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

Disney’s Splash Mountain closes amidst controversy

Disney’s Splash Mountain closes amidst controversy

Disney’s world-famous water ride ‘Splash Mountain’ closed its doors for the last time this week. Its racist provenance highlights a disillusioned generation of ‘Disney Adults’ with much to complain about.  Splash Mountain has remained one of the most popular and famous rides at Walt Disney World in Florida since it opened in 1992. But last week the attraction closed its doors for the last time, as Disney responded to long-term...

America faces 39 mass shootings in three weeks

America faces 39 mass shootings in three weeks

Countless tragedies mark the start of 2023 in the USA, but conversations around gun violence and firearm laws remain stunted.  When I set out to write this article last week, my intention was to focus on the mass shooting at Monterey Park, California, where 11 people were killed over Lunar New Year weekend. The suspect was a man of Asian descent and police are still investigating his motives. But just two days...

By Brighton, UK
David Hockney’s new exhibition is a celebration of art’s future

David Hockney’s new exhibition is a celebration of art’s future

Beloved British artist David Hockney may be 85, but he is still pushing the boundaries of what art can do.  Known for his bold use of colour, astute portraiture, and intrepid depictions of queerness, David Hockney is a national treasure. His work has pushed boundaries in every way that art can; politically, socially, aesthetically. And, in recent years, his use of the iPad has raised new questions about the capabilities of...

By Brighton, UK
How Tory Lanez case demonstrates Hollywood’s misogyny

How Tory Lanez case demonstrates Hollywood’s misogyny

Rapper Tory Lanez has been found guilty of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in the foot. But angered responses from Lanez’ fans – and the demonisation of Stallion – highlight Hollywood’s persistent issue with successful Black women.  Since the summer of 2020, rapper Megan Thee Stallion has claimed Tory Lanez shot her in the foot multiple times after leaving a party in the Hollywood Hills. After a small dispute led Megan...

By Brighton, UK
The intern behind Spotify Wrapped was never given her dues

The intern behind Spotify Wrapped was never given her dues

The popular round-up format has become a viral trend marking the end of a year. But many don’t know it was created by an intern in under three months.  Is it even December if you don’t share your Spotify Wrapped? The music streaming platform launched Wrapped playlists in 2016, giving users the chance to view a personalised recap of their past year as defined by their listening habits. The format, though simple,...

By Brighton, UK
Opinion – sexual assault victims need more digital protection

Opinion – sexual assault victims need more digital protection

Reality star Stephen Bear was convicted for acts of revenge porn against ex-girlfriend Georgia Harrison. His case sets a precedent for protecting women in the digital world.  On 2nd August 2020, reality TV star Stephen Bear and then-girlfriend Georgia Harrison were captured having sex on CCTV cameras in his garden. Harrison was unaware they were being filmed, and had asked Bear not to share the footage when they discovered it existed. But...

By Brighton, UK
Why Megan Thee Stallion is more than just her milestones

Why Megan Thee Stallion is more than just her milestones

After becoming the first Black woman to cover Forbes’ 30 under 30, the rapper is using her success as a foundation for important conversations that go beyond race. Megan Thee Stallion is on a winning streak that shows no signs of slowing. Since releasing her first single in 2016, the Texas-born rapper has won a Grammy for Best New Artist, launched countless number one hits, and is now the first Black...

By Brighton, UK
Balenciaga’s quest for redemption has had the opposite effect

Balenciaga’s quest for redemption has had the opposite effect

The luxury brand’s brush with accusations of paedophilia has united haters and fans in shared concern. But the controversy also points to systemic issues of exploitation and power within the fashion industry. Publicity stunt? Mindless oversight? Elite satanic conspiracy? Whichever best explains Balenciaga’s latest controversy – triggered by two campaigns that featured disturbing associations between children and sex –  finding an answer to the whole fiasco has become somewhat of a...

By Brighton, UK
San Francisco launches income programme for trans community

San Francisco launches income programme for trans community

The city’s GIFT pilot program sets a new benchmark for tangible inclusive legislation. San Francisco has become one of the first cities in the world to launch a guaranteed income program designed to protect trans residents. The Guaranteed Income for Transgender People, or GIFT, will grant trans applicants up to $1,200 per month for 12 months, and will be open to 55 people in total. In order to qualify for the...

By Brighton, UK
31 children have been found working in US meatpacking plants

31 children have been found working in US meatpacking plants

Packers Sanitation Services Inc. has been accused of ‘oppressive child labour’ after children ages 13-17 were found cleaning warehouses overnight.  The US Labor Department has sought an injunction against Packers Sanitation Services Inc. after 31 young children were found cleaning meatpacking plants across the Midwest. Officials say the children were being forced to carry out illegal work – including the cleaning of dangerous industrial equipment – during night shifts. According to the...

By Brighton, UK