Arabelle Sicardi

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Arabelle Sicardi
EducationRutgers University
SubjectFashion, beauty

Arabelle Sicardi (born 1993) is an American feminist fashion and beauty writer.

Life and career[edit]

As a teenager,[1] Sicardi launched a blog entitled Fashion Pirate,[2] becoming "Tumblr's go-to fashion philosopher and beauty oracle."[3] Sicardi has also been a staff writer at Rookie, beauty editor at BuzzFeed and a freelance writer for Refinery29, The Daily Beast, and Jezebel.[4] Sicardi attended Rutgers University.[5]

Jezebel calls Sicardi "a visionary young queer feminist;"[6] Bustle says Sicardi is a "queer beauty icon."[7] The Huffington Post named Sicardi's essay "Beauty is Broken" to its list of "The Most Important Writing from People of Color in 2015."[8] Bust said Sicardi has a "uniquely awesome wardrobe aesthetic" and "a knack for mixing and matching pieces that somehow draw together the perfect balance of quirk and chic."[9]

Sicardi is particularly known for turning a critical lens on beauty.[10]

In 2014, Sicardi and collaborator Tayler Smith mounted a show called "Most Important Ugly"[11] at American Two Shot. Bust said the two "make art that matters."[12] One of the photographs from the show was "sampled" by Zak Arctander and appeared in an article in The New Yorker. Sicardi and Smith later claimed this was creative theft and have been the subject of controversy in regards to the legality of Arctander's actions versus the ethical implications.[13]


  1. ^ Gambrell, Evonne (February 1, 2009). "Teen Fashion Bloggers". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  2. ^ Bess, Gabby (April 18, 2014). "6 Personal Style Tumblrs We're Currently Obsessed With". Paper Magazine. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  3. ^ Bess, Gabby (November 19, 2014). "Arabelle Sicardi: Tumblr's Queer Feminist Beauty Blogger Par Excellence". Paper Magazine. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  4. ^ Thurm, Eric (July 1, 2015). "A/S/L: Exploring Web 1.0 with Arabelle Sicardi". Paper Magazine. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  5. ^ Abel, Judy (2 April 2014). "Tavi Gevinson of 'Rookie' Inspires Young Women to Create Communities of Self-Empowerment". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  6. ^ Shepherd, Julianne Escobedo (June 19, 2015). "Did a Yale MFA Jack Two Feminists' Work & End Up in The New Yorker?". Jezebel. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  7. ^ Zulch, Meg (June 30, 2015). "9 Alien Inspired Fashion And Beauty Items So You Can Embrace Your Inner Alien Warrior Princess In Style". Bustle. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  8. ^ Blay, Zeba (16 December 2015). "The Most Important Writing From People Of Color In 2015". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  9. ^ Baxter, Hannah. "Style Star & Fashion Blogger Arabelle Sicardi On Her Uniquely Awesome Wardrobe Aesthetic". Bust. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  10. ^ Ospina, Marie Southard (December 14, 2015). "Is My Beauty Routine About Me Or The Male Gaze?". Bustle. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  11. ^ Duncan, Fiona (5 May 2014). "Owning Your Ugly at the Prettiest Place on Earth, Sephora | VICE | United States". Vice. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  12. ^ Haight, Kelsey. "Most Important Ugly: What Happens When Makeup, Identity, And Art Intersect?". Bust. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  13. ^ Smith, Arabelle Sicardi with Tayler. "Here's What Happens When Some Yale Bro Steals Your Art". Retrieved 2016-08-12.