Loving people makes you brave. It opens doors — ones in you and around you that you didn’t see before. Fandom is a pure version of this. It’s an ideal receptacle of feelings because you ask for nothing personal in return. For me, it’s fandom that gave me bravery and friendship. I found this in fashion and the person who made it, when I was a teen. When I found Rei Kawakubo’s designs, the possibilities she created made me feel brave and wise. They weren’t effortless creations.
My mother is the biggest tomboy I know. She disbelieves in razors, still owns the same Estée Lauder eyeshadow palette she had her wedding makeup done with and sends me chain-mail conspiracy reports of how hair dye will make my hair fall out. She has always shown blatant disinterest in my obsession with skin care; a visit home once led me to discover that she'd been using an SK-II cream I had given her as a paperweight for her tax forms.
Arabelle Sicardi is many things: a queer Taiwanese beauty icon, visionary young feminist, Tumblr’s go-to fashion philosopher, beauty oracle. Since launching her blog Fashion Pirate as a teenager, Arabelle has been furiously penning critical essays and articles that are at once fun and tough-as-nails – challenging the way readers consume and think about beauty. Sicardi is now planning on releasing a book on the intersection of violence and beauty.