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High Brow is a chic podcast for cool girls and self-identified intellectuals. Hosted by Mina Le, the pod is an extension of her eponymous Youtube channel.

Follow Mina every Wednesday as she leads you through the culture & fashion landscapes, dissecting topics that probably resonate most with the chronically online... but through the lens of someone who has touched grass of course (or so she claims!).

Find Mina on Youtube, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter @gremlita
11 Episodes
Mina and guest of the pod Avery Trufelman discuss all things rich people fashion, American Ivy, Ralph Lauren mania, and trend predictions for the future. Check out Avery's podcast Articles of Interest and her accompanying Substack.
This episode is a director's cut version of So we’re all obsessed with dolls right now, including extra discussions on dolls in horror films, "living dolls," the power of Bratz, and an interview with Dr. Jillian Hernandez, professor and author of Aesthetics of Excess: The Art of Politics of Black and Latina Embodiment. You can find Jillian on Instagram @pastelitocookie! SOURCES Ancient and Creepy Doll Head Discovered in Prehistoric Child Grave Joins World's Oldest Known Toy Collection Paddle Doll | Middle Kingdom | The Metropolitan Museum of Art Condon, Eileen M. "Spirit dolls (munequitas) in New York Puerto Rican homes: engaging with saints and ancestors." Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore 39, no. 1-2 (2013): 14+. Gale Academic OneFile (accessed May 16, 2023). Voodoo for dummies: A quick guide to how magical possession works in the 'Chucky' universe Myths About Voodoo  THE CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW OF ANNABELLE: CREATION The History of Creepy Dolls The Other Sara Lee: A Doll Story - The Strong National Museum of Play Are All These Diverse Dolls Actually Making a Difference for Kids' Self Esteem? | Allure Antique Q&A: French papier-mâché doll. The Lovely & Disturbing: The History Of Wax Dolls – Inherited Values Oh, You Beautiful Doll : Wax Dolls Were Once as Popular as Their Cabbage Patch Descendants Are Today. This Year, One Antique Sold for $1,842 Porcelain Doll History and Origin Antique Porcelain Dolls: How to Determine Their Value. CHILDHOOD PLAYTHINGS Antique Infants: A Brief History of Baby Dolls. Change in sociocultural ideal male physique: An examination of past and present action figures - ScienceDirect The Secret of Barbie's Rivals - TIME The New Yorker (Dec 4, 2006) A Brief Cultural History of Bratz American Girl dolls: Where the brand has both championed and failed America's girls  Cultural Exchange in Seventeenth-Century France and England by Gesa Stedman Walk, Walk, Fashion Baby: 18th Century Fashion Dolls - The Costume Society Guide to the Paper Dolls Collection mid 19th century The Paper Dolls of Anne Sanders Wilson | European Fashion Heritage Association The Secret History of the Dolls That Inspired Dior's Couture Collection Cissette: The Rise & Fall of a Fashion Icon | DOLLS magazine 20th Century Commercialization of Childhood COMPANY NEWS: Mattel Says It Erred; Teen Talk Barbie Turns Silent on Math - The New York Times Billboard (Aug 16, 1997) Mattel Sues Aqua Over “Barbie Girl” – Rolling Stone Margiela's "A Doll's Wardrobe" | helicon Moschino Brings Paper Dolls to Life for Spring 2017 Cover up your dark circles in style with a giant doll's head The 5 Most Influential Barbie Designers. Moschino Creates Barbie Doll and Capsule Collection – WWD Balmain Collaborates With Barbie on Fashion Collection – WWD This Is What a Mowalola Bratz Doll Looks Like Ball-Jointed Doll Wiki Volks USA So, What is a BJD Anyway? | BJDs for Dummies Super Dollfie - Wikipedia ドール面 橋本ルル の活動終了理由について Reason for ending the Hashimoto Lulu Project (doll mask) Subcultures and Social Trends: Living Dolls – The Quest for Plastic and Latex Perfection — Steemit Meet Valeria Lukyanova, The 'Human Barbie' Who Claims She's Only Had One Plastic Surgery Blondie Bennett has hypnotherapy to make her like 'brainless sex doll' | Daily Mail Online A conversation with @klit.klittredge, American Girl doll meme maker and shitposter - Digital Culture What Do American Girl Dolls Say About Us? - The Strong National Museum of Play
In this episode, Mina reviews some of late April/early May's trending topics. Here was her reading list: The rise of dating vigilantism Meet the People Working 3 Jobs to Afford Erewhon FINDING EREWHON Celebrity Chef Reveals What She Gets A-List Clients in $1500 Erewhon Haul 'Cosplaying as rich people': Customers spend $80 in EBT at Erewhon 2023 Writers Guild of America Strike: What You Need to Know - The New York Times In past strikes, networks turned to reality TV. Now it's more complicated. Neil Gaiman on Tumblr George R.R. Martin Weighs In On The Writer's Strike (& Why He Hates Mini-Rooms)
In this director's cut episode, Mina taps into celeb "courtcore" aka the way that celebrities dress when appearing in the judicial court. In this special episode, she also dives further into history, starting with Joan of Arc and ending with contemporary films and the way characters are costumed for trial (e.g. Legally Blonde). Clothing | Joan of Arc | Primary Sources and Context Concerning Joan of Arc's Male Clothing Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser The Misgendering of Joan of Arc Mary, Queen of Scots, Became an Iconic Figure for Many Catholics Over the Centuries, Scholar Says Fatty Arbuckle and the Birth of the Celebrity Scandal | The New Yorker “Fatty’s Wife’s Smiles Lighten Grim Tragedy,” The Washington Times (1921) “Women Throng First Hearing of Arbuckle Case,” The New York Tribune (1921) What America will remember from Gwyneth Paltrow's ski crash trial - The Washington Post Courtroom Style: Gwyneth Paltrow, Winona Ryder, Lindsay Lohan and more’s iconic outfits while on trial The most iconic celebrity courtroom outfits The Verdict on Winona's Clothes - The Washington Post Why Did She Do It? - TIME Naomi Campbell Shows the World How to Dress for Court Lindsay Lohan wears fancy pants to court. Who decides her attire? | In Court, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Dress to Suggest - The New York Times Experts Decode Amber Heard's Suited Courtroom Looks Amber Heard accused of COPYING Johnny Depp's courtroom outfits: see similarities between ensembles | Daily Mail Online free" Winona From Faux Pas to Fashion Statement - Los Angeles Times Lindsay Lohan's 'F-You' a Joke, Says Lawyer...Then Quits | LAist Did Lindsay Lohan Write 'F*** U' on Her Fingernail for Her Probation Hearing? Cardi B Is Guilty... of the Best-Ever Celebrity Court Fashion Megan Thee Stallion sent a powerful message with the purple suit she wore to testify against Tory Lanez -- who's found guilty of shooting her, more courtroom fashion over the years | Gallery | How Should Gwyneth Paltrow Dress for Court? Our celebrity trial obsession sets a dangerous precedent American Trial Films and the Popular Culture of Law Case Study 4: Chicago (2002) – The Femme Fatale and the Distortion of Female Criminality Legally Blonde Fashion: Costume Designer Sophie de Rakoff on Elle's 'Signature Color' | Legally Blonde, Legally Fashionable: The Evolution of Elle Woods - The Art of Costume My Favourite Outfits In Legally Blonde – The Vault Publication
The director's cut version of Mina's The Life and Death of the Fashion Magazine video she published onto Youtube on Monday. In this expanded edition, she shares listener stories, gives proper shout-outs to some 20th century woman EICs, dives into indie zines, and talks with Mi-Anne Chan, senior director of programming and creative development at Conde Nast (ooooh fancy), who shares valuable insight on today's digital fashion magazine industry. Keep up with High Brow on Instagram! and keep up with Mina on Youtube, Instagram, and Tiktok! Check out Mi-Anne's Mixed Feelings! SOURCES “Fashion in the ‘Mercure’: From Human Foible to Female Failing by Reed Benhamou Femininity and Consumption: The Problem of the Late Nineteenth-Century Fashion Journal by Christopher Breward ‘Making the Magazine’: Visuality, Managerial Capitalism, and the Mass Production of Periodicals, 1865—1890 by Vanessa Meikle Schulman Reflecting and Shaping American Culture: Magazines Since World War II by David Abrahamson Hypervisibility and Invisibility of Female Haafu Models in Japan’s Beauty Culture by Kaori Mori Want What Happened to 50 Magazines Since the Pandemic Began – WWD  Internet Crushes Traditional Media: From Print to Digital Seventeen print magazine moving to digital first: The era of the teen mag is over The Monthly Fashion Magazine Is No More Selling Style I: The History of Fashion Marketing Through the 19th Century | Wilson College of Textiles Fashion magazines: History of the biggest magazines - Vogue, ELLE & Co. - CM Models | Model Agency The Birth of Fashion Magazines - JSTOR Daily The Importance of Godey's Lady's Book on 19th c. Fashion History The Influence of Fashion Magazines The Evolution of Fashion Journalism from Print to Digital History Of Magazines | When Were The First Magazines Invented? The Gilded Age of Magazines | The Nation “Americana.” Time, February 3, 1930 Godey's Lady's Book in the Accessible Archives Godey’s Lady’s Audience: The Women of the Mid 19th Century – The History of the Book The Power of Community: On the Radical History of Women's Magazines Helen Gurley Brown: 10 Best Tips From ‘Sex and the Single Girl’ Helen Gurley Brown and the Birth of the Cosmo Girl | The New Yorker Helen Gurley Brown dead: Assessing America’s most puritanical wild woman The Magazine Business, From the Coolest Place to the Coldest One - The New York Times The Assistant Economy - Dissent Magazine Does the fashion industry still need Vogue in the age of social media? Women’s magazines are dying. Will we miss them when they’re gone? - The Washington Post America's print tabloid era is over The Death of Newspapers and Magazines - CBS News The Print Renaissance Celebrate Punk Zines With the Musicians Who Created Them | Smithsonian Voices Revolutionary PHL: Blankets, Beer, and Beef: Broadsides for Care of Military Bodies History of Amateur Journalism FIRE!! Devoted To Younger Negro Artists (1926) by POC Zine Project - Issuu Get To Know The Little Magazines of The Harlem Renaissance The Amazing Zines That Kicked Off Geek Fandom Xerox factor. The short-lived graphic energy of punk fanzines and posters. Music HerStory: Women, Zines, and Punk | Smithsonian Institution IS PRINT REALLY DEAD? HOW GEN-Z IS REVIVING ZINE CULTURE - CULTED Anna Wintour on the Future of Print, Hillary, and How She Feels About Her Reputation
In this episode, Mina explores some of the discussions that came up in April: the Barbie trailer, terrible lighting in modern movies/tv shows, sharing pet custody, Instagram divorce announcements, how therapyspeak is harming relationships, flavored watertok, and the luxury water market (have you heard of iceberg water (yes, water from an iceberg) and did you know it costs $300 a bottle?). Here was her reading list: Ryan Gosling Reveals Why He Agreed To Play Ken In ‘Barbie’ Movie: “His Story Must Be Told” And the Ryan Gosling Dancing Video Why are movies so dark these days? A filmmaker walks us through the reasons behind the ‘dark cinematography’ that’s causing so many complaints  Don’t Adjust the Brightness: Here’s Why TV and Movies Are So Dark Now All My Divorced Friends Are Sharing Custody of Their Pets Everyone Announces Their Divorce Like a Celebrity Now  Why do people overshare on social media? For Love or Money Is Therapy-Speak Making Us Selfish? The Danger Of Instagram Therapists (& What Real Therapists Think Of Them)  The Problem With Letting Therapy-Speak Invade Everything TikTok's Latest Obsession With Flavored Water Is Basically Just Juice What is WaterTok? Why flavored water is blowing up on TikTok This TikTok-Famous Stanley Tumbler Always Sells Out, but You Can Grab It on Amazon Right Now Here's How Everyone On Instagram Became Obsessed With A Previously Obscure Cup Inside the Very Real (and Very Complicated) World of Luxury Water Collectors  Meet the Hydro-Haters: The People Who Refuse to Drink Water, No Matter What Americans' main complaint about water is that it tastes too much like water Go to and use promo code MINA today and you’ll get 25% off your first order!
The director's cut version of Mina's "let's discuss MLMs, Pyramid Schemes, and Grindset Culture video she published onto Youtube on Monday. In this expanded edition, she shares listener stories, debunks bogus claims by MLMs like Young Living, and talks with journalist Sophie Dickinson who wrote the ever informative "The 'Get Rich Quick' MLM Schemes Targeting Gen Z During Lockdown" article for Vice! Keep up with High Brow on Instagram! and keep up with Mina on Youtube, Instagram, and Tiktok! Sources Multilevel Marketing: A Historical Perspective by William W. Keep and Peter Vander Nat (2013) Avon Products 1964-2014: The Slippery Slope of Direct Selling by William W. Keep (2015) Theorizing #Girlboss Culture: Mediated Neoliberal Feminisms from Influencers to Multi-Level Marketing Schemes by Frankie Mastrangelo (2021) The Case (for and) against Multi-level Marketing By Jon M. Taylor, MBA, Ph.D., Consumer Awareness Institute Islamic Marketing: Understanding the Socio-Economic, Cultural, and Politico-Legal Environment (Management for Professionals) by Cedomir Nestorovic  The Rise and Fall of Albania's Pyramid Schemes by Christopher Jarvis Multi-Level Marketing Businesses and Pyramid Schemes The Story of Brownie Wise, the Ingenious Marketer Behind the Tupperware Party Tupperware Parties: Suburban Women’s Plastic Path to Empowerment  Hey, Hun! In women’s joblessness, multi-level marketers saw opportunity. The Story Behind the Mary Kay Pink Cadillac  ‘It’s very culty’: the bizarre billion-dollar downfall of fashion company LuLaRoe Do You Trust This Momfluencer? Good, Because She Has Something To Sell You Inside the influencer MLM that peddles more than just an Insta-perfect life The 'Get Rich Quick' MLM Schemes Targeting Gen Z During Lockdown  Where Working Women Are Most Common 10 reasons Mormons dominate multi-level marketing companies Follow the profit: How Mormon culture made Utah a hotbed for multi-level marketers Amazon Docuseries LuLaRich Breaks Down the Chaotic Story of Deception Behind Multilevel Marketing Company LuLaRoe  These Women Say An Essential Oil MLM Has Been Taken Over By Satan. Yes, Really. How Essential Oils Became the Cure for Our Age of Anxiety FTC Takes Action Against doTERRA Distributors for False COVID-19 Health Claims What You Should Know about Youngevity Multilevel Marketing Companies Are Cashing In on the Crisis Latinos crucial to Herbalife’s financial health 
Mina welcomes friend of the pod, Rian Phin, to chat about cultivating your own identity/aesthetic, being part of a subculture, the perilous state of fashion archiving, our unhealthy(???) usage of social media, the old money mystique, and more! Rian Phin is a fashion writer, theorist, and content creator. You can find her on TikTok, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram. This is the TikTok video we discuss briefly.
In this episode, Mina explores some of the discussions that came up in February and March: aestheticizing failure as a woman, HBO's The Idol, sex scenes in tv shows, and how censorship and AI are affecting society's relationship to sex and companionship. Here was her reading list: All hail the girlfailure by Roison Lanigan Why are so many people rewatching Girls? by Callie Holtermann What Rewatching Old Shows Teaches Us about Ourselves by Allie Volpe 'The Idol': How HBO's Next 'Euphoria' Became Twisted 'Torture Porn' by Cheyenne Roundtree Are Sex-Negative ‘Puriteens’ Actually Taking Over the Internet? By EJ Dickinson Penn Badgley Goes Deeper on Swearing Off Racy ‘You’ Sex Scenes: ‘That Aspect of Hollywood Has Been Very Disturbing’ by Kate Arthur Hundreds of sexual deepfake ads using Emma Watson’s face ran on Facebook and Instagram in the last two days by Kat Tenbarge When It Comes to OnlyFans, Humans Can Outcompete AI by Lux Alptraum Replika's Companion Chat Bot Reportedly Loses the Sex and Leaves Fans Despondent by Nikki Main Italy bans U.S.-based AI chatbot Replika from using personal data by Elvira Pollina and Martin Coulter
For this episode, Mina revisits an old video she made on the history of dieting, supplemented (no pun intended) with more information, listener stories, and an interview with Dr. Katharina Vester, culture historian and professor at American University. Keep up with High Brow on Instagram! and keep up with Mina on Youtube, Instagram, and Tiktok! Sources: Regime change: Gender, class, and the invention of dieting in post-bellum America by Katharina Vester From Robust Appetites to Calorie Counting: The Emergence of Dieting among Smith College Students in the 1920s by Margaret A. Lowe The Progressive Era Body Project: Calorie-Counting and “Disciplining the Stomach” in 1920s America by Chin Jou Dieting in the Long Sixties: Constructing the Identity of the Modern American Dieter by Nancy Gagliardi Slimming One’s Way to a Better Self? Weight Loss Clubs and Women in Britain, 1967–1990 by Katrina-Louise Moseley “Lose Like a Man”: Gender and the Constraints of Self-Making in Weight Watchers Online by Emily Contois Fasting Girls: A History of Anorexia by Joan Jacobs Brumberg Holy Anorexia by Rudolph M. Bell History in the Comic Mode: Medieval Communities and the Matter of Person by Rachel Fulton and Bruce W. Holsinger An examination of the imposture of Ann Moore, called the fasting woman, of Tutbury: illustrated by remarks on other cases of real and pretended abstinence by Alexander Henderson America’s First Amphetamine Epidemic 1929–1971 by Nicholas Rasmussen The return of rainbow diet pills by Pieter A. Cohen, Alberto Goday & John P. Swann  A Speedy History of America’s Addiction to Amphetamine Saint Wilgefortis: a bearded woman with a queer history How slimming became an obsession for women in post-war Britain by Myriam Wilks-Heeg Kids' Sugar Cravings Might Be Biological  5 Food Myths You Should Stop Believing Anorexia Mirabilis: Fasting in Victorian England and modern India The Jacob Case Breatharian Website Cult that shuns food shaken by reports leader is eating Breatharian Leader Wiley Brooks Lives On Light, Air, And Quarter Pounders
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