By KATE LEAVER
It’s finally fucking fashionable to be a feminist.
The biggest pop stars in the world, the coolest TV actors and yes, even supermodels, are letting their feminist flag fly.
Example 1: Taylor Swift.
Swift only just came out as a feminist. The 24-year-old singer (who, if you need qualification of her influence, has roughly 60 million social media followers, sold a billion copies of her last album and is worth a cool $180 million) once famously said that she didn’t know what a feminist was. In 2012, she answered the question “Do you consider yourself a feminist?” by saying that she “didn’t really think of things as girls versus guys”.
Like so many of her young fans, she had a naive ignorance of what feminism meant and thought of it as a dirty word.
BUT THEN Swift befriended Girls writer and vocal feminist Lena Dunham, and changed her mind.
Taylor Swift is now a feminist — and one who lends her substantial influence to the cause. After 24-year-old British actress Emma Watson spoke so beautifully at the United Nations last week on the topic of gender equality, Swift said this in an interview with Tout Le Monde:
And that’s the beautiful, wonderful, powerful thing about feminism being in vogue. Young women and men – impressionable young people still forming their world views – understand what feminism means.
Example 2: Beyonce.
When THIS happened, it brought great joy to my hopeful, fierce feminist heart. I wanted to wallpaper the office with this silhouette of Beyonce, self-appointed feminist ambassador in the pop music category.
And I love that we now live in a world where Beyonce can perform at the Video Music Awards in front of an enormous sign saying ‘Feminsim’ while Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s definition of feminism plays in the background.
And for one more example of feminism being fashionable now, here’s a really, really LITERAL one.
Example 3: The supermodels.
Overnight, in Paris, this happened: Karl Lagerfeld got his Chanel models to dress as sexy suffragettes for his Paris Fashion Week show. Here, watch as supermodels like Cara Delevingne display messages like “Women’s rights are alright!”; “Ladies First” and “Make Fashion Not War”:
Now, either Karl Lagerfeld has a wicked sense of irony, suggesting that supermodels are the new suffragettes. OR, feminism has genuinely infiltrated pop culture and the idea of gender equality is ‘having a moment’. Like culottes. Or wedge heels.