Black Women Embracing ‘Cottagecore’ Is an Act of Defiance

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

Leah Sinclair
ZORA

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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
ZORA

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