I first saw Shaun Ross, like most people, in Katy Perry’s video for “E.T.” and thought he was absolutely gorgeous. I have always had a love for albino people, especially Black albino people, since I saw my first Black albino people as a pre-teen.
They were so utterly different and are so wonderfully beautiful that it is a shame that more people cannot see this.
The model beside him is none other than Diandra Forrest. I cannot recall where I first saw her, but I have remembered her nonetheless. I have a co-worker that is borderline obsessed with her and Shaun, to a lesser extent as well. She is overwhelmingly stunning as well.
And last, but never least, is Alek Wek. I remember first seeing her as a teen, I believe, and she completely changed how I looked at models. I had never seen anyone who looked so different from the standard model of beauty, and here was this dark, dark, dark, heart-stoppingly beautiful woman. I couldn’t look away from her. It was some time after I first spotted her flipping through a magazine that I saw her again, but I never forgot her either.
But it’s people like these fashion pioneers/fashion babes that always give me pause. Seeing someone so Other signed to agencies and used in ad campaigns makes me realize just how brainwashed we all are. We’re hardly to blame, because we are bombarded with images of Perfection every moment of every day.
If you’re looking to discover some more “unconventional” and wildly beautiful models, try looking up “African models" in Google’s Image Search. Your entire world is about to change.
Planned Parenthood is excited to be launching our new Tumblr that’s all about sexual and reproductive health – bodies, birth control, relationship issues, “is it normal for this to do this?” type things. In the coming weeks and months we’ll be sharing what we know, answering questions, and just… tumblring.
“As a society, we encourage girls and women to be emotionally accessible, and in touch with their feelings; we say that it’s an innately feminine trait. We say it, that is, until they have feelings that make us uncomfortable, at which point we recast them as melodramatic harpies, shrieking banshees, and basket cases.”—
“Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.”—Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via 2222222222222222222222)
“[TRIGGER WARNING: Rape] Fat women are treated as utterly undesirable in our culture [and] are often turned into a ‘bizarre’ fetish object. The result is that fat women are told to be grateful for any sexual attention they receive from anyone, whether they themselves find that person sexually appealing or not. In other words, even more than your average women, fat women are only allowed to be occasional objects of desire and are regularly denied their right to have and pursue sexual desires of their own.
That way of thinking becomes very dangerous when sexual violence is mixed in. When fat women are raped, they’re often told they should be grateful that anyone wanted them, or, alternatively, disbelieved because it doesn’t seem plausible that anyone would want them ‘enough to rape them.’ These arguments not only rely on the dangerous myth that rape is about uncontrollable sexual desire (it’s not), but also propagate the message that fat women’s bodies aren’t valuable enough to the culture for their violation to be taken seriously.”—
Jaclyn Friedman, What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety (via housewifeswag)
I remember the days of feeling like this. Luckily, I was never raped. But to this day I still subconsciously feel like less of a rape risk because I’m a fat girl.
It’s not like anyone is going to be able to pick my ass up and take me away.
I definitely agree with the sentiment that I do feel like less of a person with the risk of being raped, because I am a bigger girl. This is also partially due to always being told that a rapist will always go for an easier target, meaning children and skinner/smaller people. Even so, know logically anyone can be at-risk at any time, still it’s as though the layer of fat adds that extra layer of security.
*shrugs* I just don’t know and would rather not like to find out.
As long as women’s natural body hair is called disgusting and inappropriate while men’s isn’t, I am a feminist.
As long as I can’t watch an episode of a popular sitcom without having to sit through multiple sexist comments or “jokes”, I am a feminist.
As long as women have to face the rational fear of being sexually assaulted every time they walk home past dark while men don’t, I am a feminist.
As long as misogyny exists in any country in this world, I am a feminist.
As long as women are being raped, then stoned to death or forced to marry their rapist, I am a feminist.
As long as companies promote men to manager when there are women who are equally as or better qualified, because they find that men look more authoritative, I am a feminist.
As long as women (her choice of clothes, her friendly nature, her weakness, her choice to drink alcohol) get blamed when men rape them, I am a feminist.
As long women’s opinions on online social networks are dismissed with phrases like “tits or gtfo”, “get back to the kitchen”, “are you pms’ing?”, I am a feminist.
As long as dressing like a women is degrading for men and as long as men are insulted with phrases like “you throw like a woman”, clearly implying that being like a woman is shameful, I am a feminist.
As long as both men are women are expected to work, but taking care of children and the household are still largely considered a woman’s job, I am a feminist.
As long as boys and girls are treated differently, expected to act differently, and surrounded by different toys and colours from the day they are born, I am a feminist.
As long as topless women aren’t allowed in public unless they’re one the cover of a men’s magazine, I am a feminist.
As long as women who have sex frequently are generally told they are “sluts”, “lacking self-respect” and “lacking morals” by both men and women, while men who frequently have sex are “just being men” and it’s “natural for them”, I am a feminist.
As long as there are places where women have to pay more for health insurance than men, I am a feminist.
As long as men experience situations with equal gender representation as female-dominated, and don’t consider a group discussion equal unless there are significantly more men then women participants (as has been proven), I am a feminist.
As long as there are men who think it’s their wife or girlfriend’s duty to have sex with him whenever he wants, I am a feminist.
As long as the word feminism (“the movement aimed at equal rights for women”) has a negative connotation, I am a feminist.
As long as misogynist people exist, I am a feminist.
I’m basically saying what everyone else that’s heard the news is saying, it’s about damn time! The fact that this family had to wait over a month for any semblance of justice is appalling. I cannot believe that our country, our entire world, hasn’t found a way to move past its own crap.
It’s funny, because I first read the headline via my Yahoo! Mail page and my mom walked into the room with me. I read it aloud and she is just as disgusted by the amount of time this took as I am. And of course, she expressed that it was about damn time!
She also has faith that this jerk’s new roommates will “take care of him,” as is usually the case of crimes involving children. My guess is that any extension of the Aryan Brotherhood might not be so keen to add their own brand of jail/prison ‘justice’, but I don’t foresee this guy having the best time of it while locked up.
What further pisses me off is the sympathy the murderer’s former lawyers try to gather by stating that Zimmerman is in “a fragile state of mind.” Oh, he’s in a fragile state of mind because he has pissed off a nation by getting away with murder? Well, that serves him right. If you choose to hunt people down and shoot without regard for their lives, then you get what you get.
I think I did okay today. I got quite the compliments on this look, even from customers. But it looks much better in person, as always. You can see the crappy ‘camera’ that I use this time. lol Laughter aside, I always sort of die inside a little when I can’t show the details of the hard work I put into things.
Even so, I knew I had scored when my GM, who usually only has negative things to say to me, complimented me on the make up. :O I think the next step is finding someone to allow me to practice on them. That, and getting better tools. I really need to replace my brushes.
Oh! Forgot about it, but I was happy to hear another person mistake my cheap makeup for MAC. I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get good results. That just comes from growing up poor. It forces you to think creatively to get what you want and need.
Lord, give me the strength to go back to having a savings so that I can get the things I really want.