With red carpet season rolling around, it seemed like a given that January would be filled with nods to the post-Weinstein era. Celebs donned all-black outfits and Time’s Up pins during the Golden Globes, and the symbolism in their sartorial choices displayed a new direction for both fashion and feminism, which I was excited to dive into more.
However, while I prepared to devour think pieces on the red carpet black out, more news trickled out that had me doing a double take and questioning a few creatives I look up to in the industry. For one, The New York Times published a story that confirmed the rumors: Mario Testino and Bruce Weber sexually exploited male models. The Times‘ piece has a number of men on-record who had vivid recollections of abusive encounters with the photographers. Then, rounding out January, street style star Miroslava Duma and designer Ulyana Sergeenko were called out for their racist comments and shitty apologies for said racist comments. But what really hit the nail in Duma’s coffin was a resurgence of video footage that showed her addressing a room with transphobic, sexist, and homophobic language. Needless to say, there was a lot to take in this month.
In between all of this, I read about makeup in prison (via Racked), the history of faux fur (via Fashionista), and how social media is expected to influence plastic surgery this year (via Allure). Check out all these stories, plus more, below.
What are the most interesting web stories that you came across in January? Share your favorite links in the comment section, and follow me on Twitter (@emmaklug) to see even more of my favs.