Does the Fenty Galaxy Palette Have Political Undertones? Hear Me Out

As the inevitable pendulum continues to swing from politically hopeful to dire and back again, there's no question that the way we choose to look, act, or represent ourselves follows suit. After the 2016 election, women began cutting their hair to rebel the oppressive nature of our vice and current president. "Changing our appearance is a proactive measure when other aspects of our life feel beyond our control," explains Vivian Diller, PhD.

Similarly, we've seen a common theme pop up in all of this: an interest in space and the stars—both as a way of piquing our spirituality and altering our presentation.

Millennials have looked to astrology more than ever to better instill some sort of faith more so than organized religion. Interestingly (and perhaps unsurprisingly), the last time astrology was as widely popular was the '60s and '70s—a time when political unrest was just as prevalent. We're all looking for signs from the stars—a way to ground ourselves when everything else feels out of control.

"I've seen women in their 20s really get into learning their whole charts [this year]: moon signs, rising signs, all of it. I'm really impressed by the high-level cosmic conversations I hear young women having," Tali Edut, one-half of the AstroTwins, told Refinery29. "The 2016 election was a mindfuck for many people, like, how is this actually happening?"

Edut continues. "But it's not like this is the only reason. Young people are facing a challenging economy, unaffordable higher education, and the stress of bullying, social media, and an uncertain future about the environmental state of the planet. Astrology and spiritual practices are incredibly grounding in the face of this."

Galaxy-inspired makeup is everywhere, flying off the shelves minutes after their initial drop. The explanation was so poignantly addressed in a piece about David Bowie's obsession with space. "Impersonating an alien," Jody Rosen wrote for Billboard, "he spoke to the alienated, to those who, by dint of sexual preference or adolescent confusion or fabulous hair and makeup and clothes, felt like they had tumbled to Earth from a distant planet."

Naturally, titles like "Space Oddity", "Moonage Daydream," "Starman," "Life on Mars?" "Hallo Spaceboy," "Dancing Out in Space," and "Born in a UFO" prove that outer space was a prolific part of his work. But it was more the idea of outcasts or rather "aliens," he devoted his words and unmistakable tunes to—the marginalized, misrepresented population he felt so closely a part of.