was caught by these internet treasures this week.

Mannequins Give Shape to Venezuelan Fantasy

This article takes a close look at Venezuela’s rapidly growing obsession with manufactured beauty. From impossibly proportioned mannequins to Miss Universe winners, it showcases the products and processes of unrealistic images. While impossible ideals for female beauty are really a global issue, the standards seem to be a whole other beast in Venezuela—to the point where European and Western mannequins just weren’t disproportionate enough. Miss Venezuela took the Miss Universe title again a couple of weeks ago. This is the country’s third win in just five years.

Reacting to Miley

If you’ve somehow managed to avoid having an opinion on Miley Cyrus, kudos to you. Educate yourself on everyone’s favourite conversation of the year with this short and sweet summary of some of the reactions to her Video Music Awards performance, which was kinda the show that kicked off this whirlwind of well-planned controversy. It’s got you covered on all things Miley, with in-depth analyses of her performance, as well as all the memes you really don’t need distracting you right now but will probably enjoy anyway.

Dev Hynes: Cupid Deluxe

The man is music, fashion, and art. Dev Hynes is constantly reinventing himself, dabbling in everything from post-hardcore rock to indie pop to funk and soul. Right now he’s making headlines with his feud with Beyonce’s baby sis, Solange, for whom he wrote and produced the critically acclaimed True EP. So while everyone is focusing on the negative, I’d like to throw it back to a couple of weeks ago when it was all about the music.

Why Instagram Censored My Body

While it was anticipated that her t-shirt collaboration with American Apparel would cause a stir, it was kind of a shock when Petra Collins’s Instagram was deleted because of a bikini picture she posted. She’d been reported before for more risqué content than this, but it seems that admins were not comfortable with that fact that her bikini line was shown au naturel. In response, Collin’s wrote this open letter to address the issue of censorship, body shaming, and the significance of freedom of expression on the internet.

Lydia Wornette

Our new publishing intern professes love for Denise Huxtable and Octavia Butler

Though I’m just beginning my journey with this publication, my love for fashion and personal style began much earlier in my life. Growing up surrounded by Denise Huxtable in syndication, Melanie B in her platforms, and my mother’s flamboyant east African dresses and prints, I was doomed for a love affair with threads of all sorts from the start. I believe in personal style as a powerful and lively art, and the means of self-expression with which I am most comfortable. After four-and-a-half long years in business school and a few other brief stints in independent publishing, I’ve relocated to Toronto and stumbled into the world of WORN. It’s a lucky thing when you’re fortunate enough to join an organization you believe in so wholeheartedly: It’s good to be a wornette.

Current inspirations

OkayAfrica
This glorious offshoot of the famed OkayPlayer highlights and celebrates pop and youth cultures originating from the African continent and its various diasporas. Fashion editor Poundo Gomis’s original content about style, design, and social narratives in African fashion blows me out of the water time after time and I essentially want to be her when I grow up.

Two Brown Girls Podcast
Two friends, writers, and women of colour join forces to bring fiery, intelligent, sometimes political, and always upbeat commentary on film, music, celebrity happenings, and just about anything else pop culture. And It. Is. So. Funny. Contributors Fariha Roisin and Zeba Blay laugh, scream, fangirl, and throw shade week after week and it’s marvelous every time. The podcast has a really dynamic Tumblr account to go along with it. Zeba Blay is a personal internet personality favourite and lists “rachetry, The Spice Girls, [and] bad late ’90s/millennial fashions” among things she loves. Game, set, match.

DazedDigital
British magazine Dazed & Confused is essentially what would happen if you threw all of the really indulgent parts of my personality into a vacuum and spit them out in publication form. Dazed is a new favourite publication (after WORN of course) and its digital edition tickles my fancy in a huge way.

The Black Constellation’s “Ode to Octavia: Part 12″
Art collective the Black Constellation put together a series of short films (part 12 has been released online) in tribute to black female science fiction writer Octavia Butler, and the result is the most magnetic thing I’ve seen in a while. I’m slowly making my way through some of Butler’s work currently and, as such, appreciating this work of art to a maximum. Plus I saw Shabazz Palaces play a gig a few months ago which was pretty prolific; the bass and the positive vibes shook everything in the venue with beautiful violence and everybody danced without reserve.