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Marsanne Brands Wants To Make Streetwear A More Inclusive Space

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It's time to take action

It's hard to hear the word "streetwear" and not immediately associate it with hype beast culture and a typically male-dominated market. New York City-based label Marsanne Brands is here to change that.

A little over three years ago, founder and CEO Chloe Marsanne decided to take her experience working in luxury fashion PR and build her own brand—a streetwear label, and one that had a much more inclusive story behind it. Marsanne Brands is looking to tear down the gender constructs that currently exist in the streetwear space, and turn it into a sector of the fashion industry that welcomes all—every gender, every size, every age, every human.

"Our artistic streetwear fights the preconceived cubes that streetwear has created for sexism at large, and promotes the idea of unity through art," says Marsanne. "We are attempting to innovate in the stiff arms of streetwear as it lies currently." Take one look at the brand's offering, and you'll find a vibrant and colorful offering of graffiti-covered tees, safety pinned and embellished sweatshirts, and painted jackets.

Not intended for the faint of heart, each piece is a work of art. "Every garment is one of one, just like the world," says Marsanne. "We work with an array of materials to create our garments, which we consider skins." Once a concept is in place, each garment is given the Marsanne treatment: hand-drawn, hand-painted, hand-embroidered, and hand-sewn details cover each piece. While some are embellished with everything from crystals and spikes to rubber ducks, others are created from repurposed vintage products to combat garment waste. "We believe that every garment has the potential to be cool again," she says.

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But what makes each piece so special is its ability to start a conversation. They're meant to be loud and serve as a means of expression. "Try wearing one of our graffiti shirts to a café if you're feeling lonely," says Marsanne. "There's always something to talk about, and our shirt can be the buffer or 'middle ground.'"

And this means of conversation—an aim to "kill the loneliness in the world"—is at the core of the brand. "The hope is to have the power to engage millions of eyes around the world and reach out them and say, 'Hey! You are not alone!' with our garments," says Marsanne. "Maybe one will find comfort in our graffiti drawings of aliens, or video games—whatever it is. We hope to inspire youth to love one another and rise up to the oppressive leaders and issues of today and make the world better for themselves—to fight injustice, united."

Most importantly, the goal of Marsanne Brands is to inspire a revolution in streetwear and the industry as a whole—maybe even the whole world. Sure, it's not the first label to promote inclusivity and create a space for self-expression and self-love, but Marsanne doesn't think the fashion industry is making enough effort to promote these ideals, and that it's up to us to band together in order to see actual change. "We need to put out blinders down and think about how we can change now—not tomorrow, not in a year, but now," she says. "For too long, companies have relied on making people feel awful about themselves in order to drive sales. It's time to say no. Let's stop making fashion an elitist club of know-it-alls and start showing it for what it is."

Marsanne hopes that as her brand grows, it will one day be considered "wearable armor for the freaks, geeks, and weirdos that aim to combat the misunderstandings and intolerances of today in hopes of progress tomorrow." And in a world like our current one, it's necessary. "We must celebrate our species, not only for what makes us different but also for what draws us all together," she says. "Fashion has the power to do that. It's up to the makers, thinkers, and the people of tomorrow to inspire the hands of power today."

Check out Marsanne Brands' current offering here.

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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