2015 in 15
  • January 2, 2016
  • Rachel Loosley Creative Writer and Social Media Millennial



    As we wave goodbye to 2015, we thought we’d look back on some of the most notable moments in popular culture from the last year…


    1. Adele’s return

    Adele made an explosive return with the release of her third album, 25, in November 2015. Her long-awaited album sold over three million copies in it’s first week, and went on to debut at number one in over 25 countries!

    2. THAT dress

    Way back when in February an image was posted on Facebook that would spark debate for months to come. IS IT BLACK AND BLUE OR WHITE AND GOLD?! Personally I’ve only ever been able to see black and blue…



    3. Star Wars

    Not being a Star Wars fan myself (I know, blasphemy) I don’t really get it, but there was a hell of a lot of excitement surrounding the new instalment – Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

    4. Justin Bieber’s new album

    Biebs released his fourth album, Purpose, in November, rivalling Adele for the top spot. The new album has been received staggeringly well, causing non-beliebers to convert.

    Myself included.

    5. Bake-off

    This year Nadiya Hussain won not only The Great British Bake-Off, but the hearts of the British public, too! Her fizzy drink-inspired cheesecake was a work of art, and her winning personality quickly made her our favourite bake-off contestant of all time!


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    6. Princess Charlotte

    May saw the birth of the newest royal, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

    7. Plastic bag fee

    Brits are still marginally outraged by the 5p plastic bag charge introduced in October.

    8. Spectre

    Daniel Craig performed his (rumoured) last stint as Mr James Bond in Spectre, released in October.

    9. First down syndrome model walked at New York fashion week

    History was made in the fashion world as the first model with down syndrome walked the catwalk at New York Fashion week.

    10. One Direction’s hiatus

    In the summer One Direction announced their ‘hiatus’, meaning they’d be taking a break from each other after the end of 2015.

    11. Hello, Caitlyn Jenner

    Caitlyn Jenner came on the scene in April of 2015, and has since been raising awareness for LGBT issues.



    12. Jurassic World

    Chris Pratt ran around with some dinosaurs this summer in the blockbuster Jurassic World. It became the third highest-grossing film of all time!

    13. Madonna fell down

    Madonna had a mishap with her cape at the Brits, but by god did she get back up and carry on. Trooper or what?

    14. Clarkson removed from top gear

    Jeremy Clarkson did not have his contract renewed after he had a tussle with a member of the crew.

    15. You know nothing Jon Snow…

    SPOILER ALERT. Anyone who hasn’t finished the most recent series of Game of Thrones look away now…Jon Snow died! Fans were shocked and outraged, at first. Rumour has it that actor Kit Harington who plays Snow has been spotted on the set of the next series. Keep those fingers crossed for some kind of crazy loophole miracle!



    OKAY I'M ANGRY! If this is not a platform to share your opinions then where else right?! So here it goes, you may have seen Mattel are doing a Barbie version of FRIDA KAHLO, the profoundly inspirational Mexican Artist. Well on the surface it sounds positive – celebrating female cultural icons etc, but it’s in fact not at all what it seems. . . Zac and I adore this woman and are huge fans. Frida Kahlo represented not just a fearless and boundless expression of individuality, but she stood firmly on the side of those in society that were forgotten about. In her art she explored questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. She was simply brilliant, and an inspiration to all us mothers raising daughters. . . Salma Hayek portrayed her brilliantly in the 2002 Bipoic (please watch it if you haven’t already!) and said Frida was “one of the forces that gave me the determination to pursue my career”. . . On to what Mattel are doing. Firstly – despite what some bloggers like to shill on social media, the Barbie doll is not something positive for any child in my view. It does not represent uniqueness, and when Frida becomes SLIM and more LIGHT SKINNED with LIGHT EYES, that’s when lines are being crossed. This is not just cultural appropriation for commercial gain, but the very colonial re-shaping of identity she stood against. . . LEAVE FRIDA ALONE. Rant over. . #fridakahlo #mattel #leaveheralone #views #latin #mexicanculture #salmahayeck #womensday #strongwomen #womenofculture #mummyviews #londonblogger #unique #art #ethnic #celebratinguniqueness #inspirationalwomen #thisisbullshit #barbieisnotunique #notobarbie #femalerolemodels #ithastobesaid
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