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You don't know her name, but I bet you know her work. Mary Blair, pictured above, was responsible for dreaming up the concepts behind famous Disney films, including Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland. Blair originated the character concepts, color schemes, and the modernist style expressed in the films and determined the aesthetic depiction of famous Disney scenes. Her imaginative and unique designs greatly influenced the now historic look of these classics. Read More
Warning: This post may not be safe for work. A few weeks ago, we featured a powerful group of photographs of a breast cancer survivor bearing her beautiful body as a means of encouraging women (and men!) around the world; sadly, the woman was criticized for her near-nudity, causing her to lose over 100 Facebook friends. As a culture, we are surrounded by images of naked, overtly sexualized women, and yet honest portrayals of brave women battling this illness and others are considered to be profane or wrong. It’s about time that changed. Read More
The Simpsons are a staple of American life. They’ve taught us about the value of satire and the horrors of normativity in traditional family values. Marge, a beacon of light within the Simpson family, is a multi-faceted queen who deserves heaps of respect. She has been a bra-burning feminist, a handyman, a police officer, breadwinner and homemaker. Now it is someone’s turn to turn the tables and become Marge. Watch below as model Kate Moukhina gets a chance to become Madame Simpson thanks to photographer Alexander Khoklov, makeup artist Veronica Ershova and stylist Mikhail Kravchenko. Read More
  For the artist Annette Thas, Barbie is a disturbingly bittersweet symbol of childhood nostalgia and longing; for installation piece “Wave I,” she uses between 3,000 and 5,000 barbie dolls to build a sculptural wave, re-appropriating the doll as a means of translating her earliest memories, scenes which now flood her after returning to Belgium to care for her ill sister. Read More
  Trigger warning: mildly graphic imagery In a startling critique of the ways in which images of women’s bodies are consumed, the artist Jessica Ledwich presents “The Fanciful, Monstrous Feminine,” a collection of surreal photographs documenting the psychological consequences of contemporary beauty standards and practices. For Ledwich, female sexuality is viewed as “threatening” and is therefore oppressed; here, she exaggerates the femme fatale image, showing her red-lipped, square-nailed protagonist engaging in violence with her own body. Read More
The take-no-prisoners comedy queen Margaret Cho is raising the bar on badass again, by getting a portrait of herself...wait for it...painted in her own blood. We girls know blood preeeetty well, and although it can sometimes make us want to gag, it's nothing to be afraid of, and it's inside us all! This whole thing might freak some people out, as seen in the video below, wherein you can watch one weirdo experience the exact moment when he's bitten off more than he can chew.  Apparently, blood contains the same component as many paints: iron oxide. Read More
  Bjork dorks ('ll catch on)! The Scandinavian songstress has created a documentary montaging the most important live performances from her Biophilia tour. Biophilia, released in October 2011, is Bjork's eighth studio album — and as with most things the lady's put her hands on, it's pretty exciting.  The film was directed by old hats Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, and it will premiere April 26th at New York’s annual Tribeca Film Festival. Read More
Get ready to smile your face completely off. If animals doing people things isn't a phenomenon you're aware of — you're welcome, because it's my favorite way to de-stress. Some prefer yoga, some like to meditate, but that's probably because they've never spent ten minutes watching budgies kick-flip into the sunset. Six years ago, Trieste Visier of Sydney, Australia, started training her birds to skateboard (and do other, decidedly human things). After finding model success with her budgie, Willow, Visier made a photography project of parakeets-in-action. And I am so, so SO glad she did. Read More
SXSW has become such a mega-star in the summer festival constellation that it can be hard to sift through the clutter and find the one band/film/event that makes it all worthwhile.  I personally find the music festival way too hot to endure and the "Interactive" events a bit too chilly — but the film festival? The film festival is just right. I saw so many great films (and missed so many others...) that I wish I could have stayed another week. Read More
This week, the hottest theater ticket in N.Y.C. isn’t a big-budget Broadway extravaganza, but rather, a wildly imaginative retelling of Beauty and the Beast making waves on the Lower East Side and earning rave reviews, most notably from The New York Times. Starring feminist burlesque “It” girl Julie Atlas Muz and her disabled British actor/writer hubby Mat Fraser, the tale is really two stories in one. The first is a visually stunning rendition of the classic fairy tale about a beauty who must repay her careless father’s debt by shacking up with a freaky beast. Read More