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The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 86, November 2021

Letter From Your Editors

A funny story about this month’s Insider collage! I only take about three selfies that I genuinely love a year. I famously… am phobic about photos and cameras etc etc etc. But I did take this photo! I took it to get outfit approval from a friend before a casual zoom date thing, and immediately I knew — this was going to be one of those three times.

So the next morning I came typing straight into the office, first thing, and I asked ever so kindly “whatever is this month’s Insider photo theme, can I use this photo?”

Next thing I knew, Kayla also had a stellar mirror selfie that was just burning her phone, and so this month’s theme was born:

1st: Carmen // KaeLyn // Drew // Laneia 2nd: Sarah // Shelli Nicole // Kayla // Vanessa 3rd: Heather // Stef // Riese // Nicole (and Mya)

I’m writing you this letter from my bed (don’t worry I have a little bed desk, for posture and everything!). Usually when I’m working from bed at three in the afternoon, it ...

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Carmen Phillips

Carmen is Autostraddle's Editor-in-Chief and a Black Puerto Rican femme/inist writer. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. There were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. You can find her on twitter, @carmencitaloves.

Carmen has written 406 articles for us.