What would your favorite pin-up girls look like if they were hot dudes instead of sexy ladies? A: Adorable but ridiculous, if these photos are to be believed. In an effort to examine and de-normalize (I can make up words) the way women are depicted in society, photographer Rion Sabean created the “Men-Ups” project, wherein men are shown in traditional pin-up (girl) poses. More
Calling all photographers with a “tasteful, but artistic eye for composition”! A “very photogenic” couple is looking for someone to document their live birth, and they will settle for nothing less than “imaginative frames.” More
Do you know about objectum sexuals? They’re people who have sex with stuff like carnival rides, compound bows, picket fences and landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower. …Not strictly the same thing, but New York-based photographer Nikola Tamindzic has set about … More
Another day, another rad art project about gender. In an effort to explore the changing dynamics of heterosexual relationships, Spanish photographer Jon Uriarte has taken some striking portraits of men in their girlfriends’ clothes. But unlike the makeup project I discussed recently, this project is more about “masculinity” (and what that even means anymore) than the daily performance expectations placed upon feminized bodies. Writes Uriarte: More
Makeup is a huge part of how most feminine-leaning individuals perform gender on a day-to-day basis. So huge, in fact, that most people rarely think about it in any kind of critical way; it becomes invisible. And when we do think about it, we often say we are wearing it “for ourselves,” as if such a decision could ever be made in a vacuum. More
Oh, how lovely! A megalomaniac who believes he has the right to shoot people who are “on a stage of their own creation.” More
If you haven’t noticed by our Shelved Dolls and Harlotry series, as well as plenty of our other individual pieces, The Gloss is a big fan of both sex workers and women of the past. We appreciate fashion from the days of yore — whichever “yore” that may be — as well as the personalities that accompanied its wearers. These vintage photographs of prostitutes from Storyville by E. J. Bellocq combine those interests wonderfully. More
Big brands steal from small, local artists and designers all the time. Forever 21 does it so often that they’ve pretty much accepted doling out large settlements as just one more part of the cost of doing business, like fabric, shoplifted stock, or underpaid child laborers. But it’s still kind of shocking when a brand does it this brazenly to someone. More
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American Girl dolls have been around for almost 30 years now. In that time, the company has grown from a few dolls and books to a giant multinational conglomerate with a bajillion spin-off items. For many kids, the $100 mini-mes have become something of a status symbol, with the ostensible benefit of an educational component.
After noticing how into these dolls many young American girls were, Polish photographer Ilona Szwarc decided to do a series of portraits of girls in their homes with their dolls. “Traveling to America when I was young, I always wondered what it would be like to grow up here,” Szwarc told Slate. “Once I moved to New York as an adult, I wanted to revisit those feelings I had back then, and the American Girl doll phenomenon seemed like the right platform to reconnect with those experiences.”
She continued: “I see American Girl dolls more as an extension on the idea of celebrity dolls. Typically, celebrities have dolls made after their likeness—American Girl dolls offer a democratization of this idea: Now every girl can have a mini-me doll.” This seems very true! Let’s look at some of her striking portraits. More
So, if you have ever wondered why you have like 3 and a half Instagram followers (the half being one of those annoying spam bots), perhaps it is due to one or more of these rather irritating mobile e-crimes. More
Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson refuse to quit each other. More
But, as with every other website or app people get incredibly pissed off about for a week after an update, I sincerely doubt there will be anything changed by this almost-outrage. Call me pessimistic, but our generation isn’t exactly known for its attention span. More
Living with HIV is a frightening prospect, but millions of people do so every day. For some, the stigma accompanying their status is even more terrifying: people can be cruel, demeaning and afraid of those with HIV, treating them as though they are less than human or that they are to blame for the condition. Photographer Edo Zollo seeks to change these misconceptions through his series, “Stand Tall, Get Snapped.” More