Of Kulfi and Kajals: How One Beauty Brand is Bridging the Gap Between Tradition and Innovation

Featured Image: Badal Patel Kulfi Beauty is as sweet as it is disruptive. While inclusivity is necessary for any industry, this upcoming NYC-based beauty brand is set on exploring something more — self-reflection and celebration. Through intentional storytelling, Kulfi boldly confronts colorism, classism, and patriarchal norms that have been historically embedded within the South Asian…

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How Do We Create Social Impact?

Featured Illustration: Heart Design Studio I’m from Dhaka, a city known to be crowded, congested, and buzzing with ambition. I’ve always felt deeply connected to my home, its colorful characters, and truly believed in its potential to be the greatest place on Earth. At the time, we lived in a gated community surrounded by evergreen…

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Inner Joy

Featured Illustration: Virginia Moreno I never felt so loved Being unloved I never felt so secure In my insecurities   I never felt so sustained In my loneliness   To be so supported And alone   The warmth Penetrates through my skin Awakening myself With a glowing tinge   It eradicates Every doubt   Every…

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The Colorization Collective: Supporting Teen Artists of Color in Telling Their Own Stories

Featured Illustration: Tarn Ellis The world of art is a place of self-expression and freedom for many, and for a lot of teenagers, it can be the only place in which they are allowed to truly be themselves. However, for a plethora of teens of color, it can often be difficult to find a place…

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Let’s Talk About Intrusive Thoughts

Featured Illustration: Aasma Qureshi Trigger warning: discussion of intrusive thoughts . . . Sometimes my thoughts scare me. It’s not uncommon that I’ll be doing something mundane and a frightening thought suddenly appears in my mind. Quite often I ruminate on them and they get stuck on an uncontrollable loop so intense that I want…

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PCOS and Its Impact: How Having Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Affects More Than Just The Menstrual Cycle

Featured Illustration: Marta Pucci When I first started my period, I was nine-years-old. It disappeared for months after that first time, and in all the years following, I can’t even accurately tell you what day I will actually be on it. Since I started puberty, I have suffered from moderately severe depression and severe anxiety,…

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The Subtleties of Body-Shaming (Explained by a Therapist)

Featured Illustration: Sherrin George “Do I look fat?” “You’re so skinny, you should eat more!” “You’re not fat, you’re beautiful.” “Real women have curves.” “She looks pregnant.” ‘You look so skinny in that dress!” “Did you lose weight? You look great!” “Have you been working out? Your butt looks so big!” You might be surprised…

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The Importance of Volunteering

Featured Illustration: Sascha Morawetz Volunteering is the act of an individual or group freely giving their time and labor for community service. For some, it offers the chance to give something back to their community or make a difference in the lives of the people around them. For others, it provides an opportunity to develop…

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