Posts tagged beauty
Posts tagged beauty
Photographer: Robert Charbonnet
Beauty x Cathleen Naundorf
The Royalty Issue, Spring 2012
China Machado by Daniele + Iango
Photography duo Daniele + Iango meet their match in 82 year-old model China Machado. More here.
Frotastic as captured by Rui Faria.
Fros We Love: Porsche Thomas
The beauty of Georgie Badiel captured by Marc Baptiste.
Nimoy…Beautiful inside and out…
photography by tommy m shot with a Hasselblad
Anna May Wong
One of my all-time favorites, the first Asian superstar actress of Hollywood, Wong Liu Tsong. Her first name means Yellow Willows. She was stuck in an artistic rut, repeatedly typecast in Hollywood, so she left. However there is one film that is a gem, one where she gets to play detective, a sort of Charlene Chang, if you will, Daughter of Shanghai (1937 dir. Robert Florey). Her co-star and onscreen love interest is Korean American actor Philip Ahn. Wong and Ahn were old school mates too.
Savion Glover dancing with Snuffy on Sesame Street
Carmen Dell-Orifice, photographed by Ruven Afandor
I had a really interesting discussion about identity, self hate, cultural capital etc with my BFF today and it got me thinking of Margaret Bowland’s selection of paintings of young black girls in white face. When asked to comment on ‘Kenyetta and Brianna’ Bowland that ‘It is a commentary on how women still have to jump through all these hoops to be desirable. These girls are still visible beneath all those layers of crap … they’re still looking back at you.’ I think that a lot of black girls looking at Bowland’s paintings would say that the metaphor transcends beyond the art world. For many black girls Bowland’s paintings are a life metaphor - reflecting a reality where black girls are often marginalised by European standards of beauty. I agree with Cherise Kramarae when she states that ‘For women of color who are viewers, trying to achieve idealised femininity entails not only adjusting or refining one’s body, but also rejecting one’s identity and certain characteristics altogether. To resist this artificial standard is to stand apart from beauty as defined by society’. The frustrating thing for me is that even if you put the fact that there is very little aesthetic diversity across all media platforms to the side, in the black community we impose European standards of beauty on each other with a vengeance. It’s black men that make fun of Alek Wek and it’s black girls arguing about natural hair v relaxer/weave war (e.g ‘These little nappy headed hoes need a terminator’ - Nicki Minaj) etc. It’s this infighting that is the real tragedy.
Somebody told a lie and we believed it.