Men with lipstick: a brief history of men’s makeup

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  For a long time makeup has been predominately advertised, sold to and used by women. Recently the beauty industry has begun to normalize makeup on men. Some of the biggest YouTube influencers are male makeup artists and lovers…

Vloggers are making thousands of dollars by eating excessive amounts of food online (video)

BY: NADIA ZAIDI People all over the Internet are posting videos of themselves eating big, sometimes lavish, meals. Sometimes they don’t say a word; other times, they engage in table talk, as though you are actually sitting beside them. These…

Why I wish people would stop asking me what I do for a living

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  When people ask me what I do for a living I often find it a difficult question, and not because I don’t have a job — because I don’t think of what I do as work, per…

Afghanistan’s first female street artist risks her life to empower women (photos)

Afghanistan-based feminist graffiti artist risks her life to show her perspective of hope for the world she lives in. Her name is Shamsia Hassani, and she is the first female 3-D street artist and female graffiti Artist in Afghanistan. Her…

Photographer captures stunning portraits of albino people and it’s the most magical thing you’ll see today

Yulia Taits is an Israeli photographer who created a photo series called “Porcelain Beauty” that illustrates the beauty of albinism that has long been overshadowed by its reputation as a grotesque deformity. Since its relates Tait’s collection has gained fame…

Do vision boards really work?

When I first heard of my friends deciding to make a vision board, I thought it was a hippy-dippy idea based on them reading the popular book The Secret one too many times. I had previously researched the Law of Attraction, the…

How men’s socks became a symbol of wealth and intelligence

BY: NADIA ZAIDI  I think we can all agree that most men like to keep things simple. Minimalist style is key to the average man’s interest in fashion. But that doesn’t mean that he’ll settle on his pair of socks.…

Becoming a Drag Queen: behind the garters and glitter

BY BROOKLYN PINHEIRO For her first professional performance Willow Pill stood on stage wearing a pink ’90s housewife tracksuit, complete with glasses and a pearl necklace, while she delivered a stand-up comedy routine. “Are you ever worried you’re going to…

The organic gardener’s guide to greenhouses

BY: JENN FRENCH  The green revolution was slow to start, but now more than 60 per cent of American households have resolved to be more sustainable. With that comes an increased interest in home gardening fruits, vegetables, herbs and other…

This charity uses second hand clothes to challenge rampant consumerism

One More Wear Foundation is a charity focused on distributing clothing to youth and young adults who are struggling with poverty in the Greater Toronto Area. The charity is surrounded by the ideology that having accessible clothing can provide employment…

Weed-infused cotton candy is a thing now and it’s absolutely magical

Gone are the days when you needed to pass around a joint in your cousin’s dark and damp basement to get some kind of high. Today, you can get that same sweet feeling a number of different ways – gummy…

The Guerrilla Girls are still fighting art sexism in the most badass way possible

BY: SYDNEY KEEFE Featured Illustration by: Xulin Wang One fateful morning on the island of Manhattan, New Yorkers woke up to their borough being wallpapered with Guerrilla art. The Guerilla Girls were formed in response to the MOMA’s exhibit entitled “an…

Casa Vicens, Gaudi’s first architectural masterpiece is opening to the public

When visiting Barcelona, after eating paella and window shopping, what’s likely on your to-do list is visiting the architectural artworks designed by Antoni Gaudi. Well, you can now add another one of his buildings to a string of must see…

Open Doors Toronto sees a collaboration between government and local businesses

Toronto – a city of roughly 6 million people (metro). It’s one of the largest cities in North America and an internationally acclaimed one at that. Naturally, due to its size and diverse amount of cultures there’s a lot to…

In defence of the word cunt

BY: SYDNEY KEEFE Illustration by: Xulin Wang Cunt. Merriam-webster defines cunt as a “disparaging way to refer to a woman.” And while this is definitely an agreed upon definition, the question is not if cunt is offensive, but why? And…

Over 30 years, photographer captured the freaks and non-conformists that rule the underbelly of Berlin (photos)

BY: JESSICA BEUKER  Miron Zownir has spent most of his life looking at others. His stunning collection of black and white photography tells the stories that would otherwise go untold, of those living on the outside, in different cities around…

Girls are repurposing their mother’s prom dresses in an effort to fight fast fashion

With prom season approaching an interesting new trend has arisen. This year, girls attending their prom have started repurposing and wearing their mother’s prom dresses. Often high school students are spending upwards of hundreds, and sometimes more than a thousand,…

Photographer captures a Bengali Tribe’s Dance With The Dead (photos)

Chaitra/Choitro is the last month of the Bengali calendar and it falls from mid-March to mid-April. Every year, in several parts deep within West Bengal, a Hindu festival called Gajan is celebrated. The celebration begins the last week of Chaitra and…

How to host your own full moon party

Despite many recently-founded parties growing in popularity, the concept of a full moon party is nothing new. In fact, people have been worshiping the moon for millennia. Celebration and worship of the moon is as old as recorded history itself. References to…

Alana Massey explores feminine identity through iconic female celebrities

“Telling people not to do as Sylvia Plath did is universally understood as a good-natured suggestion that a writer not put too much of herself into her creation- lest she accidentally write about something as ordinary as being a woman.”…