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Éva Szombat is a photographer from Budapest, Hungary. She released a “practical guide to happiness” in 2014 and has since decided to document actual people and the ways they find happiness in their own lives. Her new book, Practitioners, highlights people and the ways they welcome happiness into their lives. The book focuses on five categories: togetherness, hobbies, pets, self-realization, and home.   Check out some photos from the project below and learn more on her website.   Photos courtesy of Éva Szombat More from BUST This Photographer Created A Heartwarming Photo Project With...
Carra Sykes is a Houston-based designer and photographer, who, in November 2012, started a photo series with her mother. The series, entitled "mother + daughter," showcases the similarities between the two women. "This is a continuing photo series with my mom and me," Carra writes on her website. "It is inspired by my uncle always joking with my mom and asking her if she is wearing my clothes." In the photos, Carra and her mother, Marti, wear the same clothes and strike the same pose in the...
  Seattle-based photographer Adrien Leavitt has spent the last year capturing images that “appreciate the aesthetic beauty of queer bodies.” Together, these photographs make up Queer Feelings, a project that examines the healing process and growth of queer, transgender, and non-normative bodies. Queer Feelings isn’t Adrien’s first project; it manifested itself from another project, #1 must have, compiled with Adrien's friend A. Slaven. Adrien explains, “While #1 must have explored queerness often in its public form, Queer Feelings turns that exploration inward to queerness in private spaces —...
Weary of the whitewashing in Hollywood,  blogger Michelle "Mimi" Villemaire attempts to put the red light on yellowface by transforming herself into a long list of Hollywood's portrayals of Asian characters played by non-Asian actresses. And the result? "It felt sooooo good." In Get the Picture: My Adventure in Correcting Yellowface, Villemaire not only pays attention to race but takes into consideration what the characters have gone through and what they would look like. When transforming into Olan, a character from The Good Earth who was...
Mary Willumsen took scanty photos of women at the Danish bath Helgoland and sold them as postcards in the early 1900s before police began to show interest in the kiosks that sold them. Working since the age of seven (she was a papergirl), Willumsen grew up around Copenhagen. She began taking photos of women, who always had their identities concealed (even when their nipples were not), at the bath in 1914 and stopped when she was arrested in 1920. Though they were deemed pornography, most of...
  Alexandra Henry has worked for the past three and a half years on a feature documentary about the courage and creativity of female graffiti and street artists. The documentary, called "Street Heroines," follows artists across 10 different countries whose work offers solutions to issues such as gender disparity, sexual harassment and human rights violations. According to Henry on the project’s Kickstarter page, the artists’ “observations clearly reveal the struggle for creative space, and a lack of recognition faced by women working within this male dominated subculture.”...

Access, equity, and inclusion: That is what the PowerPoint slide read in our all-staff meeting of the same title. As a Latina, I was really excited about this talk, and in fact, left the talk inspired. Here, the institution I worked for, an internationally renowned museum, is working to make an effort in order to close the diversity gap in major cultural institutions. Now, if only my immediate directors believed in the same thing. In the vein of Dear White People, please allow me to explain...

  Amy Schumer just hit a major career milestone: She’s on the cover of Vogue (and in a great Vogue video below). We’ve been following Amy since the beginning of her career: We named her “The New Queen Of Comedy” on our April/May 2014 cover and two-plus years, four seasons of Inside Amy Schumer, and one Trainwreck later, we’ve been proved right many times over.   Watch this video on The Scene.   In honor of Amy’s big moment, we’re ranking her 10 best magazine covers:  10. Glamour, August 2015, photo by Matt...
Starchild Stela’s work is cute, magical, and bright; but all the same it is powerful feminist work. Most well known for their street art in Montreal, Stela makes art that is as accessible as it is important, touching on healing motifs for survivors of abuse. Regardless of the medium — whether a mural, a personal zine, or a print — the focus stays grounded in Stela’s life experiences of queerness and emotionality. Stela is certainly a pioneer of feminist graffiti. The positive power of their work...
 At BUST, we love us some lady artists and have featured many of them over the years in our print edition. There are so many to choose from, but here are just 15 of our favorite female illustrators you should know about: 1. Monica GarwoodGarwood is an illustrator, designer, letterer, and painter in the Bay Area. Many of her illustrations feature realistic characters painted with watercolor. See more of her work on her website. 2. Alessandra Olanow Olanow is an artist from Canada who currently lives in Brooklyn. We love the...