How a manicure can help you campaign for trans rights

This comic is part of Charlie Cragg’s Nail Transphobia editorial takeover. To read Charlie’s editors letter and find out more about her work, life and activist campaigns, click here. Charlie’s own brand of activism — fabulous activism — has always been about engaging real people in tiny acts that spur on concrete change. From her...

Alex Margo is an old-school Hollywood bombshell for the digital age

Charlie Craggs selects three Trans sisters to talk to whilst decorating their nails for #Nailit #NailsTransphobia campaign. Meet Alex Margo a.k.a OLD DRAG who is always impeccably dressed from of their archive in vintage pieces and signature dots makeup.  ALEX a.k.a. OLD DRAG I’m an artist based in London. In my work, I consider questionable authority through...

Meet the self-proclaimed Trans Deamon

Charlie Craggs selects three Trans sisters to talk to whilst decorating their nails for #Nailit #NailsTransphobia campaign. Meet Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley the self-proclaimed Trans Deamon. Danielle a.k.a Ladydangfua  I’m a black trans artist working in animation and sound in order to unpack living as a trans body. As well as dreaming of a physical archive which...

Charlie Craggs is our First Guest Editor

My names Charlie Craggs, and I’m officially your unofficial new editor…for a little while. I’m basically the transgender version of Ione gamble though, see photo, so hopefully the change won’t be too hard for you to adapt to. But yeah, I’m Polyester’s first ever guest editor, so hi. For those of you who don’t have a clue who I...

Alternative Film Poster of the month

Illustrated by Charlotte Tymm

We Catch up with Jess “Biig Piig” Smyth

Jess “Biig Piig” Smyth is a half-Irish, half-Spanish singer-songwriter based in Hammersmith. At just the age of 20 she exudes soul, confidence and writes with a certain conversational poetry. Creating tunes with London’s cutting-edge Nine8 collective, a group of underground musicians, artists, and designers. Collaborating on projects spanning music, filmmaking, and clothing design, Biig Piig...

Pure Confidence

Alyia Soraya states on her Photo Series Confidence “Confidence is such a simple and common word that’s tossed around to give a message but how rare it is to look at a photo and say, “hey, I could do that too. Hey, I wanna be dancing in my bra, too.” and that’s what I’m trying...

A lesson in behavioural intervention

When you think of playground behaviour, name calling, bickering, games of kiss chase and stuck in the mud are probably a few of the things that come to mind.

Minus the mud, these are a few of the things that could also come to mind when you think of the modern-day internet.

For women, this can pose...

What Pornhub’s Most Searched Terms tell us about our sex lives

From incest to Rick & Morty parody porn, writer Rebecca Rhys-Evans investigates how culture creates trends in pornography.     Pornography, porn, hard-core, soft-core, smut, filth, adult material, explicit content – whatever you want to call it, we know you’re watching it. Pornhub has released its Most Searched Terms of last year and the jury...

Happy Halloween

This spooky photo series comes from horror movie stills mostly from the 60s and 70s, drawing inspiration from Dario Argento, Jess Franco, and Jean Rollin among other directors.   “It comes from the idea that good horror stills can often be more satisfying than the movies themselves because they can’t disappoint you with bad dialogue...

Sisters of the Succubus

Something wicked this way comes… Most Bewitching Bite, Fabulous Fangs and Miss American Vampire 2018 – we reimagine a beauty pageant for the undead to ring in Halloween. ☾☾ ☾☾☾☾☾☾ Photography by Joanna Wzorek. Art direction by Mona Leanne and Ione Gamble. Makeup by Mona Leanne. Hair by Paul Jones. Set design by Stefania Lucchesi. Styling by...

The Very Scary Film – A new monthly illustration

Charlotte Tymm a.k.a. Trashpanda is a self-taught artist based in London. For Polyester, Tymm re-creates different iconic film poster’s each month. This month, for halloween, its “The Vey Scary Film” starring icons such as big hungry fish, weird man in mask loves a power tool, hot blonde rad outfit, and creepy teenage girl.