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SOME GIRLS LOVE CUNT.
OLLIE HENDERSON - THE
ISN’T AFRAID TO SAY
BY TIFFANY CERIDWEN LOWANA
Just how hard and loud does your fashion label/
social justice movement House of Riot want to
Well that really depends on what day of the week
What’s the outfit you feel most you in?
That also depends on what day of the week it is.
And you collect vintage goggles?
Yes, I went through a pretty heavy Tank Girl obses-
sion and never really came out of it.
Do you do all the design for House of Riot?
I do all the t-shirt designs; the other custom pieces
are a collaboration with local artist Lisa Twomey.
Some of the garments I conceptualise and others
she just goes for it.
20% of tee sales are donated to non-profits.
Different tees donate to different charities depend-
ing on the issue addressed in the slogan. We
currently donate to Amnesty International, One Girl,
Twenty10 and the Global Cool Foundation but are
always looking for new organisations to work with.
Have you had big reactions to your ‘SHAMELESS
SLUT’ and ‘SOME GIRLS LOVE CUNT’ tees?
Yes, both have had a lot of positive and negative
feedback. But who wants to do anything mediocre?
You tackle so many issues through fashion. What
about body image and the (generally) strict
requirements the industry imposes on models to
make the cut?
I’ve given much thought to this issue - obviously
I’m right in the middle of it. I feel like I could write a
whole essay on my thoughts to this question, so
in the interest of keeping this brief I’ll just say a few
words. I think the fashion industry focuses too much
on women’s bodies and not enough on the fashion.
We also glorify teenage bodies, not women’s bodies.
When you declare that the pinnacle of beauty is a
gangly 16-year-old girl and try to sell it to a 40-year-
old woman, you are going to have some problems.
This might sound a little strange for me to say, but
we need to stop our obsession with models. It only
promotes the idea that women are nothing more
than their bodies. Let’s celebrate the designers, the
photographers, the stylists and true creative brains
behind the fashion industry.
Do you ever have ‘bad’ modelling days, where
your skin’s not great or you’re having a limp hair
Of course, doesn’t everyone? But it’s not only me
who arrives on set - there is a whole team of people
with the specific job of making me look a certain
way: hair, make-up, styling and lighting all play their
How much photoshopping can go on?
I think photoshop is a great tool and photography
wouldn’t be what it is today without it. Contrary to
popular belief, making models look skinnier is not the
only thing that photoshop does.
Do you agree that the modelling industry
Yes, of course. But this is just a reflection of a larger
societal issue with people objectifying women.
Fashion is a primarily visual medium therefore the
objectification factor is amplified. Photography, be-
ing the primary medium in which we communicate
our thoughts of fashion, inherently objectifies its sub-
jects; it removes the voice. A good photographer will
capture something of their subject’s personality, but
even then, it is usually only one side of a complex
being. And this goes even further into objectifica-
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