nails, skirts, heels


I’ve been following the project StyleLikeU for many years now – more or less from around 2010. I bumped into their unique videos series What’s Underneath on YouTube, which consisted mainly of interviews where the person interviewed, after each question, takes off each and every layer of clothing, until he or she remains in their underwear. The style of these videos really struck with me, and seeing people letting themselves be that vulnerable in front of a camera and, potentially, the whole internet world, while sharing very intimate details of their life and story – that was extremely empowering. So, if you have never seen any of their videos, I suggest you really do binge-watch them all. Specifically, I highly recommend the one featuring model Adwoa Aboah, the one featuring artist Diane Goldie and the amazing one featuring the model and Sudanese refugee Mari Malek.

私がStyleLikeUをフォローしてから何年も経ってる、2010年くらいからかな。その中でも彼らのYouTubeで、「What's Underneath」というシリーズがある。そのシリーズでは、インタビューをしている人への質問一つ一つ聞くたびに、インタビューされている人は下着になるまで1枚ずつ着ているものを脱いでいくというもの。こんなスタイルの動画は見たことがなくて驚いたし、インタビューされている人たちはカメラの前で、というかインターネットの世界を前に、自分の人生やストーリーを話しながら、こんなにも無防備になれちゃうのか。と、ものすごくエンパワーリングだと感じた。だから、もしこのシリーズを観たことがなければ、ぜひ全部観ることをオススメする!私のお気に入りは、モデルのAdwoa AboahアーティスオのDiane Goldieスーダン人の難民でモデルとなったMari Malek、この3人のインタビューかな。

In May of this current year 2018, the mother-daughter duo of the project, made up by Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum, started a podcast on StyleLikeU, which is available on all platform, YouTube included. Knowing their choices of people to interview, the topics they usually chose, the stories they were delivering in their videos, I was thrilled about it. Also because podcast discussions tend to be very open (as the people talking are not in front of a camera and they can be even more honest and real and transmit that full energy back to the listener), I wanted to check out what that was about. I started listening to each of them, every week, as they were released.

2018年の5月に、同じStyleLikeUから母娘のプロジェクトとしてElisa GoodkindとLily Mandelbaumの二人がPodcastを始めたの。(YouTubeなど様々な場所で視聴可能だよ。)二人が「What's Underneath」のシリーズで選んだインタビューする人々や話す内容、トピック、彼らがシェアするストーリーを知っていたから、このPodcastのプロジェクトにはワクワクした。それにPodcastって、動画と違ってカメラがない分、もっと正直でリアルな意見がフルエナジーで聴ける感じがするから、何かを議論するのにはぴったりだと思う。そして私は毎週、新しいエピソードがリリースされるたびに聴くようになったの。

At the end of June, they released a podcast where they interviewed Jacob Tobia, author, producer and (in his own words) ‘gender-fabulous’ human being. His perspective is unique, and still kind of far from my own, as he was brought up as a man and then later defined his gender and sexual identity - better, he chose not to. That is one of the reasons why probably his interview opened a whole new world to my view of femininity and gender. In it, in fact, he told how he started experimenting with fashion expression, doing his nails and wearing skirts.

6月末に、作家であり、プロデューサーでもあり、LGBT+サポーターでもあるJacob TobiaをインタビューしたPodcastがリリースされた。彼の考え方はユニークで、私とは全く違うもので、男として育ったけれど、彼は自身の性別やセクシャリティを選ばない方がいいと決めたの。そのこともあって、彼のインタビューは私が女であることや性別について考えさせてくれた。実際にインタビューの中で、ファッション、例えばネイルを塗ったり、スカートを履いたりして、自分で試してみたことを話していた。

The very first time one of his nails got chipped, he felt so bad and so uncomfortable – and then, he realized something. He realized that you are supposed to feel bad about that nail being chipped, and that leads you to the uncomfortable feeling of not being all tidy and perfect. The first time he used a business skirt, he realized how business skirts are made in such a way that you have no freedom to relax and open your legs, because ‘your underwear would show’, and so you have to keep your legs in such ways that may be uncomfortable – but avoiding the disgrace of showing your underwear (which literally everyone uses, so there is nothing really special or provocative about it) it’s more important. What does this all mean?


If your nail gets chipped, you won’t be pretty anymore, you will be a sloppy woman who isn’t able to take care of herself - or your underwear will show if you keep your legs too relaxed and you’ll not be perceived as a serious person, but rather provocative. I would add the use of heels – let’s be honest, they are damn uncomfortable, and don’t really let you free to move or run in moments of need or dang