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If you are aware of the cruel practices against animals and actively want to prevent further mistreatment towards them, and even if you do not classify yourself as a vegan, you can still actively make an effort to reduce or remove non cruelty-free clothing from their wardrobe. Many clothing items are made from animals and the public is unaware of or ignores the problem for the sake of fashion. However, we kill these animals not only for meat but also for fashion materials such as leader or suede.

Often, animals are slaughtered, dismembered and skinned while still being alive without any painkillers. Specifically for sheep, people use shearing, which involves an instrument similar to gardening to harvest wool and usually wound the animal due to the high speed of the tool for higher efficiency and more product. No regard is paid to the the animal they could potentially harm. The shears can easily cut too close to the skin and break it. Sheep bred for this reason are usually killed after one shearing and it takes 25 to 45 sheep hides to make one shearling garment. That’s only for sheep. You can find out more similar cases from a simple google search. A cruel process exists in the industry, yet consumers continue to purchase products made from animals because it is a societal norm. However, there are many ways to transition your wardrobe to a cruelty-free one without compromising your fashion taste.

Your first step should be going through your closet and looking for items that are not cruelty-free. The best way to find out about the origin of the garment is to check labels for the materials listed. Shoe labels can be found on the inside of the heel or under the tongue, while clothing labels are around the waist, neck or bottom of the item. The materials you should avoid are: leather, suede, feathers, alligator skin, snakeskin, kangaroo skin, silk, wool, angora, pashmina, cashmere, shearling, camel hair, mohair, alpaca, fleece, fur trim and down.

Most items with these materials should be easy to spot, but some can be deceiving. You may notice most of your accessories will need to be tossed. Leather is commonly found in most closets and used in many items from your shoes to your belts. There are many cruelty-free materials you can wear in place of the ones mentioned above such as faux leather and faux fur. They do not compromise an animal’s life and can give you a similar appearance.

After you have organized your closet, you will have many items you can either toss in the trash, donate or sell. Your decision will depend largely on your ethical standpoint and personal needs. If you do not have much clothing left after this cleanse, you might consider selling so you can afford buying new items. Some good apps for selling items are letgo, Tradesy and Decluttr. Fashionphile is the site to go to if you have high-quality, designer items you want to sell. If you firmly believe no item should be wasted, donate your items to places such as The Salvation Army. There are many options for removing these items from your life, so choose what is best for you personally.

Once you have removed old items from your closet, the next step is to shop for any cruelty-free items you need. Most stores have vegan options available for purchase. H&M, Forever 21 and Free People as well as many other clothing stores in your local mall may have vegan clothing available. Even though some stores offer vegan items, their whole display might not be vegan, so it is important to continue checking labels.

When you buy from brands that sells a combination of both animal and vegan products, you are contributing to the financial production of non-vegan items as well. The best option is to purchase from completely vegan companies, but any step toward limiting the use of animal products in clothing is a great step ethically. There are online vegan retailers such as Alternative Outfitters, Mooshoes and Vegan Chic. You can easily check online to see if a company is trademarked vegan, which means they are a 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free company.

For some, the process of transforming your wardrobe can take up to a year, and that is okay! The best decision you can make each day is to not buy any additional products made from animals to at least stop contributing to the companies with cruel practices. The process can be a big shift financially, ethically and even emotionally since you are parting with items that do not match your morals anymore. Personally, I am still transitioning my wardrobe to being completely cruelty-free and I have consumed a vegan diet for a year, and I can understand how you feel. Animals are involved in so many aspects of our lives and it does take time to rid the negative influences of consuming animal products. They are used in our food, clothing, cosmetics and many more. This is an upsetting reality, and making efforts to change that reality is worth the time when considering the differences you are making in an animal’s life.

A common misconception is that fashion pieces use by-products of the slaughtering process; it is actually a co-product. Some Indian cows are specifically bred for leather used in luxury brands. If you struggle giving up a fur coat or your favorite leather jacket, begin to think about the bigger picture. Your decision to eliminate animal clothing in your daily life makes an impact ethically. Even though everyone has different perceptions toward animals and using products made from animals, the act of limiting or removing animal clothing from your life completely is a move in a positive direction from an ethical standpoint. The fewer such animals products you purchase, the more companies will limit the production of such items. One person can start a chain reaction and create a movement that can end the selling of products made from animals.Read more at:long formal dresses | bridesmaid dresses

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How Lil’ Kim’s most memorable manicure ended up in the Museum of Modern Art

In the mid-1990s, manicurist Bernadette Thompson was working on a fashion shoot with Lil’ Kim, who was then on her way to becoming a hip-hop fashion icon and still years away from becoming a jailbird. It wasn’t the first time she’d worked with the influential rapper, so Thompson was feeling a bit of self-imposed pressure to come up with something new and jaw-dropping — something creative enough to compete with the makeup, the hair and all the rest.

The shoot was for a denim campaign, but Kim was also surfing a wave of enthusiasm for her contribution to the Junior M.A.F.I.A. single “Get Money.” That became the manicurist’s source of inspiration. She reached into her little nylon wallet, pulled out a dollar bill, cut it into pieces and strategically applied bits of currency to Kim’s acrylic nails to create an eye-popping manicure by way of the U.S. Treasury.

“There were a lot of people on the photo shoots who know about fashion and beauty, but they didn’t really know that much about nails,” Thompson says. “So they left it up to me.”

Soon Thompson was riffing on her original idea, upping the flash by using hundred dollar bills. She charged that added expense to her clients; while Thompson might have been manicuring the nails of millionaires, she was still a woman of modest means. Eventually, the U.S. government sent Thompson a gentle reminder that you’re not supposed to deface money, even if it belongs to you. So Thompson started using fake bills, which were thinner and more flexible than the real thing and thus easier to apply to nails.

Thompson’s creative flash transformed into a trend. Google “money nails,” and an array of currency-adorned talons will pop up.

Now, those nails are part of an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, “Items: Is Fashion Modern,” which runs through January 28. The show examines 111 garments and accessories that have had a lasting impact over the past century. The assembled collection includes the little black dress, the pencil skirt, Levi’s jeans, the hoodie, the Wonderbra, stilettos and Converse All-Star sneakers. The idea is to explore the ways in which fashion speaks to politics, culture and identity — all the ways in which fashion is woven into our lives, shaping and reflecting who we are.

Thompson’s re-creations of her original money nails are one of the few examples of beauty products or rituals in the exhibition, which also includes red lipstick and Chanel No. 5. The nails are also a rare example of an iconic look that comes directly from the world of black women.

“Black girls always added things to nails, like they added things to clothes,” says Thompson, 48, who is black and grew up in Yonkers, N.Y. A manicure “is not super expensive. It’s less than an Hermès bag. And you wear it every day.” It’s a form of pampering, and a grooming flourish. It’s a weekday extension of the pride a woman might find by slipping into her Sunday best, and all the identity, self-respect and defensive vanity those clothes help provide.

“It was huge in our community. I’m not the first to create nail art. I’ve been around a whole bunch of creative nail artists who are Hispanic, black,” Thompson says. But “I introduced it to fashion.”

In the beginning, the nails were a part of hip-hop style, which was a separate category from what was then considered mainstream fashion. Whatever it was called, it was a sensibility that came naturally to Thompson, who once considered law school but always had an affinity for hair styling and beauty. She got her start working on videos and album covers for Mary J. Blige, with whom she’d grow up, as well as Kim and Sean Combs. Once she stepped outside the world of urban entrepreneurs and started to work for corporate brands, she saw that a manicure still meant neutral tones, pale pink or the occasional red. Thompson helped to change that. One of her earliest corporate clients was Louis Vuitton. She painted the nails to match the monogram of the bags.

Today, thanks in large measure to Thompson, manicurists are regularly credited in fashion shoots. And nail art is as common on a European runway or corporate fashion shoot as it is in a Detroit or Harlem nail salon. For Thompson, it has become harder to recreate the atmosphere of no-rules creativity of her early days. Breaking the rules led to her success. Success led to expectations, deadlines and discrete parameters. So she’s looking forward to opening a new salon. A fancy one that is members only. “I feel like I can get back to that feeling of art,” Thompson says.

In the meantime, her money nails are at MOMA, sitting alongside Calvin Klein briefs, Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses and an Hermès Birkin bag. All of these things are modern because they tell us something about the aesthetics that currently animate us. They transcend tradition, rewrite rules and create a new baseline. In different ways, they all introduced a new point-of-view into an ongoing conversation. The brief offered a new view of male sexuality. The sunglasses exuded gender-neutral swagger. The Birkin codified privilege in calf leather.

Thompson’s nail art scrambled our assumptions about femininity, beauty and class. And those issues remain at the center of our cultural dialogue. Thompson’s work is modern. And will be for the foreseeable future.Read more | cocktail dresses

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Actress Esha Gupta gets mistaken as South American

Actress Esha Gupta, who feels Bollywood is going places, said she often gets mistaken for a South American. Esha was present at an event on Wednesday in Mumbai.

Talking about the initiative, she said, "I always talk politically incorrect rather than being politically correct. Now we are living in war-torn world where people are fighting for land, but it's a really nice thing that India and America are coming together."

"In times where people are talking about building walls, America and India are forming a relationship. It's all about culture and unity, so I am happy that we are building bridges and not building walls, and people who know this... will understand the pun intended. I am happy that India is taking a step forward on that front."

Talking about the Hollywood-Bollywood connection, Esha said, "Now Indians are also taking their films to America and, after Hollywood, people recognize Bollywood as a popular film industry in the world."

"Whenever I go there, people feel that I am South American but when I introduce myself as a Bollywood actress, they are amazed. So it's not that only Hollywood is coming to India, but Bollywood is also going places."

Asked about what she likes about the US, she said, "America is great in their food and education... I feel people are really nice and warm, at least those with whom I have interacted."Read more at:red cocktail dress | white cocktail dresses

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