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...

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...

The Imaginary World of my Life as an 18th Century Dapper Dyke

Seeing myself in Radclyffe Hall, Dykeon Tortured by Queer Pathology In 1899, two years before Radclyffe Hall would use her inherited fortune to clothe herself in tailor-made menswear, my apartment was built in a Dutch settlement then called “The Town of Bushwick.” Though the Brooklyn neighbourhood has now seen over a century of commercialisation, my...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

This Queer Chinese Electropop Star Is Speaking Out

Chenta Tsai aka Putochinomaricón (translated as “FuckingChineseFaggot”) is a Chinese electropop singer and musician who talks about racism and being migrant and LGBTQ+ in this homo/transphobic country that is Spain, minorities, being bullied, and pop culture. His videos are always very DIY, and he’s so charismatic. His first hit in his career was to sing...

Louise Cook: The First Woman To Gain A World Rally Championship Title

Polyester spoke to the champion few days before the beginning of the World Rally Championship season. In many countries, the road ahead is long and full of obstacles for a woman who wants to drive or to get involved in a Motorsport environment. Until September 2017, women weren’t allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. At...