Flo Bellinger

Writer Brighton, UK

I’m Flo, (She/Her) a remote writer at Thred. I recently completed a Masters in Visual Anthropology, and seek to interrogate the ways digital spaces can amplify marginalised voices in the arts and cultural sectors. Follow me on LinkedIn or ping me some feedback via email.

Hi, I’m Flo. I recently completed my Masters in visual, material, and museum anthropology, where I learnt about the many economies and communities that are woven together through consumption. I’ve always been creative at heart, and love painting in my spare time.

You can also find me deep in a book, or listening to the latest self-help podcast. As a fashion junkie with a penchant for inconveniently tiny bags, I am drawn to the ways social media amplifies marginalised voices within the industry.

I always enjoy clueing up on the latest ways our clothing shapes who we are.

My interests led me to team Thred, where I enjoy writing about arts, fashion, and literature from social change perspectives.

Latest Stories from Flo

Caleb McLaughlin opens up about racist ‘Stranger Things’ fans

Caleb McLaughlin opens up about racist ‘Stranger Things’ fans

McLaughlin’s experience proves one thing: that whether young, old, or wildly successful, even those who seem untouchable still face racism.  We’re all guilty of mystifying Hollywood stars. We immortalise them, so much so that the death of a mainstream actor feels like the loss of a loved one. Their wealth feels untouchable – their fame endless. Of all celebrities, perhaps none are more beguiling than the child star. The ability to achieve...

By Brighton, UK
New Delhi introduces its first zero-waste community

New Delhi introduces its first zero-waste community

Navjivan Vihar is the first – and only – zero-waste locality in the world’s most polluted city of New Delhi.  New Delhi, India, is known for its vibrant culture, incredible food, and – perhaps most infamously – its high levels of pollution. The city is covered by a blanket of acid smog 365 days of the year, causing a range of diseases amongst Delhi’s 18.98 million residents. From respiratory illness, to asthma and lung...

By Brighton, UK
Opinion – Puerto Rico’s hurricane deserves more coverage

Opinion – Puerto Rico’s hurricane deserves more coverage

Last week, Puerto Rico was without safe drinking water or electricity, but blanket news coverage of Queen Elizabeth IIs funeral has raised questions about how networks should prioritise their content. On Monday last week, hurricane Fiona left Puerto Rico without drinking water or power. By the early hours of Tuesday, two people had died. Heavy rain destroyed large swathes of Puerto Rican land, with forecasters predicting it to continue for

By Brighton, UK
Opinion – why Halle Bailey’s portrayal of Ariel is so important

Opinion – why Halle Bailey’s portrayal of Ariel is so important

The new trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid features a Black actress in the title role. Conflicting responses from young children and racist adults prove why Ariel’s new casting is so important.  Scheduled for a 2023 release, a live-action The Little Mermaid has created buzz since it was first announced in 2016. When Halle Bailey, a young Black musician – and five-time Grammy award winner alongside her...

By Brighton, UK
Opinion – Kourtney’s collaboration with Boohoo deserves criticism

Opinion – Kourtney’s collaboration with Boohoo deserves criticism

The reality star has been mocked on social media for her new role as fast fashion brand Boohoo’s Sustainability Ambassador. But while it may be hard to believe, Kardashian’s latest collaboration is no laughing matter.  Reality stars and fast fashion are no strangers to one another. Despite strides to unpick this deep-seated relationship, and a growing disdain for fast fashion amongst young consumers, Gen Z are still addicted...

By Brighton, UK
Nigeria bans use of foreign models in advertising

Nigeria bans use of foreign models in advertising

Despite a population of 200 million, Nigeria has historically relied on foreign faces in advertising. A new ban on white and non-Nigerian models is a big step in representation, but will it work?  When you think of Nigeria, you don’t tend to imagine white models and actors with British accents. But in a large portion of Nigerian pop culture, foreign faces take centre stage. Cultural assassination in Hollywood has driven the...

By Brighton, UK
Opinion – Hadid Palestine backlash shows importance of identity

Opinion – Hadid Palestine backlash shows importance of identity

Bella Hadid has admitted to losing ‘so many jobs’ and experiencing harassment from both strangers and friends after vocalising her support for Palestine.  Today Bella Hadid would be considered as an ‘it girl’. Her fashion sense drives global trends, her hairstyles have triggered viral tutorials, and her facial features have boosted the popularity of niche surgical treatments. With this fame has come equal parts criticism. Bella’s privileged upbringing, white complexion, and...

By Brighton, UK
The bottled water scam is destroying the planet and our pockets

The bottled water scam is destroying the planet and our pockets

Ever thought about why we choose to spend money on something we can get free from the tap? Is there really any benefit to drinking bottled water – or is this $283 billion industry the ultimate case study in powerful marketing?  Water has always been the de-facto drink for achieving health and wellness. This narrative has ensured bottled water is one of our favourite beverages, with market giants like...

By Brighton, UK
Opinion – Why HS2 may be a huge infrastructural failure

Opinion – Why HS2 may be a huge infrastructural failure

The new high-speed railway will connect Manchester, Birmingham, and London as part of government efforts to ‘level-up’ the North. But with numerous contingencies, mounting costs, and environmental damages, HS2 might be the biggest major infrastructure failure in recent memory.  HS2 was first proposed by Labour government in 2009. A massive rail infrastructure project, it was designed to ‘level-up’ the North of England by providing better transport links throughout the...

By Brighton, UK
Should we normalise taking regular social media breaks?

Should we normalise taking regular social media breaks?

Actor Tom Holland has announced he will be taking a break from social media for the sake of his mental health. Does his openness mark a turning point in our attitudes toward anxiety, depression, and the internet – particularly amongst young men? Celebrities announcing their withdrawal from Instagram and Twitter is nothing new. Especially when the hiatus is driven by a concern for mental health. But these very public admissions...

By Brighton, UK