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  “Have you ever seen anything like it?” reads the copy for this 1981 LEGO advertisement. And no, we haven’t; unlike modern marketing campaigns wherein gender lines and norms are all but drawn in the sand, the ad features a young girl simply enjoying her toys.   The image betrays no sign of the contemporary assumption that girls need special products differentiated from boys’ toys through color, shape, or content. As The ... Read More
Remember that time you were punk? Like, really, really into the idea: rejecting every established norm, living at the bar, and just doing things to do them. Although I came into the world two years before the Berlin Wall was destroyed, when I discovered punk culture in the late 90s, almost every idea I encountered stuck with me—the rejection of the majority, the music industry, the establishment,  utopian fantasies and, primarily, just being myself, ... Read More
After 30 years,  photographer and professor Christine Osinski has finally discovered a way to print the gorgeous images she shot back on Staten Island. She photographed in NYC in the 1970s and 80s until she and her husband got pushed out of their lower Manhattan apartment so the landlord could flip it (sound familiar?). Osinski was looking to buy a place so this wouldn't happen again, which inspired their move to Staten Island.Osinski attributes Staten ... Read More
Remember when we posted those sweet pics of Madonna from the ‘80s?Well, this might be even better...That’s RuPaul, posing at the Northside High School Prom in Atlanta, 1983! (He was born in 1960, so this was probably his date’s prom, not his.)Swallowtail jacket, leather fingerless gloves, satin pants... and a single feather earring? Fabulous, as usual.    via Dangerous ... Read More
Pop icon Madonna is known for her show-stopping fashion.  From her pink conical brassiere ensemble in her Blond Ambition tour to her bright-red kimono worn at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards, Madonna is forever pushing the fashion envelope.  However, a new traveling exhibit, Madonna: A Transformational Exhibition is now offering a glimpse into Madonna’s lesser known, but equally eye-catching, styles.  Opening today, April 11, in NYC, the exhibit ... Read More
If you missed the very first PAJAMARAMA! night at Videology in Brooklyn, then you missed a hair-raising good time as BUST editors Molly Simms and Emily Rems presented the John Waters hit Hairspray.  Luckily, PAJAMARAMA! is back with another opportunity for you to enjoy a classic slumber party movie handpicked by an awesome lady.  This month, Salon senior writer and author Mary Elizabeth Williams has selected Earth Girls Are Easy, the weird and wonderful ... Read More
What happens when a super-talented badass makes a film about another super-talented badass? If you're lucky, the result is something like "Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Radiant Child," director Tamra Davis' new film about her friend, the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. While deeply emotional, "Radiant Child" resists mythologizing its subject, a self-taught graffiti artist and painter who rose to fame in the art world while challenging some of its most precious ... Read More
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