The hero of today’s Woman-Crush Wednesday is photographer Cindy Sherman, who’s made a career of taking selfies since the 1970s. She was even awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (a.k.a. “the Genius Award) in 1995, which paid her $500,000 doled out over the course of five years. Not bad for playing dress-up with your camera, right?
She started out dressing up like characters in fictitious movies, then staging scenes and photographing herself in them.
She then went on to re-create historical portraits based on European oil paintings from the 15th century through the 19th century. DOZENS of them. Then she dressed herself up as the scariest clowns ever and did a series of clown portraits. Some of her most provocative photos came most recently, when she dressed up as the aging, super-rich society women who often buy her photographs for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In addition to making thought-provoking works of art, Sherman’s a darling of the fashion world, as well. In 2011, she was the face(s) of cosmetics giant M.A.C., and she’s done campaigns for Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs and Rei Kawakubo (among others).
This is one of her three faces for M.A.C. One of the things that’s most remarkable about Cindy Sherman is the way she challenges her viewers by portraying uncomfortable characters. (Have you learned about the concept of the “male gaze” in your media classes yet?)
So if you love playing dress-up and taking selfies—stick with it! If you play your cards right, you could end up with exhibits in every major museum in the world, plus a no-strings-attached, half-million-dollar fellowship.
Wanna know more about Cindy Sherman, like why she won a genius award for taking pictures of nothing but herself for 40 years? Check out this interview.
Is anyone else taking AP exams in the next two weeks? I’m not going to lie, they’re pretty rough! If my posts seem to be a little bit short, that’s the reason. However, I thought I would take a minute to give you a sneak peak of the outfit I’m wearing to a concert this summer. I know I’m a tad bit early, but what can I say? I’m excited for it!
I wanted to go with something that was a bit nicer than jeans and a blouse, so I opted for a skirt. I paired it with a graphic tee and a lace bandeau to make sure I wasn’t too dressy. To add a little bit of edge, I chose my cut-out oxfords and favorite black hat. I’ll be good to go after I grab my black crossbody, my ticket and my camera.
Is anyone else obsessed with America’s Next Top Model? If you are, you definitely remember Leila Goldkuhl from last season. She was super unique, fashionable and she worked her gap teeth. (Mine have a slight gap, too.) Although she didn’t win, she’s doing great things, anyway. She recently signed with NEXT Model Management and I’ve started seeing her on the front pages of a lot of websites. Go, Leila!
As I am sure most of you know, director Baz Luhrmann recently released his film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire (to name a few). However, I was most excited for the visual effects. Luhrmann’s movies are famous for being visual extravaganzas, and Gatsby is no exception.
I had high expectations for this film because I really love the book—and for the most part, I was not disappointed. Carey Mulligan made a great Daisy, and DiCaprio played the nostalgic, idealistic Gatsby well. Their chemistry was really evident. My only critique of the movie is that parts of it are so melodramatic that they feel a little like a farce of the book.
However, the movie definitely had its high points. Along with the fantastic music in the film, the costumes are spectacular. Miuccia Prada designed all of Daisy’s opulent flapper dresses. The movie and costumes might be set in the Roaring Twenties, but many of the creations could be worn today. Drop-waists are coming back into style, as are fringe and crystal embellishments.
I love flapper fashion. (I was even a flapper for Halloween this year!) I think the clothing is just so fun and feminine. I love the silhouettes and colors, and the Art Deco details that make each outfit so unique. While flappers might be a thing of the past, flapper fashion is still relevant in your modern wardrobe. You could take small Gatsby-inspired items and merge them into your closet. Look for drop-waists, Art Deco designs, beading and lace or netting.
Happy Friday, everyone! Today’s selection was a little bit controversial here at BP. HQ. Some people wondered if maybe this video was too weird. Or too long. Or too…old. There was a lot of impassioned discussion. But then someone hit “play” and it took all of about 30 seconds for people to stop talking and start tapping their toes. By the two-minute mark shoulders were jerking around and heads were bobbing. By the three-minute mark, every single person in the vicinity was throwing down all their serious and signature dance moves. Houston, we have achieved lift-off. The dance party starts now.
The countdown to summer has begun! It’s almost time to travel to far-off places, do absolutely nothing, eat junk food, and make frequent visits to the pool and the beach. And you know what that means—choices, choices, choices. What will be your go-to swimsuit this summer? It’s definitely a summer for brights:
We’ve talked about the monochromatic trend before, but the single-color look is being revamped for summer. From fingergnails to shoes, white is turning out to be the color of choice.
I am all for this trend because I love wearing white. I am a huge fan of the LWD (the little white dress, cousin of the famous LBD), and I especially love flowy, white blouses. My mom makes fun of me because I have at least twenty in my closet right now. But white is so versatile, and it keeps your outfit light and bright.
The key to keeping your monochromatic outfit interesting is playing with texture. Instead of lots of colorful, visual interest, focus on the material and structure of the pieces to ensure an outfit that’s white hot.
For me, the perfect white outfit for summer consists of…
The first time we encountered Miranda July was at SXSW in Austin, Texas, back in 1997 or 1998. A friend talked us into going to see this performance artist (which phrase made us roll our eyes and lower our expectations significantly) who was supposed to “so amazing.” We were skeptical. But we went because the weather was nice and the friend was good company and we didn’t have anything else to do.
Two extremely weird hours later, we were total, passionate fans of Miranda July. And she hadn’t even made a movie yet!
There are so many cool things about Miranda July. She’s a writer. And a performance artist (the good kind). And an actress. And a movie director. And she’s really pretty and has sparkly fashion sense. How can one person do so many things so well? (Maybe she’s a robot? Or an alien. Or both…)
And she’s friends with Carrie Brownstein. (She is DEFINITELY an alien robot.)
We’ve all been there. You’re standing in front of your closet the morning of an exam, too tired from studying to even try to put effort into your outfit. As you survey your clothes, you have a simple choice: a sweatshirt or a cute blouse. While you contemplate your dilemma, I have a few tips for you.
1. Don’t give in. I know how tempting it is to just throw on a t-shirt and run out the door. However, picking out a cute outfit can give you the confidene you need to ace that test.
2. Be comfortable. The last thing you want while taking your exam is be distracted by how itchy your new blouse is. I recommend saving that brand-new blouse for a different day. Pick out your favorite go-to top that is cute and comfortable.
3. Stay minimal. You don’t want to be late to your exam because you were too busy getting dressed. Stick with a basic top and maybe one piece of jewelry.
4. Go bold. A bright, printed top or printed jeans make a statement with a minimum of fuss.
5. Bring (or wear) a jacket. You never know how cold your exam room is going to be. Go for something stylish like a jean jacket or even a blazer.
6. Take a deep breath. You’re gonna do great on that exam! You’ve studied the best you can and there is no need to freak out. Being calm can really help you focus.
Here’s what I wore today for my AP U.S. Goverment and Politics Exam: