In The Media

How Much is Zoella to Blame for the Controversial Advent Calendar?

Disclaimer by the author: Please note that this is not a personal attack on Zoe Sugg. Whatever Zoe Sugg does in her own time, be it performing satanic rituals or organising her Peter Pan collars in order of laciness, is irrelevant. However as soon as the Zoella mantle is adorned, that is the point …

Terry Richardson is the Tip of the Deeply Flawed Fashion Iceberg

Last week, Conde Nast cut ties with the controversial fashion photographer Terry Richardson over his history of sexual harassment allegations. The decision came hot on the heels of the Harvey Weinstein scandal which, at present, has seen more than 90 women come forward, accusing the former Hollywood producer of sexual …

Is Skinnypigs Fitness Empowering or Demeaning Women?

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss — At the beginning of the week, you probably hadn’t heard of Newcastle-based women’s fitness company, Skinnypigs Fitness. Thanks to a questionable banner and subsequent backlash on Twitter, however, that may now have changed. Earlier this week, an image of the fitness company’s banner circulated …

The Message Dove’s Advert Sends Shouldn’t Be Tolerated

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’m sure that you’ve heard of the latest controversy involving Dove last weekend. The skincare brand came under fire for an advert showing a dark-skinned woman removing a shirt, revealing a light-skinned woman underneath. Is @Dove soap’s marketing strategy Before – black & …

The Confidence Gap Isn’t to Blame for the Glass Ceiling

Last week, a colleague sent me a job opportunity that she thought I’d be interested in. Glancing over it, I saw it required, among other things, 10+ years experience in my industry, as well as a host of skills I didn’t possess. “Thanks, I think it’s a bit out of my …