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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Bridgerton and the Not-So-Innocent Black Girl Trope

I would definitely be lying if I said that I was not one of the hundreds of people raging about Netflix’s newest era piece, Bridgerton. I mean, I didn’t know how much my life needed the classical remix of thank you, next by Ariana Grande and a step-by-step tutorial on how to be the “diamond…

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New Name

Featured Artwork: Upasana Agarwal Harami My 10-year old Urdu vocabulary didn’t include that word. I didn’t know what it meant.  Other than its root, haram: not allowed, wrong.  So I had figured the shrill woman who flung the word at me was insulting me.  But I didn’t care.  If me slapping her son for touching…

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Why Don’t We Take Women as Seriously as Men?

Featured Illustration: Zulfa Ishak For several weeks or so, I wasn’t sure how to begin writing this piece. This is very much a stream-of-consciousness essay where I will be attempting to tell a narrative that is quite difficult to swallow after 2020. But I believe in any case, a personal anecdote always does the trick,…

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The Death Of The GirlBoss

Featured Illustration: Kelly Caminero Feminism in the workplace is a touchy subject. We love to hear success stories of women who built up empires, became “self-made” millionaires, and have now devoted their lives to teaching other women how to follow in their footsteps. But for each one that makes it big, hundreds of thousands do…

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From Work to Our Bodies: Why All The Shame?

Featured Illustration: Aslin Lin Shame is often an emotion we are never able to fully understand or come to terms with because we have been told time and time again to accept and even submit to it. We are often told that certain things are labeled “shameful” if we are unable to live up to…

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The Dangers of Being a Woman in Pakistan

Featured Illustration: Amani Haydar Women in Pakistan have a long history of mistreatment due to the patriarchal society that is still very much alive, not only in Pakistan but in several other countries as well. Pakistan is known to be the sixth most dangerous country for women. A few examples of issues women face in…

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Fatimata Cham: On Race, Religion, Poetry, and Where They Collide

I recently spoke with writer and activist Fatimata Cham to hear her reflections on a year full of challenges unique to community organizers, and a future that holds so much uncertainty. Young women like herself are a glimmer of hope that all is not lost in this fight for a better tomorrow, and that the…

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Bride or Die

Featured Illustration: Hanifa Abdul Hameed A wedding is supposedly the happiest event in a household, and in Indian households, we like to go all-out. When I was a little girl, I was fascinated with the idea of being a bride — beautiful, elegant, the center of attention, the most important person in the room. All…

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