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Playboy features its first ever queer male cover star

Playboy features its first ever queer male cover star

Playboy has announced queer influencer Bretman Rock as its latest cover star. What do these inclusive shifts mean for pop culture’s most exclusionary spaces? Playboy has long been known for its nude female models. But in a first for the magazine, gay Filipino Bretman Rock has been revealed as October’s cover star. Rock announced the news on Twitter last week, writing ‘I’m a @playboy bunny DUHHHHHH’ above two images from...

By Brighton, UK
Arlo Parks launches art therapy initiative for global creatives

Arlo Parks launches art therapy initiative for global creatives

The South London musician is collaborating with Dazed and Converse to launch ‘Arlo’s Art Therapy’ for creatives who use their work as a release. Arlo Parks is known for using her music to express vulnerability – performing dreamy, poetic vocals about the ups and downs of love and life over low-key, soulful beats. The 21-year-old began writing as early as the age of eleven, penning out streams of consciousness, thoughts, and...

By London, UK
Parasocial relationships: Gen-Z and celebrity

Parasocial relationships: Gen-Z and celebrity

The way we interact with celebrity has been irreversibly changed by how and how often we consume media. If you’ve ever felt like you ‘know’ a celebrity – you may want to keep reading. Don’t let the theoretical terminology leading this topic fool you into believing it’s complex. A parasocial relationship is simply a one-sided relationship, where an individual exerts time, interest, and emotional energy into another person who is...

By London, UK
Opinion – Pop culture has skewed Gen Z’s perception of money

Opinion – Pop culture has skewed Gen Z’s perception of money

Sex and the City’s new spinoff promotes the same irrational spending as its predecessor – but how much does the content we consume shape our financial habits? Despite being just one year old when HBO’s juggernaut Sex and the City first aired, I probably devoted the majority of my teenage years to Carrie Bradshaw’s tumultuous love affairs – emotionally unavailable businessmen and bejewelled underwear included. Sure, certain storylines have since...