How (NOT) to talk to guys at parties…

An ode to straight guys and their broken flirting sensors (or their entitled toxic attitude related to “the chase”). From the guy who mistakes basic conversation with flirting and who’s girlfriend follows closely oozing passive aggressiveness, how does one politely drop “I’m not actually interested in you, you’re reading this situation wrong” mid-chat? To the guy who goes from...

Listen to the first episode of our podcast!

We’re taking our first steps into the world of audio communication with our very own podcast series – hear the first offering right here. Bridging the gap between our online platform and the biannual print zine, we’re super excited to be exploring the world of podcasts with an eight part series getting under the skin...

The artist giving emotional labour 4 FREE

Bex Ilsley is an artist based in Coventry who started her career on Instagram and has even been promoted by Miley Cyrus. Ilsley explains her work, Fire Sale! about women’s emotional labour. “Fire Sale! was a streamed performance which was projected live onto a huge wall at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea in October 2016. I...

Invisible & III

Having a healthy mind is just as important as having a healthy body. We all have good and bad days, but in the last decade the number of people affected by mental health issues has steadily risen and experts are now calling it a ‘slow-growing epidemic’. Mental health embodies so many things and cannot be...

Will AI make the beauty industry less racist?

The beauty industry is rarely recognised for its racial inclusivity. Primarily, because it’s lacking. Ill-informed in-store consultants ​and ​brands that perpetuate insensitive racial stereotypes​ ​only scrape the surface of the problems that lie within an industry that has never succeeded in catering to non-white customers. But Artificial Intelligence experts and entrepreneurs believe that with recent...

Oh, heck. Titanic.

Meet Kady Grant

Rebecca Morgan in conversation with artist Kady Grant on her playful painting practice and the importance of humor in art. RM: Can you tell me more about your upbringing and personal narrative? How have some of those experiences from your navigations shaped you or influenced you as an artist and human? KG: I think one...

Blonde Bombshells

From Karina Longworth’s phenomenal podcast series Dead Blondes (where 5 out of the 11 Blondes profiled were of the Bombshell persona variety), to Tumblr fan pages, it seems that society is still obsessed by the idea of the Old Hollywood “Blonde Bombshell”. While Hollywood has had many popular blonde actresses during its century-odd existence, (from...

The Currency Of Authenticity: What it means for women in pop

Let us begin with an ancient platitude, from the sacred scrolls buried deep within the comment section of any Youtube music video.‘I listen to REAL music.’ The idea of music being ‘authentic’, staying true to a collection of imagined principles is still at the very core of its credibility. But what is this idea of...

Whats hot or not in 2019 with Travis Alabanza

If you don’t already know the force that is Travis Alabanza, where have you been? Travis is a non-binary performer, writer and theatre-maker who made big waves in 2018 for Gender non-conforming and trans community. Polyester speaks to Travis on their personal experience in 2018 and what’s hot or not in 2019. ❣ ❣ ❣...

Pigtails & Pink: How Baby Spices’ girly image inspired a fight back against the male gaze

The Spice Girls’ members were branded with just one word each, a word that identified them and defined them. Together, all five could have embodied an actual whole of the every-girl, yet each individual took one fifth of that whole as their personality; her anger, her innocence, her cheekiness, her dignity and her physicality. These five...