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Black Women Embracing ‘Cottagecore’ Is an Act of Defiance

An idyllic rural life appeals to many in lockdown, though the aesthetic has its critics

Young Black woman holding up and looking into a gilded mirror in the forest.
Photo: Felipe Aguiar/EyeEm/Getty Images

If you venture over to TikTok and search the phrase “cottagecore,” you’ll enter into a carefully-curated void filled with women frolicking in woodland forests, making homemade baked goods while dressed fashionably in a…

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Leah Sinclair

Leah Sinclair

Freelance Journalist from London, UK. Bylines: The Guardian, DAZED, VICE, Stylist Magazine, Black Ballad etc contact: sinclairleah@gmail.com