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The Power of Style - How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures

The Power of Style

How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures

Interest Age: 12+
Grade: 7+
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature:

Reading Level: Lexile 1070L
Hardcover : 9781773214900, 96 pages, April 2021 , 10.00" x 8.00"
Paperback : 9781773214917, 96 pages, April 2021 , 10.00" x 8.00"

Table of contents


  1. Sewing Tradition: Through making (and wearing!) ribbonwork, the Indigenous community is keeping their culture’s unique traditions alive.
  2. Level-Up: Today’s cosplayers are disrupting the art form, promoting self-confidence, acceptance, and body positivity along the way.
  3. Standing Tall: By rocking high heels, men are walking tall—using footwear to advocate for the acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.
  4. Head-Strong: Muslim women are embracing hijabs—but they’re doing so on their
    own terms. They’re celebrating their culture by embracing modest
    fashion in new, unexpected, and very stylish ways.
  5. Mighty Makeup: Makeup can be used as a tool for creativity. But it’s not only about getting
    glam: beauty junkies are channeling their cultures into their looks, using
    their face as a canvas for self-expression and pride.


Style is not just the clothes on our backs—it is self-expression, representation, and transformation.

As a fashion-obsessed Ojibwe teen, Christian Allaire rarely saw anyone that looked like him in the magazines or movies he sought out for inspiration. Now the Fashion and Style Writer for Vogue, he is working to change that—because clothes are never just clothes. Men’s heels are a statement of pride in the face of LGTBQ+ discrimination, while ribbon shirts honor Indigenous ancestors and keep culture alive. Allaire takes the reader through boldly designed chapters to discuss additional topics like cosplay, make up, hijabs, and hair, probing the connections between fashion and history, culture, politics, and social justice.