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Reblogged from nottaylersmith

nottaylersmith:

MOST IMPORTANT UGLY

April 25, 2014 ­ July 25, 2014 American Two Shot
135 Grand street, NYC Opening Reception: April 25th, 6:00­-9:00pm

Hello friends and friendly strangers –

If you know me at all, you know I live and breathe both makeup and memories – the stories that lipstick can tell you and the people who wear them help me wake up in the morning. Call it shallow or call it survival. I’d consider it more the latter and it’s the heart of Most Important Ugly.

What exactly should you expect? In essence,
it’s a series of 13 portraits that negotiate the
sitter’s stories of alienation and presentation,
memories and disremembering. In order to sit
for their photo to be taken, I asked each muse
a series of questions about shame, safety,
power, family and beauty. This series of
questions is called “Therapy Sessions in Sephora,” a reference to the place where I came up with the questions and the place where the ideas for this project began to unfold.

This project discusses anxiety and queer marginalization, revealing the monsters that are hidden inside of us when we are taught what we are is not enough, or is too much, or that it shouldn’t exist at all. It is a presentation of the resistance of marginalized people and how makeup can bring out the best in you: it’s just that the best is not always what is expected, or the most beautiful, or the most kind. Most Important Ugly tells the story of Monster Culture and the everyday heroes that it breeds. The heroes are my friends in the queer community, my readers, our friends. Non­binary beauties, trans friends, queer and questioning people we know and love all came together to sit for this project and it is their stories that we have the honor to share in these photographs. Gertrude Stein once wrote: “Give me new face new faces new faces I have seen the old ones.” This is our response to this idea of a beauty culture where we do not belong.

There are 13 portraits in the installation. There will also be a Limited Edition zine (Edition of 100 copies) detailing our process and monster culture, and it will include the original questions asked of each sitter. That way, you can learn what your Most Important Ugly is, too.

Much love,
Arabelle

Arabelle Sicardi is a fashion and beauty writer & artist with the popular feminist fashion blog, Fashion Pirate. She is on staff at Rookie Magazine, the online teen magazine founded by Tavi Gevinson, and has also contributed to Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Autostraddle, and Lucky. She was most recently profiled in the New York Times for her work in creating communities of Self­Empowerment and in PAPER Magazine online as a personal style blogger the magazine is obsessed with.

Tayler Smith is a photographer with a focus on fine art portraiture, currently attending her second year at The School of Visual Arts. She was named one of the Frist Museum’s “Young Tennessee Artists” of 2012 and has since contributed to Inconnu Magazine, Motive Magazine and Autostraddle. This is her first public exhibition.

For contact information, please email Arabelle at arabelle@fashionpirate.net

PHOTOS SHOWN ABOVE: 
Indigo Nelson, 2014
Melissa Fan, 2013
Tyler Ford, 2013
Hari Nef, 2014

(via glittercatlitter)

Reblogged from unsatisfiedskin
francesetherealgumm:

unsatisfiedskin:

oh holy shit

it’s true

francesetherealgumm:

unsatisfiedskin:

oh holy shit

it’s true

Reblogged from tiny-umbrella
tiny-umbrella:

tiny-umbrella:

tiny-umbrella:

I’m planning on going back for more lessons, because I could not be more pleased with how this one went.

Look how pretty I was the other day

Reposting to point out something I’m proud of: the way this lesson worked was that she did one side of my face and then I would mirror it. So the right half of my face was mostly my doing, and it was so much easier and more achievable than I thought.

tiny-umbrella:

tiny-umbrella:

tiny-umbrella:

I’m planning on going back for more lessons, because I could not be more pleased with how this one went.

Look how pretty I was the other day

Reposting to point out something I’m proud of: the way this lesson worked was that she did one side of my face and then I would mirror it. So the right half of my face was mostly my doing, and it was so much easier and more achievable than I thought.

Reblogged from xcedarxsmoke

xcedarxsmoke:

today has been so surprisingly stellar(!); like, I thought I had to work but didn’t and instead got to put (more of) my time n energy n thoughts into stuff I care about and am stoked on!
stuff like finally getting the MIXD zine call-out done (and it’s gettin’ reblobbed a fair bit! thank u! submit things pls!), spending time with my housebud out of the house and getting burger snax and sitting on the stoop, and foolin’ around with DJing software before my debut*~ on friday.
now I’m gonna go ride a bike for the first time in too long / half way thru winter n catch the rest of the sun n get veggies.  (◡‿◡✿) 

Reblogged from viciousgoth
viciousgoth:

i’m giving away this binder
about a year or more ago, i applied for the “in a bind” program, which gives free binders to trans people who can’t pay for them. in the intervening year since i applied, i got a binder myself. and forgot that they might actually send me one. so i got this for free and i want to pass it on to someone who actually needs a binder. it’s pretty similar to this underworks binder, it’s full-length, tanktop style, with 2 layers in the front and 1 layer in the back. it’s a size “small” and it’s a bit small on me: my bra size is a 34A if that helps. it would probably fit someone whose band size is a 32. please message me if you’re interested. i’m down to ship it anywhere in the US but if you live outside the US and want to throw me a lil $ for shipping that would rock (but isnt required like if you really cant afford it i’ll ship it myself). 
xo Demi

viciousgoth:

i’m giving away this binder

about a year or more ago, i applied for the “in a bind” program, which gives free binders to trans people who can’t pay for them. in the intervening year since i applied, i got a binder myself. and forgot that they might actually send me one. so i got this for free and i want to pass it on to someone who actually needs a binder. it’s pretty similar to this underworks binder, it’s full-length, tanktop style, with 2 layers in the front and 1 layer in the back. it’s a size “small” and it’s a bit small on me: my bra size is a 34A if that helps. it would probably fit someone whose band size is a 32. please message me if you’re interested. i’m down to ship it anywhere in the US but if you live outside the US and want to throw me a lil $ for shipping that would rock (but isnt required like if you really cant afford it i’ll ship it myself). 

xo Demi

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Reblogged from smith-q-and-a

punkshowdad:

corrupter-of-words:

smith-q-and-a:

just a few of the signs we made today for our rally on april 24 starting at 8:30AM! thanks to everyone who came out. 

these are fantastic!  i’m so excited to see femmepowered and open gates MHC create a similar campaign at mount holyoke.  i know both colleges are worried (to varying degrees) about reactions from alumnae, but this alumna supports you—and trans women’s inclusion—100%.

Get it

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Reblogged from rookiemag
rookiemag:

Neither/Both

Deciding to change my “outer” gender to match my inner one was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. And then I did it all over again.
Words by Tyler, illustration by Kelly.

rookiemag:

Neither/Both

Deciding to change my “outer” gender to match my inner one was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. And then I did it all over again.

Words by Tyler, illustration by Kelly.

(via originalplumbing)

Reblogged from atomicdomme

marxism-leninism-utenaism:

i unironically believe that the only thing you should need to do to access medical or legal transition is ask.

(Source: atomicdomme, via felonyvandyke)