La Femme Féroce: Is Copping An Attitude A Bad Thing?

This is an editorial inspired by empowered strong females with attitude. Why does attitude need to be associated with negative connotations? In this editorial I wanted to reclaim attitude as a positive word to describe a strong boss female. The styling & aesthetic is inspired from characters from Coyote Ugly and the likes of Alabama…

BLEACH exploring distance and being hidden

‘BLEACH’ aims to convey the thoughts and feelings that racial minorities may feel through isolating themselves from their culture due to the whitewashing of media outlets.       “I have gone through this myself and would love to share my story in such a diverse feminist magazine as yours to help other poc that may…

Experience the flowery universe of BABA DRAGA

  “Flowers represent the femininity, the happiness, the sun. They’re my way to travel, to see the world. When people comes to my place, nobody talks about the furniture but the flowers all the time.” – Draga     Baba Draga is inspired in a grandma who lives isolated in her own “cage”, denying the french daily…

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Collusion is the New Label Putting Gen Z Front and Centre

“When I was growing up there wasn’t something that reflected who I was or who I wanted to be,” says Rene Matić, founding collaborator of Collusion. “That’s why Collusion feels hopeful to help form something for the coming of age.”  A new brand from the people behind ASOS; Collusion aims to cut through the bullshit…

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The Normal Day

“The story showcases what a suppressed woman endures and encapsulates an appetite for an ideal body image; an idea which the media has portrayed time and time again. To highlight the beauty of size diversity, I am using a plus size model for this editorial and placing her in an undesirable setting. Bring forth the…

LIMBO – The Monthly Polyester Comic

Limbo is relatable for people who are in the in-between stages of adulthood, this is a mainly autobiographical series about constantly going to the pub, getting with rubbish guys, dropping out of uni, etc. Comic: Maddie Cottam-Allan    

Q&A with Herstory founder Alice Wroe

For Alice Wroe, women today should not just be empowered by their contemporaries. For the past few years, she has been unearthing amazing women from the past who have been largely concealed by patriarchal historical narratives. She aims to share these discoveries through her project in order to make the participants feel ‘bigger and taller’;…

Carolyn’s Fingers – Twice Born video

Carolyn’s Fingers are a queer-romantica-electro band hailing from London, Cambridge and Madrid. Specialising in electro trippy shoe-gaze — it’s romantic, queer as fuck, dark and glitchy. But also it’s sometimes cute and soft. A trio, Jess, Chess and Carmen sing about queer love and sex, pain, mental health, myths, goddexes and equality politics. All self…

The poetry anthology published by young female authors for young female authors

Mix a spoonful of sugar, some spice and all things nice with slugs, snails and puppy dogs tails… that’s what Smear is made of. Smear is the all-female poetry anthology circulating in the Polyester office and, since June, has been sitting pretty on the shelves of Urban Outfitters. Containing the work of 34 poets in…

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Why We Need To Treat All Skin Tones Equally

The story of colourism is deeply anti-feminist. It is the story of femininity diminishing with skin darkness, romantic rejection by men both black and white and a society that denies women of colour agency and fullness of emotion. I argue this because the elevation of black women of lighter skin tones indicates a society with…

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The Girl as The Loaded Gun

Through a cinematic story of analogue photographs taken by Kirsten Bode we explore the complexities of the modern Femme Fatale and challenge the power of seduction as a means of survival. ♥ Through soft inner monologues a woman growing madder in a state of disconnect to social norms in a world full of influence she seeks…

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How Protest Has Become Profitable

If there’s a scheduled protest on the horizon, there’s a good chance you’ll engage in the following routine:  someone will send over a Facebook invite to register your attendance, you’ll accept, and make plans with friends or colleagues to make signs the night before (often over a bottle of wine). On the day of protest,…