Here are some of the photos I took at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show back on November 10th in New York-- I'm really excited to see it on TV tonight!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
“Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist...It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going...If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we should know the mind of God.” --Stephen Hawking
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I can't believe he's been gone nineteen years [today]. Queen has been my favorite band since I was a kid, the first CD I ever bought was Queen's Greatest Hits, and after that, I was an addict--I just couldn't believe that someone so amazing existed. I went on to collect anything and everything Queen or Freddie related--but my piece de resistance and most prized possession has to be my autographed Freddie Mercury press photo from his Great Pretender solo sessions. I also have their VHS tapes, DVDs, action figures, shirts, posters, buttons, and any other thing you can possibly imagine that can be sold or manufactured to promote a rock band, not to mention every book ever written about them. Queen was the band that brought me to rock and roll, made me want go into music journalism, and inspired me start my own band. In high school I covered my binder with photos of Queen and Freddie--alienating a good number of people--and of course my senior quote was one from Freddie Mercury. I used to bring people over to my house to show them Queen concert tapes, promising the most amazing, and almost beyond-human performances (Blender and MTV2 saw Mercury voted the greatest male singer of all time, and in 2009, a Classic Rock poll saw him voted the greatest rock singer of all time); most people said the videos were "scary," "disgusting," and called me crazy--but as Freddie said, "Fuck them darling, if they just don't get it."
Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara in the British protectorate of Zanzibar, East Africa in 1946. At the age of 17, Mercury and his family fled from Zanzibar due to the '64 revolution. They moved into a small house in Feltham, Middlesex (England). He soon received his diploma in Art and Graphic Design at Ealing Art College--not surprising, since he was responsible for the design of the Queen logo. In 1970, Fred joined guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor who had previously been in a band called Smile, and Mercury chose the name "Queen" for the new band.
In their time together, the band has released eighteen number one albums, eighteen number one singles, and ten number one DVDs worldwide, with their total album sales estimated to be over 300 million worldwide. Queen is also the only band in which every member has composed more than one chart-topping single. According to the bands history, Queen have spent a total of 1,322 weeks or twenty-seven years on the United Kingdom album charts; more time than any other musical act.
One of my favorite Freddie Mercury interviews (parts 1 & 2) from 1984
Monday, November 22, 2010
We shot this video over a year ago when I was testing the outcome of my jean design for Quiksilver Women--they had to pass the skateboarding test after all. I made the prototype jean at home in a crazy ten-part process that involved lots of different utensils, pumice stones, and of course lots of bleach to get the color. On the way to the skate park, we found this gigantic hill that ended up to be about a quarter-mile long, so I pulled over to try it out.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
We talked about the image of the ideal women in the form of models who were mostly unhealthy teenage girls...We talked about how most women's sense of self esteem still largely rests on what they look like and how much they weigh despite their other accomplishments. We talked about the idea that women in the post-feminist era, while supposedly strong and commanding and equal to men in every sense, looked weaker and smaller than ever before... I remember feeling ashamed for calling myself a feminist when I had blatantly succumbed to the oppression of the mass media telling me what was beautiful, how to look, and what to weigh. I had always prided myself on the fact that I was smart, analytical, and someone who didn't "fall for it." By starving myself into society's beauty ideal, I had compromised my success, my independence, and my quality of life. Being overweight was really no different. It was just the "F-you" response to the same pressure. I was still responding to the pressure to comply to the fashion industry's standards of beauty, just in the negative sense. I was still answering to their demands when I really shouldn't have been listening to them at all. The images of stick-thin prepubescent girls never should have had power over me. I should've had my sights set on successful businesswomen and successful female artists, authors, and politicians to emulate. Instead I stupidly and pointlessly just wanted to be considered pretty. I squandered my brain and my talent to squeeze into a size 2 dress while my male counterparts went to work on making money, making policy, making a difference. --Portia de Rossi
Thank you for telling the truth.
Thank you for saying what everyone thinks about all of these issues, but is too afraid to say it out loud, let alone in front of the entire world. If there were more people like you out there, it would start to hold people accountable, and it would change minds. Fame has become more important than health and happiness in the Western world, and people are pushing farther and harder to get it at any cost--including hiding who you really are to be the ideal of someone else, and cast out because the shelf-life of a women in the industry starts it's steady decline around age 25.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has struggled with body image, weight, sexuality, and self-worth.