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6 Models on Ableism, Visibility, and Personal Style

Fashion has always been based on labels: which labels are the trendiest at the moment, which ones are worth buying, and which ones are being worn by celebrities. But these labels aren’t just sewn into the hem of our newest slip skirt. Labels, on a deeper level, are what have also contributed to the homogeneity of the fashion industry. You see, these visual signifiers or societal labels determine who the industry deems valuable, and as a result, anti-blackness, fatphobiatransphobia, and other prejudices permeate every aspect of the industry. And while the industry is taking strides toward inclusive sizing and hiring more POC, ableism is still very much an issue that needs to be addressed. 

Ableism is defined as when able-bodied individuals are viewed as “normal” or superior to those with a disability. This manifests in various forms of discrimination, from who gets hired for

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Brandon Flynn on Personal Style, Pride, and What’s Next After 13 Reasons Why

It’s a sunny Monday afternoon, and Brandon Flynn, clad in a white tank top, tie-dye denim jacket, and light-wash jeans, is dancing to Lady Gaga’s new summer anthem “Rain on Me” on the rooftop parking lot of the Who What Wear headquarters. When I ask him to get a little silly for the camera—all in the name of great behind-the-scenes content—he is game, no questions asked. The 26-year-old might be known for playing emotionally troubled teen Justin Foley on 13 Reasons Why, but in person, his spirit could not be more joyous. 

When we meet again the following day, only this time virtually via a Zoom call, that lighthearted attitude is still very much present. We immediately get to talking about his love of matcha, my hatred for it, and our favorite moments from the prior day’s socially distanced photo shoot. The casual conversation could go on for an

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