People Magazine’s #MostBeautiful Woman of the Year, Lupita Nyong’o sits down with another beauty icon, Alek Wek.
Watch as two beautiful and incredibly inspiring East African women sit down and talk about the importance of representation, unapologetically being yourself, and not forgetting that no matter how different one is perceived in the world, one can always be beautiful.
One of the phrases that truly sticks with me, said by Alek Wek, is when she states, “I’m so normal”. I’ve often heard people refer to her beauty as ‘alien’ and out-of-the-ordinary, but what many who do this often forget is that Alek Wek sees herself as none of that. She comes from a whole host of people who carry the same features that, according to white and Western standards of beauty, seem rare or unconventional.
Using any word that seeks to strip her appearance of any normalcy, casting her in ‘shoots and editorials that enhance and contrast her differences - especially when racially motivated, as I’ve often seen done - are both acts of othering and of enabling white supremacy.
Clarity Haynes a Brooklyn-based painter, focuses on non-traditional images and ideas of womanhood, beauty, sexuality and gender expression.
‘The Breast Portrait Project’ also explores illness, aging, mortality and the shifting nature of the body. Clarity explains: “I am interested in the many ways the body changes throughout a lifetime, and in the ways in which we create and change our bodies”.
Retta on Conan in 2012 with literally the best joke ever and she really was not here for the stereotyping and profiling while driving. #neverforget
apparently matt was a tool but my dad didn’t really know him he just had a couple classes with him.. louis wasn’t funny/class clown-ish at all according to my dad which surprised me i guess he was just kind of a loner rebel
he said louis was notorious for getting into fights with the school librarian over being quiet and there was a picture in the yearbook of him and the librarian glaring at each other lol
here is the picture of louis and the librarian you’re welcome.
This is awesome. Thank you for posting this!
So here’s my issue with the Cersei and Jamie rape scene. Honestly in the books it was still not okay. Like seriously. It bothered me. No it wasn’t an out right attack, but it was super coercive and that’s not okay. And honestly because of the show’s track record, I wasn’t surprised when the show decided that it would be a good idea for Jamie to use excessive force.
Drogo and Daenerys' wedding night in the show was rape. In the book, no. But Drogo no doubt was also a rapist, as that was Dothraki tradition when pillaging and such.
My boyfriend refuses to watch Game of Thrones, and Mad Men with me. He doesn’t understand why as a woman, and as a survivor and this is always my response: While the shows are intrenched with sexism, racism, and homophobia, it at least has each character be a well developed person instead of a mere plot device. Which is what many shows and movies do. Women, POC, and queer people are too often plot devices. (I have many qualms with both shows because they are by far from perfect and sometimes there are characters that are introduced solely as a plot device for example: Ros in Game of Thrones)
But here’s my concern with continuing watching this show. The books are already horribly violent, and plenty plenty rapey. I mean the threat alone of rape is on almost every page. How many rape threats has Sansa lived through- on top of the near gang rape that was seconds away from happening? Arya? Daenerys? Cersei has been raped by Robert more than once. Every Wildling woman is raised essentially to only respect men who “steal” or “take” them… doesn’t sound like a lot of room for consent there. OH and can’t forget the Iron Way now can we? Any way you get the jist, lots of rape happening or strong threats of rape happening.
So what will happen when *SPOILER ALERT* Brienne is actually raped? Like she’s raped in the books and it’s nearly impossible to read as a survivor… what is the show going to do with it? I mean they added the torture porn of Ramsay Snow, they turned Drogo and Danny’s scene which wasn’t rape into very much rape, and they amplified a scene that was ify into clearly rape. I don’t know if I can handle watching something that is actually supposed to be rape. Are they going to show it? I think so, because I’ve seen an interview Gwendoline Christie and she said that the strangest thing she’s had to do is bite a man’s ear off, so I’m pretty sure that its going to be a pretty gruesome scene. And I don’t know if I’m going to be able to watch it.
I don’t understand how the Song of Ice and Fire books don’t already have enough violence against women, or violence of every kind for HBO? I mean for fuck’s sake its a war torn country with mystical beasts, faceless assassins, terrifying warlocks, and poisons that will kill you by making your head turn purple and your eyes bleed. George RR Martin did a really good job writing a fantastic story, yes there’s things that have to be adapted in order for them to translate well onto the screen, but adding in things like torture porn, and more rape aren’t really necessary to make the show interesting. If anything they make the show less appealing.