november: body talk
a night of storytelling with queer feminist perspectives on wellness and beauty
In November, we gathered together for the second installment of our “Body Talk” storytelling series. We partnered with the Phluid Project to host a night of queer feminist perspectives on the beauty aspect of the wellness industry. We heard from writers, activists, poets, and beauty experts on beauty, skincare, and the beauty industry.
Our MC, comic Kendra Dawsey, started off the storytelling with a hilarious set on feminism, queerness, and beauty standards.
We heard from Dana Suchow on disordered eating and learning to love oneself. Taylor Behnke talked about chick flick movie makeovers and how she grew to embrace her curly hair. Laura Delarato served us some knowledge on the myth of effortless beauty for plus-size and fat women. Njambi Morgan slayed us with her powerful spoken-word poetry, and Alexandra Bolles shared her teen years with us - from adolescent acne to coming out as bisexual. Sarah Borst moved the crowd with a beautiful story on body image and sexual trauma. Stylist Jenny Greenstein closed out the night with the story of her style journey - from high school cheerleader to college lesbian, and how she’s learned to love her femininity…and how it flies in the face of others’ expectations.