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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brown skinned girl

Featured Illustration: Phung Banh Brown skinned girl Coconut wet black curls. Pigment in that burning gaze Could light any candle that holds your space. Speak with those honeyed and remedied lips Sway into the night with your ancestors’ hips. Never let them take your cinnamon sighs For a sign of defeated cries. Across the palms…

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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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stop asking me if i need a hug

Featured Image: In the studio with K. O’Neill Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault allusion, PTSD mention . . . I don’t know how to start this article and I’ve rewritten this sentence several times. I’ve been meaning to talk about this topic for a while now but wasn’t sure how to put it into words. It’s…

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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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The language of love that you taught me

My mother told me to ‘Find someone who we love as hard as you’ I listened and this is where it has taken me An unwanted refugee of your heart A cycle of piercing memories Like my existence is for you to wear And my soul you stole so silently.   I cannot speak what…

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WITNESS THIS.

  When I was a little girl I used to ask, “Dad, what does ‘can I get a witness’ mean?” Growing up in the church and listening to gospel music constantly. You hear it all the time. I couldn’t quite grasp the concept. So I asked again and my dad would say, “Kristin… it means…

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Hair We Go Again: My Relationship With My Body Hair Through The Years

As a young girl, I would stare at the hair covering my legs, trying to wish it all away, imagining how smooth my legs would be without it. I would dream of the day when I would be old enough to start waxing or shaving, or do anything that’ll make my body hair disappear. My eyebrows were thick, I had what people loved to call a moustache (and have now simply started addressing as ‘upper lip hair’—surprise, surprise, it’s still a moustache) and my hands and legs were just as hairy.

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The Bollywood Effect: Women in Indian Cinema

From Saira Banu to Sonam Kapoor, Bollywood, the Indian film fraternity, has been a part of Indian society for more than 106 years. In recent years, however, Bollywood has become an integral division of Indian society. It has become a source that has a large impact on the thoughts, dreams, and goals of the Indian…

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