Walking Dead Heartbreak

The last week is one of recovery to overcome a great amount of shock and devastation. For “The Walking Dead” fans all over the world, it’s more like a living nightmare, one we are all hoping to wake up from and with good cause. I think it’s safe to say that “The Walking Dead’s”new season premiere is causing devastation across the masses.

The Walking Dead didn’t just break our hearts, it destroyed them. “Maggie,” Glenn says “I will find you.” If you had any trouble decoding Glenn’s garbled words there it is. Eat your heart out. If it’s still there, that is.

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“The Walking Dead” is not, by any means, a soft or gentle show. Nor does it offer the same instant, or guilty pleasure that most reality and cheap dramas on television are famous for. “The Walking Dead” is known to break a few (or a thousand, but who’s counting) hearts. Although, for many viewers, the show’s most recent episode was an entirely different phenomenon.

The show itself often strays away from the comic book story-line, so there is no real security or sureness from episode-to-episode. Being a “Walking Dead” comic fan is like playing musical chairs with the writers. There are a few basic rules: Don’t fall in love; Don’t get attached; Don’t get comfortable; and do not, ever, rely on your knowledge of the comics to predict what will happen in the show. It’s worthless information that’s constantly changing and often ending in disappointment. Still, nothing is quite so shocking as the hour-long angst unleashed upon us from the first few moments of the new season’s introduction. And it only got worse from there…

If you’re a fan of the comics or the show, you know that “The Walking Dead” is not a fandom for the faint heart. Quite the opposite, really, since the show is an unending cycle of death, abandonment, torture, cannibalism and any bad situation your mind can conjure. For years, that grotesque, near slasher-like violence is expected, and even loved, by millions of fans. It’s because most of the violence in The Walking Dead revolves around zombie-killing. In contrast, even the deaths of the human characters are portrayed with empathy and respect to their roles in the show and in fans’ lives. Sure, they may get eaten alive by the walking dead but it’s zombies, that’s what they do, right?

For a zombie apocalypse show, it’s ability to elicit such deep emotions and fictional relationships with our favorite characters is commendable. It brings out fan-loyalty with an ease that is elusive to most cast, writers and directors. This is one thing sets the show apart from so many like it. It’s shows like “Game of Thrones” that have such a persistent relationship with death and devastation that we hardly bat a lash at the grotesque display. You’d think, as a show  where people are constantly getting eaten by zombies, it’d be the same. So why was this episode so different? Why did it possibly take it a step too far?

The answer is simple. We aren’t witnessing the zombie-killing horror we’ve grown to love. Instead, we are forced to witness the absolute horror of human capability. The mocking, the brutality…their approach left nothing to the imagination, to the point of being in poor taste.

Of course, most of us would be lying if we said we didn’t let out a sigh of relief when Abraham gets knocked down by Lucille. We thought it was over. But the metaphorical truck reverses and runs back over whatever is left of our hearts. They did a thorough job of finishing us off, that much is for sure. No heart is left un-smashed, no blood unseen.

It’s the shift in the show that we are expecting- one that holds true to its word; there was a before Negan and there will be an after Negan. We all knew it was coming. But, after months of white–knuckled, lip chewing, and nail-biting anticipation, our fictional world are turning upside down. And, while death is not an unfamiliar first for “Walking Dead” fans, it could be a regrettable last.

All that’s left know is to bury our emotions in the ground until the end of the season, or cross our fingers and hope, above all hopes. That we can get back to where we started.

So Glamorous people, let us know how you feel about the trecherous turn in Walking Dead history. Comment below or tweet @GlamorousPaper a selfie of your heartbreak (or the perfect gif that captures it!)

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Cultural Appropriation Meets High Fashion

The fashion world is no stranger to cultural appropriation. Appreciation, inspiration, admiration: call it what you want, it still doesn’t change the reality of its existence. It is a real and relevant problem in today’s society, though not a new one. Often, we’ve allowed ourselves to be blind to it. Even more so, we’ve normalized and justified the theft of countless cultures in the name of fashion.

Marc Jacobs

It was in New York at the well-known “Fashion Week” that Marc Jacobs closed out the show. The outfits of his 2016 Spring collection were – unsurprisingly- to die for, but the hair of his models? Not so much. Rather than fawning over the dazzling ensembles, most people were left trying to wrap their heads around the girls’ colorful dreads.

The poorly mimicked hairstyles immediately elicited the rage of people all over social media. They called Jacobs out for cultural appropriation for this stolen style. Except, it wasn’t just the appropriation itself, but Jacobs’s reaction to the backlash.

Understandably, viewers and fashion fans found Jacobs’ actions to be in poor taste and they had no qualms about verbalizing their complaints. Dreads are a recognized part of a cultural that has been around much longer than fashion shows and the designers whom wish to utilize them for their own selfish reasons. But, rather than give credit or apologize, Jacobs chose to go down with his sinking ship. He even had the audacity to suggest that women of color straightening their hair was no different than white girls with dreads. Probably not the best defense for his wrong doing. And it didn’t stop there.

Jacobs also admitted, “I don’t see color or race- I see people.” Its a nice gesture, on the surface, but the problem is that these cultures have color and they have race, in turn a culture. To ignore the race and background that the cultures come from is willful ignorance. And, put simply, its pretty insulting to those who consider these cultures sentimental and of great value to them.

Marc Jacobs was not the first appropriator of cultures. Far from it, in fact. War Bonnets, or Headdresses, are one of the most common cultural appropriations. They’re worn for sports teams, Halloween costumes and, of course, for fashion. What many people do not understand about Headdresses is that they hold a great deal of meaning to their Native American people. They have cultural and often spiritual (religious-like) significance. Its insulting and inappropriate no matter what the situation.

Another designer who aimed for a “culturally-inspired” look and fell a little short of successful was the one and only, Givenchy. When “Victorian Cholas” hit the runway in 2015, the name alone was cringe-inspiring. The faux facial piercings and familiarly styled baby hairs were more than good cause to throw our hands in the air and wonder when creativity became more about blind-ignorance. It doesn’t take a genius to see how tasteless and thoughtless the look was. Clearly, though, it didn’t do much in setting an example for potential future appropriators.

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Last, but certainly not the least horrifying, is Valentino’s Spring 2016 collection. With a collection that claimed inspiration from Africa, we would have hoped to see a bit more diversity on the runway. Unfortunately, there was hardly any at all.

The lack of diversity only added salt to the wound of poor taste and bad choices. It seems extraordinarily daft to unleash this level of insult; the outfits, the hair, the blatant lack of diversity of the models.It was like one, continuous slap in the face…the sting of which stays with you for days. And, for some, maybe that sting never goes away.

We get it. The fashion world is in a constant competition. Designers look for inspiration all over the world. To broaden the fluidity of fashion and the diversity of it, it is difficult to avoid looking outside your own race and culture entirely. To be honest, its not really what people are asking. The problem of appropriation is  a mix of avoiding culturally significant concepts, staying away from blatant stereotypes, acknowledging the need for diversity in race if you chose to take on a diversity in culture. Not to mention, doing it with respect, taste, and yes , maybe some well-informed guidance.

Beauty isn’t everything. And, that which we admire should often stay that way: as something we admire. Knowledge and respect are about knowing the difference between admiration and appropriation.

What do you Glamorous people think? Comment below your thought of culture in fashion (or it’s lack of appropriate appreciation). Let us know what you’re thinking!

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The Most Iconic Halloween Costumes of 2016

Halloween may be over but we’re all still recovering from a year of some truly iconic costumes. Creativity, flawless execution and well-thought out representation, these costumes have it all…

1. No-Face

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Five-year-old, Momo Lo, from Taiwan had no idea the attention her costume would invite when she dressed as her favorite animated character, No-Face, from “Spirited Away.”

“Who do you want to go as for Halloween?”
“No-face!”
“Do you like no face the most?”
“Yes!”

And play the part Momo Lu did. In a sea of princesses and childish movie characters, Momo stuck out like a sore thumb. Her classmates didn’t seem to share her love for no face, though. But, the tears of her peers only seem to make Momo feel more successful. Considering the mass of attention the costume and reactions got her, Momo didn’t do too bad for herself. Maybe next year, people will be going as, “Momo the overnight sensation.”

2. Beyoncé (“Hold Up”)

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Hold up! They don’t love you like we love these tot-costumes. This five-year-old gave Beyoncé a run for her money. Armed with a familiar gold dress and a baseball bat, this cutie isn’t playing any games. She came to win.

3. Dog and Toy; Man as Dog and Toy

The next costume is a two-part win. The first is of a man dressed as his dog’s favorite Gumby toy. The video of the dogs reaction to his owner’s costume went viral.

The result of this viral video created the next costume. “The guy who dress as Gumby and went viral.”
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The costume may not of gotten the reaction intended, though. People were slow to pick up on the creativity of the costume venture. Maybe it was a bit too soon to catch on. No worries “Gumby man and dog recreation,” we’ve got your back.

4. TLC

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This trio take the trophy for perfection- right down to the stitches of their clothes and those effortless poses. This TLC costume was bad in all the right ways.

5. The Plastics

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Mean girls costumes will never lose their charm: these three girls prove that with the iconic pink ensembles. From the look like outfits to the ‘burn book,’ these “Plastics” were on-point.

6. Amazon Prime

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Amazon Prime. Talk about original. It takes a special kind of Halloween love her to reach this level of genius.

 

7. Severed Head

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There have been a lot of tutorials for ‘severed head’ Halloween make-up, but this mom takes it a step further and transforms into “a severed head in the freezer.” If you weren’t already feeling boring and basic from this list, let that feeling sink in now.

8. Romy and Michelle

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Romy and Michelle. It may not be original but it’s definitely a chronic. The dynamic duo was brought to life flawlessly.

9. Samsung Galaxy

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Nowadays, there are really no limitations to creativity or originality of Halloween costumes. There’s always that one costume that makes you want to simultaneously slap your forehead and clap your hands in appreciation.  A burnt Samsung Galaxy phone is the complete embodiment of jaw-dropping and “no they didn’t” kind of costume.

10. Bette Midler as Winifred

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Most people wouldn’t be able to pull off dressing as themselves for Halloween. It’s who you are the other 364 days of the year, so where’s the fun in that? Bette Midler as her character in Hocus Pocus is, and will always be, the exception to this rule. After all, who would have the gall to mess with Winifred Sanderson?

11. Girl as her  ‘Grandmother’

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While its hard to find a costume that hasn’t been done before, there are few who brave the unique, often misunderstood costumes. It might not be considered ‘cool’ to dress up as your grandmother, but that didn’t stop this young girl. What better way to say ‘I love you’ than dressing up as your favorite family member?

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Volunteering Made Easy

You’ve probably thought about it at least once or twice. Volunteering, that is. How can we not? Everyday you’re forced to witness the more obvious cases of individuals’ misfortune. Not to mention, all the well-hidden cases that we unknowingly encounter on a regular basis. Unfortunately, finding a volunteering program isn’t as easy as the passing thoughts you have. The effort it takes is probably a big turn off for most volunteer considerations. So, in order to save you some time, some guilt and get more people active where it really matters, this is volunteering made easy.

Summer is officially over. Now, we must delve back into the swing of mundane, day-to-day life under the cold, looming shadow of fall. No use being upset, though. The end of one chapter only means the beginning of another. And what could be better than a season filled with holidays? Sure, the stress and strain that can come with family functions and gift giving sucks. Although, usually the good outweighs the bad and reminds us to be grateful for what we have. Unfortunately, for some, the holidays are a reminder of how little that may be.

There are all different types of volunteer programs. You can volunteer abroad. You can volunteer at your local food pantry. Or, if you prefer the company of animals, you can volunteer at an animal shelter. Whatever you choose, make sure you do your research. Some programs require a payment (usually the abroad programs) for your stay and meals. There are also programs that require to volunteer for a certain period of time, so make sure you’re ready before you commit.

I know what you’re thinking…why is volunteering so complicated? Shouldn’t they be grateful for any help they get? And why am I paying to volunteer? Truthfully, it all depends on the program. Just know this, there is a rhyme and reason to their requirements. And, while volunteering isn’t simple, it is worth the effort.

Volunteering Abroad:

If you’re volunteering abroad, the cost of your stay and your food is often your own responsibility. Some programs will offer housing at little-to-no cost, but often its wherever they can fit you. What is great about abroad programs is that you can kill two bird with one stone. You can travel outside the familiarity of your world while helping others. You can also meet other people that have traveled from their foreign countries. Volunteering abroad is a melting pot of different cultures and countries, one that brings people together for the greater

Remember, most programs will not include food, flight or stay, so make sure you research!

Sites like, Go Abroad, will offer you a base for multiple programs. You choose your destination, duration of the program and the cause. Then, the site will gather programs related to your specifications. This is one of the relatively easy ways to search for programs.

Global Vision International, has been around for nearly twenty years and sent over 25,000 volunteers overseas. While volunteering isn’t all about the numbers, it’s good to go with a well-used program. This way, you’ll have more resources and advice at your disposal.

 

Volunteering With Animals:

You don’t have to volunteer with people. If you have a passion for the creatures we call our best friends, there are plenty of programs for you. Again, these programs can be close to home far into your uncharted territory.

Much like the Go Abroad site, One World 365, offers a platform in which you can filter through tons of programs and find your best fit. With One World 365, you can even choose your preferred species and eliminate costly programs.

If you want to stay close to home, contact your local animal shelters and veterinary offices to discuss any opportunities they have available. As, animal shelters are often crowded and very busy, this can take a little time. Be patient, but persistent.

Local Volunteer Programs

As for local volunteer programs that expect a certain period of work, it is mostly to ensure body count. If you are accepted as a volunteer, people are counting on your help. If a volunteer backs out or doesn’t show up, then that space must be filled. Finding volunteers can take some time, especially for programs with children that require background checks. So, if you can’t do the time, don’t waste their time. In a way, volunteering is much like a relationship: you’re making a commitment to the program and their making a commitment to you. Don‘t let them down.

Programs with children are some of the most popular, now. Especially with so many people speaking out about homeless youth. These local programs can be a bit harder to find reside primarily on the West Coast. Stand Up for Kids, for example, allows volunteers to make a positive impact on homeless youths’ lives. They locations are limited, but programs are constantly trying to expand.

For something a little simpler and accessible on a day-to-day basis, the best approach would be to contact local churches. Your religion, or lack thereof means little to them in the face of helping hands. A lot of churches, especially in larger cities, offer food, living and job-search support for less fortunate families and individuals. All you have to do is call around or go into a few churches and see where and for what your help may be of use.

If you have the means, volunteering is definitely something to consider. You never realize how much impact you can have on the lives of others. Putting good into the world is never something we should be afraid of, no matter how daunting the process. Hopefully, this article will inspire you or re-motivate you to find your program.

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I’m a Social Media Intern in Beverly Hills

I’m a social media intern for Lisa Stewart Jewelry in Beverly Hills, California. Yes you read that right, a social media intern. You might be wondering, “is that even a real thing?” How could I possibly be interning for something we do for fun? Somehow, and fortunately for me, it is a real thing. It’s probably not as glamorous as you’re picturing. But I am only 19-years-old and managing all of the social media for a company.

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Twice a week, I drive from UCLA to the office which just happens to be off a certain street called Rodeo Drive. You might recognize that sign in the photo above. I happen to work right behind it in a mansion turned office. Even though I pass the Beverly Hills sign and Rodeo Drive twice a week, I still cannot believe I work there. Granted, it is for free. Social media skills aren’t that uncommon to be highly paid for unfortunately. However, I’m not going to turn down hanging out in Beverly Hills, surfing Pinterest, and posting to Instagram twice a week.

As a social media intern, my main focus is improving Lisa Stewart’s overall Instagram aesthetic. Basically, it’s my job to make sure the Instagram page looks pretty and is cohesive. My job then is to surf Pinterest for hours on end in search of beautiful photos that can enhance our feed. I post for #turquoisetuesday with pictures of teal typewriters and oceans. For #womancrushwednesday, I pull photos of inspiring and beautiful women such as Jennifer Aniston or Margot Robbie. #Foodiefriday posts are my favorite because I get to post photos of amazing food, like geode inspired cakes.

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All in all, being a social media intern in Beverly Hills has many perks. I get to do what I enjoy and put it on my resume as actual work experience. If this sounds appealing to you and you hope to work with social media one day, I recommend searching for an internship that will you give the ability to pursue your passion like mine does.

Do you Glamorous people have an internship you’re dying to tell us about? Please gab away and comment below/tweet @GlamorousPaper a selfie of you at work!

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