“Sexy does not come from the shape of a body, but the fire in a soul.”
– J. Iron Word
The first annual Body+ DSM, the brainchild of Flyover, was held at the Des Moines Social Club on Saturday — bringing together activists, progressives and creatives from across the Midwest. And fittingly, on Women’s Equality Day.
“The takeaway is people that join the day event will find themselves part of an affirming, supportive and inclusive community,” Flyover and Women’s March Iowa said in a joint statement. “(Body+ DSM is) part of the movement of changing politics, economics and social ideals by giving a voice to those that are underrepresented in our communities. Creating a safe, positive attention to our minority groups will inspire people to learn and opportunity to engage in the needed self-care that is a radically political act in the fight for progressive change.”
I was delighted to join political organizer and As Seen On M.E. founder Megan Evans and Women’s March Iowa organizer Lyra Halsten on a panel, for a discussion about fashion and political protest. While the bulk of our conversation was centered on the impact of the 2016 election and women leading the grassroots resistance, it is impossible to overlook the contributions of our female forebears from the Suffrage Movement and 19th amendment of 1920 to the Civil Rights movements, and all of the generations in between that helped move the needle forward on gender equality and more opportunities for the next generation of women. And while it seems that we’re living in an alternate universe with Trump as president, I am thankful that we have an opportunity to shape a new movement in history with activism and action. Now is a time to use fashion as a self-expression for your cause from “Stay Nasty” pins to giving new life to vintage finds (see cutting down on fashion industry/fast fashion waste) and beyond.
Me & Megan Evans on stage at the Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater.
Tatiana Giacinti & Megan Evans outside of the Des Moines Social Club (multimedia mural and photography by Jami Milne).
As Seen On M.E. accessories table plus my laptop and new Millenial pink lip purse from Aldo(!!!).