Princess Awesome makes colorful clothes for girls featuring designs referencing science, dinosaurs, trains, pirates, math, and more. Princess Awesome was started by Rebecca Melsky and Eva St. Clair, mothers frustrated with the lack of diverse options available in girls clothing sections of mainstream stores, who believe that “if a girl likes purple and also likes trucks, she should be able to wear a purple truck dress. And if a girl likes princesses and also aliens, then an alien princess skirt is for her.” What began as a home project in 2013 has been funded by people through Kickstarter, and as of 2015 is continuing to expand with new designs and factory production.
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was a popular television show that premiered on Bravo in 2003. It starred five gay men who conduct a “make-over” of another person, usually a straight man at the request of his wife or girlfriend. This opening sequence introduces the "Fab Five", outlining each of their "specialties" on "Gay Street": Kyan Douglas (Grooming), Ted Allen (Food & Wine), Jai Rodriguez (Culture), Tom Filicia (Interior Design), and Carson Kressley (Fashion). The five men arm themselves with their tool of choice, in line with their specialty, then put on their sunglasses before we see the camera turn the corner of "Gay Street" to enter "Straight St." The opening sequence closes as the Fab Five “power walk” straight toward the camera.
The 2000 film Romeo Must Die is a martial arts drama loosely based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In the film, African American singer Aaliyah plays the Juliet-inspired character, while Chinese actor Jet Li plays the Romeo-inspired character. On its face, the ending of this film might seem uneventful, but the truth is that the original ending of the film featured a passionate kiss between Li and Aaliyah. When the filmmakers tested out this original ending before the film's release, some audiences did not respond well, and the studio decided to change the kiss to a tight hug.
This t-shirt features superhero characters Superman and Wonder Woman embraced in a passionate kiss with the words, “Score!” in one corner, and “Superman does it again” in the other. Superman is fully clothed in his superhero outfit, while Wonder Woman is in hers, which shows a large portion of her arms, back, and legs.
At the age of 16, Karen Lum created, directed, and starred in this award-winning film about gender, race, and unrealistic beauty standards. She and William Tsang are featured visually portraying the spoken word poem written and performed by Adriel Luis, whose voice is heard throughout the video. The poem starts with a young man hitting on a young woman with several unsuccessful pickup lines, ultimately eliciting an unexpected response when he blurts out, “girl, what is your ethnic makeup?” Through artful word play with makeup words such as foundation, lipstick, and eye shadow, the poem and video tells the story about how she proceeds to educate him about topics such as the commodification of beauty, unrealistic and unattainable Anglicized beauty standards, how women are measured and valued for their appearance, and the importance of learning the histories of your people within social and historical context. The film was shot in 2005 in Lum’s hometown of Oakland, CA. The full text of the poem can be found here.