An Eclectic Set of Links for your Eclectic Set of Weekend

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We have all had a hard, long week, and most of us have likely spent it feeling dowdy inside a parka. Because it’s cold outside. What better time than the present to look outward from our parkas to the great wide world of the internet and its style-related links? Rebecca M. Wornette’s eye was caught by these internet treasures this week.

Mannequins Give Shape to Venezuelan Fantasy

This article takes a close look at Venezuela’s rapidly growing obsession with manufactured beauty. From impossibly proportioned mannequins to Miss Universe winners, it showcases the products and processes of unrealistic images. While impossible ideals for female beauty are really a global issue, the standards seem to be a whole other beast in Venezuela—to the point where European and Western mannequins just weren’t disproportionate enough. Miss Venezuela took the Miss Universe title again a couple of weeks ago. This is the country’s third win in just five years.

Reacting to Miley

If you’ve somehow managed to avoid having an opinion on Miley Cyrus, kudos to you. Educate yourself on everyone’s favourite conversation of the year with this short and sweet summary of some of the reactions to her Video Music Awards performance, which was kinda the show that kicked off this whirlwind of well-planned controversy. It’s got you covered on all things Miley, with in-depth analyses of her performance, as well as all the memes you really don’t need distracting you right now but will probably enjoy anyway.

Dev Hynes: Cupid Deluxe

The man is music, fashion, and art. Dev Hynes is constantly reinventing himself, dabbling in everything from post-hardcore rock to indie pop to funk and soul. Right now he’s making headlines with his feud with Beyonce’s baby sis, Solange, for whom he wrote and produced the critically acclaimed True EP. So while everyone is focusing on the negative, I’d like to throw it back to a couple of weeks ago when it was all about the music.

Why Instagram Censored My Body

While it was anticipated that her t-shirt collaboration with American Apparel would cause a stir, it was kind of a shock when Petra Collins’s Instagram was deleted because of a bikini picture she posted. She’d been reported before for more risqué content than this, but it seems that admins were not comfortable with that fact that her bikini line was shown au naturel. In response, Collin’s wrote this open letter to address the issue of censorship, body shaming, and the significance of freedom of expression on the internet.

Rebecca M. Wornette

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I love Google-searching celebrity net worths, being the passenger (instead of the driver), and watercolour paintings. I hate the sound of hands touching cardboard, part two of any musical ever, and writing introduction paragraphs about myself. “Maybe I’ll get better at it the more blogs I start,” I thought, 8 blogs ago. I feel most comfortable hiding behind a camera or scribbling notes and doodles on any paper surface within reach—in most cases, the subjects of my photos and doodles have been fashion.

A visceral response has always dictated how my style evolves. I chose my aesthetics based on “I feel like that right now” or “that dress is how I want the world to see me.” Consequently, I had a brief bandana phase after watching Pirates of the Caribbean and, since I discovered the 1960s, a special place in my heart for big hair and short dresses; I regret nothing. Every hit and miss is important, even the experiments gone horribly wrong have contributed to the development of my style—at least I can now say for sure that bandanas are definitely not my thing.

WORN, I feel, is about sharing knowledge, promoting self-reflection, and providing connections as tools to defining fashion on one’s own terms. I’m excited to be a part of a publication that encourages individuality and empowers people through fashion—rather than dictating and selling an impossible carbon-copy image.

Current Inspirations

Lorde’s Tumblr

Her blog is exactly how you’d imagine Lorde’s songs would look in a collection of images. Occasional musings and signal boosting other, little-known, eerie-sounding bands complete the atmosphere. I can get lost on this page for hours; every detail seems so effortless and yet incredibly well thought-out.

Feeling Groovy: High School Fashion 1969

This collection of photos is one of my most visited bookmarks. Head-to-toe paisley and psychedelic pattern stockings should never have gone out of style. If I could time travel, the 1960s would be my first stop—for now, I’ll settle for these pictures.

Movies in Colour

This site is a happy place for me. Movies are an endless source of inspiration to me and have had the most influence on my style. Most recently I started my own t-shirt collection and got an over-sized leather jacket in homage to Mitsuko from Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train.

On the Street

Veteran street style photographer Bill Cunningham doesn’t like “in” and “out” lists. All people participate in fashion and confidence is what completes any outfit. He captures confidence in all shapes and forms, documenting the patterns he finds on his weekly segment for the New York Times. There’s nothing better than seeing people from all walks of life, with all sorts of interpretations of style, captured in candid moments.

The Pulp Zine

Pulp is kind of like a moody mood-board. It’s filled with short, helpful posts about everything from “Loving Your Labia” to “Astreauxlogy: Shit to Do with Your Hair” (based on your horoscope), and pretty photos filtered with rosy hues or shot intentionally blurry. It’s crafty and cute and very teen angsty. It makes me nostalgic for a time I never even lived.