When summer rolls along, and temperatures start to climb, no one wants to be wearing layers of foundation and heavy mascara, unless they want to resemble a racoon by the end of the day. Our bodies sweat and our faces melt. Instead, we prefer discreet lashes and tinted lips that beat the heat. Here are some subtle makeup tricks and tips to survive the blaze and still look good.

Eyes are the windows to our soul, as the saying goes, hence why we particularly like highlighting them. For summer, if you do not want to apply any mascara at all, reach for an eye-lash curler and give some natural volume to your lashes. If you still want some color on your eyes but cannot be bothered to reapply mascara on the daily, we recommend getting your lashes tinted. The tint lasts for about three weeks and is very low maintenance, perfect for summertime. Finally, if you want to wear mascara, reach for a waterproof version of your favorite one, like this Better than Sex Waterproof mascara by Too Faced.  

Your brows can easily frame your face if properly filled in. For those that like to fill in their brows even in the summertime, it is a good idea to grab a waterproof one that will last through the heat without moving. Anastasia’s Beverly Hills Dipbrow Gel for example, comes in nine different tints to perfectly match your brows with its light gel formula.

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For a no-fuss touch of color on your lips that will not risk budging because of the hot weather, we recommend long lasting lip tints. They cover your lips discreetly by enhancing your natural shade, like Benefit’s Benetint, which can also be used for your cheeks. For a nighttime appropriate look, switch to a glittery version, such as the Orgasm Oil-Infused Lip Tint by Nars, which also has hydrating properties.

Finally, your complexion. We all want our skin to look dewy and clear, but it can be harder during hot spells to apply our usual foundation. To protect your face and provide coverage, switch out your foundation for a tinted sunscreen. It is very important to shield your skin from the sun’s rays, not only in the summer but all year long, with a product like First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repairing Tinted Cream. It comes in 5 shades, contains vitamin E to nourish your skin, and FSP 30.

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Article by Inès Huet

We are all in the same boat, surrounded by bad news and uncertainty right now! If we all manage to maintain a positive mindset and a hopeful outlook on life, we’ll be able to really help each other get through these difficult times. Instagram is really an amazing tool to connect with others and to see and share things that make us smile and feel good inside. While you’re scrolling through Instagram, check out some of these accounts. They will bring some more sunshine and positive vibes into your day! 

Not only are Katie and her husband total couple goals, they have also been posting some really entertaining videos of them making the best of being quarantined at home. If you’re at home with your significant other, you could even try to recreate some of the things they do. 

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Hannah is based in Austria and she is always posting beautiful sun-filled posts on her story as well as inspiring adventures on her feed. Her smile is contagious when you see it! She also posts awesome yoga workouts to motivate her followers, and put everyone in a good mood.

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Raveena is a little ball of sunshine all year round. Her Instagram posts radiate light, positivity, and music. She will inspire you to feel good and look good. Her page is so bright and colorful it will bring some magic into your life.

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Kylie is all smiles & creativity on her page. She is always finding the most innovative ways to make a simple photo look spectacular! Thus proving that, even stuck at home, there are some ways you can manage to have a good time and create some amazing works of art with a camera.

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Aileen aka Lavendaire is known for her videos on her personal growth, lifestyle design. She is bound to make you feel calm, cool and collected. She has so many fun ideas for things to do, so many self-care tips and suggestions to stay positive! Aileen really helps put things into perspective.

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If you have any other accounts that bring you joy and positivity post, them in the comment section below! Let’s all spread happiness & positivity to each other and help each other through this.

Article by Katie Chaplin

What’s the very first thing you do when your alarm annoyingly goes off in the morning? I wish I could answer “meditate”; but not quite. I’m working on it though. For now, I go ahead and grab my phone in a half-sleep half-programmed robot state to scroll down my Instagram feed, until my brain slowly switches on. Not the healthiest morning habit, sure, but it has become way healthier since I’ve carefully curated the accounts I choose to follow.

Like any app out there, Instagram has a good side and a bad side. One of the most interesting use of the popular image app is allowing a wide range of artists to showcase their work to a large audience and connect with a community of #artlovers. Here is a short selection of talented French artists whose illustrations and drawings are a much-needed ode to tolerance, diversity, and sorority. A morning shot of art and empowerment that awakens the mind and warms the heart. Simply scroll away, and feel uplifted throughout the day, with abandon.

1/ @clémence_gouy

Clémence Gouy is a French illustrator and graphic designer based in Amsterdam. Inclusivity is paramount in her work

2/ @eugeniedbart


Eugénie Debesse is a 20-year-old freelance illustrator living in Reims. She draws modern feminist women who say plenty with just a look.

3/ @celestewallaert


Céleste Wallaert is an illustrator, graphic designer, and textile designer based in Paris. She champions diversity, emotions and human relationships through her art.

4/ @stickycookiie


Stickycookiie draws minimalist and colorful designs with a specific goal in mind: normalizing the female body in all shapes and sizes. She is a freelance illustrator, living between Paris and Montreal.

5/ @lesfoliespassageres


Les folies passageres is a French-Canadian independent, feminist, queer, and inclusive publishing house created by Maud Bergeron and Bonnie Braun.

Article by Alexandra Hostier

English translation by PK Douglas

Away from all the french controversies regarding modest swimwear and hijab, we flew to Dubai in order to discover Nike’s newest reveal: The Victory Swim Collection. Since its public launch on December 10th, the collection who is going up for sale in February 2020, has quite drawn attention towards the brand- whether it be positive or negative.

This collection pushes the boundaries and barriers of innovation and design for all women, offering them an empowering swimwear range that focuses on efficient performance. The collection is composed of the Victory Swim Full-Coverage Swimsuit, the Swim Hijab, the Tunic Top and the Swim Legging that either comes in large or tight. You will be able to either buy the pieces separately, creating the swim outfit yourself, or buy it how it comes. There are three colour options as of now: Blue, Black and deep Purple. The Swim Hijab has mesh pockets that keep hair in place, holding it firmly so that it won’t budge while swimming. Another important detail is the built-in sport bras in both the swimsuit and the tunic top which is a huge innovation for hijabis who previously had to wear a bikini underneath their modest swimwear to have coverage and support. Moreover, each piece has a UPF 40+ sun protection in order to protect the swimmers skin. The whole collection offers a head to toe drainage system with a gill-like built in vents with open-meshed articulations which creates breathable, light and free movements in the water.

Everything has been thought to provide a unique experience under water. Martha Moore, the Vice President creative director at Nike, has worked with a design team to come up with a collection that would ensure women to feel strong and confident without having any other distraction. Their main focus was to create products that function perfectly, that would feel lightweight and dry fast. For Moore, the collection had to be functional before making it aesthetic. Once they overcame the practical challenges, they added colour touches and mermaid holographic details. Which is honestly one of the best thing to look at. Thanks to the Victory Swim Collection, women can now move and practice their sport easily. The motto of this range according to Moore is « I look good I feel good, I feel good i play good ». It is all about feeling like you could win a gold medal, not actually winning it. Having noticed the issues women had with swimming, Moore and her team wanted to open possibility of the delight of sport so that everyone can enjoy it regardless of: culture, body type and body consciousness.

It is owing to the huge success of the Nike’s Pro Hijab that this collection saw the light of day. So many women and athletes felt confident and empowered by that first drop that Nike had to continue to provide such assistance. The brand always relies on their surroundings to solve in the most accurate way their requests. Listening to athletes such as Nouf, Saudi Arabia’s first woman scuba diver, the collection slowly started taking shape. During our interview, Nouf said she didn’t feel confident in a basic swimsuit because of how tight it was. She had to put clothes on top to make it look more modest, hence feeling too suffocating. It is when she founded her own scuba diving club for women called « Pink Bubbles Divers », that she started noticing that many women were too conscious of going under water or even above water because of the unfitting swimwear. Noting that, Nike made products that are body skimming and conscious of all the issues women had to deal with, meaning creating products that does no compress the body and is not skin showing. According to Nouf, this collection is going to be a game changer in all fields.

The Victory Swim Collection is aimed at any women wanting to enjoy water. However, it is undoubtedly a strong statement for Muslim women. Whether it was intended by Nike or not, that shouldn’t be the primary focus of the collection. The worldwide known brand proved over the decade that what really matters to them is the wellbeing of their athletes and making clothes that would allow them to focus on their practices. That was first proven in 1984, with Joan Benoit, and now in 2020 with this Victory Swim Collection. Not having to deal with the efficiency of one’s gear is a privilege that Nike is ready to offer to every single woman. Besides, women that are not only athletes should feel included in this Victory Swim Collection. You want to enjoy swimming without having to be conscious of your body? You will love this collection.

Article de Balkis Hmida.

For the fist time, an exhibition dedicated to the Chinese photographer Luo Yang, an icon of her country’s counterculture, is being held in Paris. To be discovered in November 2019 at Maison Dentsu.

Beijin, Berlin or Hong Kong, Luo Yang’s work has been shown both in Asia and Europe. She is one of today’s major Chinese photographers and her status was confirmed by the BBC last year when she was named one of the 100 most influential women in the world. Luo Yang is at the forefront of Chinese counterculture and does not hestate to take activist and poetic photographs that will be shown to Parisians in November 2019 at Maison Dentsu, 176 rue de Rivoli, during a unique retrospective.

Jian Shan by Luo Yang (2017)

A raw vision of Chinese women

The exhibition is named “GIRLS” and will feature photographs of young women taken over a period of more than 10 years. These raw and honest portraits have made Luo Yang’s reputation. The first shots of the series were captures in 2008 a year before the photographer graduated from the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts. The show displays Chinese femininity, the place of women in a society that is still very traditional but that has changed a lot in a decade. Female identity, style, gender, sexuality… Chinese women break rules and reveal themselves truthfully in front of Luo Yang’s camera.

The exhibit is shown by Maison Dentsu, together with Moonduckling. Maison Dentsu is committed to gender equality and has signed the French equality policy #jamaisSansElles. Open earlier this year Maison Dentsu is a place of co-creation, exhibition and a think tank. “GIRLS” will be open to the public on November 9 and 16, between 10 am and 6 pm. But you have to register through email at Communication@dentsuaegis.com . Don’t miss this exceptional event to discover the multitude of Chinese girls and the work of an iconic artist.

Article by Juliette Cardinale

On a beautiful day in early September, we had the pleasure of spending our morning with the beauty brand 27 Rosiers in our Paulette pop-up apartment in New York City. Before our planned Qong meditation session, the beauty brand introduced us to its 360° beauty concept by giving us the opportunity to test their innovative products. It was a much needed moment of relaxation for the mind, body, and soul before our busy upcoming week.

27 Rosiers’ whole purpose is to provide a moment of relaxation in the midst of our hectic lives. The brand came up with a very well thought out beauty routine that takes care of the body in its entirety. By supplying moisturizing creams, masks, but also food supplements, 27 Rosiers shows that beauty is nothing more than our body being and feeling well, inside and out.

27 Rosiers collection

Innovating in the beauty industry: the 360° approach

Launched in the US on June 4th, 2019, 27 Rosiers was actually birthed in Paris from the shared values and vision of Kevin Le Roux and Stephanie Meeus. These two friends wanted to create “clean beauty” products fit for their active lifestyles, perfectly safe for the environment and people’s health, and only using healthy ingredients.

At a time when consumers are more and more careful about what they put on (and inside) their body, some brands have specialized in selling food supplements for better skin, while others have developed innovative creams and potions made from natural ingredients. But why not combine both? 27 Rosiers is the result of a 360° approach on beauty that is intimately connected to well-being. The company’s goal? That consumers see the benefits that the products provide inside and out.

Products that respect the environment and our health

27 Rosiers products are made from vegan, cruelty-free and non-toxic ingredients – no parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates or sulphates whatsoever; additives and artificial fragrances are also completely banned.

27 Rosiers provides a whole range of products that are not limited to our external shell. Thus, different skin care products that address both visible skin problems – such as dehydration, redness, dryness, etc. – and internal turmoil that can affect our metabolism – such as lack of sleep, digestive imbalance, stress, etc. – and directly impact the health of our skin . The environment we live in may also harm our skin – pollution, anxiety, blue light exposure, temperature variation, etc.

27 Rosiers Collection

A 360º beauty routine for your well-being

The first collection includes six products: four skin care products and two food supplements.

On the skin, apply:

  • Fight Grime ($ 39) is a detox and pollution cleansing gel. It contains moringa that protects your skin from air pollution.
  • Here We Glow Again ($ 65) is a serum that fortifies your skin’s natural defences and protects it from blue light exposure and pollution. It contains spinoza, which helps protect the skin.
  • Ready Selfie Go ($ 48) is a mask that helps brighten your complexion in 10 minutes. It contains spirulina, which is know for its powerful antioxidants.
  • Quench My Thirst ($ 52) is a moisturizing cream that softens the skin by restoring its natural shine, without making it look shiny. It contains orobanche rapum-genistae, a plant harvested in France that allows for a deeper hydration of the skin.

As for the health of your skin on the inside, you can take:

  • Gutta Move On ($ 49): a natural food supplement designed to purify the body of toxins and restore a damaged intestinal flora via a mixture of probiotics.
  • Glow For Good ($ 55): a natural food supplement designed to give the skin a youthful glow. It contains probiotics that are know for boosting the immune system and hyaluronic acid that are used to boost hydration.

With its innovative products made from carefully selected ingredients, 27 Rosiers supplies a skin care and beauty routine that rhymes with well-being and health.

27 Rosiers is available on their website and at Credo Beauty (online or in stores exclusively in the United States).

Article by Alexandra Hostier

Translated by PK Douglas

GAP will donate a percentage of its October sales to breast cancer research. The initiative is inspired by Mackenzie Dougherty, GAP’s PR director who went through a double mastectomy operation in April.

October has been pink for several years. Pink, to raise awareness and encourage women to get tested for breast cancer. Pink, to get companies to donate money to research. In 2019, GAP has decided to join the initiative.

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GAP’s PR director, Mackenzie Dougherty, found out she had breast cancer in March 2019. At 33, she chose to go through a double mastectomy the following month, in April. The brand has been inspired by its employee, a strong woman who’s shared her journey through the iforgotihavecancer blog. One day, while at brunch with her boyfriend in New York City, she forgot she had cancer. A fleeting moment that inspired the name of her blog.

Donating to research

GAP will give 10% of sales to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® when customers purchase regular-price bras, in basic colors or with a flowery print, and bralettes. This donation will include purchases made between September 29, 2019 and October 19. It will be topped at $100,000.

The campaign for the collection features a radiant woman. Bald, maybe, but Mackenzie Dougherty is no less beautiful. Proud of her journey, she said that “there is so much that we do as women that we think makes us more beautiful, when really it’s covering so much of us up. Losing my hair and my breasts, I’ve really come to appreciate my body so much more. And I’ve learned that my most beautiful asset is my strength.” A mindset that helps her cope with a difficult situation and can inspire many women to find their strength.

The sooner the diagnostic, the better the chances to fight breast cancer. And the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® hopes to one day completely eradicate breast cancer, a condition that unfortunately concerns a lot of women. If you need a bra this October, think about spending money for a good cause and head to your closest GAP.

Article by Juliette Cardinale

Tahani from The Good Place has quickly become a fan-favorite. She is portrayed by British actress Jameela Jamil, who uses her platform to celebrate body positivity and inclusivity. 

Jameela Jamil is the actress behind Tahani in NBC’s The Good Place. While Kirsten Bell, Ted Danson and the whole cast are brilliant actors, Jameela Jamil won over people’s hearts through her portrayal of the very posh, name-dropping, British socialite. In real life, Jamil, 33, promotes self-love and inclusivity, mainly through social media and the I Weigh movement. She also fights against toxic representations of women in today ’s society.

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Complicated teenage years

Jamil was born in the UK to an Indian father and a Pakistani mother. Born with hearing issues, she went through several operations and now hears only 50% in one ear and 70% in the other. Between the ages of 14 to 17, Jameela Jamil suffered from anorexia, something she believes is mainly due to the representation of women in the media. But a car accident at the age of 17 led to her being unable to walk for a while. She had to do physiotherapy and take steroids. This traumatic experience made her change her views on her body, accept it, and “literally knocked some sense into [her]”.

She went on to teach English while working as a model, journalist and photographer. She hosted  the BBC Radio 1 show The Official Chart in 2012. Her life changed once more in 2016, when a breast cancer scare led her to pursue her dreams in Los Angeles. She had planned to a chance as a DJ and screenwriter, but randomly auditioned for The Good Place and got the part of Tahani, without any previous acting experience.

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The I Weigh movement

Her newfound popularity allows her to speak out on issues she cares about and have a bigger reach. Jamil is very active on social media and very open about her struggles with her image and her weight. In 2018, she saw a picture that somebody had posted on Instagram of the Kardashian-Jenner girls with their respective weights plastered in the caption. Sick of seeing women being reduced to their weight, Jameela Jamil decided to answer with her own picture, including the sum of good things she “weighted” like “lovely relationship, great friends…”. The pouring support and amount of similar pictures she received from her followers led her to create the Instagram account @i_weigh, and the I Weigh movement.

But the Instagram account is not limited to weight. It became a place for inclusivity, celebrating differences and self-acceptance. Jameela Jamil also uses her fame to speak out on other issues, from LGBTQIA+ rights to abortion rights. Jamil also fights against the dangers of idealizing women on social media, when pictures are frequently completely airbrushed. The actress revealed she suffers from EDS 3, a genetic condition which affects her body and, for example, leaves scars after every little cut, as she explained in an Instagram post recently. The constant flow of flawless promotional pictures on social media can lead to body dysmorphia and eating disorder among young women. This is why Jamil only posts unretouched pictures of herself, pictures that show her stretch marks and imperfections. She also fights to banish heavily airbrushed promotional pictures of herself.

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She has criticised “detox teas” that some celebrities love to promote because of the dangerous side effects. She often uses her own experience of following celebrity diets when she was a teenager, which caused lots of damage to her body, to make her point. She famously made Khloe Kardashian delete an Instagram post promoting a weight-loss product, by commenting that Khloe should warn her followers of the toxic side effects of the product and also admit that she has “a personal trainer, nutritionist, probable chef, and a surgeon to help her reach [her] perfect body goal”. She also created a petition to stop celebrity endorsement of diet products.

Article by Juliette Cardinale


In a few years, fast food menus might be very different to what we see today. Why? More fast food chains are serving vegetarian and vegan options.

You might have heard that KFC launched their vegan fried chicken in Atlanta. Well, the “finger lickin’ good” chicken is not the only fast food chain to serve vegetarian and vegan options. Back in April, Burger King began testing the Impossible Whopper, a plant-based burger that tastes very similar to their classic Whopper. Dunkin’ (Donuts) is serving a plant-based sausage in one of their breakfast sandwiches. In North America, you can also find vegan or vegetarian options at Del Taco, Tim Horton’s, TGIF, Hard Rock Café…

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These restaurants try different things: sandwiches might be completely free of meat, or have a veggie patty in between the buns or – like at Burger King and KFC – have a plant-based meat alternative. They often come from Impossible Foods or Beyond Meat, two California-based meat substitute start-ups. Their products are designed to replace beef, pork or chicken for vegans or vegetarians, but still taste like meat.

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Why are fast food chains turning to plant-based options? Well, they might be trying to attract a vegetarian and vegan clientele, but the market is actually not that big. Even if it seems like more and more people are becoming vegetarians or vegans, a 2018 Gallup survey showed that there are not more vegans and vegetarians in the US than there used to be. But, there is an increase in sales for plant-based meat and an interest in alternative foods.

An explanation behind this shift in diet might be activism (fighting to stop animal abuse in animal farms or preserving the environment); some might be looking for a healthier diet; others might be influenced by today’s vegetarianism trend. A lot of celebrities have become vegetarians or vegans. They tend to promote their new lifestyle in the media. Beyonce and Jay-Z, one of the most influencial celebrities alive, want people to become vegan. In January for example, they challenged fans to become vegetarians in the hope of winning a lifetime of concert tickets.

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The thing is, veganism and vegetarianism are trends among people with a higher education and millennials. Vegan restaurants are flourishing in big cities but not much elsewhere and they can be quite expensive. So vegan or vegetarian fast foods could be an introduction to a healthier lifestyle for a wider population.

Article by Juliette Cardinale

“Buy Less. Choose Well. Make It Last” says Vivienne Westwood. The Parisian department store Galeries Lafayette launched their “Changeons de mode” (Fashioning Change) campaign to push for a more sustainable fashion industry, and hosted a talk with the queen of punk, Vivienne Westwood. She shared her view on the fashion industry, and proved that she is still as punk as she was in her thirties.

The climate change crisis is here and people are more careful when buying products. So, more and more brands are changing to sustainable production cycles. But Dame Vivienne Westwood has been thinking about sustainable fashion for years. It’s only logical that she were the guest of the Parisian Galeries Lafayette to launch their “Changeons de mode” (Fashioning the change) campaign to think about the future of fashion.

Vivienne Westwood has been designing clothes and shaping fashion for years. Starting with her small shop in King’s Road in London, she dressed band members of the Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls, and went on to mold the 1970s punk scene. At the heart of the punk movement, Westwood saw “youth and anger versus age“. Young people were mad at the generation that was responsible for the Vietnam War but still in power. Together with her partner, Malcolm McLaren who was managing the Sex Pistols, she conveyed political messages through clothing.

Throughout her career as a designer, her style has evolved but has always remained true to its punk roots. She keeps on using her platform to share her political views, including the preservation of the planet. She started her website climaterevolution.co.uk to share her ideas, educate and find a solution to environmental problems. People can’t afford to not care about climate change, because it will impact everyone. And if nothing is done very soon, it will be too late. So she advises people to take an interest in climate change, try not to shop too much or shop responsibly, avoid driving regularly and take public transportation.

Fixing the issues

Westwood sees one big problem today, the “rotten dollar”. Governments only wish for more money and create poverty and crime. And if they are responsible for crime, politicians are criminals themselves. She is not afraid to call out leaders, the usual suspects such as Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, but also more popular politicians such as Barack Obama.

Vivienne Westwood created a banner that sums up her world view for the Galeries Lafayette talk. At the heart of her philosophy is what she calls “1 World Rent.” She believes humans are just renting the Earth. In her ideal world, land – which includes oceans, airwaves… – should not belong to individuals so that they can make more profit (capitalism), nor should it belong to everyone (communism); it should belong to no one. People would just be renting land to a responsible government that would hold the authority and trust of a democracy and would make sure the planet is protected. She thought about the way to make farmers and people living off of the land happy and it would be that: people would not have their land taken away; they could still hold and use it for perpetuity as long as they treat it with respect.

Fighting for the future

But Vivienne Westwood manages to stay positive and keep fighting. Even though, she feels “terrible sometimes, so tired,” she has an optimistic nature and when she feel possessed by ideas, she has to act on it. She has a lot to live for and she cares about people. She believes in being her best self. And, ultimately, she “believe[s] in life.” Young activists like Greta Thunberg impress her. The young Swede “is wonderful” and “serves the cause of democracy” by giving people a focus.

While she believes in the “reduce, reuse, recycle” motto, she wants to focus on the “reduce” part of the trio, specifically in production. Next season, Vivienne Westwood is reducing her collection by half and will make it in Italy (because in England they’re “just not good enough”) so that less people will have to travel. She continues to work in fashion because she wants to create THE company of the future. She would love to make into law that once you expand your brand to a certain point, you can’t expand anymore and you have to give your profits to charity. Westwood is also advocating for the end of wasteful practices like the use of cotton and denim. She stopped making jeans and has decided to tell people to go to second-hand shops.

Article by Juliette Cardinale

A few weeks ago, Paulette opened a pop-up appartment in Manhattan to meet our New York readers. On Sunday, September 8th, we put together a collective photo shoot in lingerie to advocate for self-love.

Being self-confident in a society that promotes stick thin bodies through ad campaigns for dieting before Summer and cosmetic surgery is no small feat. During #PauletteAndTheCity, that run from September 6th to the 11th, Paulette invited girls and women to pose in their underwear as a means to take pride in their bodies, regardless of size and insecurities. The result was an inspiring collection of group and individual photographs, showcasing confident and magnificent women.

The evening carried on with a discussion on self-confidence, while all of us were still bathing in a bubble of acceptance and self-love, and wearing lingerie. The photoshoot and discussion were part of the @allwomxnproject movement founded by the entrepreneur and plus size model @bonjourclem.

Representing all women

Launched in 2016 by Clémentine Desseaux and Charli Howard, the All Women Project brought together 11 worldwide tops. Barbie Ferreira or Elliott Sailors showed themselves without any airbrushing in a video made by Olimpia Valli Fassi.

This movement is meant to show that all girls and all women are beautiful. Skin color, age, scars, love handles… everything should be accepted and loved. Women should not feel pressured to do more or be more; they are enough and great just as they are. The All Womxn Project invites every woman and girl to organize their own event, do a photoshoot and share their pictures on social media with the hashtag #iamallwomxn.

The pictures are not airbrushed so that women show their true selves and their natural beauty. Minority representation also matters since it allows all women to have a voice in the public sphere – or at least on Instagram. The All Womxn Project also creates a space in which women and girls feel safe.

Article by Juliette Cardinale

Sophia Bush is the unforgettable Brooke Davis in One Tree Hill, sure, but she is also an inspiring activist. She fights for causes she believes in on social media, in interviews and in “real life”.

Sophia Bush was born in Pasadena, California in 1982, from two photographers. She was really into volleyball growing up and was forced to take part in a play to graduate high school. A great push from destiny that led the world to know the fascinating actress and inspiring activist she is today.

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An acting career that includes two iconic TV shows

She appeared in a few small productions before landing the starring role of Brooke Davis in the WB/CW teen drama One Tree Hill in 2003. This is probably still her most well-known role. Brooke Davis went from a partying trouble-making cheerleader to a loyal friend, talented designer and loving mother. Through the years, she became a fan favorite, due to her big heart and character development. Bush directed three episodes on the last season of the show.

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From One Tree Hill (2003-2012), she went on to star as Detective Erin Lindsay in the NBC police drama Chicago P.D. (2013-2017) and appeared in Chicago Fire and Chicago Med as the same character.

She also starred in movies in-between seasons of One Tree Hill such as John Tucker Must Die (2006) and The Narrow (2008) or more recently in Marshall (2017) or Acts of Violence (2018). She also voiced Karen/Voyd in the Incredibles 2 (2018).

Fierce defender of human and environmental rights

Sophia Bush has always been vocal about her beliefs. She publicly supported Barck Obama in the 2008 presidential election. She fights for LGBTQIA+ rights, supported marriage equality and appeared in the Human Rights Campaign following the Orlando shooting of 2016. She also fights for the protection of the environment and women’s rights, and advocates for gun control. She uses her social media platform as a way to raise awareness on world events and to shed light on fundraisers she cares about. She encourages her followers to get involved in activism.

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Bush is a founding member of Time’s Up. She was one of the first celebrities to sign the letter that launched the Time’s Up movement against sexual harassment, following #MeToo. Time’s Up sets up a fund to defend low-income victims of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, advocates for a change in legislation on harassment, and pushes for gender equality in entertainment. Bush also designed a clothing line and gave the profits to planned parenthood. In addition, she spoke at the Women’s March on January 20, 2018 and openly supported Christine Blasey Ford in the fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

The actress has been vocal about how the industry can be a very toxic environment for women. Alongside her co-stars from One Tree Hill, she denounced Mark Schwahn’s behavior. He was accused of sexual harassment by many women (more than 40!). She also publicly revealed that she had a really hard time while filming Chicago P.D., which led her to leave the TV series after season 4, even though she had signed a seven-year contract. She said that it “was a consistent onslaught barrage of abusive behavior” and that she was once assaulted in a room full of men who did nothing.

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Sophia Bush is a white woman, and as such, she benefits from certain privileges in comparison to other minorities. This is something she is acutely aware of, and talks about on social media. She often uses her platform to bring attention to issues that concern minorities. She often talks about white privilege and puts up links to accounts of women of color that helped to educate her. She considers herself a “work in progress”, which is the title of the podcast she launched in September 2019. In it, she has conversations with people she is inspired by. Her first guest was feminist and living legend, Gloria Steinem.

Article by Juliette Cardinale