Author: Rupal Rao

Fashion and Culture writer at Asiana Times.

The sweltering heat of summer is nearly over, and we welcome the dawning fall with open arms. The weather is a bit chilly and the drinks a bit warmer. Now that September has arrived, we’re ready to embrace the season’s upcoming fashions fully. Our wardrobe accompanies the change in season, so it’s only fitting to update our hairstyle too. While bangs and short hair were earlier frowned upon, this year’s IT girl hair trends are ruled by curtain bangs, 90’s blowouts, copper season, and chic bobs. We’ve compiled the top 5 fall hairstyles you wouldn’t want to miss: 1. The…

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The mega-fast-fashion brand Boohoo is set to release a “sustainable” two capsule collection with none other than the reality tv star Kourtney Kardashian. Boohoo promoted the collaboration with the Kardashian to start conversations about sustainability through celebrity power. “She’s going to be able to share with hundreds of millions of followers the fact that there are no silly questions in this space, everybody’s finding it confusing, and what we’re trying to do is raise awareness to the issues of the fashion industry.” Fans have labelled the collaboration as an “obvious” attempt at “greenwashing”, a tactic fashion brands are known to…

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What is gender-neutral language? How to use it and why do we need it? To simply put it, gender-neutral or gender-inclusive language is a way of talking about people without assuming their preferred gender or fitting them into the categories of “male” or “female”. For those who do not fall into either of the two categories, this constant binary male or binary female grouping reference may be perplexing. Non-binary people have to go through the disrespect of being misgendered every day. Gender-inclusive language, which is not taught in schools nor used in everyday life actively, alienates those who choose to…

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