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Grace Stratton: How the Fashion World Can Move the Ableism Conversation Forward

As an industry entrenched with ableist (the discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities) values, the fashion world can be intimidating for bodies that don’t fit the world’s narrow beauty standards. 

Grace Statton, the brains behind All is For All – a Kiwi platform pushing for a more inclusive fashion industry and fighting to break down barriers for people with disabilities – is frustrated that normative standards have made disabled people think they can’t succeed in the fashion space.

“I think that a huge amount of work is already being done, which is so great and absolutely worthy of acknowledgement,” says All is for All’s Grace Stratton.

But she believes that designers and media need to be doing more to engage with the disabled community. “And that is something we’re proud to help facilitate,” she says.

Stratton adds that change has been a long time coming, and now is not the time to rest on one’s laurels. “Disabled people, and, really, all people who don’t fit the ‘normative’ mould, have been waiting long enough. It’s our time now.”

As for what individuals can do to expedite this future wherein concepts like ‘inclusivity’ and ‘diversity’ are no longer marketing buzzwords, but part of the everyday and unspoken fabric of the fashion industry.

“Support disabled people on social media, follow diverse accounts and challenge your own thinking. The books you read, the shows you watch… what are they saying about disability? And does that reflect reality? Don’t just accept the images you see. And remember that if you don’t see or hear about disability in what you’re consuming, that’s an issue in itself,” says Stratton.

Read more about the ‘Future of Fashion’ in STYLE Spring 2020.

Our Two Favourite Celebrity AMAs Makeup Looks That Are Perfect For Right Now

Celebrities favoured bold and dazzling eye makeup looks at the American Music Awards.

With the news lipstick sales are down 49% between August to October in the UK and mask wearing widespread in other countries, it’s not surprising celebrities are among those choosing to amp up their eye makeup looks instead, even at events where masks are not mandatory. 

That was the case at the American Music Awards, where Cara Delevigne and Dua Lipa both walked the red carpet in standout beauty looks that are ripe for recreation as we enter our own subdued, but not completely cancelled, party season. 

Cara Delevigne’s makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan employed an extended violet eye shadow in a halo all the way around her eyes, blending it out flawlessly in a slightly winged shape and paring with a soft tangerine lip. While the makeup look was modern, Delevigne chose a classic old Hollywood wave for her hair and a silver lamé suit by Dolce & Gabbana to finish the look. 

 

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Dua Lipa accessorised an embellished, starfish-covered minidress from Versace’s recent S/S21 collection with equally dazzling silver foil eyes, which also paired perfectly when she donned another shimmering Versace mini dress to perform her song Levitate, being hoisted on wires above the Microsoft Theratre in LA as she sang. 

Other stars wearing bold eye makeup to the event included Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Bebe Rexha and Laverne Cox.