Waist Trainers

“The Works” Waist Trainer (Waist Gang Society, worn by Kim Kardashian [2014]. Commercially-produced object. Latex and plastic.) In 2014, Kim Kardashian Instagrammed herself wearing this waist trainer, with the hashtags #ad and #whatawaist. As an icon of ideal physical femininity today, she’s credited for bringing this object into the contemporary public sphere. The waist trainer is a…

Waist Trainers

This research paper is a study of the waist trainer as a point of intersection along two intertwining histories: white women’s corsetry and black women’s hyper-sexualization. Investigating the return of the corset into contemporary mainstream, the writer looks at the pressure on women to alter their bodies in order to appear at once respectable and…

Thong

The three remixes and music videos of Sisqo’s “Thong Song” have reinforced the controversy and assumptions surrounding the thong as a sexual object. What the thong makes visible – the butt – is intertwined with the historic hypersexualizing of black female bodies, and how it is framed as oppositional to the purity of white female…

Wallpaper

Drawing upon the long histories of perfuming spaces and decorating the home through wallpapers meant to evoke the natural state of the outside, “Cherry Forever and Ever” reflects on the traditional methods of how nature has been brought into the home through the use of aesthetics. Through associations of both literary characters and health concerns…

Wallpaper

“Cherry Forever”, the first commercially available scented wallpaper, evokes nostalgia and whimsy through its scratch-and-sniff surface. Drawing upon the traditions of wallpaper designers like William Morris, “Cherry Forever” imbues the history of bringing nature into the home with the sensibilities of the pop art movement through common-object motifs and saturated color pallets. Provoking a new…