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21 Women Changing The Way We See Each Other

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Art grants us the opportunity to explore the human experience from perspectives other than our own. Photography is one of the best mediums for this, but all too often, it's just another way of perpetuating the supremacy of the male gaze. It might feel sometimes like it's a woman's world (at least that's what we're fighting for), but our portrayal in all forms of media is still generally the product of a patriarchal system. This has to stop; a diversity of perspectives is essential to creating an equal society. And so, in an effort to showcase views other than those of men, we handpicked 21 talented photographers who identify as women and empower others through their work, rather than demean them. Scroll down to learn more about them and see some of their brilliant work.

One of the youngest artists on this list, Miranda Barnes is a New York-based photographer whose photos take on the duality of her subjects and employ gorgeous muted tones to make them feel like a warm look into the past. We particularly admire the multigenerational representation of sisterhood in her "Doubles" series.

Elizabeth De La Piedra is a Chicago-based photographer who captures authentic and intimate representations of her subjects. Her most recent projects addressed social taboos like the experience of being a transgender woman and the ways in which we view gender.

Savanna Ruedy is a New York-based photographer with an eye for fashion. She turns up the sass factor for all of her subjects in her commercial work, but it never feels forced. Whoever said that showing a little attitude was a bad thing? We live for it!

Alexandra Gavillet is a bicoastal photographer who brings her subjects to life, with an element of softness invoked in every frame. That said, Gavillet is not opposed to getting firm in her political stance; last year, she conceptualized the "#UNMUTED" series, in which she films people attempting to start conversations on NYC subways about things like body positivity and feminism.

Azha Luckman is a photographer based in Oakland, California. We're huge fans of her moody Tumblr-esque film photos that make everyone look like they're in their element, whether that's roaming the streets, chilling in a bedroom, or performing on a stage. Luckman is also the co-founder of SHADE zine.

Olivia Bee makes teen dreams live forever through her various visual mediums of work. She isn't afraid to play around with gritty textures and light leaks to achieve the ultimate hazy vibes. Based between Brooklyn, New York, and Los Angeles, Bee has no filter when it comes to making a masterpiece out of her photo portraits whether the subject is Kesha, Katy Perry, London O'Connor, Natalie Westling, Tyler Wrent, or a couple of kids in love.

Monika Mogi is a photographer based in Tokyo who has us head over heels for her gorgeous, vintage-inspired intimate portraits. Looking at her photos has us thinking that she must've stolen the dream boards we created in middle school, so perfectly has she turned our fantasies into reality. 

Charlotte Rutherford is a quirky photographer from London whose instantly iconic images are bold, vibrant, and fun. There is never a dull moment in her work, and this makes sense because in her world, women are in complete control.

Mayan Toledano celebrates the fluidity of girlhood. The New York-based artist's dreamy images project tenderness in a way that doesn't make her subjects look weak, but rather empowered. She is also the co-founder of It's Me & You, a streetwear brand for feminists.

Carissa Gallo uses the camera as a window into "how humans interact with color, surfaces, and each other." We feel right at home with her pastel-toned palette of soft shades. 

Olivia Malone is another bicoastal photographer who splits her time between Los Angeles and New York. Her work examines the transition period between youth and adulthood with a focus on the feeling of freedom and independence. 

Camilla Armbrust brings out a pure, natural sensibility in her work. The Paris-based photographer aims to present the juxtaposition of strength and vulnerability. The result is striking images that feel raw and real.

Amy Harrity is a freelance photographer based in California. Bathed in natural light, the subjects of her work convey an emotional self-awareness that is heartbreakingly human and all too relatable.

Maxime Imbert is a London-based photographer who captures the simple beauty of teenage girls. Her work channels a grungy vibe that makes us nostalgic for the '90s and is the perfect Instagram hole to fall into when you're feeling particularly goth.

Carlota Guerrero is the woman behind the beautiful body of visuals that make up Solange's groundbreaking album A Seat At The Table. Guerrero features the beauty and strength of large groups of women in all of her work, keeping it au natural with plenty of neutral tones. The Barcelona-bred photographer also shot our amazing cover of Alia Shawkat for the December/January 2017 issue.

Digital artist Hannah Siegfried is a Chicago-based creative who calls the shots for IN Magazine and Clementine Zine. We love how she's never hesitant to play with color, texture, and all things shiny. From portraits and stills to editorials, she presents unfiltered versions of people at their most relatable moments.  

Dee Williams is a New York-based creator whose work captures color like no one else's. Through her photography, she shows the power of women who are unapologetically themselves, whether they're dressed down in nothing but lace lingerie or stunting in faux fur coats at the local bodega.

Nakeya Brown is a Washington, D.C.-based photographer who examines black hair politics within her work. If you ever need a dose of black love, make her website your go-to source. You can currently view her exhibit "More Than A Woman" at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

June Canedo is a New York-based photographer who puts sexuality, freedom, and nature at the forefront of the frame. We love how she captures the multidimensionality of her subjects; her thought-provoking visuals have the capacity to stop us in our tracks.

Courtney Yates' stylized portraits offer an astounding level of intimacy; it often feels like the subjects are looking right at you. 

Elizabeth Wirija is a New York-based photographer originally from Indonesia. Her photos feature powerful ladies in and around the city, making even the busiest, most tourist-friendly destinations appear almost barren. She specializes in identity design, art direction, film, branding, and social media. She is one of the creative forces behind Dark Matter, and recently shot our in-depth feature "Exploring The Twisted Politics Of Dreadlocks."

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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

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Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.


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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.

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He'd previously said he wanted to punch Jackson's 'Leaving Neverland' accusers in the face

Aaron Carter has been one of Michael Jackson's fiercest celebrity advocates in the aftermath of the Leaving Neverland documentary in which two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, alleged that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children. In a new clip from People, however, he seems to walk back his defense.

People reveals that Carter will be joining the upcoming season of reality TV show Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition with his mother. It's noted that he will be revealing more thoughts regarding Jackson following the documentary and the sneak peek specifically sees him alluding to a negative experience with the singer.

Carter, who has previously said that Jackson was never inappropriate toward him, says that Jackson "was a really good guy," though he does note that this is only true "as far as I know." "He never did anything that was inappropriate," he continues before stopping himself, as though remembering something. "Except for one time. There was one thing that he did that was a little bit inappropriate."

Carter does not provide any more detail after this statement. He has previously said that he would stay at Jackson's Neverland estate and sleep in the same bed as the much older star when he was 15 years old, though he hasn't seemed to understand then just how creepy that is. He also said earlier this year, in a clip from TMZ, that he would be telling a story of something that happened between them in an upcoming book about his life.

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