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I absolutely adore that headcanon that went around a while ago where the layout of the Fenton household is constantly shifting and changing

but what if we took it a step further

what if the WHOLE OF AMITY PARK was affected by the portal, being in such close proximity to a tear between dimensions and effectively SOAKING in all the ectoplasmic radiation it’s been pumping out over the years

so this quaint little town starts to develop a few rather odd… quirks

like the water fountain in the park turns strange colours on occasion and smells (and tastes as Tucker discovered on a dare) strongly of burnt sugar

there’s this one road on the edge of town that, though it appears to be straight, somehow loops back on itself so that you end up back where you started, but only if you’re wearing shoes, this odd detail was discovered when Paulina’s heel broke as she and Star were writing a school paper on the landmark and she had to continue barefoot

the local shopping mall has its strange traits too, the glass ceiling of the food court shows an odd stormy red sky no matter the weather outside, except for once every seventeen days when it randomly turns into an aurora borealis-esque light show for differing periods of time, Kwan has these days marked on his calendar and sometimes skips school to see it, sometimes Danny joins him

a lot of the stores reach much farther back than physics says they really should, clerks always remember to clear the back of the shops on Monday afternoons, some of the stores like to revert back to regular size on Tuesdays

the parking lot behind the bowling alley is a favourite of Ida Manson’s, she and the elderly of Amity frequent the spot on Saturday mornings as the strange gravity shifts do wonders for their aching joints, being able to dance and leap like they’re light as a feather makes them feel young again

the walk to school could take someone five minutes one day, and an hour the next, Lancer has added ‘spacial disturbances’ to his list of acceptable excuses for being late

there’s this one tree in the park that every child feels compelled to climb, because halfway up they discover that they’re suddenly climbing back towards the ground upside down, their friends have to grab hold of their arms to stop them from falling into the sky until they climb back down the tree again and gravity goes back to normal

the Mansons lobby to have the tree cut down after catching their daughter climbing it, Sam and the neighbourhood children protest by climbing the tree and hanging upwards from the lower branches like reverse bats, the parents refuse to let the tree be destroyed until their childrens’ sense of gravity is restored

nobody goes down the slide at the Nasty Burger playground any more, the last three kids to do so still haven’t stopped screaming, nobody can figure out why

a majority of the residents of Amity Park overlook most of these strange occurrences, or put police tape around the dangerous ones and ignore them, they live in a town where ghosts attack regularly, changes like these have become not only unsurprising, but expected

and then the animals start to mutate, dogs are born with unnaturally coloured fur, fish are leaping out of their tanks and floating above the water, cats slip behind one object and come out behind another across the yard, some herbivorous animals gain a craving for meat and all of the local pigeons decide that flying in a spiral shape above the public library for three hours every morning is a productive start to the day

even plants start to grow into weird shapes and sizes, fruits with strange tastes and colours become a trend at local Sunday markets, seeds grow without even being planted or watered, root vegetables are found on above-ground vines, berries start growing out of the painted wood of a backyard fence

and then the children start to change

the only trend among the human mutations that local doctors can find is that every person identified had been a child or young teenager whose body had yet to finish developing when the ghosts had first started attacking (or, more accurately, when the portal had first been opened)

mutations range from purely harmless to downright disturbing, a teenager with blue eyebrows, a child with horns growing from the back of their left hand, a little girl whose hair drips down her back as though it’s made of liquid, an older boy whose teeth all fell out and grew back seemingly normal but turned out to be diamond hard and capable of biting through solid steel

the mutations only grow as the years pass, the older children developing dangerous abilities that could rival some of the local ghosts, kids being capable of duplicating themselves, a girl spotted flying to school, someone with green skin seen at the local supermarket, it’s even said that the Fenton’s kid can knock buildings over just by screaming at them

the Guys in White stop trying to protect the town, it becomes very clear that it doesn’t need protecting, it needs CONTAINING, but they soon discover that this is a far more difficult task than first assumed

because the overpowered youth of Amity Park have grown accustomed to a new-found sense of freedom the likes they’d never experienced before

and they don’t like being contained

The Plan

Edited by the lovely Christine!

Veronica Lodge was standing behind Kevin Keller’s locker door when he closed it, ready to go meet his friends outside for lunch. Raising an immaculately groomed black eyebrow she offered her arm which he quickly accepted and linked together as they began to walk.

“So our dear Betty has been getting awfully close to Jughead lately” she started, a playful, knowing glint in her eye

“I noticed,” he started before he noticed the smirk on her face, “Wait, what do you know that I don’t? Ronnie, spill!”

“Welllll,” she drawled slowly, teasing him with a gloating smile dawning her perfectly lined lips

“Betty may have mentioned that he’s ‘really been there for her’ lately….” she hinted

“They’d make a cute couple” Kevin concluded tilting his head slightly, brown hair coming out of place as he considered the possibility, before giving his dark haired companion a mischievous smile.

“I’m glad we’re on the same page Kev.” A playful glint came to dark her eyes as they met his.

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A few weeks ago I shared with you some images from my professional portfolio which were taken from a recent Beauty shoot with model, Caitlin Burles.
FYI, Caitlin was a stand-in for Gal Gadot on the Wonder Woman film. Pretty cool huh? 

During the shoot my makeup assistant, Yasmin Lovece, kindly filmed some behind the scenes of the makeup and I filmed some of the products used. So this week I edited and uploaded the footage for those of you who are interested in seeing how these looks came together.


Culture without Credit: How Appropriation Perpetuates the “Single Story.”

 We conducted a social experiment in our AP Literature class, where students were asked to describe the images that first came to mind when they heard the word “Africa.” Immediately, descriptions of deserts, and the Sahara;  lions, and elephants;  and the occasional “tribal” peoples- painted in bright pigments and wrapped in beads- filled the class.  Such descriptions were given alongside more negative ones- poverty, famine, conflict, and disease- painting an overall picture of our understanding of Africa. Needless to say, that painting had little depth. It was narrow, and wildly misinformed on Africa’s diverse people, rich history, and longstanding cultural traditions. It also placed westerners at a place of superiority to Africa, depicting the continent as one in need of western aid in guidance (peep the White Man’s Burden mentality). 

The problem is, my class’s limited understanding on African tradition is not unique- but rather a pattern amongst many individuals who reside within first world countries. Our view of Africa was the product of a eurocentric worldview- one that focused cultural study of first world nations- mostly comprised of those who benefited during the colonial era. And through limited presentation of the richness of African tradition in popular media, society has continued the historical trend of selective storytelling- one where the people with money and power choose what stories to tell (think the missionary, from Things Fall Apart)- often creating a skewed representation and failing to provide a voice to those oppressed. As a result, we are systematically taught institutionalized racial bias- through continuity of images of a ‘despondant Africa,’ or negative stereotypes and racist sentiment that remain in society from colonial times. This is our “single story” of blackness, and what it means to be black. 

Cultural appropriation perpetuates such skewed representation. 

Everybody wants to ‘be black,’ but nobody wants to be black. In other words, as a society, we love black culture but don’t love black people. And appropriation simply shows ‘love’ (if you could call it that) for culture- but maintains the ‘single story’ of POC being inferior to whites. Cultural appropriation accomplishes this by either intentionally or inadvertently discrediting the creativity and rich culture of individuals of African descent- here’s how: 

1. Through make a trend of something that has history- and inadverently jack credit.  

A.K.A “failing to appreciate black culture for being black.” 

What I mean by this is that most ‘trends’ that white society takes from African traditions are exactly that- traditions, with centuries of historical usage by people of colour. Trends that, for the centuries they have been around, have been largely ignored or even demonized by dominant cultures ( ). Things that contributed to the “us vs. them” mentality that fostered modern issues such as segregation and racism. And in fact, things that are still used to justify such discrimination- to the extent that greater popular media will not pay attention to such cultural artifacts until appropriated by white people (peep the unconscious bias). 

Best example of this is with modern day hair trends, which I discussed briefly in this article that broadly covers cultural appropriation. But let’s examine it in a bit more depth. 

Picture this. You’re a 9-year-old girl, and you wear your hair in mini braids. You wear your hair in mini braids because it’s too difficult to take care of your natural hair, and your incredibly busy mom doesn’t have the time to do so- but does not want to straighten and destroy it. It also happens to be a hairstyle that people with kinky hair like yours have been using for centuries to take care of it. 

However, because of its history, those mini braids are associated with your identity. And so the society you live in immediately relates that particular hairdo with your skin tone. They act as a symbol of blackness in a society that institutionally discriminates against blackness. And so all of it- your hair, your skin tone, and your culture- are what is discriminated against as a whole. And because society doesn’t like blackness, they don’t like black hair. 

Now flick on the television, and white models are flaunting the same mini braids- the only difference is their skin tone. Suddenly, the hairdo that you’ve had for years is ‘cool,’ when you had been teased, bullied, or even suspended from school for it before. Whiteness is what made that hairdo a trend in popular culture- since, to quote Youtuber Chime, “people are inclined to support those in their own ethnic group more than someone from a different ethnic group,” and white people dominate popular media. Appropriation has inadvertently given credit for that hairdo to the dominant culture- as it only became a product of creativity, or something to celebrate, when a white person wore it. 

And, in doing so, perpetuated the “single story” of people of colour being inherently inferior than whites.

2. They literally act like they invented something they appropriated. 

Shoutout to Marc Jacobs for a prime example of this. These “Twisted Mini Buns” are apparently a “creative way” to get hair out of the way while “looking cool and chic.” I agree with Jacobs on one front- it probably is a great style for warm weather- considering individuals of African descent have literally been wearing these Bantu Knots for centuries prior. 

It’s problematic when individuals literally take culture without credit. First, it normalizes the colonial mindset that has shaped power dynamics between people of colour and whites- one that inherently places people of colour at an inferior position, and allows for subjugation.  It makes theft from people of colour ok, simply because of difference in skin tone (ike the “conquest of the earth” described by Marlow in Heart of Darkness).  A simple analogy: you wouldn’t create a replica of a famous artist’s painting without giving credit out of respect. Similarly-  you ought not to take objects or art of cultural value without proper attribution- out of respect for it’s creators. So when you do- it’s disrespect.