women fashion portraits

Stereoview portrait of two unidentified women, probably French, c. 1860′s. By Duriaux.

Source: Rijksmuseum.

Hand-colored tintype portrait of three unidentified African American women, c. 1856.

Source: Harvard Library.

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My taste in clothing has never been gender specific. I don’t see a men’s or women’s section when it comes to my appearance. I gravitate to what I like. I wear it with confidence, make it my own, and ignore disapproving looks and comments. Whether it be a more feminine or masculine outfit makes no difference. Originality and the courage to embrace myself are all that matters. My look has always been androgynous and versatile. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Today, I’m launching my project “andro-”. It’s short for androgynous which means “of indeterminate sex”. I’m starting this project to encourage originality, push gender specific boundaries of fashion, and ultimately shine a light on those who are brave enough to be themselves. Loving yourself and your appearance is a lifestyle. You should celebrate it everyday. – @nikonmami

Photographer: @nikonpapi​

“I grew up in a world that told girls they couldn’t play rock ‘n’ roll. People don’t want to see women doing things they don’t think women should do. Girls see these defined roles they’re supposed to follow in life, but when I was a young child, my parents told me I could be anything.”

Joan Jett, 1975