Dear Self

A self love photo collaboration between Melanie Lehmann and Elijah Che

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...

Vanity Care on Valentines

What is value? Well, it can revolve around a lot of things. Summer Scott explores her own Self Love and Vanity Care in a Valentines photo series. Vanity Care is a term I use to refer to outright self-indulgence in the mental well being of ourselves. We are starting skin care routines but for the...

Happy Galentine’s Day!

A cat lady is a cultural archetype often depicted as a woman, a middle-aged or eldery spinster, who owns many pet cats. The term traditonally considered negative, though in 2019 being a cat lady is something to strive for; an independent icon. This photo series by Bethany Vargas depicts our only mood this Galentine’s Day. ❤ Photographer:Bethany Vargas...

Valentines week love potions for your lover, friends or self

Sarah Strongarms, tattooist based in London has concocted some love potions for this week of Eros ; True Love, Self Love or Friendship. True Love Potion A little concoction for true love. A sprig of rosemary, a branch from a wild rose and a rose quartz in their oil.  – Rosemary can cleanse the bad energy...

Beyond The Curve

Two significant events happened in my life in 2017. I turned 30 and I got married. Before the wedding I noticed I was curvier than usual. I have decided to try something I never had the patience for: slowly, gradually changing my lifestyle. I promised myself I won’t be impatient, I won’t force myself to...

Having A Mastectomy At 25

Like too many young girls I spent my adolescence and early 20s plagued with insecurity and low self esteem. Anxious, depressed and barely eating; I hated myself. With goals of working in fashion, my ample bosom felt like a curse. I lost count of the number of times friends, family and strangers (?!) told me...

Stages Of Love

Based on Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments, which cataloged the different situations of love as 80 figures, we chose eight of these gestures: Heart, Touch, Silence, Scene, Confession, Image, Insane and Object. As a reaction to these, two members of the Gray Box collective, Anna Ádám and Tímea Piróth – without and previous planning,...

The Hype Around Hyperpigmentation

  Lemon. Turmeric powder. Cucumber. Potatoes. Baking soda. Whilst sounding like the ingredient list to a disastrous casserole, this is just some of the natural alternatives to skin lightening agents or “brightening” as it’s more commonly referred to in beauty products (I won’t mention any names). These are also suggestions for “sufferers” of hyperpigmentation or...

The Vital Importance Of Dressing How You Feel

There’s something absolutely liberating in the anonymity of large cities. They let you be whoever you want to be. When I first moved to London four years ago from a small town in Australia, I was in awe of its too-loud, too-cold, too-bold attitude. This manifested most obviously through fashion; a visual ‘fuck you’ to...