Monki x Polyester zine presents The skin you're in

 

We have collaborated with our long-term partner Polyester Zine, a self-published, intersectional feminist arts and culture publication, on a podcast series titled, The Skin You’re In.

Each episode will address a topic that is central to young people today, including discussions on Black Lives Matter, challenging societal beauty standards, gender inequality and much more. Featuring inspirational guests from across the globe to contribute their valued knowledge, experience and/or opinions on these topics.

We want to keep the conversation going on matters that we believe need to be spoken about, and then spoken about some more.

 

 

Episode 13: My skin, my rest

Release date: 4 November

Listen in on the second episode in our latest limited run of live podcast recordings, My Skin, My Rest as our Monki x Polyester collaboration continues at Monki Carnaby St. This episode looks at how post-pandemic we are reassessing our roles in capitalism, our need for rest and our hopes for the future of work with host Ione Gamble and special guests Maggie Matic &Kieran Yates.

Guests:  Maggie Matic – writer, researcher and curator & Kieran Yates – Journalist, broadcaster and editor.

Listen to episode here:

 

 

Episode 12: My skin, my creativity

Release date: 28 October

My Skin, My Creativity is the first of a limited two episode run of the Monki x Polyester The Skin You're In podcast series. Polyester’s deputy editor Gina Tonic sat down with photographer Melony Lemon and activist Ben Pechey to discuss representation, creativity in the North of England, and how to harbour community following lockdown live in our Sheffield store.

Guests:  Melony Lemon – Photographer & Ben Pechey – Activist.

Listen to episode here:

 

Episode 11: My skin, my community.

Release date: 29 July

In this standalone episode The Polyester Podcast hosts speak to Megane Mercury, the winner of the Polyester Queer Talent Fund in collaboration with Monki. The trio speak about Megane's work that hones in on their queer community in Madrid and how important community is to our personal identities.

Guest: Megane Mercury – Queer Fund Talent Winner

Listen to episode here:

Episode 10: My skin, my body.

Release date: 25 March

The connection between gender inequality and self-love is most definitely a thing. And while the self-love movement continues to gain momentum, society’s unrealistic beauty standards seems to be running in the other direction; only amplifying the complexities of everyone’s individual journey. When will representation in media reflect ALL people of ALL sizes? And is society finally ready to admit to its fatphobia?

Guest: Honey Ross – Co-host of The Body Protest and co-founder of The Pink Protest

Listen to episode here:

Episode 9: My skin, my worth.

Release date: 18 March

Activism and the corporate world sound like an unlikely couple but when toxic inequality in the workplace is putting your mental health and career progression at risk, the two inevitably collide. Diversity and inclusion shouldn’t just be a box for companies to half-heartedly tick but instead, a systemic way of working worldwide. So, can unbalanced representation be dismantled? And what can individuals do to advocate for policy change?  

Guest: Sonya Barlow – Award-winning entrepreneur and founder of LMF Network. 

Listen to episode here:

Episode 8: My skin, my space.

Release date: 11 March

One in three women worldwide will experience some form of violence in their lifetime (who.int). So, why is the culpability still commonly placed on the shoulders of the survivor? The power of listening and validation can encourage others to speak up and to end the stigma that is only perpetuating this global issue. But how can we work to bridge the gap between the act of violence and seeking help? And can IG be used as a reputable tool for accessible educational resource?

Guest: India Ysabel – Co-founder of The Speak Up Space and co-host of the Accidental Activist podcast. 

Listen to episode here:

Episode 7: The skin you’re in – Special episode

Release date: December 28

We’re back! We’ve partnered with Polyester zine again to give you a special episode of the “The skin you’re in”. Listen to the episode “My skin, my voice” where activism and what that means in 2020 is discussed. Featuring a youth activist from our long-term salute sisterhood partner Plan International and Stonewall Book Award winning illustrator of the "The Black Flamingo" Anshika Khullar below.

Listen to episode here:

Episode 6: My skin, my normal. 

Release date: October 29
 
Both period poverty and stigmatized menstruation are major issues across the globe. There needs to be conscious effort to tackle these topics in order to destigmatize a bodily function so many people experience every day. The topic of period inclusivity for all genders and expressions will also be discussed. 
 
Guest:  Amika George – Founder of Free Periods 
 
 

Episode 5: My skin, my power. 

Release date: October 22
 
How does female empowerment look in 2020? How can we move feminism forward and what tools might we need?  
 
Guest:  Shelby Lorman – Illustrator, comedian and author of the best-selling book “Awards for good boys”
 
 

Episode 4: My skin, my reality.

Release date: October 15
 
Disabilities are often discussed through the lens of pity and overcoming the odds and thus the narrative of disability activism and rights are never examined. Therefore, the conversations need to happen on a mainstream level in order to bring to light common experiences that happen to so many people around the world.
 
Guest:  Maya Spencer-Berkeley – Activist and model. 
 
 

Episode 3: My skin, my identity.

Release date: October 8
 
Who you are, your identity and/or expression is a deeply personal journey to figure out. As a result, how you see yourself and how the world views you might be different sometimes. The question is then, how to change the conversation around the reality of being you and how people view you? Or does it even matter?
 
Guest: Ivana Lysette Fischer – Writer and performer.
 
 

Episode 2: My skin, my beauty.

Release date: October 1

Challenging society’s unrealistic beauty standards while representation in media is still majorly lacking is tough. Many of us that were not represented before now demand diversity in size, skin color, age, and any identifier to which we can relate. How can brands follow suit without making a mockery of the movement and how would that look? And is society’s obsession with thinness and whiteness finally coming to an end?
 
Guest: Nyome Nicholas Williams – Model/Body and mental health activist. 
 
 

Episode 1: My skin, my story.

Release date: September 24

It's been a little over 4 months since Black Lives Matter protests started after the police killed George Floyd in May, and it doesn’t seem that the movement to take action is slowing down. How can we as society take measures to sustain this for the long term and also tackle topics such sexism/misogynoir which are deeply ingrained in the struggle for black liberation?

Guest: Yomi Adegoke – Multi award-winning journalist and co-author of best-selling book “Slay in your lane”.  

Listen to episode here

 

 

Queer Creative Fund Winner 

 

*Rolls out virtual red carpet*

Everyone pls put your hands to together for our Polyester x Queer Creative Fund winner: Megane Mercury! 

Megane won a £1500 grant and one month of creative mentorship sessions with the Monki and Polyester team to create an artistic project of their choosing for the July digital cover of The Polyester Dollhouse.

Megane chose to create an editorial centering around their queer community in Madrid alongside an exclusive interview about their work as a queer person of colour with Polyester's own Halima jibril.

You can find the full feature on the Polyester Dollhouse here

P.s. A big thank you / internet hug to everyone who entered the competition. We loved seeing all your entries. You’re all amazing.

Credits: Original idea, direction & photography: Megane Mercury (@meganemercury) 
Creative direction: Megane Mercury (@meganemercury), Proborjativo (@proborjativo) Isabella Mena (@issaliem) & Carolina Collado (@colladocoraline)
Photography assistant: H. R. Román (@gore.papi)
Stylists: Proborjativo (@proborjativo) & Isabella Mena (@issaliem)
Stylists' assistants: Juan Varela Duarte (@juanvareladuarte) & Marina Gomes Gutiérrez (@afrofeministe)
Makeup: Andrea Egido (@andreaegidomuah), 
Brais García Martínez (@garciamartinezbrais) & Lu de la Fuente (@fab_skum)
Hair: Ghetto B (@zuleatienzar)
Gad Yola's wig: Brais García Martínez (@garciamartinezbrais)
Art direction & set designer: Carolina Collado (@colladocoraline)
Art assistant: Rita Lancho (@i.rita.da)
Video: Flor de Cuchillo (@flordecuchillo.estudio)
Models: Gad Yola (@gadyola), Ezekiel Monjes (@ezekielmonjes), Galaxia (@galaxialaperla),
navxja (@navxja), Baddie (@baddiebrownie), Oumou (@brrrux_), Nayare Soledad Otorongx (@paellaypaelle),
Anna Fux (@annafux), sketchylis (@sketchy.lis), Riri Ratata (@riri.ratata)
Location: Le Bâtiment Studio (@le.batiment.studio)
Special thanks to: Belial Naranjo Martín (@shoutsandbites2), Onyx (@onyxunleashed), 
Pelonio (@pelonio), La Gasca Outlet (@la_gasca_outlet), Blend Showroom (@blendbcnshowroom) & WAG1 Studio (@wag1studio)

 

Monki x Polyester zine presents The skin you're in

 

We have collaborated with our long-term partner Polyester Zine, a self-published, intersectional feminist arts and culture publication, on a podcast series titled, The Skin You’re In.

Each episode will address a topic that is central to young people today, including discussions on Black Lives Matter, challenging societal beauty standards, gender inequality and much more. Featuring inspirational guests from across the globe to contribute their valued knowledge, experience and/or opinions on these topics.

We want to keep the conversation going on matters that we believe need to be spoken about, and then spoken about some more.

 

 

Episode 13: My skin, my rest

Release date: 4 November

Listen in on the second episode in our latest limited run of live podcast recordings, My Skin, My Rest as our Monki x Polyester collaboration continues at Monki Carnaby St. This episode looks at how post-pandemic we are reassessing our roles in capitalism, our need for rest and our hopes for the future of work with host Ione Gamble and special guests Maggie Matic &Kieran Yates.

Guests:  Maggie Matic – writer, researcher and curator & Kieran Yates – Journalist, broadcaster and editor.

Listen to episode here:

 

 

Episode 12: My skin, my creativity

Release date: 28 October

My Skin, My Creativity is the first of a limited two episode run of the Monki x Polyester The Skin You're In podcast series. Polyester’s deputy editor Gina Tonic sat down with photographer Melony Lemon and activist Ben Pechey to discuss representation, creativity in the North of England, and how to harbour community following lockdown live in our Sheffield store.

Guests:  Melony Lemon – Photographer & Ben Pechey – Activist.

Listen to episode here:

 

Episode 11: My skin, my community.

Release date: 29 July

In this standalone episode The Polyester Podcast hosts speak to Megane Mercury, the winner of the Polyester Queer Talent Fund in collaboration with Monki. The trio speak about Megane's work that hones in on their queer community in Madrid and how important community is to our personal identities.

Guest: Megane Mercury – Queer Fund Talent Winner

Listen to episode here:

Episode 10: My skin, my body.

Release date: 25 March

The connection between gender inequality and self-love is most definitely a thing. And while the self-love movement continues to gain momentum, society’s unrealistic beauty standards seems to be running in the other direction; only amplifying the complexities of everyone’s individual journey. When will representation in media reflect ALL people of ALL sizes? And is society finally ready to admit to its fatphobia?

Guest: Honey Ross – Co-host of The Body Protest and co-founder of The Pink Protest

Listen to episode here:

Episode 9: My skin, my worth.

Release date: 18 March

Activism and the corporate world sound like an unlikely couple but when toxic inequality in the workplace is putting your mental health and career progression at risk, the two inevitably collide. Diversity and inclusion shouldn’t just be a box for companies to half-heartedly tick but instead, a systemic way of working worldwide. So, can unbalanced representation be dismantled? And what can individuals do to advocate for policy change?  

Guest: Sonya Barlow – Award-winning entrepreneur and founder of LMF Network. 

Listen to episode here:

Episode 8: My skin, my space.

Release date: 11 March

One in three women worldwide will experience some form of violence in their lifetime (who.int). So, why is the culpability still commonly placed on the shoulders of the survivor? The power of listening and validation can encourage others to speak up and to end the stigma that is only perpetuating this global issue. But how can we work to bridge the gap between the act of violence and seeking help? And can IG be used as a reputable tool for accessible educational resource?

Guest: India Ysabel – Co-founder of The Speak Up Space and co-host of the Accidental Activist podcast. 

Listen to episode here:

Episode 7: The skin you’re in – Special episode

Release date: December 28

We’re back! We’ve partnered with Polyester zine again to give you a special episode of the “The skin you’re in”. Listen to the episode “My skin, my voice” where activism and what that means in 2020 is discussed. Featuring a youth activist from our long-term salute sisterhood partner Plan International and Stonewall Book Award winning illustrator of the "The Black Flamingo" Anshika Khullar below.

Listen to episode here:

Episode 6: My skin, my normal. 

Release date: October 29
 
Both period poverty and stigmatized menstruation are major issues across the globe. There needs to be conscious effort to tackle these topics in order to destigmatize a bodily function so many people experience every day. The topic of period inclusivity for all genders and expressions will also be discussed. 
 
Guest:  Amika George – Founder of Free Periods 
 
 

Episode 5: My skin, my power. 

Release date: October 22
 
How does female empowerment look in 2020? How can we move feminism forward and what tools might we need?  
 
Guest:  Shelby Lorman – Illustrator, comedian and author of the best-selling book “Awards for good boys”
 
 

Episode 4: My skin, my reality.

Release date: October 15
 
Disabilities are often discussed through the lens of pity and overcoming the odds and thus the narrative of disability activism and rights are never examined. Therefore, the conversations need to happen on a mainstream level in order to bring to light common experiences that happen to so many people around the world.
 
Guest:  Maya Spencer-Berkeley – Activist and model. 
 
 

Episode 3: My skin, my identity.

Release date: October 8
 
Who you are, your identity and/or expression is a deeply personal journey to figure out. As a result, how you see yourself and how the world views you might be different sometimes. The question is then, how to change the conversation around the reality of being you and how people view you? Or does it even matter?
 
Guest: Ivana Lysette Fischer – Writer and performer.
 
 

Episode 2: My skin, my beauty.

Release date: October 1

Challenging society’s unrealistic beauty standards while representation in media is still majorly lacking is tough. Many of us that were not represented before now demand diversity in size, skin color, age, and any identifier to which we can relate. How can brands follow suit without making a mockery of the movement and how would that look? And is society’s obsession with thinness and whiteness finally coming to an end?
 
Guest: Nyome Nicholas Williams – Model/Body and mental health activist. 
 
 

Episode 1: My skin, my story.

Release date: September 24

It's been a little over 4 months since Black Lives Matter protests started after the police killed George Floyd in May, and it doesn’t seem that the movement to take action is slowing down. How can we as society take measures to sustain this for the long term and also tackle topics such sexism/misogynoir which are deeply ingrained in the struggle for black liberation?

Guest: Yomi Adegoke – Multi award-winning journalist and co-author of best-selling book “Slay in your lane”.  

Listen to episode here

 

 

Queer Creative Fund Winner 

 

*Rolls out virtual red carpet*

Everyone pls put your hands to together for our Polyester x Queer Creative Fund winner: Megane Mercury! 

Megane won a £1500 grant and one month of creative mentorship sessions with the Monki and Polyester team to create an artistic project of their choosing for the July digital cover of The Polyester Dollhouse.

Megane chose to create an editorial centering around their queer community in Madrid alongside an exclusive interview about their work as a queer person of colour with Polyester's own Halima jibril.

You can find the full feature on the Polyester Dollhouse here

P.s. A big thank you / internet hug to everyone who entered the competition. We loved seeing all your entries. You’re all amazing.

Credits: Original idea, direction & photography: Megane Mercury (@meganemercury) 
Creative direction: Megane Mercury (@meganemercury), Proborjativo (@proborjativo) Isabella Mena (@issaliem) & Carolina Collado (@colladocoraline)
Photography assistant: H. R. Román (@gore.papi)
Stylists: Proborjativo (@proborjativo) & Isabella Mena (@issaliem)
Stylists' assistants: Juan Varela Duarte (@juanvareladuarte) & Marina Gomes Gutiérrez (@afrofeministe)
Makeup: Andrea Egido (@andreaegidomuah), 
Brais García Martínez (@garciamartinezbrais) & Lu de la Fuente (@fab_skum)
Hair: Ghetto B (@zuleatienzar)
Gad Yola's wig: Brais García Martínez (@garciamartinezbrais)
Art direction & set designer: Carolina Collado (@colladocoraline)
Art assistant: Rita Lancho (@i.rita.da)
Video: Flor de Cuchillo (@flordecuchillo.estudio)
Models: Gad Yola (@gadyola), Ezekiel Monjes (@ezekielmonjes), Galaxia (@galaxialaperla),
navxja (@navxja), Baddie (@baddiebrownie), Oumou (@brrrux_), Nayare Soledad Otorongx (@paellaypaelle),
Anna Fux (@annafux), sketchylis (@sketchy.lis), Riri Ratata (@riri.ratata)
Location: Le Bâtiment Studio (@le.batiment.studio)
Special thanks to: Belial Naranjo Martín (@shoutsandbites2), Onyx (@onyxunleashed), 
Pelonio (@pelonio), La Gasca Outlet (@la_gasca_outlet), Blend Showroom (@blendbcnshowroom) & WAG1 Studio (@wag1studio)