Kim Kardashian’s body makeup is the last thing women need
- Jul 9, 2019
First published on Sunday the 6th of November, 2016, this piece...Read More
First published on Monday the 19th of September, 2016, this piece comes in at number 27 in the top 30 most read Villainesse...Read More
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Wear this blouse and be the belle of all the Christmas balls!
At this stage of the game, it’s really a miracle that I can still string a sentence together. I’m limping to the finish line sustained only by...Read More
"Tinder is how people meet. It's like real life, but better."
For those of you like me, who have been around the ol’ Tinder wheel of...Read More
*Warning: Contains strong language.
I am many things: a musician, a columnist for the New Zealand Herald , the editor here at Villainesse...Read More
Just sit back for a moment. What’s the first thing you think of when you think of...Read More
In 2016, as in pretty much every year since the beginning of time, a pair of ovaries may as well be a ‘discounted’ sticker in the New Zealand job...Read More
The people of Colombia are in shock. The South American nation, a country with...Read More
“I’ve always been super different from all my sisters,” Kendall Jenner confessed during her Vogue...Read More
If there’s one thing you can pretty much guarantee about an election, it’s that plenty...Read More
America was never “great.”
Sorry, Donald Trump...Read More
Over the past several months, we have been collaborating with Variety - the Children's Charity on a campaign about child poverty in New Zealand....Read More
“I’m gonna to beat you up. I’m gonna to give you a bloody nose and a black eye.”
“I thought you were going to make me spew today?”...Read More
I began combat sports when I was 19. That's six years of being punched, kicked, choked and thrown around like a ragdoll. My goal was to become...Read More
Thanks for letting me know that I’m intimidating. Thanks for letting me know that my glasses, my nonconformist curly hair, dark eyebrows, and...Read More
It all began on a bone-achingly cold night in Dunedin. I was away on business, sitting in my hotel room and watching the fall-out from the Brexit...Read More
New Zealanders. You could almost say we have aviation fuel in our blood. If there’s a far-flung land to fly to, you can bet there will be a bunch...Read More
Another day, another mass shooting. Another person of colour gunned down by police. Another hate-filled speech by the yellow-fuzzed presidential...Read More
Back in the day, discovering countries was something of a big deal. Britain especially was really into it. At a certain time, you could basically...Read More
In the aftermath of the Brexit, the shockwaves have spread across the globe. Even in the Leave camp, there...Read More
In the wake of the court ruling which saw convicted rapist Brock Turner slapped with a six-month prison sentence, a petition has sprung up calling...Read More
Oh, America. You proved me wrong.
I thought after Sandy Hook, after Aurora, after Charleston and San Bernardino, nothing could surprise me...Read More
Marlborough Girls’ College reportedly has some concerns for its students’ “comfort” and “safety”, though it appears to care very little about the...Read More
If you haven’t seen the Tea Consent video (above), there is probably some gaping vortex in your social media life snaffling away viral content...Read More
Workaholics have always existed. We can’t blame the internet for ruining people’s lives and chaining them to their work. There was a time, however...Read More
Well-meaning advice. I get it. It’s nice to feel like you’re helping someone else. Sharing wisdom. Contributing to society. It’s gratifying to...Read More
We need to talk about the Real Housewives of Melbourne reunion.
While a fair bit of it was bleeped...Read More
There is a lot of bullshit in this world. Maths was never my strong point, so I’m not exactly sure how to quantify it, but I’d estimate that the...Read More
Rabble-rouser. Trouble-maker. Stirrer of the pot.
Historically, the terms could hardly be called complimentary. Following the leader...Read More
“Let me go!” the woman screeched, writhing like a fish on a hook. Two young women in shop uniforms, faces grim but determined, had her pinned mere...Read More
NOUN ( plural apologies )
A regretful acknowledgement of an offence or failure:...Read More
Sugar and spice, and all things nice. That’s what we’re apparently made of. And sure, I...Read More
According to Donald Trump, eternal font of wisdom, Hillary Clinton has a ‘women’s card’.
I’m not sure how you sign up for such a magical...Read More
Early this morning, thousands of people gathered all around New Zealand and Australia to remember the ANZACs...Read More
As a woman with a body, I am required by law to wear clothes when I step outside the house. I have no problem with that. Truth be told, I quite...Read More
Over Easter weekend there was a series of brutal attacks carried out on Asian students across Auckland city. Six students were attacked across...Read More
A few months ago I was a vehement defender of trigger warnings. The idea of preparing readers in advance for material that may be stressful or...Read More
The song Ebony and Ivory uses the keys on a piano that co-exist with one another in harmony to symbolise racial equality. That’s the story of my...Read More
When a photograph of a...Read More
Playgrounds would have to be among some of the most joyful places on earth. There is something magical about children at play; their laughter is...Read More
If Donald Trump becomes president of the United States there’s a good chance I may never...Read More
Admit it. We’ve all been there. Your inbox is overflowing with hundreds of emails. You’ve taken a hammering on Twitter, abuse on Instagram, or...Read More
Nothing about this is easy or comforting to write, because it doesn’t sit easily or comfortably in my head. Humanity is a mass of contradictions,...Read More
There are few things more terrifying than walking into a party of complete strangers alone. That moment when you look around the room and realise...Read More
We’re writing to address a recent controversy that has caused us a great deal of sadness. We’ve been very sorry to see the #MyBodyMyTerms hashtag...Read More
Five Women. Five Questions. Five Days.
Who: Diane Foreman, entrepreneur
Why: As the woman who founded, chaired and ran Emerald...Read More
As a young person, I’m used to taking a fair amount of shit. Whether we’re being accused of being lazy, entitled, facile, or selfish, there’s...Read More
When Lady Gaga took to the stage at the Oscars, I wasn’t prepared for what was going to happen next. I certainly won’t forget it.
In the wake of a court verdict that saw pop princess Kesha Sebert denied an injunction against...Read More
It was one of those moments. Like when Lady...Read More
Chivalry is dead. That’s how the saying goes, isn’t it? But if you ask me, some things are better off in the ground. No mourning necessary....Read More
Yep, it’s that time of year again. The dreaded Day . No, not the one with the tinsel and the red and white hats. Not the one with the chocolate...Read More
Boobs. Half the population has them. Frankly, they’re rather mundane. They come in all shapes and colours and sizes and, speaking as someone who...Read More
For most of the first 15 years of my life, I lived on a remote farm on the lush fringes of the Te Urewera National Park. This...Read More
We're not going to waste our time writing about you. That would only feed your narcissism.
We'll keep it brief: You...Read More
I found my teenage diaries during a wardrobe clear out last week. I had religiously kept a daily record of my teenage angst between the ages of...Read More
First published on Tuesday the 29th of September, 2015, this piece comes in at number 2 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
First published on Monday the 16th of November, 2015, this piece comes in at number 4 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
It was...Read More