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Kick-Ass Chicks: Marissa Smith of NYLON Magazine

We can’t imagine that being NYLON’s Senior Fashion Market Editor is easy, but Marissa Smith sure knows how to make it look FUN. We’re constantly checking in with Marissa to stay in the loop for upcoming collections and collabs, and thought it was about time we introduce you to our go-to girl. With a closet filled with color and checkerboard, we just had to take Marissa to the Brooklyn USA Diner for a bright and bold photoshoot. Checkerboard on checkerboard? Yes, PLEASE! Read on to hear about Marissa’s journey at NYLON, and why Vans have been her style staple from the start.

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Question about the Bareskin Top:
  • Asker: Wouldn't the swim top make people feel more dysphoric about their chests because it looks and probably feels like a sports bra? Like if I wore one to the gym everyone would just assume I was a masculine girl because cis guys don't wear stuff like that?
  • FLAVNT: The Bareskin Top is modeled after binders, just with a shorter cut to help you get more of a tan and for general comfort (and safety in the water/during activities) but it binds the wearer's chest more than a sports bra. It wouldn’t make the wearer any more dysphoric than a binder would in theory--actually less so because the color would be less visually triggering. As for what people would assume: a black binder looks like a black sports bra under a tank top in that same regard, at least a skin tone would be less noticeable and also an indication that this isn’t just a sports bra (nude sports bras don’t really exist, at least in darker skin tones). If I saw someone wearing one, the look of it alone and the fact that it blended in with their skin would lead me to infer that possibly this was something more than just a “masculine girl” in a sports bra. Couple that with the visual presentation of the person wearing the top and it should be more obvious that this isn’t a "feminine undergarment"--I also wouldn't make any assumptions about someone based on what type of garment they were wearing or what I perceived their gender identity to be because that's not my place.
  • At the end of the day, yeah, cis guys “don’t wear stuff like that” but they don’t wear binders either so this is a better option than what is already out there (in our opinion) and will hopefully help to ease some people’s dysphoria. Not everyone will be comfortable in it and that's fine, not everyone has their dysphoria eased by binders or packers. But some people want to go shirtless when they swim and this is less noticeable (especially to the wearer) than a typical binder or sports bra, and considerably less bulky/hot.