Amanda Richards
Fashion and beauty editor at Bustle || Host of The Bodcast Season 2 || I live for funny women, feminist writing, and a stiff drink, and sometimes all at once.

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Kmart Is Launching A "Fabulously Sized" Collection, But A Name Change Isn't What Plus Customers Need

The statement "I CAN'T" appears on the screen in big white letters, followed by a plus size woman in a chic black top and black leather skirt, carrying what appears to be a crowbar. She grips her weapon tightly before smashing the final letter in the…
By Amanda Richards

Every New Fall Beauty Product To Get Excited About Right Now

Bustle and Coveteur are working together to bring you the best mix of the season's fashion and beauty releases, shopping tips, and service stories in ways that are both inspirational, and attainable. Check The Fall Style Edit channel weekly to see wh…
By Amanda Richards

Paloma Elsesser & ASOS Magazine Are Making Room For More Authenticity In Fashion

It’s a perfect early June day in New York City, a blessed mix of cool temperatures and sunshine that hasn't yet suffocated under the humid blanket of peak summer. Twenty-five-year-old influencer and model Paloma Elsesser is shooting ASOS Magazine's F…
By Amanda Richards

Pink's Outfit At The 2017 VMAs Was Just The Beginning Of A Powerful Statement

Pink is known for being the kind of in-your-face, bold pop artist that never apologizes for being exactly who she is. Her prolific career was honored at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, where the artist was given the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguar…
By Amanda Richards

Jared Leto's Cape At The 2017 VMAs Is The Statement Piece You Never Knew You Always Needed

At this point, there's really no telling what Jared Leto might do at any given moment. The Suicide Squad star and 30 Seconds To Mars frontman is relatively unpredictable, and at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, his outfit fit the mold. Dressed like a…
By Amanda Richards

People Literally Didn't Recognize Amber Rose At The VMAs

Amber Rose is one of those celebrities with a very distinct look: Body for days, glowy, golden makeup, and buzzed bleach blonde hair that almost makes her look bald. That's why Rose wearing a wig at the 2017 VMAs felt like such a shock — and as usual…
By Amanda Richards

DJ Khaled's Son Asahd Rocked A Tiny Gucci Suit At The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards

"My son is a don," DJ Khaled told the world on the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet. Khaled's 10-month-old son Asahd certainly looked the part, rocking a tiny, presumably custom printed Gucci suit. What's more? His look totally played off of hi…
By Amanda Richards

Here's How The State Of US Health Care Is Preventing This Disabled Comic From Getting Back Behind The Mic

Every episode, The Bodcast tells a different story about living in a marginalized body, in America, in 2017. This week, we’re talking to Ally Bruener, a comic with congenital muscular dystrophy. Ally is confined to a wheelchair, and can’t live ind…
By Amanda Richards

I’m Your Future Curvy Wife. Can You Please STFU?

First off, now that we’re to be married, I think you should know that I don’t really use the word “curvy” to describe myself. Men before you have used it — without asking, of course. Other men have used other words, in both positive and negative cont…
By Amanda Richards

The Bodcast: Bustle's Podcast About Body Positivity & Feminism In 2017

In 2017, conversation surrounding women and disenfranchised individuals has become increasingly distressing for many. We're worried about our access to birth control, to abortions, to reproductive health. We're worried that some bodies will face more…
By Amanda Richards

The Weight Loss Transformation Narrative Is Total Garbage

Every episode, The Bodcast tells a different story about living in a marginalized body, in America, in 2017. This week on The Bodcast, host Amanda Richards shares her own experience with weight loss transformation (or the idea of it, anyways). We al…
By Amanda Richards

The Plus Size Models At This Photoshoot Demand To Be Visible

When plus size model and Sports Illustrated rookie Hunter McGrady arrived at Milk Studios for a Bustle shoot with fellow Sports Illustrated model Robyn Lawley on May 10, she came pre-hair, makeup, and styling — but like so many professional models, s…
By Amanda Richards

Your Lace Shorts Are Cute, Boy, But It Doesn't Need To Be A "Thing"

My favorite thing about the beginning of summer in New York City is men looking fresh, stepping out in their summertime finest. There's nothing quite like that first blast of warm June air and the blessed visual of men waiting for Ubers on Hell's Kit…
By Amanda Richards

This Trans Teenager & His Mom Are Changing The Conversation

Every episode, The Bodcast tells a different story about living in a marginalized body, in America, in 2017. This week, we’re talking to Elijah, a trans teenager bringing change to his school in Massachusetts. He’ll tell us all about the unique chall…
By Amanda Richards

Beauty Myths We Need To Ignore

Bustle presents our Beauty IRL package, a tribute to our readers' love of beauty and the way they use makeup and skin care to express themselves, to embrace their identities, and to self-soothe. Check out more of those stories here. There's no way to…
By Amanda Richards

One Syrian On What It Was Like To Flee Her Country In The Midst Of Violence

For many millennials, Donald Trump's presence in the White House sparked worry — including what his conservative influence could mean for our reproductive rights, ability to cross borders, and expression of gender identity. What we can't lose sight o…
By Amanda Richards

I Went To Miss USA 2017 & My Feminism Kind Of Lost It

It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment I knew I'd really arrived at Miss USA 2017 in Las Vegas. Technically, my plane landed at McCarran International on May 11, first thing in the morning — but the reality of what I'd come to do didn't set in until …
By Amanda Richards

Meet The People Making Queer Folks Feel Safer In The Salon Chair

Bustle presents our Beauty IRL package, a tribute to our readers' love of beauty and the way they use makeup and skin care to express themselves, to embrace their identities, and to self-soothe. Check out more of those stories here. Every time you si…
By Amanda Richards

3 Women On What You Need To Know About Abortion In America

For many millennials, Donald Trump's presence in the White House sparked worry — including what his conservative influence could mean for our reproductive rights, ability to cross borders, and expression of gender identity. What we can't lose sight o…
By Amanda Richards

All I Have To Do In Life Is Wait For Death & Rihanna

It's hard to know exactly how many hours of my 31-year-old life I've spent waiting for Rihanna. No, I don't mean that I'm waiting for her to conjure me up in a dream and find a way to contact me, or to return the letters that I totally didn't write h…
By Amanda Richards