An Ode to the Soap Opera: how the soapies have brought about social change

By Alex Howlett Considering how prosaic soapies can seem, their influence is surprisingly widespread. Let’s start with a classic scene: vengeful ex returns and woman gets whacked over the head with a heavy object resulting in death. I was just flicking through The Gentlewoman, of all places, (bought for the interview with Zadie Smith), and came across an article…

Self Care: Your Worst Nightmare?

Image by Ellie Butcher Words by Alex Howlett ‘SHOPPING IS MY CARDIO’ (Carrie Bradshaw) ‘Self-care’ has become a hot topic in the 21st century. Recently, this has been exacerbated by social media – at the time of writing this article, there exists over 1 million posts on Instagram which include a ‘#selfcare’. It’s a hot…

Rahma the Label: Ethical Fashion, Made in Ethiopia

How often do you buy new clothes, and feel proud wearing them? I mean not just because you look great, but because you know what you are wearing was made with real care, and that the people who made them are equally cared for in their labour? Well, Rahma has begun her own ethical fashion…

In Conversation with Lola Coca: Savouring Silliness and Facing Fear

Lola Coca has been on the music scene for all of ten minutes, but she’s already managed to make an impact. With two recently released tracks and ‘Bad Girlfriend’ being voted hottest new music video by MTV, we’re getting a taste of her style – and it’s refreshing. In Lola Coca’s newly released track ‘GQ’,…

The Bad Girlfriend You’ve Been Dreaming Of: Lola Coca

Even Lola Coca’s name tastes sweet – as sweet as the pastel pinks, puppy dog eyes and pouts she pulls off in her music video for her debut song, ‘Bad Girlfriend.’ What makes both the song and video all the sweeter is the combination of sugary aesthetics and seductive lyrics. But what is it specifically…

Agnes Török: Poetry and Politics

Agnes Török smiles a lot – even whilst uttering the words ‘tell me my labour is not worth paying for’ in her YouTube video ‘Worthless’, which now has an impressive 212,000 views. Perhaps it is the combination of this smile with her confrontational words in her poetry which leaves such an impact; which reminds us that we…

In Conversation With Kot Bonkers: ‘I am not a feminist’

I discovered the artist Kot Bonkers on Instagram a while ago. I can still remember scrolling and suddenly coming across one of her childish drawings with a punchy message scribbled across the mind of a talking head: ‘learn to enjoy your own company’. I followed her straight away, alongside the other thousands of people, and thus…