Bjork's Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Our Icelandic queen, Bjork, is back at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in NYC for her very own retrospective! I had the opportunity to check it out the other day, and honestly, I had no idea what to expect.
I was handed an audio guide with headphones and there was a vibrant buzz around the MoMA as I followed the bright pink wall toward the Bjork Songlist exhibit. After a brief introduction, I stepped into the first space of the exhibit and was delighted by the sounds of Bjork's music. The exhibit touches on popular songs like Hyperballad, All is Full of Love, Pagan Poetry, Wanderlust, and more.
It was also a visual experience: gorgeous costumes worn by Bjork through the last 22 years filled the space, along with old photos and lyrics scribed in multiple journals. If you're big fans like we are, you'll have an amazing time getting so immersed in Bjork's work.
Bjork was our BUST cover gal in both 1996 and 2005. We clearly adore the singer, and are super excited she's being celebrated in our very own city!
Bjork's Retrospective is in the Museum of Modern Art from March 8, 2015-June 7, 2015 on 11 W 53rd St. Check it out!
Photos by Lauren Clemente for BUST Magazine
Finally, Comic Book Women Get A "Real Bodies" Makeover (Spoiler: They Look Healthy, Awesome, and Badass )
Surely some comic book fan woke up this week and decided they were going to set out to win BUST's heart. There's been news of all female spinoffs, characters coming out as bisexual, and now, members of bulimia.com are re-envisioning the bodies of super-heroines as more down-to-Earth figures.
When the team at bulimia.com saw Buzzfeed's Disney princess makeovers, they decided they should take these super-human ladies and give them some super human bodies. Their hope is that when viewers see these realistic waistlines, they will be able to better relate to the characters. After all, being powerful doesn't have to correlate with being a double-D, size 2 cat lady, or being a lady at all (lookin' at you, Captain America). But hey, if you happen to be Selina Kyle and have those idealized attributes, you're great too.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, be your own Superwoman and reach out to (888)920-1501.
Images c/o bulimia.com
Rare Skin Condition Won't Keep This Top Model Down
You’ve no doubt seen her somewhere—maybe in one of two episodes of ANTM, in pics on her popular Instagram account, or in the giant Desigual ads on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Chantelle Winnie is a modeling force to be reckoned with, and it’s in part due to her rare skin condition, vitiligo.
We’re so bored with used to the homogeneity we see among runway models, so Winnie’s quite obvious physical difference is a welcome departure. What was once a hindrance to her well being is now her source of empowerment. Every photo she’s in is completely striking; no item of clothing can compete with her looks. The fact that she owes her success to her skin condition is no doubt a form of objectification, but there’s no denying her power as a model. If it’s her vitiligo that’s going to get her the modeling career she wants, she’s not afraid to use that to her benefit.
For her own sake, she doesn’t define herself or her worth by her skin; in an article, she states, “If one day I’m all black I’m still a model. If one day I’m all white I’m still a model. I am not my skin. I am a model with a skin condition."
Winnie’s TEDx Talk encourages others to adopt the mantra she herself lives by: find beauty in everything. Perhaps that seems easy for a fashion model to say, but Winnie speaks without a hint of self righteousness—she was bullied as a kid for her condition, which is shared by 1% of the world’s population and eventually decided to cope by becoming a bully herself. She had to learn from this mistake, and decided the best thing for herself was to seek out the beauty in all things—not just by how fashion magazines and social media define it.
Winnie’s self-acceptance in a world that constantly threatens rejection to any sort of difference is truly powerful. We’d love to see more models like her on runways and in photos—that is, models who are “different,” who represent every faction of society. The fashion industry needs models of different skin tones, sizes, and shapes. It’ll be a long time before difference (or, you know, just fair representation) in the modeling world becomes normalized, but Winnie’s success gives us hope.
Images c/o The Guardian Photos by Mary Rozzi
22 Gorgeous Pics That Show Just How Differently Beauty Is Defined Around The World
It seems like worldwide ideals of beauty have been all over the news lately. Ester Honig, for example, asked 40 Photoshop techs in 25 different countries to edit her according their culture's standard to prove that there isn't one standard of beauty that extends around the world.
Now, Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc has taken Honig's project to the next level by traveling the world to capture women of all creeds in a series called The Atlas of Beauty. "Beauty means to keep alive your origins and culture," Noroc writes on her website, "to be natural, sincere, authentic, particular, not necessarily fashionable or skinny."
The photographs from the Atlas of Beauty project embrace all shapes and sizes, skin tones, and personalities. Noroc has travelled through 37 countries thus far and hopes to raise donations so that the project can continue.
13 Gorgeous Photos That Prove Love Has No Shape, Size, or Limits
“Adipose: Of or relating to fat. / Positivity: Characterized by or displaying acceptance or affirmation.”
This is the inspiration for photographer Substantia Jones's incredible photo series, The Adipositivity Project. When Jones first began her project, she knew she wanted to create change, but she didn’t fully grasp what that change would be. It was only once she began photographing women and hearing their stories of body shaming that her goal became clear: to encourage self-acceptance and broaden our culture’s strict definition of outward beauty. When a subject's boyfriend joined his partner at her shoot and suggested Jones add photos of couples, Jones asked him to drop trou, and the Valentines Series shown below was born. We dig the idea for the same reason Jones does: it’s a “royal middle finger to those who think fat folks are unworthy of love and sex.” Love her attitude? We do too. Check out the badass photographer's heartening interview below, along with 13 gorgeous photos that prove love is always worth celebrating—no matter its shape or size.
What’s the message behind the project, in a single phrase?
Part fat, part feminism, part "fuck you."
Why do you think it’s so important for people to accept their bodies and find them beautiful?
I don't think it's important we find ourselves physically beautiful. Surface beauty is pleasant. It can be useful. But it's the parsley garnish on the plate of life. Self-acceptance and body love, on the other hand, are wildly important. If we don't love our body, we're less inclined to respect it, take care of it, and push back against those with ill intentions toward it.
How do your subjects respond to the process? Are they shy at first? Do you see any transformations?
There are transformations aplenty. Some are not apparent to me, and I only hear about them later. But others happen before my eyes: I once photographed someone who had issues getting naked in front of their pet cat, no exaggeration, but by the end of our shoot they were jolly-well, lounging around wearing nothing but a smile.
Do you ever receive criticism?
Sweet sweaty Jesus, do I get criticism. I've gotten death threats and threats of rape, as have some of my Adiposers. Those lacking the energy for actual threats have sometimes simply compiled lists of how they hope I will die, fingers-crossed style. I get a lot of "how do you sleep at night?"—like a drunk-ass baby, thanks for asking.
How do you handle it?
Unless they start talking about where and when they're gonna off me, and it happens to be on my itinerary, I just ignore them. I got shit to do.
Some criticism, however, is earnest and thoughtful and deserving of response. I truly understand how counter-intuitive some of what I'm preaching seems—the lack of a proven causal relationship between weight and ill health, for example—so I'm happy to answer those questions… as long as they're not tied to a brick and tossed through my window.
What’s one of the most inspiring responses you’ve seen to the project?
I once heard from a woman who'd just discovered the project and told me that morning was the first in memory that she'd not cried about her body. She doesn't know it, but I think of her every single day. So if you're asking about true inspiration, that one email might just surpass all I've experienced. It's the best example of what keeps me at it.
What are some of the responses you have gotten from your subjects for the Valentine Series? Have you found that it brings them closer?
In preparation for a talk I gave at a college a few months ago, I interviewed some Adiposers about their experiences. I was surprised to learn that, in a couple of cases with couples, their shoot and resulting photographs caused her to realize she was perhaps with the wrong partner, which they then did something about. But I don't consider this negative—not all happy endings are the Hollywood sort.
But the occasional Hollywood ending is fun, too. One of the couples in this year's Valentine Series met in part because of her photo on the Adipositivity site a few years ago... and now, they're planning their wedding.
Images c/o the amazing photographer's site, adipositivity.com