She wasn’t enamored with him. Not like the other women (who really only ever expressed interest in him because he had not done so to them.) At first, she hadn’t seen any b e a u t y in her cold-blooded captor or his dark kingdom - the Queen Persephone was dangerously smart in a way only King Hades seemed to notice. They are so s t r a n g e, those two. He is what dies and she is what grows. And yet, they are bound deeper than our spirits are to our bones. He loves her with such intensity that it is blinding. This is King Hades - eldest child of of Cronus and Rhea. The first to be unwanted. He is strength without brutishness. But before Persephone, before his Queen, he is debased. For her alone, King Hades is w e a k.

Anon Requested - “Apollo and Dionysus or Hades and Persephone?”

kinda myth busting

Aries: actually helps others achieving their goals too
Taurus: not that materialistic- hates superficial things
Gemini: may seem cynical but wants to be well-liked
Cancer: very dreamy and intuitive but also ambitious and driven
Leo: incredibly just, wants to do the right thing at all times
Virgo: has a gift for finding the exact right thing at the exact right time
Libra: not indecisive, but terribly afraid to make the wrong decision
Scorpio: cautious and self-protective but loves to push the boundaries
Sagittarius: so so so imaginative with so many outside-the-box ideas
Capricorn: wants their worth to be recognized so much
Aquarius: always thinking about how to make this world a better place
Pisces: wants to help people through the art they create

Money Trees

Hammering coins into trees is an ancient tradition in the north west part of the UK in Cumbria and the north of Wales in the village of Portmeirion. According to a research conduction completed by the BCC, this practice is said to date back to the early 18th century in Scotland. It was believed that if people hammered florins into trees, it would cure them of their sickness. 

The widespread perception of LSD as a uniquely destructive narcotic has to do with the drug’s ability to cause impressive and deeply affecting hallucinations and changes of perception. But compared to legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco, LSD is a blip in the radar and actually one of the least harmful common drugs.

According to a 2010 study that attempted to quantify the social harm posed by each commonly used psychoactive drug in the U.K., compared to the much more common drugs like alcohol heroin, cocaine and even cannabis, LSD is not very harmful to either the user or others. The study’s lead researcher, David Nutt, was dismissed in 2009 from a senior U.K. advisory position for advocating reform to drug laws.

5 harmful myths we need to stop telling about LSD 


Greek Gods and Goddesses - Thetis

THETIS was a goddess of the sea and the leader of the fifty Nereides. Like many other sea gods she possessed the gift of prophesy and power to change her shape at will. 

In her desperate attempts to protect her son, Achillies, during the Trojan War, Thetis called in many favours from the gods. These included Hephaistos and Dionysos, both of whom she had given refuge in the sea as they faced crises of youth, and Zeus, whose throne she had protected by summoning the giant Briareus when the gods had sought to bind him.    (x)

To catch you up: I’m doing a series of comics based on the badass women of Polish mythology to celebrate my novel The Daughters (which just got a starred review & was included with some other excellent books on a summer reading list, if you want to learn more about it!). And our next badass woman is Queen Wanda! (Also/more commonly known as Princess Wanda.) 

Wanda was the daughter of King Krakus, founder of Kraków and all-around hero. After his death, she became Queen and ruler of the Poles, but accounts differ as to how her reign proceeded from there.

Here’s my favorite version: after her father’s death, Poland was attacked by Alamann (i.e. German) troops, who believed Wanda’s lands to be vulnerable. However, Wanda was so fierce and so beautiful that the aggressing troops refused to fight against her, and their leader committed suicide in shame.

Pretty good, right? Now, there are other accounts suggesting that it was in fact Wanda who committed suicide in order to avoid a marriage that would’ve ceded Polish lands to Germany –  and maybe I’ll do a martyrdom follow-up post for Wanda. But the original story, of her glorious triumph, will always ring most true for me.


Mythology Meme -> Mortals -> Philomela

Philomela was the daughter of King Pandion of Athens and the sister of Procne. Procne married Tereus of Thrace and bore him a son, Itys. However, Tereus developed an illicit passion for Philomela. He raped her and then cut out her tongue and imprisoned her so that she could tell no one of his crime. Nonetheless, Philomela wove a tapestry which she used to reveal his crime to Procne. In revenge, Procne murdered Itys and served up his flesh to her husband. Tereus pursued and tried to kill the sisters, but the gods interfered and changed them all into birds.

The Washington Post - Five Myths About Modeling

By Coco Rocha

[This photo shows how I feel when someone makes a false assumption about modeling - trust me, I’ve heard it all. Check out my article for the Washington Post on 5 common myths about modeling. That’s right, I’m setting the record straight once and for all. Check it out! xx]

With New York Fashion Week approaching, a small army of models, editors and buyers, plus anyone with a blog, will be descending on the city. Along with the familiar stomp of girls down the runway come common assumptions about the fashion industry that have held sway since the time of the supermodels. Ten years in the industry has given me an eyeful of what really happens behind the scenes. Let’s debunk some myths about modeling.

1. Models make a lot of money.

Between the yearly Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid uber-models and the huge amounts of money spent by designers at Fashion Week (a 2011 Marc Jacobs show was estimated to have cost $1 million), it would seem most models are swimming in cash. “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day,” model Linda Evangelista told Vogue in 1990. She probably didn’t — Evangelista’s career was marked by multimillion-dollar contracts.

But the median yearly wage for models in the United States, based on 2012 census data, is a mere $18,750, and fashion’s main event is unlikely to contribute much to that balance. Hundreds of relatively unknown models will fly to New York hoping to book a coveted spot in a runway show, which can pay $250 to $1,000 depending on the show and the model — a stipend that’s likely to cover what the model spent on travel and accommodations. Some Fashion Week hopefuls won’t walk in any shows at all, and others will end up in the red, even after walking in several shows.

Compounding the problem, some designers pay their models in clothes instead of cash. The trade is even worse than it seems: A model might receive clothing that’s damaged or several years old. I was once paid with a skirt with a broken zipper, which did little to help me make rent that month. But the exposure can be invaluable: International magazine editors sit in the front rows, and a few models might get booked for a designer’s campaign immediately after walking in a show. The runway can jump-start a career but not a savings account. After my second year of runway work, walking for almost every major fashion house, I was $30,000 in debt.

2. Models are glorified clothes hangers.

Runway girls are often compared to “human coat hangers.” In other words: Models are just modes of transportation for garments. Even Twiggy used the phrase to dismiss her groundbreaking career, declaring when she retired: “You can’t be a clothes hanger for your entire life!”

But as long as there have been models, there have been muses. A model was the reason the painter picked up a brush, the sculptor a chisel. Just as not every actress is Meryl Streep, models are not all equally skilled or gifted. The best are translators, a visual representation of the story the designer wants to tell. Last year I published my first book, “Study of Pose,” an anthology of poses inspired by fashion history, art history and pop culture. I wanted to show that a model’s repertoire extends beyond duck-face selfies or blank runway stares. For the past 60 years, models such as Carmen Dell’Orefice, Linda Evangelista and more recently Karlie Kloss have helped solidify modeling as an art form by collaborating with designers and photographers. Top photographer Mario Testino said of working with models with strong personalities: “I think that you can’t do it any other way. Because then the pictures are nothing.”

Are some models clothes hangers? Certainly, just as some singers can’t reach the high notes. But the best have always had the talent to make us feel something.

3. Models are catty with one another.

Decades of media coverage of “catwalk catfights” — the televised “drama” between Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell, the Elle Macpherson/Heidi Klum “rivalry,” a “feud” between Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn, Carol Alt “slamming” Kate Upton — is enough to make anyone think that the modeling industry is rife with bad behavior and bad people.

Certainly some successful models are divas, and the field is competitive. But in my experience, the models who have endured for a decade or more are thoughtful, hardworking and humble. Most models start working at age 14 or 15 and go through a form of “fashion high school,” living in cramped close quarters. The sleepover-like atmosphere produces some squabbles, sure, but everyone grows up.

Models frequently collaborate on projects off the runway and are quick to help one another. In 2011, Caroline Trentini and the legendary Iman gave up a day’s work to pose in the campaign for my jewelry collection with the charity Senhoa, which supports victims of human trafficking in Cambodia. Recently supermodel Christy Turlington heard that I was pregnant and asked me to participate in a campaign for her charity Every Mother Counts, which works to increase access to maternal care in the United States and abroad. Far from being catty, models care a great deal about one another and the world around us, even if our rivalries receive disproportionate attention.

4. You get to keep the clothes.

It’s a perennial feature of high- and low-brow publications: the “peek inside a model’s closet,” in which People offers a tour of Alyssa Miller’s wardrobe or the Coveteur photographs Carolyn Murphy’s belongings — glowing shots of Alexander Wang gowns and Prada treasures, some of them gifts from Miuccia Prada herself. It’s enough to make anyone think a model’s closet brims with fabulous frocks, taken from shoots or gifted from designers.

However, models almost never get to keep the clothes they wear on the runway. The garments are usually one-of-a-kind samples created days and hours before the show and have to be immediately packed up and presented to international buyers. A model is more likely to be accused of stealing clothes (we’re always the first suspected) than to be given clothing after a show — when a pair of shoes from a show I walked in went missing, the designer’s team called my agency to see if I had “accidentally” taken off with them.

Once a model is established and starts being captured by paparazzi in her “street style looks,” she might receive gifted items from designers, since that can mean publicity for the brand and the model. But the typical working model is far from that status.

5. Models don’t eat.

Eating disorders are real, and they do affect the modeling industry. In 2006, Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston died at age 21, weighing just 80 pounds. A former British model told the Telegraph in 2013, “My modelling career lasted for three years and . . . I’ve had anorexia for eight.”

Sad as such cases are, in my 10 years of living and working with models around the world, I’ve seen that the majority are not resorting to extreme or unhealthy means to keep their physique — they are simply naturally thin. And the industry now has its own checks and balances: Vogue will not photograph models who appear to have eating disorders; catwalk models with a body mass index below a certain level are banned from runways in Italy and Spain.

Like many women outside the industry, models do watch their diets, but they enjoy food as much as anyone — take a look at Chrissy Teigen’s food-centric blog. When I go to events and finish my plate, people often comment about how “amazed” they are that I eat, as if I could live, work and keep up a crazy schedule traveling the world on zero calories a day. At various points in my career, I’ve been called both too thin and too fat — so I will eat that hamburger, thanks.