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Mali Fenning Capstone


My capstone process was a journey. The beginning objective was to discover what modesty means to different women, and to see connections between religion and modern day dress in the female community. In order for me to truly understand what dressing modestly felt like, I had to make the project more personal. Therefore, for four months I covered my hair, arms, and legs. I kept a journal during this process, and jotted down short or sometimes long reflections and thoughts about my experience.

To understand modesty more, I started talking to different women who dressed modestly and I realized how modesty was different for each of them. The way they felt about modesty was different because of their particular identity and experience. No one person is the same, so of course everyone's journey is diverse. Through these conversations, I had a realization of how important personal identity is, but how often we overlook people's stories and just judge people by first glance. My capstones purpose is to go beyond the image that people create for themselves. A website was the best way for me to display many different interviews and my journal entries. There are three sections on the website; art, beliefs, and fashion. I felt as though, these three things form people's identity. I interviewed most people from the SLA community and a couple outside of school. The website shows many diverse beliefs, art forms, and styles. It also includes my journal entries from my fourth months and reflections.

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Funches, Ron. "Ask a Grown Man: Ron Funches." RookieMag. RookieMag, 28 Jan. 2016. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. <>.

I used RookieMag a couple times for my research because the magazine is so interesting and diverse. Similar to website it is very diverse and has many topics on it. I used this specific video Ask a Grown Man: Ron Funches because I am filming some of my interviews and I wanted to see how they conducted their interviews. This resource was also inspiration for how I should set up the room and the type of questions I should ask during the interviews.  

Gilligan, Minna. "Bad Girl Painter: Olivia Moriarty." RookieMag. RookieMag, 08 Jan. 2016. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. <>.

This is another source I used from RookieMag, however this article was slightly more helpful since it had specific questions about art. On my website there is a section for art and I am interviewing different people, so this interview really helped me get some ideas about the certain questions I would want to ask. I have been getting a lot of inspiration from RookieMag due to it’s creativity and diversity.

Goodkind, Elisa, and Lily Mandelbaum. "About Us StyleLikeU." StyleLikeU. StyleLikeU, n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. <>.

Originally my capstone was just going to be about modest fashion, and StyleLikeU was a big inspiration for me. The reason being, the website shows people who have amazing style but then digs even deeper to discover what the meaning is behind the person’s style. This website inspired me to go beyond beyond the image and to find the meaning of why people wear, create, and believe the things they do. The interviews are all videos and so I watched a lot of them to understand how I should edit the videos and if I should speak during the interviews. The StyleLikeU videos inspired me to make my interviews feel very comfortable and allow them to be as honest as they want, and I respond to what they at sometimes to make it more like a conversation so they don’t feel isolated or put on the spot.

KATEBI, HODA. "JOOJOO AZAD | جوجو آزاد: Fashion." JOOJOO AZAD | جوجو آزاد: Fashion. N.p., 2013. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. <>.

This source is a modest fashion blog created by Hoda Katebi. She is a Muslim woman who writes about modest and ethical fashion. When I was researching modest fashion is one of the bloggers that stood out to me because she is also a feminist. She exposed me to the complexity of modesty and the modest fashion world. On my website for the fashion section I quote her, “Screw society's standards of beauty. Wear whatever makes you personally happy and confident. Wear what defines you as a person, not hides you as an object.” This really resonated with me and how I wanted to represent the fashion section of my website. I want to go beyond the image of fashion and understand the meaning.

"Head Covering: An Inter-Religious Discussion." YouTube. YouTube, 21 Mar. 2012. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. <>.

In Sophomore year I stumbled upon this video of an interfaith discussion about modesty. I still watch the video often to understand the different opinions and views on modesty in different religions. This source was very important for me to understand especially when I was dressing modestly for the first four months of my capstone. I used that research time to try to understand modesty and I different way of life better. Even though, I didn’t come to any sound conclusions on modesty I still learned a lot about personal identity. Also, I am glad I went through that four months of modesty to understand that there isn’t a linear conclusion to modesty and this video also shows how the views on modesty are very diverse.

Anne, Emilee. Emilee Anne. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. <>.

Emilee Anne has a very unique and interesting point of view on fashion. I found this resource and I really enjoyed the post, and then I realized it was a great source for my website. The reason being, the layout is very interesting and well done. I have been using this fashion blog as a way to see how I would like my website to look like. I also have used some of my other sources in this way.

Khan, Nushmia. "What Does It Mean to Be Fashionably Modest?" The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 27 Apr. 2015. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. <>.

This sources applies to my four months of modesty and also the modest fashion section of my website. I have a fashion section of my website, but I am making sure that I have a lot of modest women on the website so that they are properly represented. Some of the questions I have about modesty are posed in this video and they are questions that I would like to also ask some of the modest women I interview.

Winfrey, Oprah. "Full Episode: Oprah and Arianna Huffington on Her Big Wake-Up Call -" SuperSoultv. N.p., 23 Jan. 2016. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. <>.

SuperSoultv  is a tv program created by Oprah Winfrey. The program focuses on beliefs and spirituality. I have watched the show many times, and then realized that the questions she was asking greatly applied to the belief section of my capstone. I have interviewed three people for the belief section of my website. When I interviewed them I used some of the questions Oprah asks in the interviews she conducts on the tv program SuperSoul-Sunday.

"Alpha Industries Bomber Jacket, Midi Skirt & K3 Sandals in Harajuku." Tokyo Fashion News RSS. N.p., 20 Jan. 2016. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. <>.

Tokyofashion is a resource that was shown to me by my sister. She showed it to me because it has a lot of street fashion interviews on the website. On the fashion section of my website I would like to eventually be able to interview anyone even on the street. This source was very helpful to see how they conduct these interviews and the type of questions they ask. They also list the interviewees social media, which I thought was very interesting and now I am thinking of also listing my interviewees social media. This was so interesting because this will for the person to gain more popularity and exposure. Many of the people I am interviewing are artists or have great fashion and they would like to network more, so creating the accessibility to their social media will be very beneficial.

Benaroya, Ana. Illustration Next. N.p.: Thames & Hudson, 2013. Print.

Illustration Next is a book that has many different art pieces in. Also, the book has interviews with different artist. All of the questions are the same however, which generated the idea that I would make different questions for each section but keep the questions the same for each particular section. This way you can say how people answer the questions differently and in their own way. It is also interesting to see how people interpret the questions differently. In Illustration Next the questions are very opened for interpretation, and so I made some of my questions open for interpretation as well.