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If there is one good thing that has come out of this election it is the inspiration for more feminist art — art that speaks to women across this country and says, “We will not sit quietly." New York's Knockdown Center has organized a NASTY WOMEN exhibition to showcase the abundance of feminist art currently thriving. The exhibition's goal is to start a conversation about women's rights and how to organize and speak out to defend them. The group exhibition features nearly 700 artists who...
Ali Miller was raped at 17 by a boy she had called to help her home after she drank too much. The details are similar to the thousands of stories women tell about their assaults: She could barely keep consciousness; she remembers him lying on top of her; she was left in a driveway with her underwear gone and bruises on her thighs; she tried to escape the shame and the memory by attending college in another state. But one day, when she had returned to...
-”Tucson Irvin and Annika James are seniors at Leadership & Public Service High School. The pair are trained conflict mediators and help de-escalate problems amongst their friends.” For the latest in our series on women photographers, Lady Shooters, Tara Wray interviews New-York based Haitian-American journalist Melissa Bunni Elian. Can you tell the readers of BUST who you are and what it is you do on a daily basis? I am a visual journalist. Right now I am in a cocoon, meaning that I am actively preparing for the...
Here at BUST, we have our own directory of female illustrators that we love to hire but now there's an amazing site that features only women artists, and we're thrilled! Thanks to Women Who Draw—an amazing public directory of talented female illustrators—designers, producers, and editors can choose from a selection of diverse artists, whose work might have otherwise been overlooked because of their race, gender, or sexuality. What’s even more appealing is that even if you don’t need to hire an artist, the page showcases beautiful illustrations...
Picture yourself in feline form with 
a custom cat illustration! Attention pussy fiends: you can now get a portrait of you or a loved one...as a cat! Send 30-year-old illustrator Radoslav Dyulgerov a photo, and he’ll produce a cat’s likeness (above is me and my hubs at our wedding!). Dyulgerov started Catify (catify-me.com), at the suggestion of his girlfriend, as a way for him to indulge his love of felines without aggravating her allergies. A basic catified illustration (sent as a .jpg) is $10, but you...
We can’t look away from these gorgeous images of masculine beauty. They’re part of the Kinsey Institute and the World Erotic Art Museum (WEAM)’s first US exhibit, “Protected Beauty.” The exhibit, co-curated by Kinsey Institute manager of traveling exhibitions Rebecca Fasman and WEAM director Helmut Schuster, showcases images of masculine beauty from 1890 to 1982; the show is described in a statement as “an examination of controversial ideas about masculine beauty and sexuality in art.” Featured artists include Robert Mapplethorpe, Paul Cadmus, Andrey Avinoff, Michael Miksche,...
I have an addiction to buying journals. My latest purchase was a beautiful blue and gold number I found at The Strand over a year ago. I have written on exactly three pages. Since then, it has sat on a shelf next to other partially filled journals gathering dust. Recently, I pulled several of these journals out and read them. Some of them had entries that went back more than a decade. I was such a naive babe in the woods! I made a mental...
Tuesday night, tattoo artist Ryan Ashley Malarkey became the first woman in eight seasons to win the coveted title of Ink Master. Prior to this season of Ink Master, women had yet to dominate and time and time again, male artists ended up on top. However, Malarkey defied the odds by proving that gender has nothing to do with artistic talent and feminism can make a positive difference in a competitive setting. It is important to recognize that although Malarkey is an extremely talented artist as...
For the latest in our series on women photographers, Lady Shooters, Tara Wray interviews LA-based street photographer Michelle Groskopf Can you tell the readers of BUST Magazine what you do? And describe how you came to be the photographer you are today? My work is an almost anthropological account of how I see the world, or at least the faces and details that draw my attention while I go about my day. It’s me saying, “Look at this face, isn’t it striking? Look at these hands, look...
For the next few weeks in New York City, you can freely visit women in prison. Talented women, glamorous women, proud women, and regular women —they’re all there, as portraits by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. The show, WOMEN: New Portraits, debuted in Chelsea on November 18th as a pop-up inside the Bayview Correctional Facility. It’s a recently shuttered women’s prison whose future will be as potent as its past when it reopens in 2020 as The Women’s Building, “a global hub for the girls’ and women’s rights...