Midweek Meditations is a weekly column written by Julia-Elise Childs where she rounds up her favorite happenings in fashion, art, culture, and beyond. We figure that despite living fast, we should probably catch our breath every now and again.
This week’s midweek meditation honors the strength of self-identity by highlighting those who unabashedly take up the space needed for their own authenticity. An ode to the freedom of being yourself and a celebration of individuality, if you will. Professional skateboarder Brian Anderson came out to the public in an interview with Vice. Lane Bryant teamed up with some of the most beautiful women in the game right now and asked them to respond to their internet trolls. Gigi Hadid elbowed a creep in the face on camera and then penned an empowering essay about it.
Pro-skater Brian Anderson Opens Up About His Sexuality
Vice Sports released an interview with Brian Anderson where he opens up about being gay. For skate industry novices – being gay and being a skateboarder isn’t a frequently reported upon experience. While this doesn’t mean the skateboarding industry is homophobic due to the lack of out gay men working at the professional level, it does mean that being yourself isn’t the easiest thing. In the 26 minute long interview, Anderson tells all about his path to accepting his sexuality.
Lane Bryant Releases a New Campaign Full of Clapbacks
This fall has seen some notable campaigns celebrating the multi-dimensional definition of womanhood. A couple of weeks ago, there was H&M’s beautiful fall campaign video honoring women of all ethnicities, shapes and orientations. Two days ago, Lane Bryant teamed up with Ashley Graham, Candice Huffine, Alessandra Garcia, Gabourey Sidibe and Danielle Brooks for their Fall 2016 campaign video, #ThisBody. Shot in black and white with styling reminiscent of Beyonce’s Single Ladies, each woman responds to a hateful comment they received on social media. The result? Beautiful women clapping back at their internet trolls while owning their individuality.
Gigi Hadid Reminds World That Street Harassment Isn’t Just a Model Problem
Last week, the world watched Gigi Hadid get picked up by a complete stranger on the streets of Milan. The video was shocking and made its rounds swiftly. You see this man, someone who was later described as a “celebrity prankster”, stalk her. He looks predatory, as if he is a lion silently following an antelope. She shows no knowledge of him stealthily moving through the crowd of paparazzi to get behind her. Yet, when he grasps ahold of her, Gigi transforms before our eyes. She isn’t weak, she hardly shows her fear. Instead, she looks rightfully enraged. She screams expletives at him as she elbows him in the face. When he drops her, she stomps towards him. He runs away. The roles reverse, Gigi the lion and him the antelope.
Upon receiving harsh criticism from various media outlets for doing exactly what any human in their right mind would do, Gigi took to Lenny Letter, penning an essay that honors her strength and resilience when faced with harassment in the public eye.