Recent portrayals of the Duchesse de Polignac on the big screen
Being the closest confidant of queen Marie Antoinette, the duchess always managed to secure a spot in films about the queen. She is sometimes portrayed as the ‘bad girl friend’ and other times a source of comfort for the queen. Above pictures are how the duchess appeared in Sofia Coppola’s eccentric take on history and Benoît Jacquot’s more recent French historical drama respectively.
(Top) Rose Byrne in Marie Antoinette.
(Bottom) Virginie Ledoyen in Les Adieux à la Reine(Farewell, My Queen)
Young woman from Kara tribe in the Omo Valley, Ethiopia.
Exhibition at Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany,
Opens February 21,2014
Erykah Badu GIVENCHY
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"[T]he rite of passage from girl to woman is when you can go get a relaxer and have your hair straight. I remember looking forward very much to my last day of secondary school. … When I graduated secondary school, what I really wanted to do was go straight to the hair salon and get my relaxer, so my hair would be straight. Then I came to the U.S., and … I couldn’t afford to get a relaxer at a hair salon here because I thought it was just needlessly expensive. So I went to the drugstore and bought the relaxer kit and decided to do it myself, which didn’t end well. Having then a scalp with really bad burns, I suddenly thought, ‘Why am I even doing this?’ And that’s when I stopped using relaxers. And it took a while to accept my hair for the way that it grows from my head."
image via Random House
An Amazing Campaign in India called “Abused Goddesses” showing the contradiction of worshiping female goddesses in religion but having unsafe conditions for women, like domestic violence.
Via: Women’s Rights News