FAVE 5: Carefree Summer | Clozette


Summer’s officially gone, but don’t feel bad! Instead, as rainy skies gradually bear down upon us, let’s look back and remember our favourite days during the warm season. Take your eyes off the gloomy clouds for a sec and reminisce about the recent bright days. Check out these summer photos from the Clozette Community to remember carefree joys under the sun. 


Wild wandering


A summer photo of a woman walking through a field

(Photo from: shermaineinez)



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Rihanna continues to break down barriers with her recent campaign for Fenty Fashion. As she dropped her first-ever collection online, fans were quick to notice how the singer continues the fight for body-positivity and inclusivity. On the cover of the Fenty’s fashion jewellery section, you’d see Sudanese model Aweng Mayen Chuol with her facial scars untouched by Photoshop. It’s another huge step for the acceptance of unedited beauty, a revolutionary movement in a world where flawlessly perfect looks are perceived as beautiful.


A model with facial scars poses for an unedited beauty campaign

(Photo from: fenty.com)



Towards unedited beauty



Besides Fenty, other fashion and beauty brands have already attempted to normalise what’s real. Back in 2014, lingerie brand Aerie made the commitment to feature only unretouched photos. Aside from that, they featured the most inclusive line-up of models and ambassadors. #AerieREAL casted women of all sizes and colour, as well as those with various medical conditions and different abilities. Other than that, there’s Gucci, which, just this last May, became the first major luxury brand to do an unedited beauty campaign. Their ‘80s-themed lipstick campaign featuring close-ups of crooked teeth made imperfections a part of beauty. These game-changing moves were applauded because they inspired empowerment in diversity.  


Photoshopping standards



Still, most models and celebrities usually featured in fashion and beauty campaigns fit the conventional idea of beauty — but that doesn’t mean they’re already safe from digital retouches. Most of the time, their photos are still heavily edited to push their perfection to be ridiculously unattainable. Seeing this almost every day creates unrealistic beauty standards for all — so much so that even these celebrities feel compelled to edit photos they upload on their personal Instagram accounts. And for the people whose feeds are filled with them? Well, they’re forced to yearn for this unattainable beauty too. We’re used to seeing this inhuman perfection that we become unsettled when we see real bodies instead.



Inclusivity rules



Everyone can agree that edited beauty puts so much pressure on everyone. The unattainable body standards they impose breeds insecurity in all. It seems as if you’re not beautiful if you aren’t tall and slim with smooth, light skin. This toxic cycle is exactly why unedited beauty initiatives like Fenty’s are a huge deal for us. Everyone is born different, so beauty shouldn’t look the same as well. Normalisation of real bodies is important so we could be more accepting towards ourselves.



With big brands like Rihanna’s Fenty, Gucci, and Aerie paving the way for unedited beauty, hopefully other brands will follow suit. Imperfections exist in all — we have no other choice but to embrace them.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed that soon, a model with untouched scars is no longer news, but the norm. 


(Cover photo from: fenty.com)

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The drag queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race have undeniably taken over a huge part of today's pop culture. This is proven true by their millions of fans who love them for their charisma and personality. But whether you already have a favourite or are new to the genre, we'll help you find out who your drag queen alter ego is based on your zodiac sign.



Aries: Chi Chi DeVayne



People under this sign are said to be eager and dynamic — two words that best describe one of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 queens Chi Chi DeVayne. She’s a hustler for having had three jobs on the side while doing drag, such as an attendant in the carwash and a grocery store. She’s known to always give her all during performances, including her show-stopping lip-sync performance of Jennifer Holliday’s "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" despite her accessory being broken and spilling its beads all over the stage. Like those under the sign Aries, this queen is quick and competitive.

Taurus: Bianca Del Rio



Like the fan-favourite and Season 6 winner Bianca del Rio, a Taurus is creative. Remember when she slew the challenge of creating themed party outfits in Episode 2? RuPaul even said she would personally wear Bianca’s creation. Aside from creativity, though, you want to be always surrounded by love and beauty. You are devoted, can be gentle at times, and would help your friends like Adore Delano and Trinity K. Bonet with some sweet pieces of advice.


Gemini: Monét X Change



Apart from versatility, Geminis are known for being expressive. Like RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 and All Stars Season 4’s Monét X Change, you tend to be gentle and affectionate. Monét was hailed as Miss Congeniality in Season 10 for a reason. You’re also open to both compliments and criticism for your own growth.


Cancer: Latrice Royale



Cancers are like crabs because they develop a thick armour to be able to deal with the changes in the world. They are natural “caretakers,” too, like RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4’s “Mama Bear”, Latrice Royale. Cancers also dislike revealing too much of themselves and have a tendency to be extremely emotional.



Leo: Eureka O'Hara



It’s normal for a Leo to have the tendency to be dramatic, like RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 and 10’s Eureka O’Hara. Her controversial tweets and the drama during her stint on the show are just a couple of examples of this. Like Eureka, you are outgoing, fiery, poised and self-assured. So go ahead and own your title as “Elephant Queen” to promote body positivity. Your superstar attribute? You are humorous without even trying.

Virgo: Nina Flowers



As a Virgo, you tend to be observant, strong, cheerful, intense and a perfectionist just like RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 1’s Nina Flowers. Apart from that, people love you for being smart, sophisticated and kind. You are passionate about what you do and you do things not only to entertain but to prove that there is something beyond the façade.



Libra: Manila Luzon



That legendary cross-eyed lip sync performance aside, Manila Luzon of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 and All Stars 4 is like a Libra. She’s social, gracious, and diplomatic. And she believes that “sometimes, you cannot control things.” Though many would say her elimination was controversial, she’d rather have inner peace and let the harsh comments slide.


Scorpio: Alyssa Edwards



It’s easy to fall in love with a Scorpio because you are passionate. But people have to be a bit warned because you are also stubborn. You are unafraid to serve your fans your true self like Season 5 and All Stars 2’s Alyssa Edwards, who is loved by many because she commands attention just by being herself.



Sagittarius: Peppermint



As a Sagittarius, you have the fire as your element and no one can stop your optimism like RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9’s Peppermint from New York. You can win in the challenges because of your great sense of humour and unwavering energy like your perfect wig reveal and costume change in your performance of Britney Spears' "Stronger". You just don’t like being constrained within walls.


Capricorn: Alaska



The list of the best drag queens can be a handful, but like Alaska, you are sure to be on this list while effortlessly being glam. You are disciplined, tenacious, serious in your craft, and admired because of being independent. You are definitely showing off that you can do it on your own.



Aquarius: Katya



Like Katya, an Aquarius is original and imaginative. You are compatible with Leo and Sagittarius queens and like them, you don’t have to bag the crown to be labelled a winner. You are a queen in your own right because you are genuine, funny, and glamorous in your own way.


Pisces: Trixie Mattel



We all know how RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 contestant and All Stars 3 Winner Trixie Mattel is artistic like a true Pisces. Just look at her enormous wigs, extravagant outfits, and unmatched makeup. As a Pisces, you are also known to be musically inclined, and like Trixie who attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for musical theatre and can play the guitar and autoharp, you can carry a tune — and more.


(Cover photo from: @monetxchange and @alyssaedwards_1)


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