Archive | January, 2011

Fashion First

31 Jan

A major milestone in the world of fashion occurred this Sunday. An openly transsexual model graced the runway for Sao Paulo Fashion Week. Brazilian model Lea T. (born as Leandro Cerezo) walked to runways this weekend to amazing acceptance and huge applause from almost everyone in the audience.

Lea is no stranger to the glitz and glamor of the fashion world. Since beginning her career, she has been a face for Givenchy, been in numerous photoshoots and magazine spreads and even appeared as a magazine cover feature alongside supermodel Kate Moss. She is a very hot commodity in english fashions right now.

It has not been an easy journey or Lea. As an open and proud transsexual she has and is still receiving much backlash and criticism or her sexual orientation ad how she chooses to live her life. I believe, despite everything, she is a great role model for anyone. She has never let the harsh treatment stop her from reaching her goals. She continues to strive for the best and to become a major staple in the modeling and fashion industry. We could all learn from her. Sheis the perfect example that no matter what situation you may face or no matter who is against you, you can always make turn the darkest nights into your brightest hour and achieve anything.


Blog Comments

26 Jan

Comment 1.


Daily Life As A Server by Elisa Maura

I completely understand. I am not a server but I work as a hostess at a restaurant in St. Louis and sometimes I have to wait tables. Its not always easy to keep a smile on your face or apply the rule “the customer is always right” when they throw nothing but negativity towards you

Comment 2.


Spring Break 2011 by Raven Shelton

Im in the process of making plans for spring break right now. I never considered Las Vegas because Im not 21 yet, but it does seem like a really fun place to go for break. Too bad I’m not yet old enough to experience all it has to offer.

Comment 3.


Should assisted suicide be legalized? by Ngwe Njiwah

This is such a controversial issue, but i believe assisted suicide should be illegal! I  believe it is immoral to help someone kill themselves! If we believe suicide is so wrong, helping someone commit suicide is just as wrong! Doctors, in my opinion, should do everything in their power to help their patients, not help them expire faster.

Comment 4


SIUe Parking by David Boarden

i agree! the parking here is so frustrating. i go to the gym a lot, and there is hardly any parking, and like you said, it is always a roped off area. parking in another lot thats far away from where you want to be is the worst! the walks are long and its even worse because of the weather

Comment 5


Annoying Facebook Users by Amanda Stroud

I have encountered so many annoying facebook users! in fact, they are the reason i deleted my facebook. their updates and post were irrelevant and very annoying. it took away the fun of actually being on facebook when the majority of your news feed is filled with people and post you dont want to see.

Comment 6


I need a vacation by Natalie Pitzer

I am also majoring in Speech Comm. I am in the process of looking for internships as well. A paid one would be amazing, but like you, im mainly looking just to get experience. And the siue website has not been much help to me either. I too have had to go to many outside sources in order to find more opportunities. So far, i have found one that is perfect for me and im in a great position to actually get it!

Comment 7


Why it’s so hard to be a black male in America by Ace Moore

i agree with this, from a black female’s point of view. Its hard to be a black female in america as well. I believe we as an entire race dont have enough positive figures, and the ones we do have are overlooked for the negative one, such as rappers and careless athletes. Most black women we see are video girls, or sex symbols, so its like thats what all black women are expected to be….but we have so much more to offer.


Success is the Key by Kyara Wright

I love this post because  feel exactly the same. Growing up I always wanted to be a fashion designer or even model because I wanted to be in the spotlight. But now as I’ve gotten older, I realize I would enjoy working behind the scene. Public Relations is a great choice for me because I am very creative and I love solving problems and helping others get their ideas and points across. And i can still work in fashion as well!

Beauty & the Bank

24 Jan

rihanna-cover-girl-ad16a00e55291ee848833011570994056970c-800wi562_995_covergirl_zoom“African-American women spend $7.5 billion annually on beauty products, which is 80 percent more than the general market. The reason it’s such a dramatic difference is attributed to the fact that African-American women have to sample more products to find the right ones for their skin.”

That’s what a new study by Essence magazine revealed.

Well, actually, when I stop to think about this, it does seem more than true. I’ll admit, I have spent hundreds of dollars on make-up over the years. Since my mother finally got off her high horse and gave me permission to wear it, every time i stop in a store, the beauty department is the first place i go.

Looking at the results form the Essence it all makes sense. As a Black women, I feel i spend more money on make-up because it takes so long to find the right product for my skin color. I have bought the same foundation in numerous shades because the one i purchased was not the right color. I’m sure other women with darker skin tones can relate. The media always portrays beauty as a blond, blue eyed, rosy cheeked, crimson-lipped, leggy white woman. How an we as women of color look up to and try to imitate that??? Of course, the mode is beautiful, they always are. But the lack of Black, Asian, Native American, and island models leaves us darker skinned women to fend for ourselves. We can’t  just look at the models and say, “oh, i look just like her, I’ll go out and get the exact same make-up she’s wearing.”

It seems that a few major make-up companies are marketing off of this sad trend. The more money we spend on their merchandise, the more money they make.

Huge deal for us….

No big deal to them…but their are a few exceptions.

Beyoncé and Halle Berry are black celebs who are featured in beauty ad campaigns. But how can they even really be considered, compared to the dozens of white women?

And even then, most of those campaigns feature minimal things, like mascara, nail polish, or lip gloss….all products which can be used on virtually any skin tone.

But some companies are trying to help. Covergirl seems to be the leader in marketing towards women of color. Such actions as making Rihanna a Covergirl, and introducing Queen Latifah’s new collection, Covergirl Queen Collection, are making them favorites of darker skinned women.