Life imitates art! The designer Pari Ehsan takes this old Oscar Wilde philosophy to a whole new level, visiting art and design museums and galleries dressed in fashions that borrow from and in turn enrich and inform the works on display. Her mimesis isn’t bound by a single medium; she flawlessly ties together fashion, photography, painting, collage and installation, allowing her own form to enter into a cohesive conversation with the work of her ... Read More
Adding to the impressive body of online work by female actors dedicated to making visible the sexism and exploitation present in the entertainment industry, a woman identified as Miss L brings us Casting Call Woe. Parodying the casting website Casting Call Pro, Miss L’s Tumblr and Twitter accounts post remarks pulled directly from online casting calls. Like Laura Bates’s Everyday Sexism and the website of actress Briony Rawle, Casting Call Pro ... Read More
The great lion casts his eyes downward, furrows his brow. A rooster prances, his pink flesh gleaming under heavy lights. A chimpanzee turns his head. In his unbelievably telling series “More Than Human,” the photographer Tim Flach challenges the way we think about our fellow creatures. More in the vein of intimate portraiture than documentary or wildlife photography, Tim Flach’s expert lens frames animals within dignified and ... Read More
“I am just utterly fascinating… At least that’s what I tell myself.” So reads the caption of the Instagram account belonging to Mathu Andersen, the hair and makeup artist of the legendary drag queen RuPaul. In addition to creatively producing RuPaul’s Drag Race and serving as creative director of Drag U, Mathu is indeed utterly fascinating.
His Instagram is filled to the brim with delightful and enchanting ... Read More
From Mrs. Dalloway to To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s stories of human connection, empathy, and love span immeasurable distances of time, space, and circumstance; in their most resonant moments, her words make the complexities of our individual minds seem a little less isolating. To my utter delight, Brain Pickings’s Maria recently Popova recently offered the internet this glimpse into the emotional and intellectual realm of a ... Read More
As a child, Souvid Datta visited his grandparents in Kolkata for Christmas. In the midst of a tantrum, he stormed out of the house and wandered into Sonagachi, a red-light district. He saw girls around his age, men with handfuls of money; he made eye contact with a girl wearing pink, green and gold, and then he watched her led away by a much older man. The experience marked Datta, and as an adult, now a documentary photographer, he returned to Kolkata to ... Read More
Disney princesses get all the attention, but there’s also something totally magical about the Disney villains. Each has the power both to fascinate and terrify us; they appeal to our darkest fantasies. Perfumes operate in a similar way; spritz a good perfume, and you get a chill down your spine. So why not make Disney villain perfume bottles?
Although they aren’t (yet) on the market, the artist Ruby Spark designed thrilling ... Read More
Women’s bodies, and therefore our clothes, are consistently under global scrutiny. How we chose to dress may or may not reflect our political or religious views; whatever we choose to wear is continuously watched, discussed and judged. Arguably, women in Islamic communities get hit especially hard with that judgement part. If and how a woman chooses to veil is up for international religious, social, and political debate.
As Americans, ... Read More
Writer's Note: This post is a discussion of a particular photographic series's depiction of cosmetic surgery. It should by no means be taken as a judgement of the surgical process; women have diverse views on the subject. The images do not encompass the vast array of personal experiences and attitudes towards plastic surgery.
The photographer Ji Yeo’s website biography reads, “Ji Believes beauty is integral to human nature and people find ... Read More
For your consideration: the exquisite Sylvia Plath, aged 20, lounging on the beach, one decade before the publication of The Bell Jar and her tragic death. It’s the summer of 1954, about a year after her first suicide attempt. Hoping to begin again, Plath had dyed her hair and went through six months of intensive care. Referred to by academics as her “platinum summer,” this period in the life of the legendary poet is considered to be one ... Read More