We Dish Out Dating Advice for Fat People and Chat to Travis Alabanza in Podcast Episode Six

For episode six of The Polyester Podcast, we welcome back photographer Chloe Sheppard to guest host with Polyester editor in chief Ione Gamble.   We’re also joined by Honey Ross and Talia Darling, who will discussing with us the unique challenges of dating as a fat person. Honey and Talia will be answering your questions on dating as a fat femme, asked by...

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...

Ms Claus Has Come To Visit: Nine Ladies dancing

We’re in the final throes of our twelve days of Christmas. Next up, it’s nine ladies dancing which means celebration time! Aoife Cullen creates Ms. Claus and ICE queen looks for you to serve at your next Christmas soiree… ✧・゚: *✧・゚:* MS CLAUS *:・゚✧*:・゚✧ ✧・゚: *✧・゚:* ICE QUEEN *:・゚✧*:・゚✧ To check out the rest of our alternative advent...

Party feet: Seven Swans are Swimming

Feeling fatigued by party season yet? As part of Polyester’s twelve days of Christmas, Louisa Foley will add a spring to your step as she illustrates seven swans are swimming as festive footwear inspo. To check out the rest of our alternative advent series, click here.

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...

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...

Poetry For The Heartbroken

The Lie   She brought me back a lemon from Naples, So I put it in the freezer Without quite knowing why.   When the freezer broke, The lemon grew mould And I couldn’t bring myself to tell her.   Next time we met she looked at me With her citrus eyes, And I saw...

How Being A Woman Affects A Chronic Illness Diagnosis

I remember being a sick 12 year old searching the internet to understand my diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I would stumble across forums of people asking if it is a real disease, and I would angrily write long responses, trying to sound like a sophisticated adult. “Why would people fake an illness that causes...

Femmes Omitted: Wu Zetian

As controversial figures go there are few more divisive than Wu Zetian, the first and only female Emperor in the history of China. She was the concubine that rose to power, but her legacy is one of wickedness. Was one of the most powerful women in history a callous tyrant, or just another victim of...

Is Yoga A Scam?

                                  Our monthly comic from Yaga Sara is focusing on yoga: Ignorance is bliss it can be easily achieved with the help of these three asanas, suitable for beginners. Comic: Yaga Sara

Sophisticated Pervert

He has exquisitely poor taste. It’s not hard to spot a thinly-veiled affinity for the raunchy and lewd in the very way he carries himself. He’ll agree, subversion has its kicks, but indulgence is his top-priority. He’s probably the bastard son of Dorian Gray and John Waters. I’ve been calling him a “sophisticated pervert” —...