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Just beautiful, beautiful pictures:
Model Julia Nobis and her brothers, four-year-old Luka and Raphael, photographed by Stephen Ward at the Hillsdale Orange Orchard in Bulga, New South Wales for the October 2013 issue of Vogue Australia.

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Sun City, Arizona, is a town near Phoenix with a population of over 37,000 retired residents all living there. The community is renowned for being a senior citizens’ paradise. When London-based photographer Todd Antony recently visited the town, he met ‘The Sun City Poms’, the town’s cheerleading squad. They formed in 1979, recruiting 55-year-olds (and older!) to support the Sun City Saints women’s softball team. Today, the group entertains at around 50 shows per year.
Antony says on his blog: “While I was [in Sun City] I couldn’t help but think that with the American obsession for child beauty pageants, you have one age group of society trying to grow up way too fast, while at the other end of the age scale another group strives to hold back the years in some way. And does a pretty damn good job of it really.”
The Poms say of themselves that they represent the fulfillment of life at any age. They add: “Performing with spunk and energy of their youths, these ladies share positive aspects of retirement and aging, and shatter conventional images of “senior citizens.”
What I love about the women in the pictures are the grace, beauty and great sense of pride and energy they exude.

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Last week, I was asked by the people of the Frankfurt Book Fair (who happens to be the world’s largest) to take pictures of stylish visitors and exhibitors for their lookblog tumblr. Great! I thought. But wait a minute… Are there even stylish people at a book fair? It’s not NYFW, after all, where you stumble over fashionistas, whether you like it or not. And indeed, it wasn’t easy to find the handful of people who weren’t clad in shapeless jeans, t-shirts and “reasonable” shoes. But I did find some beautiful women and men with a great sense of personal style, after all. So, this is what I have been up to in the last couple of days. You can find all pictures here, and below some of my personal favorites.

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In the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico, live so-called muxes: Men who think of themselves as women. What is so exceptional about this is the fact that they are not marginalized or bullied, but accepted and celebrated. Their social status reaches back into times before Mexico became Catholic, when there were cross-dressing Aztec priests and the culture was inherently flexible in regard to gender. Of course, like in most – if not all – Latin American countries, machismo prevails now and there is not much room for different attitudes towards sex. But in the state of Oaxaca, things managed to remain more fluid. The population believes that the muxes have special intellectual and artistic gifts, that they are lucky, chosen people, colonizing the volatile state between genders. They are considered a third gender rather than having a particular sexual orientation.
Nicola “Ókin” Frioli travelled to Juchitán and photographed the muxes for his series “We Are Princesses in a Land of Machos”. Stunning pictures and beautiful people.

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Sometimes, we all just need a reminder of how it’s done: high-voltage glamour, that is. So who better to teach us a lesson or two than Ms. Ross herself. Enjoy, and: You’re welcome.

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The fashion industry is obsessed with everything pretty and beautiful, so it’s always refreshing when you come along an editorial that leaves you slightly disturbed and asking yourself WTF?, like the one in Let’s Panic’s first edition did. According to the bi-annual glossy, founded by photographers Greg Kadel and Aaron Ward, it is “committed to exploring the creative. Each story is a collaboration between editors and contributors which result in a cultural statement of individuality that transcends the ordinary and allows opportunities to evolve in an arena free of constraints.” Yeah, all pretentious babbling aside, I just really like how Malgosia Bela, the Polish model shot here, seems to have gotten (almost) free of any vanity, making funny faces and rolling her eyes until there is only the white left, thus creating some bizarre and uncommon fashion pictures. Inspirations for the styling range from football gear to Japanese samurai clothing.

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So, I normally don’t like it when women are reduced to their (sexual) body; most often than not, it comes off as sexist. But somehow, these pictures don’t offend me. Perhaps it is because in the first batch, even though the models are clad in sexy bikinis, they seem to be in power and in control. And in the second series, the focus is so much on presenting the clothes in the best possible way that a face would almost distract from them.
That being said, it’s interesting that two different publications had the same idea: Let’s just crop the model’s head out of the picture! First, we have Carine Roitfeld, who in her latest editorial for CR Fashion Book is proposing to more or less wear a bikini as a top. Photographed by Hans Neumann, the “Working Remotely” editorial sees a headless model donning this summer’s chicest pencil skirts by Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Alexander Wang and Dolce & Gabbana. Then, we have The New York Times Style Magazine with their Runway Report: The Curious Appeal of Pieces That Clash. The finest Fall pieces from a wide range of designers are mixed and matched beautifully. So, what do you think? Do you like the spreads?

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