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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 | photographer francesca allen

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

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Francesca Allen is the lovely London based photographer who’s quickly gained recognition the past years for her playful portraits embodying youth, female friendship and true love. There is a joyful intimacy in her photographs that has enchanted large publications, galleries and brands alike, but foremost the female Internet community.

Being well versed in gender issues she portrays women in a careless and confident way that only the trust girlfriends between can evoke. However, she is also clear on the fact that just because she’s female and feminist her work shouldn’t be classified as ‘feminist art’. Speaking to Francesca Allen reveals that despite the moments captured in her photography might be coincidental, her work and values are not. 

You can see why I had to grab her for an interview. Over a couple of emails we chat about feminist porn, why sucking at art school was great and the pros of being a woman in the photography industry.

 

”I feel that perhaps people (men) view female artists as somewhat inferior to male artists, but it only gives you room to surprise people.”

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Hi babe, thanks for taking time to chat with me! How has your day been?

Hello! It’s been quite nice. I dyed my hair super dark, my eyebrows too, with the hair dye. It initially looked like it had all gone terribly wrong but I’ve come out looking okay! I’ve answered a lot of my emails today which I’m constantly behind on, also these questions, I’m really bad at completing interviews on time because I like to write quite a lot and sometimes I find it really hard to spit out what I’m trying to say. I’ve eaten two egg sandwiches, a pot of coffee and some biscuits too.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m twenty-two, I’ve lived in London since I was eighteen. I have a cute studio and flat in Seven Sisters and I take photos almost every day now, mainly of my friends, girls I find interesting and fashion and music.

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What pros do you think there are with being a female photographer?

Honestly, I can’t think of any cons. I feel that perhaps people (men) view female artists as somewhat inferior to male artists, but it only gives you room to surprise people. As a woman I feel I can make my subject feel as comfortable as possible. Women have always been taught to disappear and be invisible and this way of viewing women means that you can be invisible. My photos aren’t about me, I don’t want to have a presence in them, I want them to be about my subjects.

 

What is it you want to communicate with your work?

I don’t really make conceptual work and I think that’s why people can relate to it so much. I want my work to feel overwhelmingly positive.

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Interview with Photographer Francesca Jane Allen, Porn Star Jessie Andrews

Jessie Andrews by Francesca Allen

 

Tell us about your proudest project.

I think my ‘GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!’ series, although I’m really bored of looking at it now. I want to turn it into a book as soon as possible and then never look at it again. I’m actually really happy with what I’ve shot in the past few months. I think the series I shot of my sister for i-D has become one of my favourite shoots, also the shoot I did with Jessie Andrews.

 

Who has been the most fun to shoot and why?

I recently did a shoot with actress Kiersey Clemons for i-D. Kiersey had so much energy and is really flexible physically! I think we really bounced off each other and the whole team that day was great.

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You mentioned in the interview you did with It’s Nice That that you despised uni. What impact do you think it had on you?

I work really fucking hard now. It’s kind of nice to have come out with a bad grade; I feel incredibly motivated to prove them wrong.

 

”The kind of mum that is embarrassing as a teen is really the best mum ever.”

 

What has been your biggest learnings since you started?

Don’t ever get complacent or too pleased with yourself. Don’t be lazy. Get out of bed!

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What projects are you excited for in 2016?

I really recently had a new idea for a project involving porn actresses. I don’t want to say any more about it as it’s a very vague idea for now, but I haven’t been this excited about a thought in my head for a very long time.

 

This feature is about highlighting inspirational women so I’d like to know who’s your biggest girl crush and person that you look up to?

My biggest girl crush is erotic actress Maria Riot, I met her on set with director Erika Lust in Barcelona. She was a total babe, super in charge of herself and her body and really fun to chat to. I look up to my mum; she knows how to reconstruct walls, just finished her phD and has never shaved her armpits. The kind of mum that is embarrassing as a teen is really the best mum ever.

 

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OTHER INSPIRING WOMEN:

Tattoo Artist TATIANA KARTOMTEN
Illustrator MARIA HERREROS

DJ HANNAH FAITH
Artist REBECCA LARSSON
Indonesian blogger ROSALINDA TIJOE
Fashion blogger CLARISSA HENRY
Instagram twins ELISABETH & VICTORIA LEJONHJÄRTA

 

 

 

All images are by Francesca Allen

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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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