Why ‘thrift flipping’ clothes isn’t as ethical as it seems

Back in June, TikTok user Mariel Guzma took a set of fabric scissors to a pale blue pair of size 44 men’s denim shorts. She put together a set of brief instructions, detailing how she went about tailoring and distressing them to her liking, in a TikTok that amassed upwards of 500,000 likes and 3,000 comments — some considerably […]

TikTokers are now eligible to join Hollywood’s biggest union

TikTokers, Instagram influencers, and other online content creators now have a new way to unionise, via SAG-AFTRA’s “Influencer Agreement”. As Hollywood’s top union, the catchily-named Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists will allow those that earn money through advertising on social media to reap the same benefits as A-list actors. “The Influencer Agreement was created in response […]

Joe Biden halts the US TikTok ban proposed by Donald Trump

Since his inauguration last month (January 20), Joe Biden has reversed many of Donald Trump’s key (read: nightmarish) policies established over the last four years. In the first 24 hours alone, he rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement, reinstated protections for LGBTQ+ people, ended a travel ban on majority-Muslim countries, and retracted the country’s withdrawal from the World Health Organisation. Now, the […]

The reinvention of Mia Khalifa

In a year where “death” and “TikTok” were among the most popular search terms in the world, success stories in 2020 are a coveted pandemic luxury. There were however a few winners, sandwiched between cookie-cutter Connecticut teens and a 23-year-old footballer responsible for feeding Britain’s starving children (truly, you couldn’t write it if you tried), and among them was […]

‘Eat the rich’: TikTokers want you to unfollow your fave celebs

A new TikTok trend has users scrolling through their Instagram, unfollowing all of their fave rich people and corporations: Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, James Charles, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Jeffree Star, and even (ironically) TikTok itself. Basically, if you have a little blue tick next to your name, you’re out. The call to unfollow wealthy influencers comes in the wake of Reddit’s recent rebellion […]