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The Ardorous is an online art platform showcasing feminist projects of female creative professionals curated by Petra Collins. Arvida Bystrom is one of the artists featured on the site; her photo series “Lolita” show young girls portrayed in the usual dreamy fetishizing manner very often found in fashion magazines and as described by Nabokov himself in his eponymous novel. Bystrom’s pictures have a subversive quality in the undesired and unsightly body hair that hasn’t been shaved as is usually the expected norm.
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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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©Nicola “Ókin” Frioli

The pictures I want to show you today are from different ad campaigns and editorials. Their different takes on masculinity and androgyny really caught my eye. I particularly like the Alexander Wang ad, I find the model’s pose and expression very striking. And I wouldn’t mind owning the outfit in the Calvin Klein ad.

Malgosia Bela for Alexander Wang Fall/Winter 13/14, shot by Steven KleinAlexander Wang FW 13.14

Daria Werbowy for Vogue Paris August 2013, shot by David SimsVOGUE PARIS AUGUST 2013 - DARIA WERBOWY BY DAVID SIMS_1

Karmen Pedaru for Vogue Paris August 2013, shot by Gilles BensimonKarmen Pedaru by Gilles Bensimon for Vogue Paris August 2013 [Editorial]

Vanessa Axente for Calvin Klein Fall/Winter 13/14, shot by Mert Alas&Marcus PiggottCalvin Klein-Herbst 2013

Crista Cober for Jalouse Magazine July/August 2013, shot by Frederike Helwig'On The Riviera' Crista Cober by Frederike Helwig for Jalouse Magazine July:August 2013 [Editorial]

Hilary Rhoda for Helmut Lang Fall/Winter 13/14, shot by Daniel JacksonHilary Rhoda for Helmut Lang FW 13.14 Campaign by Daniel Jackson