Arts

Anna Ogier-Bloomer’s photography shows us the realities of motherhood and breastfeeding—and it’s intimate, sometimes exhausting and undeniably beautiful. Scratches From Breastfeeding Breastfeeding has become an extremely wide-spread and hotly debated topic. Everyone, men and women (though mostly men), seems to have something to say about whether or not a woman should breastfeed in public. This discussion generally tends to focus more on the breast and less on the woman. Anna Ogier-Bloomer reminds us that attached to that breast is a whole, multifaceted, woman.
Hey Barbie, take a backseat in that pink convertible of yours!  Anatomically correct female wax figures were the O.G. of dolls in the 18th century.  If you were a kid in the 1700’s, you’ll remember these awesome dolls from your childhood. Because most of us weren’t ( though someone in the comment section is bound to disagree #Notall300yearolds), Morbid Anatomy Museum co-founder Joanna Ebenstein has put together a book of haunting photos of these dissectible dolls.
Have you heard of the Wonder Woman pose? Illustrator Rachel Foss explains how posing like Wonder Woman will give you IRL superpowers: Rachel Foss is an illustrator and designer living in Chicago.  She loves her cats, drawing comics, eating and drinking in Chicago, and sharing her positive outlook  with others. Follow her on rachelfossdesign.com, rachelfoss.tumblr.com, Twitter and Instagram.
At one point during our Picnic at Hanging Rock–inspired shoot in the hills above Los Feliz in Los Angeles, the women of Warpaint were dressed in varying shades of ivory, wearing pink ribbons, and holding lacy parasols while looking sweet, serene, and forlorn against a muted backdrop. But that gentility is all a façade. In actuality, 27-year-old drummer Stella Mozgawa is cracking dirty jokes as she reads poetry from a prop book, and bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg, 32, is cursing at the rose she's holding after pricking her finger on a thorn.
  Famous Portland-based artists Brian and Jonathan, known as The Gay Beards, are changing the way we look at beards. No longer the source of an unfortunate post-makeout skin rash or a sad attempt at masculinity, @thegaybeards have turned beards into a work of art.   Here are 10 examples of how magical beards can be:     These roses give us a warm and fuzzy feeling in our hearts.     It's the luck o' the Irish! Or, a lot of fantastic glitter.     In case you wanted cereal for breakfast.     We're feeling the love.
Guerrilla artist Swoon is creating oddball masterpieces on her own terms Swoon isn't content to stay cloistered in her studio all day. Instead, the 35-year-old New Yorker has focused her energies on public art, masterminding countless graffiti pieces, sculptures, and large-scale design projects since 1999. Born Caledonia Dance Curry (thank her hippie parents for that awesome name), Swoon fell in love with art at age 10, in a painting class.
Joan Didion is one of those few contemporary writers whom you could essentially ask anything—a woman of high class who's been ahead of her generation (she was born in 1934) ever since the Great Depression. Famous for her novels and nonfiction work, Didion was raised on California sunshine and a discontent with the American dream. It took her only two years to go from copywriter to feature editor at Vogue in the mid-1960s. Some of her more well-known works include Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968) and The Year of Magical Thinking (2005).
You arrive at the Musee d’Orsay and you are expecting to see Gustave Courbet’s controversial L’Origine du Monde. You expect to be confronted with an oil painting of a women’s vagina. Except, instead of standing in front of the work, no longer separated by the thin shield of glass, a frame and electronic barrier, you witness the real thing. Artist Deborah De Robertis sits in front of you, her legs spread, dressed in a gold sequined dress. For a second the gallery visitor looks to the painting and the vagina in front of them.
  If anyone ever made you feel shame for taking selfies or self-promoting, these women have your back. In the book Seeing Ourselves: Women's Self-Portraits, author Frances Bozello pays tribute to the women who recognized that they themselves were just as worthy of a subject for their own artwork as any other person or thing. Bozello writes, "Self-portraits are not innocent reflections of what artists see when they look in the mirror.
Photographer Marjorie Salvaterra's newest book, HER: Meditations on Being Female, explodes off the page with raw female energy. Here at BUST,  the word "woman" follows "strong" like U follows Q. It feels redundant to say that HER: Meditations on Being Female is "empowering," but damn if that's not what it is!  Drawing inspiration from the visceral portraits of Cindy Sherman, in addition to the lavish surrealism of Federico Fellini, Salvaterra's photographs are a riotous celebration of what it means to be a woman.
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