Adonis Bosso was in the priority line to board a recent flight from Paris when the gate agent waved him away. “‘I’m SkyPriority,’ I said as I showed her my pass,” he recalls. “And she looked at me like, ‘Really?’” That’s just one example of the daily micro-aggressions Bosso says he faces as a Black man. But speaking via Zoom from his home in Toronto, where he was quarantining after returning from FASHION’s cover shoot in Los Angeles, he conveys the incident with such nonchalance, and such a lack of anger or bitterness, that it’s clear that racism is as routine to him as brushing his teeth.
He also faced it, though in a more systemic way, when he began modelling in the early 2010s. “I would often be the only Black model in a show or campaign,” says Bosso, who is casually dressed in a grey Zara … Read the rest
As a first-generation American born to South African parents – a father with dark skin and a mother with light skin – my olive complexion causes confusion on a regular basis. And I’m not alone. Light-skinned Black people and racially ambiguous people are often misunderstood and confused for different races. This is the plot of Passing, a new drama about two biracial women who “pass” as white to varying degrees, which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Directed by English actress Rebecca Hall, the film is based on the acclaimed 1929 novel by Nella Larsen. It follows Clare Kendry (Ruth Negga) and Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson), two childhood friends who serendipitously reconnect in their adult lives. Set in 1920s New York, both women choose to live on … Read the rest
As has been the case for most festivals and events over the course of the last year, the 9th annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is running its programming entirely online this month. Until February 21, you can watch its roster of riveting cinematic offerings — as well as a number of musical performances, workshops and panels — from the comfort of your couch.
One scheduled chat, which launches February 12 on Facebook at 4pm EST, will feature a wealth of locally-based fashion talent: Stylist and founder/president of The Black Fashion and Beauty Gala Awards, Ann-Marie Mystique Daniel-Barker; mycoatisblue’s founder/creative director, Natasha Patten; M3 Mode Masculine Montreal founder, Yves Ulysses; designer Rhowan James; and designer/developer/blogger, Kate Pierre.
You know her well. Hell, maybe you even were her. She was in your 9 a.m. economics class – or perhaps the early morning shift at your summer job – casually strolling in 10 minutes late with an iced latte in hand (which, honestly, was probably what made her late in the first place). With an air of confidence, she enters the room, head held high under a velour zip-up hoodie and oversized sunglasses. Is there makeup under those sunglasses? Is it from last night, or this morning? Who knows? Who cares! She’s the Juicy tracksuit and Uggs girl, and she marches to the beat of her own drum.
For me, she was my best friend in college (and to this day), and my god, I wanted so badly to be her. I aspired to have the kind of confidence where I could roll out of bed, throw on … Read the rest
BOSS Partners With The NBA on a Capsule Collection
The Golden State Warrior’s Draymond Green is the front man for the latest co-branded BOSS and NBA Capsule Collection. The collection of casual pieces like sweaters, t-shirts and sweatpants will feature the NBA logo as well as logos from the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors. Others joining Green in the campaign include NBA G League player “Zay” Todd, rapper Aminé, and jewellery designer Greg Yuna. The collection will be released this month online and in stores.
You know that feeling when you find a a stunning piece of clothing? I live for those moments when fashion makes me feel something. Discovering a look that truly speaks to your tastes is uniquely special because clothes have the power to transform your attitude.
When I came across this sumptuous Apres Top ($275) and Ski Pants ($275) from Staud, I heard myself say “Wow!” The tasteful cutouts and colorful stripes instantly caught my eyes; they felt fresh, playful and energetic-making the set an excellent birthday look.
The tasteful cutouts and colorful stripes instantly caught my eyes; they felt fresh, playful and energetic-making the set an excellent birthday look.
I wanted to feel confident, feminine and chic on my special day, so it turned out to be the right choice. Both pieces stand out on their own, but styled together, they pack an irresistible oomph that will make anyone stop … Read the rest
Happy Valentine’s Day, indeed! Goop, your go-to source for super-powered skincare, wellness tips and, of course normalizing topics like mental health and female pleasure, has released its first vibrator, just in time for the day of love. Because what’s more important than self-love?
Meet the new Goop Double-Sided Wand Vibrator, a toy so cute you might not be so quick to hide in it your bottom drawer. (But who’s surprised? Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand is known for its aesthetically pleasing wares. As Kiki Koroshetz, Wellness Director of Content at Goop, tells me: “Because it’s Goop, beyond designing a vibrator that was effective and ergonomic and functional, we spent serious time on the aesthetic. The final design, as you can see, is sculptural and there’s a fun pop of colour. If you’re inclined to leave the vibrator on your nightstand, it might even bring a little joy just … Read the rest
“So wait a second, how long did it take you to create this shopping site from start to finish?” I asked costume designer, wardrobe curator, and businesswoman Zerina Akers over the phone. She was out on a walk, just one day before she pushed Black Owned Everything live. “You know what’s crazy? It feels like forever, but it’s only been about six months, Sarah,” Zerina said with a laugh. “People take five years developing things like this.” She isn’t wrong.
Beloved clean beauty skincare and makeup brand C’est Moi has landed in the Great White North! You can now shop the affordable brand on walmart.ca and in Walmart stores as of Monday, February 15th. The brand’s offerings are formulated to be suitable for anyone who has delicate, sensitive or blemish-prone skin. All C’est Moi products are dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, talc-free, cruelty-free, vegan, reef-safe, EWG-verified and have both recyclable and FSC certified packaging.
Australian skincare brand Grown Alchemist will be hitting the shelves of Sephora across Canada and the U.S. on February 26th — and this week became available to shop online on Sephora.ca. The line of face and hand products … Read the rest
The cultural definition of beauty has slowly started to evolve, and better late than never. The fact that Ashley Graham is now universally recognized as a household name speaks to such progress. And if you don’t know who that is by now, well, you should fix that as soon as humanly possible. We’re living in a time where people are (finally) holding brands and publications accountable and challenging what has long been considered the “classic” American standards of beauty, and I for one absolutely love to see it.
There is, of course, infinite amounts of more work to be done. However, it’s reason enough for us to celebrate what we are seeing: more diversity and inclusion in the modeling industry than ever before. In order to keep pushing the needle forward, we must all collectively move away from qualifying these newer faces as “plus size” and simply refer to them … Read the rest