Amanda Richards
Fashion, Beauty, and The Bodcast at Bustle || amanda@bustle.com
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These February Beauty Launches Are The Best Thing About Winter

I don't know, man. There's something about the winter that makes me less excited about acquiring and testing new beauty products. I think it's because all I want to do when it gets cold outside is wear a humongous body scarf and wear an endless serie…
By Amanda Richards

This Model Is On A Mission To Remind The Beauty Industry That "Black Girls Exist"

Part of what makes social media so special is the fact that we're able to gain access to stories and images that we would have never seen — or be inspired by — otherwise. Without Instagram, for example, you would probably never stumble across the ins…
By Amanda Richards

This Is The Most Inclusive Street Style Account You'll Find On Instagram Right Now

For plus size fashion enthusiasts, Kellie Brown is a social media mainstay, a blog that you've got to check at least once per week. First posting on her personal Instagram, @itsmekellieb, Brown's vibe is a combination of lifestyle, beauty, travel, an…
By Amanda Richards

DapperQ Isn't Just A Queer Fashion Magazine — It's A Form Of Resistance

Perhaps you’ve heard of Them, the new LGBTQ-focused publication launched by Teen Vogue Digital Director Phillip Picardi. Them is an incredible new addition to the queer media landscape (and is also featured on Bustle’s Must-Follow list), but before t…
By Amanda Richards

Them Editor Tyler Ford Just Wants To Grab Coffee With You

In October 2017, something incredible happened in media: Conde Nast, the mass media company that owns Vogue, Teen Vogue, and Allure, to name a few, launched its first independent brand in over a decade. What’s even better: The newest brand is Them, a…
By Amanda Richards

Photographer Lula Hyers Wants More Media That "Doesn't Teach You To Hate Yourself"

There's something about Lula Hyers' work that feels simultaneously youthful and seasoned, both simple and extremely complicated. It's an impressive balance to strike for any photographer — let alone one who's 20 years old. Hyers' photos primarily sh…
By Amanda Richards

Photographer Laura Du Vé Is Putting Fat, Queer Femmes Into The Spotlight

Looking back at her work both in front of the camera and behind, Laura Du Vé's influence on social media's body positive conversation can't be denied — her photography and words have made waves in the plus size, queer, and body positive communities a…
By Amanda Richards

This Rapper Released The Most Diverse Music Video In 2017. Now She's Back With A New Message

Brooklyn-based rapper Miss Eaves stormed her way into our consciousness in 2017, when she released a body positive single called “Thunder Thighs,” — an electro bass, catchy-as-hell song all about celebrating thick legs. The accompanying music video, …
By Amanda Richards

Rochelle Brock Makes Art For Her 13-Year-Old Self — And For You, Too

There's a reason Paper magazine voted Rochelle Brock as "Most Likely To Photograph A Movement" in its Paper Predictions feature at the end of 2017. Brock has been taking photos for six years; at age 22, she already boasts an impressive CV. Brock has …
By Amanda Richards

Here's Every Single Item You Can Buy Right Now From The New ASOS Activewear Collection

At this point, it's safe to say that the activewear trend is in full effect. Wearing cute stuff to the gym is one thing, but leggings, sweats, trainers, jackets, and hoodies have become more of a lifestyle aesthetic than a dedicated gym look. Perhaps…
By Amanda Richards

This Chic Plus Size Workwear Collection Includes A Killer Jumpsuit You Definitely Need To Cop

If you had come to me 10 years ago and told me that one day, there'd be a brand like Universal Standard for plus size women, I probably wouldn't have believed you. Of course, there have been plenty of improvements in the plus size fashion market sinc…
By Amanda Richards

LOFT Just Added Plus Sizes & These Are The 5 Cutest Pieces

LOFT is a shopping staple for professional women who prefer clothing that's floaty and feminine without sacrificing polish, but until now, plus size women had few workable options to choose from. The launch of LOFT Plus, the first plus size LOFT coll…
By Amanda Richards

No, You Will Not Get A Chocolate Heart & A Hammer With Your KKW Fragrance Purchase

There's very little that Kim Kardashian West touches that doesn't turn into a success. She's her own brand of millennial magic — her entire brand is made for social media, shareable and 'gramable and tweetable and packaged for the masses in such a wa…
By Amanda Richards

Can Everyone Please STFU & Let Me Enjoy My Skin Care Routine?

I feel bad for men, really I do. It's terribly unfortunate that every activity they humbly engage in to enhance their own sense of confidence and calm — shopping, grooming, going to the gym — comes under routine scrutiny. Men are constantly criticize…
By Amanda Richards

How One Butt Cheek Changed The Olympic Figure Skating Dress Code For 15 Years

There was one scandalous moment at the 1988 Winter Olympics that changed the rules of competitive figure skating costumery — for a decade-and-a-half, anyways. Katarina Witt, a competitor from East Germany, performed in a blue costume, adorned at the …
By Amanda Richards

Twitter Thinks Lady Gaga's Piano Stole Cardi B's Grammys Look

Every once in awhile, celebrities end up wearing similar looks to awards show. At the 2018 Grammys, however, it wasn't a celebrity that seems to have jocked off of Cardi B's red carpet it look: It was Lady Gaga's piano. Allow me to explain: Cardi B w…
By Amanda Richards

Cardi B's Grammys Outfit Made Her Look Like A Winged Angel In Red Bottoms

As far as I know, there's no way to objectively measure the statement I'm about to make, but I'm going to make it anyways: No one has had a better year than the artist formerly known as Belcalis Almanzar. She's also one of the most unpredictable and …
By Amanda Richards

Lana Del Rey Wore The Most Heavenly Accessory To The 2018 Grammys

Lana Del Rey has every reason to feel like she's walking on clouds at the 2018 Grammys: Her latest album, Lust For Life, is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. Perhaps that's why she chose a heavenly accessory to complete her 2018 Grammys look: A stu…
By Amanda Richards

Plus Size Women Told Me They Couldn't Find A Dress Like This — So I Went On A Mission

Recently, I asked my social media following — a considerable percentage of which are plus size women interested in fashion — about the one item they had a hard time finding and/or styling. I expected to get a variety of answers; flare jeans that fit …
By Amanda Richards

This Moisturizer Is Made Almost Entirely Out Of Watermelon & It Is Hydrating AF

In late spring 2017, I attended a launch event for the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, a unique overnight jelly formula that's packed with hyaluronic acid and AHA. Glow Recipe co-founders Sarah Lee and Christine Chang were excited about th…
By Amanda Richards