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short documentaries ft inspiring women

Har alltid trott att jag är en morgonmänniska men har insett sista åren att nä, det är jag inte. Känner att jag behöver lite motivation och ett lyft såhär en måndag! Även om du är en morgonmänniska så kan det vara najs med några inspirerande minidokumentärer om awesome brudar igen! Vi kör:

Always thought I was a morning person but these past few years I’ve definitely come to realise that I am not. Even if you are I thought it could be nice to start the day off with some inspiring mini documentaries about awesome chicks. Let’s check ’em out:

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Namibia by Maceo Frost

Kuba rankas som en av de bästa länderna i boxning, men trots det så är kvinnor förbjudna att tävla ”because women should protect their beautiful faces”. Namibia har trots det tränat i åratal för att motbevisa detta och få regeringen att ändra lagen. Kort men alltså oj vad jag önskade att den var längre.

Cuba ranks as one of the most successful countries in boxing. Despite this, women are not allowed to compete ”because women should protect their beautiful faces”. Namibia has been training for years to show the government that they should lift the ban.

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The Amazonian Tribespeople Who Sailed Down the Seine by the Guardian

Nina Gualinga är halvsvensk från Kichwa-stammen i Amazonas i Ecuador där de tror att skogen är en levande varelse där människor, plantor och djur lever i ett slutet kretslopp. Vi får följa med när de kämpar mot oljeföretagen som vill exploatera deras land. Så jävla mycket integritet, vidom och stolthet som hela världen borde se. Vill bara utplåna typ alla storstäder.

Nina Gualinga is from the Kichwa tribe in the Amazon in Ecuador where they believe in the ‘living forest’, where humans, animals and plants live in harmony. They are fighting oil companies who want to exploit their ancestral land. A moving story of integrity, wisdom and pride that the whole world needs to see.

 

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Losing a Leg Didn’t Make This Woman Feel Any Less Beautiful | Dispelling Beauty Myths

Bloggaren och allmänt badass Mama Cax var 15 när en aggressiv form av cancer tvingade henne att amputera sitt högerben. Hon pratar om sin resa från att i skam alltid gömma sin funktionsnedsättning till att lära sig älska sig själv och därmed bli en ikon för personer med funktionsvarieringar. “This label of a person with a disability, or ‘an amputee’… There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s the same label as being a woman or being a black person; it’s just a label.” 

Badass style blogger Mama Cax, who was 15 when an aggressive form of cancer claimed her right leg from the hip down, talks about her journey from trying to cover up her disability to teaching her how to love herself and becoming an icon of courage for amputees around the world. “This label of a person with a disability, or ‘an amputee’… There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s the same label as being a woman or being a black person; it’s just a label.” 

 

 

 

 

 

babe of the month | illustrator maria herreros

Babe of the Month is a monthly interview series created by me Linn Wiberg to promote inspiring women online.

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Another inspiring woman with a brilliant attitude has appeared on my radar. Spanish illustrator Maria Herreros whose portraits shed a heroic light on who we’d previously see as misfits with shameful behaviours and make us question our societal norms. With two published books and commissions for big names like Coca-Cola, Reebok and El Pais, her portfolio is rapidly becoming a heavyweight.

I grabbed her quickly before she’d outgrow a basic email convo, two social media gals between. We talk about female identity, how to get out of a creative rut and what to do with 20k followers gathered in one venue.

 

Hi Maria, thanks for having a chat with me! I obviously think you rock, but for those unfamiliar with you, could you describe yourself?

Thanks! As a person, I’m very nervous. I talk fast and loud and smile a lot, apart from when I’m working with my art. Then suddenly I get super quiet and focused and can spend hours without uttering a word.

 

Where are you in this exact moment and what are you up to?

Right now I’m at my studio in Barcelona and working on my next book about Hollywood myths, that will come out on March with Lunwerg. I have a bright white studio (a room in my house) with good light and a nice balcony. Although I’m currently searching for space in a shared studio, because I need a more clear separation in my mind between my spare time and work.

“Nature is cruel. Apparently, women have an expiration date for some duties we have not signed up for. Are we angry? You haven´t heard anything yet.”

You have a few projects tackling the societal perception of women like ‘Women of the Future’ and ‘Black Widow, Red Bitch’. The description of your book ‘Botanical Rage’ read “Apparently women have an expiration date for societal duties they have not signed up for.” Can you tell us more about your thoughts around female identity?

It’s an issue that is reflected through my work, although not always consciously. I hope that one day we don’t have to talk about it, but nowadays, there is still some feminine qualities that society tells us we have to embody. Some of them are not even innate, it’s just society telling us how to behave, which applies just as much to men. Something as simple as there being different rules to how we are supposed to put our legs when we sit. It shouldn’t be this way…

Illustrator Maria Herreros

You recently reached over 20k on Instagram, congrats! What impact has the internet and social media had on your career?

It’s been good for my work, but in order for it to be beneficial I think your relationship with social media has to be honest and organic. You can’t just force it or pretend your work is something that it isn’t. People aren’t dumb and it’s dangerous to be too dependent on it.

 

Let’s say you were able to gather the entirety of your followers in the real world, what would you do with them?

Thank you! I guess we’ll start with drawing and talking quietly to then end up drinking beer and dancing around, watching crazy Youtube videos or talking about conspiracy theories or giant squids.

interview with illustrator Maria Herreros Fenomeno book

”A page from my first illustrated book FENÓMENO about human phenomenon. This guy was a Mexican mine worker with a tumor on his head, and they took him to the circus with this fake evil twin”

 

What has been you proudest moment in your career so far?

The first time someone told me they wanted to publish a book with my drawings. [Fenomeno, an illustrated book about the corporal human phenomenon.] I danced around the house doing crazy little steps like a raccoon.

 

What do you wish somebody would hire you to do?

The front cover of a good novel. Authors need their books to stand out on the shelves. I’d like the challenge of making an attention-grabbing illustration that says something about the novel but where you hide some secrets at first. When the reader has finished reading, they can then have a second look at the cover and fully understand. Plus I love the thought of reading a book, knowing that I’m working at the same time.

 

What’s the weirdest request you’ve received?

Someone offered me plane tickets to his isolated cottage house in the countryside to paint the headboard of his bed. I like Stephen King novels, so I obviously didn’t go.

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Woah! That sounds creepy. Have you met any assholes in your profession? And how do you deal with them?

Sure, but I consider myself lucky as it’s been relatively few. Some have tried to use a professional commission to flirt whilst more serious cases include artwork appropriation with commercial intentions. Then I simply reached out to them to let them know that they have to compensate for it or else I would denounce them. It’s always best to be upfront with these things and not feel fear. The law protects us.

 

What’s your best tip for getting out of a creative rut?

Effort, a lot of work and practice. Don’t try to imitate one single artist that you admire. Put your work out there once you are genuinely proud of it and can say it’s yours, then believe in it and have faith in yourself. You should be proud of your work because then you’ll wish to show it to the world and will have the perfect attitude to sell it.

Also, lead an interesting life where you can take inspiration from. Don’t only draw or paint, but watch movies, read, carefully listen to music. And start exercising because it’s plenty of hours on a chair.

 

Brigitte Bardot by spanish illustrator Maria Herreros

This feature is about highlighting inspirational women so I’d like to know who are your biggest girl crushes are and why!

FKA Twigs, Zendaya, Chloe Sevigny, Sofia Coppola, Sofia Loren and Georgia O´Keeffe. Strong women that are not there to reassure someone else’s insecurities.

 

It was lovely having you, thanks for being bloody wicked! xx

Thanks to you. It´s been a pleasure, I love this section, please keep doing it!!

Maria Herreros Illustrator

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Previous interviews with inspiring women:

– DJ Hannah Faith
– Artist Rebecca Larsson (Dear Pravda)
– Indonesian lifestyle blogger Rosalinda Tjioe (Nine in the Afternoon)
– Fashion blogger Clarissa Henry (Vintage Doll Risa)
– Instagram twins Elisabeth & Victoria Lejonhjärta (@Lejonhjerta)

 

All images are by Maria Herreros

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Links to badass women doing badass things

Like the Internet junkie I am I consume a vast amount of content every week. Some are just too good not to share with the world so here are five different links to badass women doing badass things:

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Celebrating a Lifetime of Controversy with the World’s Most Famous Groupie.

Broadly makes a visit to Pamela des Barres on her 67th birthday, known for spending her 20s and teenage years as a respected rock’n’roll groupie with an impressive array of seducers like Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon and Woody Allen in the 60s and 70s. They discuss her biographies from that time, what it’s like being a feminist groupie but constantly publicly shamed and female aging. It’s dramatic and it’s magic.

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Imposter. 

Writer Alexander Chee writes a stunning piece about the time back in 2003 when he’d sublet his friends flat on Manhattan, way above his budget as a writer. Presented with a larger budget and more time than ever he’s still struggling with the agony of writing his 2nd novel when one day he bumps into his new neighbour who happens to be Chloë Sevigny.

”The elevator was soon like a little theater of her. The doors would open and she would be there, sometimes dressed very elegantly, sometimes in a wifebeater and Daisy Dukes, a bottle of Woolite perched on her hip, going to the basement to do a little laundry. It was the best ad Woolite never had. She soon would nod when she recognized me, before the doors closed again. But I never intruded on her, never spoke to her.”

You just have to read it.

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Rodeo Wave

Ok, I felt like I couldn’t breathe when I found this story through Minda Jalling who’s featured in it. It’s a girl crush overload with 10 chicks talking about their tattoos. Beautiful text and gorgeous photos. In Swedish though but still wicked.

Fallen into oblivion is that in the peak of R&B aka 2005 our all time badass Rihanna, 17 at the time, performed a Destiny’s Childs tribute at the World Music Awards. OH MY GOD HOW IS THIS NOT EVERYWHERE ALWAYS. Fabulous and innocent and it makes me love her even more. Noisey wrote more about it here.

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My babe Frida Vega Salomonsson recently visited Tokyo with Nim. The photos are up as a travel diary on Bon’s website, and like everything that girl touches, it is pure magic.

 

More inspiring links from the archive:

Let’s make this damn dark autumn sparkle.
3 blog posts you shouldn’t miss.
Mini documentaries featuring inspiring women.
4 stunning photo stories.
5 videos about love.
5 links on the topic love.

 

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