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This Is What Happens When Four Feminists Band Together In The Name Of Art

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photograph by Savanna Ruedy

“I don’t think about being appealing or likable to men in my work”

Historically speaking, we have seriously been deprived of the art that women create. Women have been bombarded by the omnipresent male gaze and shut out from art institutions like galleries and museums. But, plenty of women have been working to change that reality, and now there's a new collective of young women joining the fray.

Artist Grace Miceli (aka Art Baby Girl), model Savannah Louise, photographer Savanna Ruedy, and art director Norah Stone came together to create a poignantly fun and feminist photo series. Inspired by the subversion of early Playboy ads, the crew describes their photos as filled with “gloss, shine, color, texture, reflection, and body positivity.”

The girls in this crew are no newbies to the art scene, though—Art Baby Girl has her own online gallery, Ruedy has shot for the likes of Betsey Johnson, Stone was once a graphic designer at MTV, and Louise has been featured in publications as both a model and a stylist. Individually and combined, these creatives have a list of credentials that rival any mediocre dude in the industry.

Linking up IRL and through the internet, the artsy girl group started the project trying to play off one another’s artistic styles. Obviously, that was just the beginning. What resulted from their artistic fusion is an intensely important photo series that explores femininity, the female gaze, and notions of bodily autonomy that play out through explosions of pastel colors, texture, and kitschy press on tattoos and gloss—lots of gloss.

We recently spoke to the collective about how their girl-powered collab came about. Check the interview out in the gallery, below.

 

Photo by Savanna Ruedy
How did everyone become friends?
Savanna Ruedy: I know Norah from going to Minneapolis College of Art and Design for undergrad. I know Savannah because of the art scene in Minneapolis. I met Grace through the internet because I love, love her work. Grace and Savannah happened to work together. Oh, and we all worked at American Apparel [laughs]. Small world.
Savannah Louise: I went to the same art school as Norah and Savanna, and when I moved to New York City, I met Grace because we both worked at the same place and became friends.
Norah Stone: It's actually kinda cute that we've all worked at American Apparel at one point in our lives. I've known Savannah since I was 17. Savanna and I went to art school in Minneapolis together, and since then have definitely become closer friends after relocating out East. New York can be a really isolating place, so it's nice to know I have a group of friends that have roots in my hometown. I met Grace the day of the photo shoot, but I've been following her work for quite some time.
Grace Miceli: I met Savannah because we both used to work at American Apparel and Savanna reached out to me about collaborating last summer. The three of us have worked together on a few shoots before this, and it has always been a really fun experience.
 
 
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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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