• Mandie Brice

Come for the Fabulous 80s Glam, Stay for the Perspective

About a month ago, I was home alone and looking for something to lift my spirits on Netflix. I had fallen in love with Billy Porter when I saw his incredible outfit for the Oscars...

And from there, the more I learned, the more I loved! So when I was seeking something to cheer me up, I thought "Pose is the perfect way to spend this Friday night and get me in a great mood. 80s music, 80s fashion, fabulous queens? Sign me up!" Yes - I got all of that... and more. I came for the voguing, the 80s music, fashion, and club culture, and the all around fabulousness, and I got what I came for. What I did not realize until I was already hooked was that Pose was not going to just be a parade of amazing fabulousness, but that it explored way more - the things that a caucasian, cis-gendered heterosexual woman like me takes for granted. Of course, I am aware of the persecution that members of the LGBTQ+ community face, as well as the additional challenges, like increased risk for HIV and AIDS. I've heard/read heartbreaking stories of coming out and getting kicked out of families, and I remember when Pedro from the Real World passed away - almost my introduction to the hardships for the LGBTQ+ community. Pose really drove this experience home in a way that was clearer to me than hearing stories told. It portrayed it in a realistic way, and shared the heartache that those in situations most of us never experience feel. The acting isn't always Oscar-worthy, but it is definitely worth a watch. And if you want to continue to learn, I also recommend "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson," on a similar theme, and the documentary "Paris is Burning" was also recommended. Learning other perspectives can go a long way in helping us unite (which we know this country and really everyone globally needs), so I strongly recommend checking these out! What is an example of a pop culture piece that gave you a new learning experience and broadened your horizons? Discuss in the comments!

Mandie Brice is obsessed with personal development, and the idea that if you look better and feel better, you'll do everything else better, too. A former teacher turned model, then makeup artist, writer, and podcaster, she loves sharing what she's learned in her never-ending quest for self-improvement from the inside-out. She's originally from the Midwest (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to be exact) has been living in LA for two years, with a stop in the Bay Area for the three years before that! Her writing has been featured in publications like Apple News, Huffington Post, and Forbes.com, among others, and her makeup work has been on major television networks, People Magazine, Women's Day, Prevention, the cover of the Village Voice, and Malynda Hale's face.