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Was KC Concepcion’s Photo “Too Much”?

The reactions to her Instagram photo speak volumes on how we continue to police women’s bodies.
When it comes to making the rounds on Instagram, hubadera pics are a dime a dozen: You can easily visit any actress’ or model’s page and view the assortment of bikini photos from travel-worthy vacation spots, outtakes of photo shoots that show

The Ugly Truth About Today's Call-Out Culture

The Internet is a double-edged sword—it can either protect a victim or create another one.
What is call-out culture? According to Forbes, it is “a term which defines the social phenomenon of publicly denouncing perceived racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of bigotry.” That’s it in a nutshell, but if you’re still finding that definition a little too vague,

We Need to Talk About This Viral Fashion Editorial on OFWs

Can fashion be a means to discuss more serious topics?
Fashion editorials can be more than just a set of pretty pictures. They can elicit emotions and inspire the viewer, spark a discussion or debate, and even bring to light certain topics that need more awareness. The other day on Twitter, a

I Quit Social Media for a Month to Declutter My Life

And did not regret it.
The first month of the new year always begins with promises and resolutions. Lose those 10 pounds, finally tell your crush how you feel, kill it at work, ace those midterms, save up for that trip with the barkada… the list goes

An Open Letter to the Next Would-Be President

Here's hoping you can include Philippine fashion in your agenda.
I’m feeling a little nostalgic; it’s been 15 years since I’ve started writing this column, and I still remember that day I was intently pacing my then-boyfriend’s (now husband’s) studio apartment trying to christen my column with a name that would resonate.

Confessions of a Die-Hard Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Fan

We can all agree to disagree.
Most of my friends who get overly excited about the beauty pageant season usually comment on my lack of enthusiasm for the likes of Miss Universe and Miss World. They think I’m weird for not getting the hype, but personally I'd rather

In Defense of Maximalism

"Less is a bore," the famous architect Robert Venturi once said.
The buzzword over the last few years has been minimalism. It is seen in the stark white design of Scandi-inspired rooms. It is in the rotations of a 10-piece capsule wardrobe. It even attended the Royal Wedding in the form of Meghan

Here's Why We Don't Want a Shout-Out from Jameson Blake

The entire creative industry is enraged, and they have every right to be.
The now-deleted tweet of Pinoy Big Brother alumni and Hashtags member Jameson Blake got the internet fuming faster than anyone can type “Lucid Express”—and quite frankly, we’re not at all that surprised.Two days ago, the 21-year-old local entertainer waged an impromptu Twitter contest

What's So Bad About Repeating Clothes?

Two years ago, when I started working at Preview, I tend to always end my Sunday evenings with a ritual: It starts with me spending a good hour in front of my closet, looking at the clothes I have, and planning my outfits

What Is a Finstagram and Should You Have One?

Yup, it's a thing.
Ah, Instagram, one of my most used mobile apps. Believe it or not, in my line of work, I'm kind of required to make Instagram a daily habit. I wake up to it in the morning, scroll through it while in transit,

We Need to Talk About Meghan Markle's Wedding Gown

Love it or hate it, the dress worked in the service of a woman.
Meghan Markle's wedding dress was beautiful. It was a bespoke gown by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, featuring an open bateau neckline with a bodice that subtly accentuated her body. The silk gown had a full skirt with a crisp silhouette that

Shame on You, Fat Shamer

Only an ignorant person would resort to fat shaming as a means of motivation.
It’s stunning how often other people feel as though they have every right to our bodies. Not every form of assault on a woman is inherently sexual in nature, but there is one form that uniquely attaches itself to social convention: how

Here's How I Came to Love My Morena Skin

My journey to self-love.
I was born with brown skin. I loved it because my dad and I would compare arms and it would look like we were cut from the same cloth. It was not until I went to kindergarten that I was first made

In Defense of the "Basic Bitch"

News flash: Everyone has a little bit of basic in them.
The first time I heard the term “basic bitch” was a few years back—my friends and I were at the club when an acquaintance of mine bragged about wearing sneakers to a party, unlike all “the other basic bitches in the room” who

Here's Why You Should Care About the Whole Harvey Weinstein Fiasco

You don’t have to be a Hollywood actress to feel its ripple effects.
It’s splashed all over the news: Film producer Harvey Weinstein of The Weinstein Company has been hit with a torrential rain of sexual harassment allegations in the past week. From Rose McGowan’s plea for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to “stand with truth,”

Here's Why You Should Be Mindful of the Indigenous Fabrics You Wear

Misappropriating centuries-old cultures can be a fine line we don't even notice.
In modern times, traditional textiles have found their way in the spotlight, at best, in exhibits or come Heritage Month and Buwan ng Wika. More recently though, these fabrics have found new life, stitched into today's fashion, and away from the glass frames

I'm a Petite Girl and It's Totally Okay

Being small doesn’t have to mean being invisible.
Do you remember how when you were a kid in school, your teacher would ask you to fall in line according to height? I was always in front of the line for as long as I can remember. I recall thinking to

The Pastor Culture: Should We Be Careful of the Photos We Post?

Are women now expected to once again think twice about what they are wearing?
Summer air, electric vibe, nomadic mind, all captured in photographs of countless sun-kissed smiles and dervish twirls. With a sense of freedom and belief in self-expression, Filipinas share over Facebook snippets of their lives with little hesitation, with a conviction that one’s