Style Icon: Shani Akilah Robin

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Name:Shani Akilah Robin Your age: 29 years old.  It gets better each year! Your location:  Bloomington, Indiana What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing it? I am an anti-oppression advocate/activist.  My area of focus 9 to 5 pm and beyond is anti sexual assault/domestic violence work.  I […]

I Shaved My Legs For The First Time in A Decade

After: Radical Femme Flava

Read the title up there.  Now, let me clarify something.  I’m only guessing that it’s been a decade since I last shaved.  I’m 31 now, and I know I stopped shaving before I turned 21.  Either way, it had been so long that I actually didn’t quite remember what to do – do I need […]

Ms. Behaved Style Icon: Melissa Genova

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Name: Melissa Genova, aka “Sweet Melissa” Age: 30 Location: Logan Square, Chicago What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing it? Jill of all trades. Sexy Secretary. Grad Student. Cocktail Waitress. Musician. Performer. Writer!   What is your personal fashion philosophy? The easiest thing to change is hair. […]

Ms. Behaved Style Icon: Amanda Lee

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Name: Amanda Lee Age: 32 Location: Chicago What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing it? My day job is doing graphic design and administrative items at a PR firm. I’m an artist, working mostly in digital collage and I run the queer plus size fashion blog In The […]

Ms. Behaved Style Icon: Betty Devoe

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Name: Betty Devoe Age: 30 Location: Chicago (currently) What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing it? Whore/Performance Artist. The former since I began as an 18-year old fetish model/dominatrix and the later since birth (and working in professional children’s theater in Las Vegas). Currently I am a […]

Taking a Compliment

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As much as I absolutely love and appreciate when my boyfriend pays me a compliment, I have to admit there is no better compliment than one that comes from a completely random woman. A woman you have no connection to, one who is not a friend of a friend of a friend, just a woman […]

Love Letter from the Fatshion Trenches: Summertime Rolls

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Hello my sun worshippers and heliophobes, Is it officially summer yet? (Fuck it, it’s June at any rate!) Let’s talk SUMMER FATSHION today! VAMPY SUNDRESSES First off, fuck pastels. Wear a little black dress as a goth sundress, some high heeled sandals, sunglasses and blingy jewelry and pretend you are a mafia princess (that was […]

Sexy Beach Hair- Anytime You Want!

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If you’re anything like me, seeing lovely ladies in bathing suits makes you want to take a trip to the beach, get sand in your ass-crack, and have a few margaritas. A long day at the beach normally leaves me feeling refreshed, sun-drenched, and wavy-haired. That wavy hair, aside from the freckles that appear all […]

MsBehaved Style Icon: Catina

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Name: Catina Ponticello Age: 26 Location: Chicago, IL What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing it? Collecting as many “hats” as possible since I can remember! There as never been one thing in particular I have wanted to do. As long as what I do allows me […]

Kinky Fashion Report: IML Weekend Chicago, 2012 (NSFW)

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Hello Darlings, Hope you all had a wonderful three day weekend! Memorial Day weekend is a very special thing in Chicago, because we host the INTERNATIONAL MR. LEATHER pageant (aka IML), which is SRS BIZNIS!!! What is International Mr. Leather, you ask? It’s an annual competition where (mostly) gay leathermen compete for the title of […]

MsBehaved Style Icon: Wontons

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Name: Wontons (It’s what I’ve signed all my drawings with, and then people started calling me that. Some have asked if it’s my real last name, which always prompts a quick primer on Chinese culture from me.) Age: 27 Location: San Francisco What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you […]

Love Letter from the Fatshion Trenches: Swimsuit Edition

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Dear Bathing Beauties, I recently discovered the the H&M in my work neighborhood now offers a plus size section! I am not quite sure what H&M’s deal is, because I used to shop there back in 2005, when they carried up to a size 18, and then for a while they seemed to only carry […]

Work It! Femmily: Youth Worker, Consent Activist, Fashionista!

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I first met Femmily at Clarisse Thorn’s SEX+++  documentary series, and again at Slut Walk Chicago last summer. She is a truly inspiring human being who works with at-risk youth as a full time career, is an activist promoting consent education as a means of ending rape, and still has time to throw body-positive dance parties, […]

Ms. Behaved Style Icon: A.J. Durand AKA Trandroid

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 Name: A.J. Durand or Trandroid Age: 30 Location: Logan Square, Chicago What do you do, in your own words, and how long have you been doing it? Well, I’ve been a full-time yoga instructor for 3 years, I’m developing my website and working on building Queer yoga workshops and classes into my schedule. I’m a […]

Love Letter from the Fatshion Trenches: Root Chakra Realness at Forever 21

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Dear my Fatties and Fashion Lovers, Did you know that Forever 21 has a plus size line called “Faith 21?” Not all of their stores carry the line, but the one near my day job does, and it’s freaking awesome. (I encourage you to go into your local Forever 21 and  tell them to start […]

Ms. Behaved Style Icon: Rashaun Ellis

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Name: Rashaun Ellis Age: 30 Location: Athens, GA What you “do” in your own words: I write. What is your style philosophy in a nutshell? Personally, I think my style philosophy is totally boring and cliche, but it works for a lot of people. I say wear what makes you feel good and sexy, because when […]

A Letter of Self-Introduction from Your New Sex+ Beauty Editor

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Hi, my name is Bianca James, and I’ll be your sex and beauty editor. I also run a blog called School For Scandal, and have cut my teeth writing for a variety of sites and pubs ranging from Time Out Chicago, XOJane and The Huffington Post, to Hustler’s Barely Legal. (Yes really, but always under […]

Bruises, Brass Poles, and High Heels: How Pole Dancing Taught Me to Love Myself

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It all began about a year and 3 months ago; I was on the verge of leaving mypartner of three years, hated my job, and was in fairly unstable roommate situation.  You know, normal things for a late 20-something living in Chicago.  I felt the most un-sexy I can remember, and needed desperately to get […]

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