How This 19-Year-Old Model Is SMASHING Gender Norms in Fashion

This is an interview published by Teen Vogue on March 28, 2017. To see the complete story with photos, it is available here.

 is a slow, unsteady path that can follow a linear trajectory of sterilized representations of beauty. For decades, the rigid boundaries around representation have corralled our conceptions of what is considered attractive into just a handful of bodies, skin colors, facial types, and identities.

People from unique backgrounds have been unfortunately excluded from walking runways or lining our magazines. As we’ve seen, media and pop culture have come to tinge our lives seemingly limitlessly, and a culture that deliberately chooses to overlook or undervalue anyone who “doesn’t fit into” the fixed borders of today’s markets can have grave consequences.

Enter Jovel Ramos, the 19-year-old from Massachusetts whose ascent into the world of modeling has been an expansion on many levels — for him personally, for the fashion market, and for the thousands of viewers consuming his images. Aside from being a “non-conformist, in your face, red-headed little boy” — whose ruby-red head sports a tiara more often than not — Ramos, who identifies as a boy, has discovered that his presence has been a crucial step towards more inclusion in fashion. Demure and sharp in his manner, Ramos and I discuss the implications of a media culture that fails to embrace diversity. Ramos’s journey through fashion is a reminder that in this media-fueled world, representation means encouraging people to explore, express and celebrate themselves in all their singular complexities.

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Powerful Moments From This 'Day Without a Woman' Rally: See the Photos

This is photo story that was published by Teen Vogue on March 12, 2017. To see the full story and all the images, please view the article here.

Yes, all of March is Women’s History Month, but this past Wednesday was International Women’s Day, as well as "A Day Without a Woman." The event was organized as a “one-day demonstration of economic solidarity,” in which women were encouraged to strike from work, not spend money (with exceptions), and wear red. In New York City, some women who participated in A Day Without a Woman made their voices heard at rallies and marches, including one near Central Park in which organizers of “A Day Without A Woman” were arrested and later released.

At Washington Square Park, the International Women's Strike Rally and March featured speakers, performances, and readings before moving west toward Stonewall Inn, where the crowd sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah," and then continued downtown toward Zuccotti Park. 

Ahead, see photos of some of the most moving photos of the afternoon and evening.

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New York City 'Stand With Planned Parenthood' Rally Photos

This is a photo story and article that was published by Teen Vogue in February 2017. All photos were taken by Michael Dumler, and the written work as well as the slideshow can be found here.

On Saturday (February 11), over 200 anti-abortion events had their messages undone by women’s health activists who planned their own demonstrations — not simply as counter-protests, but as rallies demanding the continued support of Planned Parenthood and the many services it provides.

Outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in lower Manhattan, only about 30 #ProtestPP demonstrators turned up — including a priest citing scripture and casting "holy water" upon the clinic’s entryway — compared to roughly 200 folks who came to show their solidarity with the healthcare provider. This advocacy continued as the counter-rally transitioned into a “Stand With Planned Parenthood” demonstration later in the afternoon at Washington Square Park, where an estimated 5,000 people were in attendance.

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Self Love Tips From People at the Women's March

This is a piece that was published by Teen Vogue on January 26, 2017. As it is a photo story, only the intro is included here. The full photo story can be found here – all words and photos courtesy of yours truly!

The Women's March on Washington was saturated with the same positive-centered energy observed in the 600+ sister marches across the globe on Saturday. Women of all ages across the nation took to the streets to make their voices heard.

For many, it was unclear just how the march would play out in D.C. and elsewhere. Love and passion were evident, but so were reminders of why intersectional feminism still needs to be addressed and implemented, right now.

To ensure inclusivity and sustain the resistance, we talked to numerous marchers, demonstrators, and organizers who attended the march. They offered their tips for self care and self love. Check out their strategies and support for staying motivated. After all, it's so important to remain intersectional, intergenerational, and trans and queer inclusive – and in working together, we are not alone.

 

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