Girl Crush – Time For a New Victoria Secret Angel?

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Dear Victoria Secret,

First off I do love your knickers.   Lets just get that out of the way.  And your runway show is a spectacular of the highest order: the music acts, the glitter, the sequins, the feathers, the crazy wings, the hair extensions … all of it!

But lately, I must confess, I have been feeling a little … well… uncomfortable about it all.  Something’s off.  Somethings missing……

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Things are feeling dull, repetitive, same-same-but- …. well same. I’m bored! Despite the fascinating little controversies your show manages to toss-up every year (the Native American outfit in 2012 .. whoops, the angel-wing-bitch-slap in 2014, a model with an afro 😱 in 2015,  PETA protests in 2002, no show in 2004, Gisele eating a pizza 2015! ‘unretouched’ photos in 2016 (is un-re-touched even a word… not according to my spell check.  Aren’t they just original photos?… or aren’t they just photos? … ahh my head) and then there’s Gigi with the Buddha cookie racism thing).  Ahh, so many epic moments.  I know you are trying to keep the excitement alive but ….

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…it’s just not enough.  I need more.

I think it’s time you kicked things up a notch; moved forward in to the 21st Century with the rest of us.  Recognised that we, your customers, want something more, something we can relate to.

You really do seem capable of grasping this diversity thing (black models, asian models … maybe even ageing models – I mean Adriana Lima must be like one hundred ‘model’ years old by now!) but there’s a bit more to diversity than nationality, colour or being over 30 years old.

DIVERSITY
[dih-vur-si-tee, dahy-] 

1. the state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness:

diversity of opinion.
2. variety; multiformity.

3. the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin, color, religion, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientation, etc.:

diversity in the workplace.
4. a point of difference.

But one step at a time.  I’m not expecting to see transsexual, biracial, octogenarians  strutting their stuff down your runway any time soon (but I do live in hope).  Baby steps.

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This is Stefanie Ferrario.  She is not a “plus sized” model (#droptheplus).  She is an Australian size 12, fit and smoking hot.  She has just the attributes your casting director John Pfeiffer looks for in his angels, “beautiful, strong, healthy and engaging”!  Plus she’s intelligent and articulate (which might also be good attributes to start adding to your casting list).

You know and I know that it’s only a matter of time before you spice things up and get with the times.  I know you can do it.  I’m not asking you to create a new range of   lingerie.  I get that takes time, money, and requires a whole other level of engineering.  I get that you can’t just turn an A cup bra design in to a G cup.  Yes bigger cups required different design techniques I get it. But last time I checked you sold up to an XL (Australian 16) in your stores yet we don’t see those ladies not the runway … just saying … seems kinda obvious.

In closing, I am sure it’s going to happen one day soon.  You are going to fully embrace this thing called reality (sorry diversity).  You’re not just going to embrace it, you’re going to smash it out of the park!  But in the meantime I thought I would give you a little inspiration to set you on your way.  Good luck xxx

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But damn if she didn’t go and dye her hair pink!  OMG Victoria Secrets new PINK Spokesmodel ….

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Two Hands and a Boob?!

A couple of months ago I was contacted by Lisa M to contribute to a new biannual digital magazine; “Into the nebula”.   This is an entirely female and entirely worldwide magazine featuring work from all sorts of creative people.

The basic brief from Lisa was to create something exploring one, or more, of the six senses…

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I had no idea what to do!  Panic and despair quickly set in.  My husband is always particularly helpful in such situations (sincerity? sarcasm? you be the judge).

S: What are you trying to do?

Me: It’s a drawing about the six senses… or one of the six senses.

S: Ok so… eyes, hearing, talking,…?

Me: No, I think it’s taste. Touch… umm.. physic.. something or other.

S: Touch?

Me: Yeah that’s what I was thinking to do.  A hand touching something.

S: Skin?….. A boob!

Me: Yes a Boob!  A hand on a boob.  Two hands on a boob!!

S: Two women… a man and a woman!  Oi …get your kit off!  Lets do it!

Cut to noon on a Monday I am lying naked from the waist up on the lounge room floor, one hand on my boob.  My husband is awkwardly trying to take photos with this phone with one hand whilst tastefully placing the other on my boob, all the while trying to avoid too much nipple exposure.  Observing this scene from the couch above us with absolute disdain like some furry faced and clearly displeased porn director was our dog, Dusty, (The Big D seems like a suitable porn name).  A little to the right, hand down, more energy, make it work (oh ..hang on that’s Tim Gunn – Project Runway isn’t it?…eww weird) grumbled the Big D.  You people disgust and bore me in equal measure.

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The resulting photos were better than expected.  After  carefully VERY CAREFULLY sending the photos from my husband’s phone to my desktop computer, ensuring they were emailed to Alison not A___ our financial advisor who just happens to be the first name in our email directories (awkward), I then made triple sure my husband deleted every last photo from his phone.  No you cannot “save” any for a “rainy” day whatever that means.

I got to work on Photoshop – cropping. I didn’t want to include my face in this image; a) because I wasn’t keen on a naked self-portrait and b) ugh ..can not produce a flattering facial expression whilst flat on my back that doesn’t result in six chins.  So the photo was ‘tweaked’.  Okay, a lot more than tweaked.  Those are definitely not my lips.  Sensuality requires full, luscious, pouty, lips which, sadly, I do not posses.

Fashions on the Field – Part 2: “Attack of the Killer Bee!”

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I have been busy working on a piece for the Shoalhaven Turf Club’s Melbourne Cup event.  I am pleased to say it’s finally finished!  This piece will be one of the prizes for the winning lady of the Fashions on the Field.  I am looking forward to being part of the judging panel on the day and seeing what beautiful outfits the ladies come up with.

If you are interested in knowing more about this illustration and seeing some progress photos please keep reading below (or just scan through it and look at the pictures! 😉)

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Capricorn illustration

Illustrated Horoscopes – Capricorn

I am finally back on track with my horoscope illustrations.  I get side tracked quite easily and a piece (like this one) can sit unfinished for months on end.  I really don’t know why I put off finishing it for so long!.  Anyway my Capricorn woman is complete and just in time for the birthdays of all those little goats (21 December to 19 January).  You can purchase both my Sagittarius and Capricorn prints in my Etsy store.  As usual more details on the drawing process and the inspiration behind Capricorn continues below.