Long before she became Instagram’s foremost purveyor of life advice, Britney Spears made a great point about the transition from girlhood to womanhood with her song “I’m Not a Girl…” back in 2011: It can feel like running a lonely marathon through a weird and infinite labyrinth. Who is a girl to turn to for advice while coursing through first-time experiences when her mom develops a twitch in her eye upon hearing her mention the phrase “bikini wax” and her dad is just so dad? Leandra Medine has created a community — a treehouse-cum-“nudist colony” — that assists young women in developing a confident, informed sense of self through her fashion and lifestyle domain, Man Repeller.
The voice of Man Repeller speaks like a friend and an authority, one who has been through such throes navigating modern love or scrambling to find the “perfect” outfit to wear to a summer wedding and can explain, often with a self-deprecation, how to emerge on the other side victorious. Pieces such as “Face Shaving is Not Just For Dudes” and “The Art of ‘Fuck You, I’m Hot’ Photos” demonstrate the perpetuation of her delightfully peculiar wit in this way.
“I would like Man Repeller to do what Sex and the City did for me, which is to provide solace and a built-in friendship with these women who had no fucking clue who I was,” explains Medine in this episode of Celebuzz’s podcast, Celebuzz’d. “The difference is that there are actual people on the other side of Man Repeller, and they’re not fictional.”
Now, Medine is helping the fashion-inclined transition in a most literal way through her collaboration with Transitions lenses. As Transitions’ brand ambassador, the founding Man Repeller demonstrates that segueing between the light and the dark phases of our day or our existence can be facilitated by observance through a keen, yet never-too-serious lens with killer frames to match.
“I was on the market for a pair of Transitions because I feel like sunglasses and glasses are a really interesting window into the eyeball — a literal window over the eyeball — but it’s also a really fun way to accessorize and it’s smack in the middle of your face,” explains Medine. “It’s like the tattoo that you get to take off and replace and take off.’
“Sometimes when I get dressed I will only wear a specific outfit because it looks good with my sunglasses and I was like, ‘If these were not sunglasses, I wouldn’t have to take them off when I enter the indoor domain.'”
Transitions block 100% of the sun’s harmful UV rays and come available in a variety of fun frames and colors that accommodate nearly all prescriptions. Molecules in the lenses constantly adapt to the sunlight and darken accordingly to optimize your vision whether you’re basking in the sun or hidden underneath a rock.
“I get to wear them all the time, inside and outside, and then people are like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you wear glasses!’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t!’, even though I do,” she continues. “I just feel like I want to own it so that if they felt like they didn’t want to wear glasses, they would feel more comfortable wearing them.”
Listen to this episode of our podcast featuring a visit from Medine in which she discusses the ideology of her brand, her opinion on day-to-night fashion, and runway shows in the age of technology with host Mia Lardiere.
Check out Man Repeller’s two podcasts, Monocycle and Oh Boy!, and click here to learn how you can enter to be mentored by Medine as a fashion blogger. For more information on shopping Transitions lenses, hop on over to their website.