Can fashion and Islam coexist?
While Vogue reigns queen of all fashion magazines for most of the world, in Turkey it is a different story. The Turkish women’s magazine called Âlâ has been outselling Vogue and other well-known publications in the fashion industry. Âlâ started off as a little-known magazine until the summer of 2011, where the Islamic headscarf was featured on one of its covers. Four months later, Turkish secularists and traditional Muslims alike are still in debates of whether or not fashion and Islam can coexist. The magazine features a monthly selection of clothing advice, interviews with Muslim designers and business women, travel tips and feature stories, which all target observant Muslim women. Granted the magazine’s popularity has increased, critics claim that the publication is trying “westernize the idea of modest Islamic dress.” Critics aside, Âlâ appears to have found a market. The magazine commands more than 90,000 Facebook followers and has launched an edition in Germany to cater to Turkish readers in Western Europe as well. [The Atlantic]
Beloved teen novel brought to the big screen…
The “Sweet Valley High” series will be brought to cinematic life by the help of screen-writer Diablo Cody. Created by Francine Pascal, the teen series is about the lives of two identical twins who have contrasting personalities. The series spanned 152 books over almost 20 years. Cody is excited to take on the project, saying, “I want it to be wonderfully nostalgic. I want it to be the ‘80s what American Graffiti was to the ‘60s.” [HuffPost Entertainment]
Tattooing gets “friendlier”?
…Well, friendlier with animals and those who love them. The tattooing process is now going vegan. For thousands of years, humans have been using animal byproducts to decorate their bodies. With the process of vegan tattooing, tattoo artists use a non-toxic Eternal Ink, which has a plant-based glycerin. Most tattoo places haven’t switched to the vegan alternative, but perhaps in time all ink artists will be tattooing vegan-style. [The Atlantic]