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  Misty Copeland has just been promoted to a principal ballerina in the American Ballet Theater, the first African-American woman (in all of ABT’s 75 years) to have been given this position. To celebrate Misty, her amazing talent, and all her hard work, we’ve compiled for you some vids of her performances (spoiler: they’re gorgeous). We hope that Misty’s promotion is the beginning of a larger shift in the demographic makeup of classical ballet in the United States. Read More
Like any talented photographer, the late Mary Ellen Mark’s photos leave us wanting to know more about her unexpected subjects. Luckily, NPR’s Chris Benderev tracked down the child who was featured in one of Mark’s most memorable shots entitled, “Amanda and her Cousin Amy,” and here’s what we learned: The nine-year-old girl seen smoking a cigarette in the photo (shown above) is now known as Amanda Marie Ellison. She is 34 years old, lives in Lenoir, NC, and she says of the photo shoot, “Never forgotten it. Never in my life have I forgotten it. Read More
Roughly 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia, and one artist uses hers to fuel her creativity. Photographer Jenna Martin’s work is dramatic and dreamy: “Reality and the dream world become switched in a way,” Martin tells The Huffington Post. “Reality is very hazy and hard to remember, and any sleep I do get has dreams that are incredibly vivid.” In her photo series “To Dream a Dream,” these vivid images come to life. Though insomnia energizes Martin’s photography, it is a constant challenge in her life. Read More
We know Monday mornings can be rough, so here’s a way to ease into the week. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sheep view.    Photographers Ding Ren and Mike Karabinos started this project because 2015 is the year of the sheep and just because they “enjoy the ‘sheep view’ when riding trains in the Netherlands. Read More
Our society's one-dimensional idea of what it means to be a feminist can be so aggravating. It can be so unbelievably frustrating when such a crucial part of your identity is constantly misunderstood. Photographer Erin Lefevre wanted to change the conversation with her new series: This is what feminism looks like. Lefevre's series is inspired by her own feelings on feminism and her desire for greater representation of diverse feminists. Read More
Photographer Jo Farrell spent nine years working on her latest project: Documenting the last Chinese women with bound feet. The results are remarkable. Farrell says she wants the message of her project to be one of survival: “In Chinese society, it was the only way forward for women. They did it because they thought it would give them a better future, a better life.” (Often, working class girls would have their feet bound in the hopes of marrying into wealthier families.) If nothing else, these images are testaments to the strength and tenacity of these women. Read More
Kim Gordon may be best known for fronting the alt-rock band Sonic Youth, but she’s an artist in many genres: She’s written a book, curated art shows, been involved with fashion, and now has a show of her own in NYC. Her career began as a visual artist, and we're excited to see her creativity shine once again in her original medium! In an interview with Humberto Leon, she made awesome points about the political consciousness of her art. Read More
So this is pretty awesome: Illustrator Yehuon Chung has depicted a few of our favorite Orange is the New Black characters as their corresponding Disney women through realistic portraits.  According to Chung, "My main goal was to seamlessly combine the two characters while not having one overshadow the other. I tried to maintain the sharp and edgy tone from Orange is the New Black, while accentuating the Disney characteristics with vibrant colors."  Chung’s amazing illustrations capture unexpected parallels between the stories of the inmates and Disney stars. Read More
Fine, we admit it: BUST loves witches. We consider Sabrina and her aunts our homies. The potential Charmed reboot is already our new favorite TV show despite the fact that NO ONE HAS CONFIRMED WHETHER IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING *shakes fist at sky*. The definite remake of The Craft remake has us waiting on pins and needles for updates. We can sing the entire Wicked soundtrack, with or without music. Our very own Craft Lady Callie even made a two-month foray into the world of modern witching not too long ago. Read More
Give a talented feminist a tiny chipboard water tower, and she’ll probably make a beautiful work of art from it. That’s what Boundless Brooklyn, a company specializing in the creation of these intricate, eco-friendly replica model kits, was thinking when they asked legendary graffiti artist Claudia “Claw Money” Gold to curate "Towers of Power," an all-female art show. Read More