Whether being judged by Simon Cowell or Jennifer Lopez, the hit singing competition American Idol has always produced incredibly successful artists for all types of genres. We all know and love Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Daughtry, but considering the fact that everyone can’t win the title of “Idol” some equally talented individuals are bound to slip through the cracks.
After a full day of trying clothes that just aren’t right yet, we start to dream - personal tailors, tiny hips - a girl’s dream come true. However, we can’t tailor everything and hips don’t just get smaller. We’ve come to terms with the war zone that is the dressing room. We’ve decided that designers don’t know what’s up, so we might as well suffer in silence and move on to the next battle. Then, there’s Giambattista Valli. He absolutely loves women and has decided that fashion isn’t all about that size 2 sample.
Wikipedia Edit-a-thons are hosted by schools, archives, museums, and cultural institutions all over the world. The idea is to help increase the voices of LGBTQ, female, people of color, or other marginalized persons as Wiki editors. On March 30th, I attended the Art+Feminism edit-a-thon at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta where people of all backgrounds were invited to learn how to become a Wiki editor, learn the rules of Wikipedia, and create articles about female, non-binary, women of color, etc. artists.
After a pilgrimage tracing a transatlantic slave trade route ended in South Africa, Artist Xaviera Simmons traveled throughout the African continent before she had to ask herself, ‘Who am I here in this country? Who are my people?’ Simmons recalled to Elysian magazine, “[African-Americans] don’t have a motherland. Africa is 54 different countries. There is no place in Africa that I could ever go that would be my home. I’ve been all over Africa. Where can I go, and it’s like home for me?”
Over the past several years, photography has taken place at the forefront of artistic vision. Whether due to the rise of Instagram, which glorifies effortless, gorgeous photos, the rise of a new generation of supermodels, who embody the ever-enviable wispiness and softness of ethereal beings, or the desire to tell stories in visual ways, photography has really taken hold and captivated the novel sensibilities and aesthetics of a modern era. Australian photographer Bec Parsons is the epitome of this contemporary conversion on still film.
The emo-pop movement has been a pillar of pop-culture marketing for young people for almost ten years, and it continues to draw fans. The goth-like image of eyeliner, disheveled hair and tight jeans has become very recognizable, and the music is almost exclusively marketed toward teenagers who long to be edgy in displaying their uniqueness. One emo-pop band with a sizable following is Paramore, which consists of vocalist/keyboardist Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davies and guitarist Taylor York.