A few days ago, the Facebook page Plus Size Modeling asked the social network this question: “Should you companies start making Plus Sized Barbie dolls?” For those in favor, the page offers the “like” button; those against the toy are encouraged to comment. Accompanying the question is a Photoshopped illustration of a potential plus-sized Barbie (one that does not exist), wearing the familiar pink halter dress and sporting ... Read More
  Reinterpretations of Disney princesses are big right now. At their best, the princesses offer complex portrayals of women who struggle to find their identifies and courageously assert themselves. But they also send conflicting messages about the powerful female: while many discover the beautiful complexities of love, others are simply rescued by a prince.     The most recent take on the Disney ladies comes from the photographer Ryan Astamendi, ... Read More
  The photographer Amy Powell was 20-years-old when her half-sister Erica was born; she photographed her mother as she gave birth, and she cut Erica’s umbilical cord with her own hands. In her series Erica & I, Powell examines her much-younger sister for traces of her own girlhood memories.      In the moving series, she lays out the puzzling and quiet moments of growth that are so often excluded from the family photo album. In one ... Read More
  The photographer Traer Scott is a master of animal portraiture; in her series Shelter Dogs, she poignantly captures the soulful dignity of dogs living in shelters. In the vein of fine art or editorial portraiture, Scott uses meticulous lighting and rich black and white tones to underscore the earnest humanity of her subjects.      Each moving shot presents its canine sitter with attention to details that reveal the wisdoms, heartbreaks, and ... Read More
In her new series titled Be A Woman, the photographer Hanna Seweryn delicately captures and gives meaning to the everyday activities of women in the home. By placing her subjects behind a backlit screen, she highlights subtle and tender moments of personal care. Her rendition of a subject whom we view as an everywoman figure sits in a chair, reading her book or playing with her cat. The screen adds to the voyeuristic nature of the images, granting us insight into ... Read More
  As I dug through the vintage photo archives of various families on Ebay and Pinterest circa the early to mid 20th century, I was increasingly confounded by the persistence of dolls. Almost every photograph of little girls on Christmas also features her most prized holiday gift: a doll. Of course one would hope that girls had a few more options; after all, boys are not offered toys that underscore the importance of physical beauty or childcare in the way ... Read More
  From Potpourri of Pearls, the outstanding band that describes its music as "a perversion of 90s easy listening music,"comes this magical frenzy of Christmas cheer. With the help of some troll dolls, these artists have found a way to express the universal tensions that come with this time of year. And with introducing someone special to your “unusual” family. Watch the gleefully absurd and visually arresting “Hang Me” ... Read More
  When Melbourne, Australia was devastated by the terrible rape and murder of a local woman named Jill Meagher, the weaving artist Maryann Talia Pau was mulled over a Dr. Martin Luther King quotation: “Returning hate for hate only multiplies hate, adding more darkness to a night already void of stars. Darkness cannot put out darkness, only light and love can do that.” In a beautifully literal expression of a community’s dedication to ending ... Read More
  For the past decades, women in Saudi Arabia have faced driving and working bans. But thanks to women’s rights activists fighting for what they call the “Feminization” of the culture, more women are entering the workforce and labor laws are beginning to change. Because women historically have not been allowed to participate in the public realm, working women are unaccustomed to working and speaking to men who are not family members or ... Read More
Drag Queen Pattaya   In Half-Drag, the renowned photographer Leland Bobbé aims to explore the personal and cultural implications of the tensions between “feminine” and “masculine” aesthetics. A diverse set of New York City drag queens serve as his subjects, but only one half of their form undergoes the transformation, leaving half of the sitter’s visage untouched by make-up, shaving, or hair pieces.    Drag ... Read More
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