You know the drill. Class just ended, and conveniently, Drake’s latest album is still fresh on the charts. You’re alone. You pop in your headphones, pretending to resonate with the joyous camaraderie that comes with having “a really big team” and you’re troubled by the obstacle that is your dearth of “really big rings”  — crucial to cohesively accessorize the aforementioned squad.

During my Drizzy-powered strolls, I prefer to envision a flustered Drake relentlessly demanding rings at a Cartier or Tiffany’s boutique each time I hear “Big Rings”  (music video ideas!) rather than attempting to relate his triumphant lyricism to my life. Jokes aside, I cherish my solo walks to class. It’s my amble of comfortable solitude; a saunter to recharge, re-center and, when time permits, stop for the essential overdose of caffeine that prompts my loquacity in awkward discussion sections. But, a successful stroll cannot be endured without some sound synching with my strides.

Oftentimes, I decidedly jam to my perfectly curated playlist entitled ‘hype walk to class’ to ensure a journey through the Diag that is of the hype variety. But last week, I forwent my methodical after-class routine and opted for the musings of the Man Repeller podcast “Oh boy” per recommendation of my Senior Arts Editor.

For those who don’t know (for starters, help yourself and hop off the laggard train, life awaits), Leandra Medine is the founder of/subversive queen behind the gloriously feminist, intelligent, quippy and style-centric entity that is the Man Repeller website. She’s the patron saint of the individual and the steadfast champion of the indescribable. She simply can’t be defined; and though she can’t be placed into a characteristic box, she reminds you that you shouldn’t even attempt to reduce her, yourself or others to any rigid definition.

For nearly five years, Medine has given her cult followers what we don’t know we need when we don’t know we need it. She has revolutionized how we think and talk about fashion with her stunning irreverence and amendments to our collective sartorial vernacular (remember when we all abused the term “arm party” in 2012? Yeah, she started that). Her ingenious collection of words and concepts can be found within the site’s “Dick-shun-ary,” likely to soon rival Oxford’s. Yet, the MR universe isn’t all witty banter: sometimes, she gets really deep (see: Is Kim Kardashian the New Jeff Koons?)

Her baby of a blog extends to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr presences, and since its late-August debut, boasts a podcast with over 50,000 iTunes downloads. In the same vein of Medine’s eclecticism, “Oh boy”s impressive assortment of guests and topics covered deems it a space where anything goes and everything’s understood. 

Each hour-ish long episode is a conversation between either Medine, or the site’s resident filmmaker Jay Buim, and a relatively well-known woman holding an enviable position in the creative workforce. Of the nine episodes currently available for streaming, guests have ranged from Amy O’Dell, online editor of Cosmopolitian magazine, to Kiran Gandhi, drummer for singer M.I.A. who made headlines in early August for running the London Marathon sans tampon. Other guests include immersion journalist Rebecca Harrington, fashion virtuoso Stacy London, startup-veteran Payal Kadaka, entrepreneur Jordana Kier, actress Whitney Cummings and MR deputy editor, Amelia Diamond. Essentially, it’s your ideal phonebook of boss women whose numbers you don’t have, a mere download away.

Besides the obvious benefits of devoting most of my time to absorbing the insightful wisdom of inspiring women, “Oh boy” revs me up for class more than any Drake song ever could; the ambition and life/work passion imbued within each chat is infectious. Though still under the multi-faceted umbrella of style, these portable life lessons don’t merely focus on the latest trends, they’re intimate one-on-ones ranging from the creative perils of self-doubt to the grit behind the glossy-façade of success. Each conversation delves into the life’s work of wildly accomplished women and fashion’s greater context — it’s a voice of reason and realism through the comedic lens. It’s brilliant.

Fashion, in short, is confusing and complex. Yet, if you look at the ever-expanding industry today, it’s clear we’re moving past the catty and sassy and into an era of acceptance and accessibility. Two weeks ago, supermodel Gigi Hadid called out body-shaming trolls on Instagram. Six years ago, Olivier Rousteig took the reins of prestigious French design house Balmain, and made it viewable and enticing to Millenials. For the duration of her career from co-founding TrendMicro to her current stint at Instagram, fashion-maven Eva Chen has consistently reminded us that fashion can, and needs to be, nice. Anomalous leaders like Hadid, Rousteig, Chen and Medine are redefining fashion’s negative connotations of insularity with an inviting openness and refreshing realness.

Sure, certain spheres of luxury’s inherent exclusivity will never change (read: you’ll still probably spend most of your life on the waiting list for a Birkin). But fear not, there’s a kind, new generation committed to getting real.

For now, it’s still a time to be alive. But even Drake agrees, Medine and her podcast are onto something — fashion’s inclusive era.

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