For years, Sanrio has catered to the female audience. That’s not to say that their products couldn’t be used by and loved by men, but it’s definitely harder to find a Hello Kitty shirt in men’s sizes. Well, Sanrio is looking to change that.
In honor of Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary, Sanrio launched the Hello Kitty Men Project to encourage men to love their mascot without shame and without stereotypes. The project launched a six-day “Hello Kitty Men” exhibition, which started on September 10th. The exhibit will feature a new shirt line designed by Nendo and graphic designers Mina Tabei and Atsushi Ishiguro. Most exciting of all, the event may have a visit from Yūko Shimizu, the original designer of Hello Kitty.
Thanks for waiting, boys. And hello to all boys! I’m Kitty. Up until now, I’ve been loved by a lot of girls. But it’s always been on my mind. Not only girls, I want boys to be around me too. So I’m just going to do it. Hello Kitty Men Project, a Kitty for boys! The first part is going to be a t-shirt exhibit, in collaboration with designers. Cool, right? I’m going to be coming up with new forms of Kitty. So stay tuned. Hello Kitty Men.
No matter what a woman wears, she is never “asking” for sexual assault. No matter what. So whenever someone tells me I shouldn’t dress a certain way lest I attract unwanted male attention, it’s enough to send me into a angry rage about why they’re wrong.
This is undoubtedly why the Japanese artist who goes by Twitter username @Nakashima273, faced a lot of criticism for his controversial illustration. In the illustration, he shows 6 females of different height, age, and clothing choice. He then goes on to explain which types of women are more targeted for sexual assault and why. As you can expect, his piece was met with an explosion of angry comments.
However, the artist argued that he was simply showing facts. He points out that the illustration aimed to disprove the common belief that dressing provocatively was “asking for it.”
Apparently, the picture above shows the easiest targets to the hardest targets from left to right. Surprisingly, those who dressed more modestly attracted more sexual assault. The artist references a blog which states:
Suspects in sex crime cases were asked why they chose that person [to attack]. Fewer than 5 percent said they targeted someone because they were wearing provocative clothing. In rape cases, the most common reason given was ‘they seemed like they wouldn’t report it to the police’ (45%). In indecent assault cases, the most common reason was ‘they seemed meek; I didn’t think they’d be able to stop me’ (48%).
Ayako Uchiyama, who led the research, said ‘It’s often thought that [women] who wear provocative clothing will be targets [for sex crimes], but that’s not the case.
Admittedly, we’ve definitely heard the saying that says the more provocatively one dresses, the more likely they attract unwanted male attention. In fact, an Indian politician was under quite a bit of heat for claiming that “rape occurs when women dress and act inappropriately.”
The artist has protested that the point of his illustration was to show that such a belief was incorrect. Does this make his purpose justified? Not quite. As one commenter points out, “Talking about people who attract chikan [sexual assault] easily is looking at it the wrong way. It’s like saying the victim is in the wrong.”
The season premiere of The Walking Dead is only a month away, but for dedicated fans, this is still too long of a wait. If this Entertainment Weeklycover and interview wasn’t enough for you, we’re here to help. Today’s #TBT is in honor of upcoming season 5 premiere. We’re focusing on everyone’s favorite character of course. Read on to find out the Top 5 Reasons We Love Glenn from The Walking Dead.
1) He’s a proud Asian.
When we took a look at the statistics of people of color who actually win Emmy awards, theresults were shocking. Needless to say, an Asian popping up on our television screen is rather rare. This is where The Walking Dead‘s Glenn breaks the mold. Not only is Glenn a popular Asian character, he has proudly pointed out that he’s Korean American. By simply distinguishing this fact, he has stepped away from the token Asian character.
2) He’s the risktaker.
Whether he’s risking his life to be zombie-bait..
..offering to be the distraction so others can get away safely…
..getting Plan B pills for Lorrie (because she couldn’t get them herself, right?)..
Or covering himself up in bloop and guts.
Glenn has continuously risked his life for the safety of his group.
3) He’s loyal to the group.
Although the members of the group are clearly not his blood relatives, Glenn has taken on the mentality that they are. He takes care of them, protects them, and shows undying loyalty. [Spoiler] His anger towards the Governor for what he did to Maggie makes this clear. These are the people he loves and will do anything for.
4) He gets the girl.
No, he is not the sidekick who’s there purely for humorous reasons. He’s one of the few characters who actually provide love and romance amidst the horrifying setting.
5) In the middle of death, blood, and human’s being eaten, he bring us THIS.
The glitz and glamour within the fashion industry could not exist without designer pieces, catwalk shows, editor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Wintour and of course, Aimee Song. The Los Angeles-based blogger and interior designer has taken a huge part in inspiring millions of women worldwide with her voguish, laid-back looks.
Lately, she’s been showing off some perfect outfits for the odd days in between summer and fall. If you’re struggling to find outfits to match the confusing weather, we’re here to help! Check out Amiee Song’s Top 5 Summer-To-Fall Looks below:
1) Sweater Over A Button-Down Shirt
It’s not the first time the sweater over a button-down shirt has been the biggest way to style for fall season, but this time, Song brought a unique twist to the trend during the New York Fashion Week. Long pieces do not always work for women of different heights, but this exceptional triple-layered grey ensemble is totally on point with flawless proportions.
2) Bold Outfit + Delicate Heels
Song’s style is all about feeling confident in her comfy looks. The monochrome wrapped outfit creates a subtle look that resembles a romper and strangely, a tuxedo. Just when the outfit was about to get too black, Song finishes her outfit with olive green strappy heels and gold details, which creates an even more unique impression.
3) Kimono-Inspired Top
It seems as if designers are continually being inspired by Japanese culture as seen on the kimono belts by BCBG Max Azria Spring 2015 Collection during the New York Fashion Week. Song takes the cultural aesthetics into a different level by wearing a blue bow-like, kimono inspired, top with a darker shade of blue, high-waisted shorts that screams perfection.
4) Feminine Top + Slouchy Pants
Who would have ever imaged pleat on pleat would look so formfitting? The combination of the baby blue pleated crop top and black slouchy trousers balance out the feminine sexiness and professionalism, making it easier for all the ladies who are en route to after-work drinks.
5) Basic Top + Midi Skirt
One of the most essential basics in every girls’ wardrobe is a white T-shirt, but this basic necessity has never seemed this elegant until Song rocked it during the New York Fashion Week with a full light pink midi skirt. The combo of the shirt, designed by Aimee and her sister, Dani Song, with the fancy bottom simply makes a basic shirt not so basic after all.
— STORY BY MICHELLE KIM All photos courtesy of songofstyle.com
When Karen Crespo walked the runway at Carrie Hammer’s Fall 2014 show at Fashion Week in New York City, the audience jumped to their feet to give her a standing ovation.
“Karen Crespo is one of the most gorgeous women I know, hands down,” Carrie Hammer told ABC News. “Karen is going to inspire so many people. I hope she inspires the whole world.”
Of course, Crespo wasn’t chosen to walk the runway just for a pretty face. Crespo is actually down in history books as the first quadruple amputee to model at New York Fashion Week. As Hammer has mentioned, this woman is inspiring.
Crespo, who is now 31-years-old, lost all four limbs back in 2011 due to a severe case of bacterial meningitis. Then a registered nurse, she survived two heart attacks, was in a coma for fifteen days and was forced to stay in the ICU for half a year. Despite only a 10% chance of survival, she pulled through.
In this video, Crespo shares the details of her experience with Kababayan LA.
Crespo admits to entering a very dark phase after her amputations, but much of that changed when she watched Carrie Hammer’s model selection for her New York Fashion show in February. The fashion designer chose Danielle Sheypuk, who became the first-ever model in a wheelchair to come down the New York Fashion Week runway. Fueled by inspiration, Crespo reached out to Hammer in an email.
“Seeing her on the runway made me teary-eyed,” Crespo wrote. “because it boosted my self-confidence; something I lacked prior.”
“I have a passion for fashion,” she continued. “I hope one day I will get to show the world ‘Why can’t people with disabilities, people like me, be beautiful and model?’ Maybe one day if I ever get to go to New York I will be able to meet you.”
Hammer, of course, was moved to tears. She didn’t hesitate to ask Crespo to model in her next show “Role Models, Not Runway Models.” Additionally, Hammer helped Crespo get a new set of prosthetics after discovering that Crespo’s custom-made limbs were stolen from her front porch.
With the new limbs, Crespo gained the confidence to go through with the show. She admits that the experience was nerve-racking at first, but says she eventually felt happy and comfortable once the audience cheered her on.
“I have a totally different perspective on things,” she told Today.com. “Maybe this is why everything happened to me. Maybe I’m supposed to inspire or make a difference in someone else’s life, someone who has a disability, or maybe just someone who had a lot of self-doubt.”
When you think of popular instruments, you probably think of the guitar, the piano or maybe even the violin. I’m going to go ahead and guess that you don’t think of rocks, balloons and scissors. Well, YouTube artist Andrew Huang is here to change your mind about that.
Huang’s YouTube channel has over 160,000 subscribers, and for good reason! His channel’s description says he makes “music in every genre” and he certainly isn’t kidding about that.
On his channel, you can find everything from hip hop and r&b to rock. Most interesting of all, there appears to be an unusual genre in which he takes random objects and creates incredible music with it. In one video, he creates music entirely out of the sound of water. He pours the water, splashes it around, and even uses the sound of water drops to create his impressive song.
In another video, the beat is made exclusively using sounds from rocks, papers and scissors. The beat is so intricate that many people didn’t believe the melodic sounds could come from such random objects. Huang had to create a follow up video just to show that he was actually capable of creating the sounds.
Recently, Huang released a cover of the popular song 99 Red Balloons. Of course he decided to create the music using (you guessed it) red balloons. The video was only uploaded to YouTube yesterday, but it has already gathered over 200,000 views.
You can tell right off the bat that Jeannie Mai is one confident woman. Though on the phone in a restroom, her voice sounds strong and opinionated. It is that same voice that has guided countless women and celebrities with their style, first as a makeup artist for M.A.C and then as a host on a variety of shows for E! and the Style Network. But beyond the voice, it’s her story — the real Jeannie Mai — that captivates this interviewer.
Born to Vietnamese and Chinese parents and raised in the Bay Area, Mai is more than proud of her NorCal roots. “The Bay Area is so vast when it comes to culture, race diversity and community,” says Mai. “The things I remember from growing up were amazing neighborhoods of different foods, the ‘hyphy’ movement of hip-hop, freestyle artists and rappers, the baddest breakdance scene ever, a digital takeover from Silicon Valley, and the most beautiful landscapes from Tahoe to Napa. I was rich without a paycheck.”
After graduating from Milpitas High School in 1997, Mai was off to work immediately, hungry for experience. “I just kind of started my career right after high school,” says Mai. “I couldn’t be held between walls, and I wanted to travel the world and be with influential people so that I could spread the message of style and personal image.”
She started her career with M.A.C Cosmetics as a trainer for three years. It was there that she found her way into celebrity styling for the likes of Alicia Keys. “I caught the eyes of a couple celebrities who started to pick me up as their makeup artist first,” says Mai. “I started traveling with these artists, and it turned out that these artists didn’t have a stylist. I found myself getting them ready face to toe!”
It was only a matter of time before Mai’s driven personality landed her in front of the camera. In addition to co-hosting the Emmy-nominated Asian American magazine-style show Stir, Mai has hosted shows like How Do I Look and Style Pop on the Style Network and various fashion segments on E!. But Mai’s newest gig has her taking a slightly different turn, as one of the co-hosts of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show The Real.
“I’m not talking about fashion or other women’s makeovers,” says Mai. “I’m getting to talk about what I’m going through.”
The Real, which airs on FOX and BET, aims to be just that — a talk show where real women share their experiences and what they’re thinking. But how is that different from other women-oriented talk shows like The View?
“There are five things that differentiate us from other shows: Loni Love, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai,” says Mai, speaking of the show’s hosts. “Each of those five reasons alone is every reason to watch our show. We don’t compare ourselves to other people, and I don’t recommend other women compare themselves to other people. Focus on you, focus on the finish line, and go there. That’s how our show is. We focus on ourselves and what we can bring to the show, and that includes our real lives and our real setbacks and insecurities.”
For Mai, being a married, successful career woman brings its own set of problems. “I bring the perspective of being a woman doing great in her career in her mid-30s, married for six years and realizing that I have to make one of the biggest decisions right now about my future when it come to being a mom,” she says. “It’s the weirdest thing that I have this clock remind me every single day that I need to make a decision; it’s so unfair. To put pressure on top of that, if I ever were to say today that I don’t think I want to have children, why do I get weirdest feeling that I’d be getting judged for that?”
As for making sure her voice gets heard, Mai has to walk a fine line between listening and talking. “I’m not one to have to say a lot. For me, I want to hear where all the girls come from before I stick my neck out.” But once she does, she says, “I speak the hell up.”
The Real returns on Monday, September 15 on FOX and in national syndication (check your local listings), with a rebroadcast in prime time on cable network BET.
Want more Jeannie Mai? Keep updated with Audrey Magazine opinions on everything from plastic surgery, gay marriage and even the worst fashion trend. Coming Soon!
A few weeks ago, we showed you some kickass cosplay of Disney princesses in armor including Frozen‘s popular siblings, Anna and Elsa. As cool as those outfits were, we were a little sad that we didn’t get to see the intricate details of Elsa and Anna’s actual dresses from the animated film. Luckily for us, we found a pair of women who wanted the see the dresses come to life as well.
Using the shared Twitter handle yuuchiharu, Yuu and Chiharu have been able to show off their beautiful handcrafted Frozen costumes. In fact, the girls spent an entire year perfecting the Anna and Elsa dresses.
What could possibly be the motivation for all this time, effort and hard work? Halloween, of course! And this isn’t for just any Halloween celebration. The description on the Twitter account says, “This is the account of two women who spend all year thinking about and working hard on costumes for Tokyo Disneyland’s Halloween Parade.”
And what a year it must have been! The girls took their time selecting the perfect fabric for each piece of the costume and even had to purchase a special machine for the embroidery. They studied the film and multiple illustration books to make sure they got each detail correct and they even researched traditional Norwegian clothing to add some authenticity to the dresses.
As it turns out, the pair has been creating costumes for Tokyo Disneyland’s Halloween Parade for years. In fact, one of the girls, Yuu, studied clothing design and works in a dress shop.
For anyone who makes their own Halloween costumes and cosplay outfits, check out the impressive work of Yuu and Chiharu below.
Calling all Walking Dead fans! I’m sure you’re at the edge of your seat waiting for the new season to begin. Unfortunately, we can’t make the new episodes come any faster, but we can bring you this cover of Entertainment Weekly featuring your favorite gun-shooting couple from The Walking Dead, Glenn and Maggie.
Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan took a break from their photo shoot to speak to Entertainment Weekly and answer a very important question. [SPOILER ALERT] Their characters spent most of the previous season apart while desperately trying to find one another. But love prevails and the two are eventually reunited!
… Only to be captured and put in danger.
So EW had to ask. Would Glenn and Maggie prefer being apart, but safe or together, but in danger? The two actors quickly decided that Glenn and Maggie would prefer to be together despite whatever danger may come.
“I think the preference is to be together regardless of whether the circumstances are difficult,” Yeun said. “At the least, you’re with the person that matters the most to you in this world. At this point, what the world has become, that is your world. Your world is who your with. The world is the people that you love. If it’s not with them, the what’s the point of continuing on?”
Public School is how I remember and still think about New York City fashion—minimal and monochromatic. Most would associate the darker end of the spectrum for fall and winter, but New Yorkers find a way to make it work throughout the entire year. With a closet full of black, I’m always on the hunt for design houses that take my favorite color and translate it into wearable garments regardless of temperature. Fairly new and with a sophisticated nod to urban and street trends, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne have finally made their introduction into womenswear.
While in its sophomore year of New York Fashion Week, Public School already has accumulated menswear awards and continues to do so. They’ve shown talent and drive for surviving in the industry since their 2010 induction into the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator development program, and still keep all clothing production within New York City. With so much praise to their names, I was curious to see how the pair would tackle the other gender, and was delighted to see that they are definitely on their way to dominating the interchangeable world of sportswear. While some feel their designs are more quiet than expected for spring and summer 2015, Chow and Osborne have a long and limitless future ahead of them.
Take a look at a few of the designs below from Sunday’s packed-house show. It was a sea of artsy prints, geometrics, oversized fits, boxy styles and my favorite, a monochromatic palette with splashes of blue for creating additional visual interest. I’m more impressed with Chow and Osborne producing flattering and classic cuts while keeping some urban edge, making their opening womenswear collection engaging to both the career woman and the streetstyle lover. With such a strong start, the fall and winter 2016 line will be highly anticipated, and I am positive we will see another round of solid design work.
--STORY BY MIN A. LEE All Photos Courtesy Of Guillame Roujas and Nowfashion.com
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