There's Only One Woman of Color on Vanity Fair's Best-Dressed List

Vanity Fair's 2014 International Best-Dressed list is out; as one would expect, the list of the world's 25 best-dressed women is largely a heap of royals and socialites, women who could play those royals and socialites in artful biopics and some ~artsy~ additions to spice things up. And, in case you'd forgotten that… » 8/07/14 6:30pm 8/07/14 6:30pm

Can You Change Your Race? 'Ethnic Plastic Surgery' Raises Big Questions

"Ethnic plastic surgery"—the practice of altering physical features supposedly typical of your race, to either erase them or to deliberately look like a member of a different race—sits squarely at the fraught intersection of bodily autonomy, racial politics, and oppressive beauty standards. It's nearly impossible to… » 7/29/14 6:30pm 7/29/14 6:30pm

Racial Diversity at NY Modeling Agencies Is Still Ridiculously Low

This past year has been — on a rhetorical level, at least — a significant one for racial diversity in the fashion industry. Fed up with a long-standing, egregious tradition of whitewashing in the industry, Bethann Hardison launched the Balance Diversity campaign in September, which "named and shamed" designers who… » 6/26/14 12:41pm 6/26/14 12:41pm

Fantasy Writer N.K. Jemisin Explains the Rise of Racism in Fandom

N.K. Jemisin was a guest of honor last week at the feminist science fiction convention Wiscon, and delivered a stirring speech about dealing with racism in genre fandom and publishing. She also told a very disturbing story about her own experiences of racism over the past year. » 6/04/14 11:23pm 6/04/14 11:23pm

You Know What's More Annoying Than Plain Old Regular Racism?

Incorrect racism. And I don't mean stupid racist stuff that's just plain wrong. No, I'm not talking about stuff like assuming that black Americans can't resist fried chicken and watermelon or that Latin@ people can all speak Spanish. I'm talking about getting racist stuff thrown at you that isn't even meant for you. » 5/20/14 4:05pm 5/20/14 4:05pm