Contour Queen: The Power Of Makeup Revisited

A few years ago, I wrote a piece called “Send In The Clowns”. As a photography student who was enthralled by feminism and bodily autonomy, I captured my thoughts on makeup through a series of pictures that expressed my confusion- whether weaing makeup was feminist or not. Two years on, I would’ve never thought that…

Prevenge: Murder, Mayhem, Motherhood

MILD SPOILERS AHEAD A slasher film about a pregnant woman committing murder with a kitchen knife sounds like some weird version of Mad Libs, and not necessarily a watchable movie. Nevertheless, writer, director and star, Alice Lowe has made a movie like Prevenge a tense, yet funny, gory, yet artistic, horror film. Filmed during Lowe’s actual pregnancy, the movie’s…

Interview with Art: Pippin Lee Truman

We sat down with animator and illustrative artist Pippin Lee Truman to chat about their artwork, intersectionality, and their advice for fellow artists! Check out the interview below! V: What inspires your artwork? P: I would say that my inspiration mainly comes from the media around me, especially things like comics, because they’re such an…

Five Films by Women You May Have Missed in 2016

Now that awards season has come and gone, one of the most notable deficiencies in the hubbub have been recognition of films by women. Despite the dismal statistics in the film industry for female directors, 2016 has been a powerhouse for female-directed films focused on diverse and complex women. Ava DuVernay’s 13th and Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann were recognized…

Black Owned Beauty Brands: Beauty At It’s Finest

In a desperate bid to swim through the capitalist world of makeup that is plagued by large corporations clawing at our cash, it is refreshing to find some black owned beauty brands that actually work for a racially-conscious market. One way that you can integrate intersectionality into your everyday life (especially if you are white),…

Happy 4th Birthday, Rose Water Magazine!

Dear Rose Water readers, This year has been a blossoming. This year has been a breaking ground, a pulling dirt, a growing root. For our birthday, I usually write a heart-felt thank you to the specific individuals who helped our little magazine continue to bloom. The truth is, we can’t keep on going unless we’re supporting…

Tantra

                I write with you still on the tip of my fingers … Table scraps of memories and all the places you bring me by the slight twitch and dip of your muscles I know nothing like your brand of love and thrust Not lust, But divinity And…