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

Love Island is coupling up with second-hand fashion

Love Island is coupling up with second-hand fashion

Love Island – which has faced backlash for promoting fast fashion brands – has collaborated with eBay to dress this year's contestants in an entirely pre-loved wardrobe.  Since it exploded onto our TV screens in 2015, reality hit ‘Love Island’ has drawn as much attention as it has criticism. The show has been sponsored by fast fashion brand ‘I Saw It First’ since 2019, but it’s been known for catapulting...

By Brighton, UK
Opinion – TikTok has made a joke of Depp and Heard’s sexual assault case

Opinion – TikTok has made a joke of Depp and Heard’s sexual assault case

By making light of Amber Heard’s sexual assault allegations, viral app TikTok has shown its dark side.  Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation trial has captured the attention of press, fans, and the wider public over the past few weeks. The court case involves Depp’s attempt to sue his ex-wife for £38.7 million over a 2018 article she wrote for the Washington Post, in which she claimed Depp had been...

By Brighton, UK
Balenciaga’s Paris sneaker and the problem with the ‘poor aesthetic’

Balenciaga’s Paris sneaker and the problem with the ‘poor aesthetic’

Balenciaga’s latest creation is the stuff of nightmares – a £1,290 shoe that looks like it crawled straight out of a Wes Craven movie. But perhaps the scariest thing about these trainers is that Balenciaga thought it reasonable to launch them at all, co-opting a controversial ‘poverty aesthetic’ to sell overpriced products to wealthy people.  No, you’re not seeing things. Those, muddied, shredded, just-been-mauled-by-a-dog-looking sneakers are Balenciaga’s latest footwear launch,...

By Brighton, UK
How reading can improve our mental health

How reading can improve our mental health

Warmer weather and longer evenings are finally here. A welcome respite from endless winter days, summer is often seen as a chance to get outside and focus on our mental health. And while it may not involve much physical activity, reading a book in the sun may be just the brain food you need. With the change in the seasons comes a change in priorities. Today this is largely driven by...

By Brighton, UK
Can sustainable fashion exist at the Met?

Can sustainable fashion exist at the Met?

The 2022 Met Ball was a show of sustainable fashion, with guests wearing an array of up-cycled materials, vintage looks, and small-name designers. But with all the stigma burgeoning around the event, has the Met established itself as a tone-deaf distraction from fashion’s biggest sins?  In-case you missed it, the 2022 Met Gala took place last week, returning to its annual spot on the first Monday in May since Covid-19...

By Brighton, UK
Opinion – the concept of ‘clean’ beauty is a myth

Opinion – the concept of ‘clean’ beauty is a myth

The ‘clean beauty’ industry has boomed in the past few years, and continues to rise as consumers prioritise ‘non-toxic’ and ‘chemical-free’ formulas. But if our bodies are composed of chemicals, why do we avoid them in our skincare? Nowadays, the words ‘clean’ and ‘beauty’ seem entirely synonymous with one another. TikTok has seen the rise of the ‘clean girl’ trend, whose proprietors are slicking back their hair, combing their brows,...

By Brighton, UK
Opinion – Britney’s pregnancy marks happy end to tragic story

Opinion – Britney’s pregnancy marks happy end to tragic story

Spears’ pregnancy announcement was welcome news. It also marked the end of her 13-year-long conservatorship, which forbid her from having more children. Sadly, Britney’s story of fertility control is not uncommon.   When the ‘Free Britney’ movement emerged with a vengeance in 2019, many were quick to slander members as conspiracy theorists. Britney Spears’ avid fans were convinced the singer was being placed under a legal conservatorship against her will, an arrangement...

By Brighton, UK
Scientists make woman’s skin cells act thirty years younger

Scientists make woman’s skin cells act thirty years younger

A breakthrough in medicine, skin-care, and anti-ageing research could be on the horizon: 53-year-old woman’s skin cells have been altered to look and behave like those of a 23-year-old.  Scientists in Cambridge have stunned the medical community by altering the skin cells of a 53-year-old woman to the equivalent of someone almost half her age. Their strategy was developed from the cloning technique used to create Dolly the sheep...

By Brighton, UK
What’s it like to live with synesthesia?

What’s it like to live with synesthesia?

Do you associate certain colours with numbers and letters, or see time as a colourful shape? You might have synesthesia – one of the most weird and wonderful neurological conditions.  When I was in my late teens, I asked my mother how she ‘saw a year’. In hindsight, this sounds rather bizarre, but at the time I was convinced I was asking a straightforward question. My mother’s bemused expression answered it...

By Brighton, UK
Tate galleries cut ties with Russian investors

Tate galleries cut ties with Russian investors

After weeks of public pushback, all Tate galleries are cutting ties with billionaire Russian investors amid the war in Ukraine. Tate Group, the institution which operates Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, and Tate St Ives, has severed ties with Russian investors Viktor Vekselberg and Petr Aven. The two billionaires had invested in the Tate galleries to earn prestigious membership titles for the Tate Foundation, a charitable organisation that aims...

By Brighton, UK