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photo cred: the grio

photo cred: the grio

in paper magazine’s efforts to “break the internet” this week, kim kardashian graced the magazine’s cover balancing a champagne glass on her behind. while we all know this isn’t kim’s first time flaunting her assets (pun intended), few are aware that the same photographer, jean-paul goude, shot a black woman in similar fashion decades ago. blue telusma writes for black news website the grio that goude was grace jones’ long-time boyfriend and described himself as being fascinated with “ethnic minorities—black girls, prs. i had jungle fever.”  goude’s fascination teeters between interesting, provocative and disturbing — he once photographed grace jones in a cage with raw meat. this history supports the feminist theory that images like those above not only objectify women of color, but also pander to white voyeurism.

for more on mrs. west and the history behind black women’s derrieres being a source of our objectification read blue’s article on the grio.

muxes: the third gender

muxes are gender-bending, male-bodied and seen as blessings by the indigenous communities around the mexican town of juachitan.  they adorn themselves with traditional women’s clothing (huipiles and enaguas) and instead of facing contempt and discrimination, muxes’ families believe they’re good luck.   while photographing this third gender, a juachitan local told photographer nicola okin frioli that “everybody should accept them for who they are…in every place they are.”

all images via nicola okin frioli

folosade adeoso’s creations

folosade adeoso is breathtaking (check out the last pic).  not only is she hands down one of the best models of my generation, she’s also a dope digital artist.  if you’re in the blog/tumblr world, then i’m sure you’ve come across her pictures by photographers kwesi abbensetts and mambu bayoh.  salute to fola for creating these dramatic images and being an artist both in front of and behind the camera.

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check out fola’s interview with okayafrica here.



_IGP0334 _IGP0303 _IGP0301_IGP0305 _IGP0330_IGP0311 _IGP0331 my what a difference a pop of red makes. thanks to stila’s red matte lipstick for putting in so much work.  oh and thanks to tosin’s frida shirt for giving me life.

photographer: michael idiokitas

me: dress: h&m | chambray shirt: zara | shoes: converse | necklace: urban outfitters | double-face watch: nordstrom | bangles: gifted and thrifted

mona lisa

mr. porter asked a very complicated question to the best street style photographers in the game: what’s your best menswear photo?

featuring: scott schuman, tommy ton, kar-edwin guerre, lounge delcy, young jun koo, jonathan pryce and tamu mcpherson.