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    Grace Kelly

    Jun 6, 13 • INSPIRATION, NEWS & BLOG

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    Glorious I Glorious U

    Jun 4, 13 • INSPIRATION

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    To Clean or not to Clean

    Jun 4 • GIRL POWER, RELATIONSHIPS • 493 Views

     

    This weekend the Globe and Mail caught my eye with a catchy front page; Feminism’s Final Frontier. So of course I felt compelled to find out about this final frontier and most importantly, if I had crossed it or not.

    To my surprise, there was no ‘ah ha’ moment and although it doesn’t take much for me to get riled up at the thought of injustice, this article simply tickled me a little. Why? Well, is it really chocking to ANYONE that couples argue about chores? Anyone? The article states that “in a recent study, both husbands and wives chose sharing household chores as the third most important factor for marital bliss, after faithfulness and good sex.” Shocking! Not quite. Im pretty sure I’ve been arguing about chores since I was 5 years old. Whether its with siblings, roommates or your special someone, there will always be a debate regarding chores simply because no one likes to do them. Its not a feminist thing, its more of a laziness thing.

    That being said, it seems that although women are working more outside the home, they are still feeling the social pressures of maintaining the same domestic load that their stay-at-home mothers did. The reality is women (and men) are responsible for the type of partnership they have with their significant other. Some couples share the chores evenly, others don’t. Some guys do all the cooking while the girls do the cleaning and vice versa. Even if the media still predominantly uses women to sell house cleaning products and even if the women in many sitcoms are the ones keeping the house in order, it doesn’t mean that YOU have to. You can choose to do his dishes because you love him, because you’re sick of it being there or you can simply not do it. Better yet, you can date someone else who doesn’t mind cooking for you AND doing the dishes. The point is, no one is to blame but ourselves and frankly, there are much more fun things to do in the kitchen than argue about dishes…

    The article implied that some women may let household chores such as laundry impact their career choices, and as I said, that tickled me a little. Guys should help out with the household and if they do, women should appreciate it and vice versa. For those of a more controlling nature, as the saying goes: if you want something done “right” you have to do it yourself, so don’t complain. Seriously. If such a simple gender stereotype like chores can deter your from your dreams, then I think the issue is a bit more internal. Maybe its just me but give me a cause like the lack of female CEOs in this country or the gender salary difference issue when you want to tackle the discussion of feminism. But chores?! Well, lets just say I wont be burning my bra anytime soon.

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    Montreal Black Fashion Week 2013

    May 23 • NEWS & BLOG, Uncategorized • 879 Views

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    Last week Montrealers experienced for the very first time, The International Black Fashion week. This multicultural event was put together by founder Adama Ndiaye, 10 years ago and has continued to cross borders ever since. In true Collectively Beautiful fashion, we wanted to not only support this female entrepreneur but also support the cause of fighting the underrepresentation of minorities in the fashion industry.

    Having this fashion show finally coming to Montreal is particularly exciting considering the fashion Industry seems to be quite resistant to adapt with the times. Here’s some quick facts: In 2008, NY Fashion week’s ratio of models was 87% white, 6% Black, 6% Asian and 1% Latina. More recently in the Fall-Winter NY Fashion week 2013, the ratio of models was 82.7% white, 6% Black, 9,1% Asian, 2% Latina.

    Luckily we’re in the business of making women feel good about themselves! Collectively we can challenge the media’s definition of beauty. You can do so by supporting this type of multicultural events, being aware of consumerism, and of course following your dreams! Whether it is to be a model, designer, producer, makeup artist, etc, keep pushing and make your place in the world.

    Black Fashion week was a great beginning. Beautiful models of different backgrounds, talented designers, cultural music and a beautiful church setting was quite a show to be seen. Designers: Helmer (originally from Haiti), Rush Couture by Claudette Floyd (Jamaica) and Samuel Dong (China). Also in the lineup are Elie Kuame (Ivory Coast), Emilia Torabi (Iran) and Adama Paris (Senegal).

    Sharing the love to all the beauties around the world.

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    Heels & Heart

    May 20, 13 • NEWS & BLOG

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    Less talking/more doing

    May 20, 13 • GIRL POWER

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    TO PERSEVERANCE AND DETERMINATION

    Apr 9, 13 • GIRL POWER, INSPIRATION

    SOULCOLLECTIVE NIGHT OUT#1

    Apr 8 • GALLERY • 550 Views

    Thursday March 28th was the start of something grand. We don’t know how, we don’t know why – but we just felt it. In a room filled with the most soulfully beautiful people in the city; Montreal’s Peopl. Social Club never looked or sounded so good. The mission was simple: to bring to beat back, and KA MAGAZINE’s team truly made it out to be one to remember. Guests were stunning; inside and out – the people were happy and grooving to the music of Cafe Soul Ft. Alan Prater – a Special performance by Ashley King as well as Shaharah, not to mention tunes by Dj Toddy Flores. The night also featured door prizes to 8 lucky women – Alicia Keys tickets, La Marque Collection Leather jacket, Esther Morin Hollywood Facial, Sweetbox Candies and more. We have both photos and videos to make you feel badly about not being there! (just kidding) but if you were lucky enough to be there, these will keep the memory of good times alive. The good news is, Soul Collective Night Out is coming back, starting with the upcoming event on April 25th, 2013 – still time to bring on the funk. For a full selection of photos and videos, please visit www.kasoulcollective.com.

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    COUCH TALK.4

    Apr 8 • Couch Talk • 926 Views

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    COUCH TALK.3

    Apr 8 • Couch Talk • 1029 Views

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