“The standardized beauty ideal? Real smooth, baby skin, no hair. For the majority of the world, it’s a completely unrealistic beauty standard to hold oneself to, so that’s great for capitalism. When I was younger, I moved to a new town. My first day at school, all of these boys passed notes to me, saying how hot I was. That was the first inclination that I was supposed to be this hot girl that the boys want.’ It was this position that I had been placed in, I didn’t have to fight for it. I feel like I started shaving at the end of elementary school, beginning of middle school. I remember sitting in my mom’s bathtub, using her razor and doing it – not necessarily  behind her back, but not telling her that I was doing it.  I remember shaving my vagina for the first time at a very young age just because I heard boys talking about it.  As a teenager and young adult, Acne was a huge problem for me. I was trying to conform to this fashion industry standard of myself, so I was taking 45 minutes to every morning just to put on a base. The stopping-shaving thing wasn’t a radical I’m-going-to-stop-shaving-now! I grew out my armpit hair and then maybe shaved once, thinking: ‘Actually, why did I just do that?’ It was very much me trying to accept myself fully. Even though I believe in all of these things, If I’m packing on makeup every morning before I leave the house, or shaving everyday just to feel like I can lift my arm in front of people, it goes against what I believe in. When I stopped shaving my leg hair, there was a moment where I was laying in bed, and I kind of wanted to shave just to feel more sensual. But why would I think that having more hair on my leg would make me less sensual? In reality, this is my most natural, sensual form that I could possibly ever be in. Body hair is definitely a good thing. You should do whatever you want with it. I’m not going to be with someone who has a problem with it. They can go fuck themselves.” - @artwerk6666 👊 from our Dispelling Beauty Myth video series that we made in collaboration with @allure 🎥 Watch our first episode on body hair

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You know, it’s important; everything goes hand in hand. How I understand it is this: For me, acting is the primary thing. When I work on a part, one of the things I love to do is to put together a collage of things, stuff I see or stuff that inspires me, images, whatever. I try to look at it from that standpoint. Sometimes, being involved with fashion, it can give ideas to different things. It’s like a movie in itself. It’s just a different way to think about it. 

So I won an award - “Summer Selection” for this photo “IMG_3069” at ViewBug, which was based on popularity. Cool. Find more inspiring images at ViewBug - the world’s most rewarding photo community.
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Image 1: Botanical apartments in Phuket Thailand

Image 2: design for wheelchair access on stairs Alliance Francaise de Bangalore 121007  (flickr)

Image 3: Archana Kochhar, from 2013 collection 

Image 4: by Nakimuli

Image 5: From  Journey into the Earth collection by  Lauren Pineda   ((Imagine these as wearagble solar panels!))

Image 6: Cityscape art by Luc Schuiten

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In collaboration with Allure, today we’re launching the first episode of our new video series that dispels some of our culture’s most insidious beauty myths that keep us from feeling at peace within our skin and distract us from embracing our true selves. The first myth that we’re confronting is that of women and their body hair. We are honored to share with you the journeys of @artwerk6666, @ayqakhan, and @monicagh_, as they defy the cultural norms that a woman is only beautiful if she has soft porcelain baby skin. Each one of these three bad ass women have battled external pressure to rid themselves of their body hair and are now setting themselves free, tuning into their own internal voice to determine how the hair on their body should be. No woman should feel shame for something so natural as growing body hair– not by corporations, boys, friends, family members, or society by large. What a woman wants to do with her body is her choice and her choice alone. And these three are in their power, rocking the beauty of liberation 🗽 Watch the video here: 👊

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Hey you! You’re beautiful and gorgeous in your own way. Don’t let anyone make you feel undesirable, because you are perfect just the way you are!

So, what you don’t see :

  1. Jasper trying to fight Steven for ruining things.
  2. Lapis punching Jasper off the ship with her water bending. 
  3. Steven singing a song about friendship and then hugging it out with them all.
  4. Jasper joining the Crystal Gems.

I missed Jaspis and was inspired by the leaked images. It took me two days to do this. 



Māori an inspiration to Ainu People

[IMAGE: Members of the Ainu delegation perform during the powhiri to welcome them in Taranaki.]

A delegation of Indigenous Ainu people from Japan is in Taranaki this week to share experiences and learn from local Māori about language revitalization.

The group from Hokkaido, the northern most of Japan’s main islands, was welcomed at Puke Ariki in New Plymouth last night and will attend Poukorero, a two-day language revitalization conference at Parihaka.

Delegation spokesperson Kenji Sekiner said the Ainu began to lose their language as a result of the mass migration of Japanese in the late 19th century.

“Many, many Japanese coming to Hokkaido and after that suddenly Ainu were a minority people and kind of we were forced to speak Japanese. We were a so small group of people and discrimination against Ainu was so harsh.”

[IMAGE: Ainu delegation spokesperson Kenji Sekiner.]

Mr Sekiner said the Ainu language was no longer in common use.

“You know basically we don’t converse in Ainu so it’s very, very hard. It’s a long way to revitalise (the language) for us to speak in daily life our language. ”

Mr Sekiner has been coming to New Zealand since 2013 and said by comparison the invigoration of Te Reo Māori was very advanced.

He said it was an inspiration to hear Māori being used and he hoped the visit would make a huge impact on the young people he had brought with him to New Zealand.

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