Resting Bitch Face is the streetwear brand venting all your inner feelings
Do I want resting bitch faces on my hoodie? Hell to the yes
Every girl has been told to ‘smile’ by catcallers on the street, whom we speed walk past as they continue to yell about our ‘resting bitch face.’ But instead of cowering to that negative stereotype, Leila Wikel turned the phrase into a streetwear brand.photo: @alaingrpolanco / models: @realorrin, @armsandlegs, @mariaisabelsev, @julesmoriah
The 21-year-old film major, who is originally from Atlanta, started Resting Bitch Face in December 2016
After moving to New York two years earlier for college, she wanted to be more involved in the city’s streetwear community.
“I feel like there is a major lack of female presence in the streetwear scene from a design standpoint, and many of the well-known brands fail to represent what I, as a strong female, stand for,” said Leila.photo: @alaingrpolanco / models: @armsandlegs, @themarcusguerrier
Growing up, Leila was an avid fan of skateboarding and wanted to create a label that was influenced by the New York skate culture, but also open for everyone to wear
“I wanted to create a brand that anyone – not just skaters – could wear and appreciate, that didn’t have restrictions on who can wear the clothes,” she said.model: @skinnysoho
Although starting a brand from scratch might seem daunting, Leila says it felt natural because her inspiration came from a personal place
“In 6th grade, one of my teachers told me that I need to work on my neutral face because I look too pissed and that’s when I realized that I have a major resting bitch face, which I am incredibly proud of. Many women have been told that they need to smile in order to look pretty and conform to society’s perception of a typical happy woman, but that is so not the case. It’s shocking how often I’ll be walking down the street and some dumbass dude says ‘Hey sweetie! You are too pretty to not be smiling! Smile!’ or ‘You know smiling is easier than frowning!’ and it takes everything in me to not freak the fuck out,” Leila told babe.photo: @alaingrpolanco / model: @yungpoisonivy
To put it simply, Leila doesn’t think women need to smile in order to look pretty and conform to the perception of a typical ‘happy woman’
“I am enjoying my day as a very happy person; I do NOT need to walk around with a plastered smile across my face. If I want to smile, I smile, but that’s my choice, thank you. I knew I wanted to start a line that represented me and my attitude, and Resting Bitch Face just seemed too obvious to not roll with it,” she said.photo: @dannahgphoto / model: @henrysheeran
The logo itself, Leila explains, was born at a Halloween party. “My friends and I were drawing with glow paint on a canvas on the wall, and one of my friends tried to draw boobs but they looked so bad we turned them into eyes and a mouth. That piece of canvas was cut off and hung in my room, so when it was time to come up with a logo for RBF, I went into my room and saw the eyes and thought, I could add to that and just give it some more personality. My friend suggested the raised eyebrow because it mimics my usual attitude-filled gaze,” said Leila.photo: @alaingrpolanco / models: @kingbabyhaiti, @rahbygod
Leila stresses that although it all felt like a natural process, RBF wouldn’t have been possible without a the people who supported her, including creative directors, models, and photographers, many of whom are fellow NYU students.
“Nothing has ever felt forced with this, which has been dope.”photo: @alaingrpolanco / models: @julesmoriah, @alec.ptx, @realorrin
RBF has so far stuck mainly to hoodies, hats, and t-shirts, but Leila speaks eagerly about the brand’s future plans. “Fall is my favorite season, and I don’t want to give away too much for the fall collection, but expect to see more collaborations with local New York artists, and maybe even some RBF skate decks,” she said.
Because what better way to combat catcallers than to ride past them, swing an Alpha flip and flash them with your beautiful Resting Bitch Face.
Give Up Now: Experts indicate 2019 will be the worst year yet for the worst reason yet
God hath forsaken us
by Amanda Ross
I wish I had good news for you. I wish I could look you in the eye through the webcam malware I definitely didn't install on your computer when you clicked on this and tell you everything's going to be just fine. But that would be a lie. No, I'm so sorry but 2019 is…
So we all just missed Paris Hilton dressing up as a SEXY FURBY, huh?
She did the impossible and made Furbies sexy
by Nian Hu
The early 2000s are making a comeback, y'all, and you know what that means! Get out your tube tops, velour tracksuits, and denim skirts — it's time for a blast from the past.And if you're ready to feel REALLY old, then let me call your attention to the Furby. Yes, the one and only Furby!…
This 500-year-old skeleton will win next season’s Drag Race
And I’m NOT talking about your mom
by Amanda Ross
My mind is racing with all the bad jokes I can make right now! Currently, I'm torn between: Slay while you get slayed (slain, I guess?) and Madonna looks amazing here. Archeologists unearthed a 500-year-old skeleton wearing thigh-high leather boots! Work bitch!Other outlets less reputable than babe dot net have been quick to call the…