Opinion: Considering diversity in a fast fashion industry dominated by western traits

Runway fashion has always been dominated by tall, ultra skinny models with western facial features. Over the years, this has become hyperbolized in the fashion industry as models for big brands like Yves Saint Laurent starve themselves for days on end with the dream of walking the runway in a big show. However, some brands are jumpstarting the transition to more accessible fashion that can be worn by anyone, regardless of demographic.

What’s going on?

Take the label Aimé Leon Dore, a brand founded by Theorode Santis in 2014 in the heart of Queens, New York. Even though he just recently arrived at the scene, and has no formal training, Theodore’s brand has become a beloved staple in the streetwear scene with their basic yet elegant chinos, sweaters, and shoes. For the past 7 years, Santis has created clothes that can be worn by anyone. You don’t have to

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How to Return an Amazon Item Fast and Often Free Ahead of the Holiday Season

As online shopping has taken over the retail world, returning items to online store has slowly been streamlined over the last few years. Amazon’s return policy is pretty straightforward at this point, and in many cases, you can return an item from home without dropping it off anywhere. Here’s a quick explainer for Amazon returns and how to determine if yours will be simple.

If you try to initiate a return on something you purchased from Amazon, the site will typically instruct you to take the item to a UPS store, a Whole Foods or a Kohl’s store, among other vendors. If you’re looking for a way to avoid this step, you could start by carefully choosing the reason for your return. According to a report by CNET, the “reason for return” menu on Amazon’s site determines what will happen to the merchandise when you send it back, and

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Fast fashion in the U.S. is fueling an environmental disaster in Ghana

Ghana — The rise of fast fashion in the United States is supporting an invisible “salvage market” that sees American clothes waste shipped to faraway countries where it fills marketplaces, clogs up beaches and overwhelms dumps.

There has been a five-fold increase in the amount of clothing Americans buy over the last three decades, but each item is worn only an average of seven times, according to reports. This has resulted in more discarded clothing than ever.

Many Americans donate their used clothing to charities when they are finished with it, under the assumption that it will be reused. But with the increasing amount of items being discarded, and the poorer quality of fast fashion, less and less can be resold, and millions of garments are put into bales and shipped abroad every year.

“Whatever they cannot sell in their thrift stores gets sold off into the ‘salvage’ market,” Liz

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Shein, Zara, and ASOS: Gen Z doesn’t know a world without fast fashion

Millions of Americans, specifically those born around or after the year 2000, have never inhabited a world without fast fashion. They became shoppers at the height of its boom: Retailers like ASOS drop at least 5,000 new styles a week, and Shein offers 700 to 1,000 new styles daily. And while these young shoppers are increasingly wary of the evils of fast fashion, they have little room to protest. They buy what’s available, and what’s available is generally fast.

This pace is a relatively modern innovation. Garment production has quietly accelerated to breakneck speeds over the past three decades, easing young and old consumers into thinking of their clothes as disposable. It began in the 1990s, so the story goes, when the founder of Zara spun the fast fashion wheel into motion. Zara abandoned the concept of fashion seasons for the thrill of constant novelty.

A confluence of

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