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.

Emily Wornette

Our newest intern didn't let a dial-up Internet connection hold her back

My interest in style and clothing started at a very young age, when my hippie parents allowed me to dress myself. (Thanks, Mom and Dad!) Since then I’ve been slowly collecting all the cast-off figure skating outfits in Eastern Ontario. I’ve written for Plaid Magazine, Exclaim! and my university newspaper, The Queen’s Journal. I’m very excited to be working as an intern on WORN’s editorial and publishing boards. On any given day you can find me riding my bike around Toronto, salvaging unwanted clothing, manically applying lipstick, window shopping, and getting into trouble.

I’m so happy to have found WORN and, at long last, to be a Wornette.

Girls and Guns
This Tumblr curated by photographer Petra Collins is awesome. The photos manage to be both raw and whimsical. Collins finds stills of girls who are diverse, who confront the camera, and who are sexy. These collections of photos have helped me harvest my inner slut and make me want to move to a trailer park and shoot guns in cut-offs.

Another Mag Loves
This blog is where my dreams take shape. Can I afford this new Celine bag, Yves Saint Laurent tuxedo dress, or Dom Pérignon X David Lynch? Hi, no. Absolutely not. Do I enjoy looking at them? Of course, yes. Very much. We’re all in the ditch but some of us are looking at a $5,493.92 Fornasetti balaclava chair. Thanks, Internet.

Facehunter
Facehunter was my first introduction to a fashion blog. Growing up in rural Ontario, street style didn’t exactly exist—probably because there was only one street in my town. With my parents’ dial-up Internet connection I used to wait for what felt like days to see each new photo. When the pictures finally loaded I was reminded that there were other cape-wearing girls on bicycles out there. And here I am, years later, still loving that affirmation.

Thank You, Ok
I love Katie Merchant’s blog because we both live in Toronto but she somehow manages to make this city look pretty. Merchant sees the loveliness in the concrete jungle, when I sometimes just see the sullen faces of the TTC and my chipped manicure. Her blog has inspired me to put on rose-tinted glasses every once and a while and invest in some overpriced Chanel nail lacquer.

Hazlitt
I was so happy when Hazlitt was launched this past summer. Senior Editor Alexandra Molotkow is one of my favourite writers—anyone who manages to earnestly defend Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has my attention. Hazlitt, like WORN, engages in a more personal style of writing than many other sites. It has encouraged me to work on my own writing and to be fearless in my use of the word “I.”

photography // Zoe Vos