A clinical assistant professor is comparing this year’s Oscar outfits to public health graphs on Twitter

In the most unlikely but perfect union, a clinical assistant professor shares his “super niche, intersection-of-public-health-and-fashion obsession”.

30 March 2022


A lot happened at the Oscars. Disney’s Encanto won Best Animated Feature, social media reacted to the altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock, and the Academy said they do not condone violence, despite many pointing out how marginalised communities have been treated by previous Academy award-winners and attendees. At first, it seemed that slightly less happened on the fashion front. That is, until someone on Twitter decided to use their knowledge as a clinical assistant professor for the ultimate good; reimagining this year’s Oscar outfits as public health graphs.

Dr William Lopez, a clinical assistant professor at The University of Michigan School of Public Health, has delivered the near-perfect fashion retrospective – but points have been deducted for the lack of graph equivalents for Maggie Gyllenhaal’s T silhouette in Schiaparelli and Zoë Kravitz in Saint Laurent.

Fashion moments that did make the cut include Nicole Kidman’s neckline as Immunisations by Month, Jan 2019 to June 2021, Simu Liu as Consumption Frequency and Perceived Side Effects of Energy Drinks, and ​​Megan Thee Stallion as Rates of Vaccine Hesitancy in the UK. Eerily close matches include Jada Pinkett Smith in Jean Paul Gaultier as Projected Change in Healthcare Occupations and Megan Thee Stallion and Bruno Mars’ whole Oscars performance as Level of Health Care Coverage Aged 15 and Older by Health Warning and Advertising Policies, 2008 and 2016.

We can only pray that Lopez’s public health garment review becomes a mainstay at all future Academy events.

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Dr William Lopez: 2022 Oscar Outfits as Public Health Graphs (Copyright © Dr William Lopez (@lopez_wd) via Twitter)

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