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The Search for Identity in the Digital Age

In recent decades the exponential growth of communications, digitalisation and social media has meant an expanding digital-scape for the individual to work with. This transition to the presentation of our beings on electronic platforms changes the way in which we view ourselves, our self-worth and how we present ourselves to the world. We are no longer dealing with forging our identities in a solely actualised … Continue reading The Search for Identity in the Digital Age

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Meghan Markle X Vogue: A Collaboration to Celebrate. 

When will it end? When will we get bored? When will we finally learn to celebrate Meghan Markle and the work she does, and give her credit where it is due? Yet again, this past week HRH Duchess of Sussex has made headlines with the release of the ever-anticipated September issue of British Vogue. This year she has guest edited the edition with Edward Enninful, current editor of the publication. Last month, scandal surrounded her choice to protect her child and friends’ privacy in not releasing the names of Archie’s godparents; this month, her call for kindness and positivity has gathered ample criticism. This scrutiny of Meghan, the charitable and kind work she does and the decisions she makes about her family are becoming old and dull news. Yes, she is female, yes, she is of mixed heritage and yes, her former career was as an actress but like it or not she is now a member of the British Royal Family. In guest editing the September issue of Vogue she has used her platform to deliver what is ultimately a message of, as Bryony Gordon wrote in her column for The Telegraph, “be kind, help people less fortunate than you, try and do the right thing, and by the way: you’re lovely just as you are”.  Continue reading Meghan Markle X Vogue: A Collaboration to Celebrate. 

Pressure vs Positivity: Body Image on Campus

The intention of an email recently sent by Anytime Fitness to one of its customers (see below) was to be ‘funny’, it however sought to do this by saying that if you can pinch any inch of your body, you are ‘fat’. The email painted a picture of a warm summer’s day, which you apparently have to look skinny to enjoy. It is through ill-attempted, … Continue reading Pressure vs Positivity: Body Image on Campus

Putting your best foot forward or faking it: are we too critical of Instagram’s glamorization of summer?

Social media has become a performative space. It presents a platform that allows us to display a photogenic version of our lives to the world. This perpetuates in the summer as our news feeds become crammed with everyone’s holiday shots, rather than the grim summer jobs that help us afford them. But should we be ashamed of this? Or is it just a natural human … Continue reading Putting your best foot forward or faking it: are we too critical of Instagram’s glamorization of summer?

Are Floral Suits Really a “Destruction” of Toxic Masculinity?

This tweet of 4 male actors on the red carpet celebrated their ‘feminine’ clothing as a ‘protest against toxic masculinity.’ But to what extent is this the case? Are they just glamorising conventionally attractive white men doing the bare minimum? Amy Milner shares her opinion.  Men’s fashion, of course, is a pretty hot topic right now. Globalisation and the internet have given rise to experimentation … Continue reading Are Floral Suits Really a “Destruction” of Toxic Masculinity?

8 Skin Care Products to Get You Winter Ready

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 ‘Tis the season to look after those pores and to ensure you look glowy and prepped for those sweaty nights out in TP. I’ve chosen 8 products to make you look like the next Kim Kardashian of Exeter, on a student budget of course! One thing that is essential, is to remember to stay hydrated and I’m not talking vodka and cokes, but the good old H2O. Drinking water will keep your skin plump and rid it of any toxins that cause spots, as well as replenishing the skin tissues. Try carrying around a water bottle every day, adding fruits to it can make it a lot easier to drink and is a way to benefit from vitamins! Let’s talk about the elephant in the room…remembering to take your makeup off after a night out at Exeter’s finest selection of clubs. I know it’s annoying and when you’re pissed it’s the last thing you want to do. But do it. It only takes a minute or two. Don’t let your skin suffer from being clogged up with makeup, dirt, pollution and pieces of curly fry grease! You’ll thank me later. Continue reading 8 Skin Care Products to Get You Winter Ready

New Year’s Resolutions: From Clichés to Costa

“…Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson It’s all well and good saying that you’re going to go to the gym three times a week starting January or that you’re going to avoid taking trips to Costa between lectures but, as most students know, that probably isn’t . New Year’s resolutions are often … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions: From Clichés to Costa