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Wie halten die Leute eigentlich ihr Leben (auf Instagram) aus? Das ist so eine Frage, die ich mir eben wie so des Öfteren stelle. Denn seien wir mal ehrlich, wenn wir auf Instagram sind, scrollen wir den ganzen Tag, klicken auf das Herz, hoffen, dass eines in Rot hoch aufkommt, im besten Falle, für ein noch stärkeres (Ego-)Gefühl, das Zeichen der anonymen Person, die wirkt, wie der Schlüssel, in ein besseres Leben. Als ob wir denn auf der Like/Follow-Seite, auf das Ereignis/die Person/ die Anerkennung des Jahres zutreffen würden. Ich weiß ja nicht. Ich wusste es auch alles nicht, bis ich irgendwann, nachdem ich Instagram wie auch Facebook gelöscht, deaktiviert und wieder verwendet habe. Continue reading ›

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Sie läuft für Bottega Veneta, isst Eis für Magnum, und wird geschminkt für Dior. In kürzester Zeit ist sie aufgestiegen in die Riege der Topmodels. Geholfen hat ihr dabei auch die magische Zahl: 19 Mio. Follower auf Instagram sind es, die ihr folgen. Klar, dass sich da die Mädchen, die sich auf Instagram tummeln, ein Leben wie das der Bella Hadid wünschen. Continue reading ›

Seit Anfang August gibt es die neue EP von Iggy Azalea zu hören. „Survive the Summer“ heißt das gute Stück. Für den darauf erschienen Song „Kream“ holte sie sich gleich Tyga mit aufs Boot. Ziemlich klar, dass es da um „ass“ & „money“ geht. Die „sozialen“ Komponenten also, die das derzeitige Leben braucht, um zu überleben. Ziemlich witzig. Und ziemlich wahr, wenn man bedenkt, dass Männer zurzeit Geld wie Heu in die Kamera schmeißen und Frauen ihren Hintern wie Sand am Meer.

Wer kennt nicht die Bilder der Mädchen, die ihren Hinterteil der Kamera entgegen strecken, um nur dabei so attraktiv und vorteilhaft wie möglich zu erscheinen?! Da sind also zwei Pohälften zu sehen wie sie es zentraler nicht sein könnten, und damit, wenn auch nicht unbedeckt, sichtbarer denn je. Hat man Glück, ist von der Seite ein geschwungenes Nasenprofil zu erkennen. Der Blick arrogant, der Hintern einladend. „Schau‘ mir auf den Hintern, Kleines, und er könnte schon bald dir gehören“, ruft es aus. Continue reading ›

As a sight for sore eyes in the front row of celebrated designer houses between Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, the singer and songwriter Miguel has entered the arena of Superstars in the United States – even if he might be still a sleeper for Europe and Asia. A reason for that: he is no way getting converted into a product of the industries as he remains true to himself establishing his very own music and songwriting. With his third album Wildheart he confirmed what he has proven best, who he is: the new rockstar of RnB emerged from a modest soul singer to a wayward artist. 

As part of his Wildheart-Tour Miguel came to Germany, where he already is a household name as he has a huge diverse fan base here as well since his song „sure thing“. He knows how to entertain especially the women, when he performs on stage with his sexy and rocky attitude, simultaneously asking his fans to promise to not fit into the norm before performing „what’s normal anyway“. Dressed in white leather Miguel has become a star, who is able to fill the space. With a topless body he sings himself into the hearts of his audience. And he knows to dance with the Crotch-Grab. Like an angel from Los Angeles, who likes to sin. His album is a matter of sin and love anyway. And his whole album is a book of poems. Before the concert in Frankfurt, I met inside of the tourbus in contrast a too boyish to be 30, but too grounded to be not handsome down-to-earth but charismatic Miguel.You might inhale every word that comes from a “free spirit and a wild heart”. In our interview for AMY&PINK, answering like a poet, speaking like a singer, Miguel gave us the chance to join his thoughts on his album Wildheart, L.A. and his very own personal journey of life and love.
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Prof. Dr. Barbara Vinken durfte ich zum ersten Mal bei einem Vortrag im Ausstellungshaus C/O Berlin vergangenes Jahr erleben. Dort hielt sie einen Vortrag mit dem Titel „Was ist schön? Von der Funktionalität zum Ornament“. Ihre Art zu reden ist eine Herausforderung und großartige Unterhaltung für den Hörer zugleich! Barbara Vinken spricht nicht nur mit einer sehr angenehmen und charmanten Art Deutsch, sondern lässt auch gerne unerwartet Ausdrücke in Französisch und Englisch fallen, ganz in typischer Modemanier. Aus der These, die sie damals aufstellte, nämlich, dass den Männern kurz vor der Moderne noch die Mode gehörte, wurde ein Buch. „Angezogen – Das Geheimnis der Mode“ erschien dieses Jahr, was sie zur Frankfurter Buchmesse vorstellte, wo ich dieses Bild von ihr machte.

Für mich persönlich ist sie das größte Vorbild in der deutschen Modewelt, die es schafft Intellekt und Oberfläche, gar Weiblichkeit zu vereinen. Auf einem so hohen Niveau, dass es ihr kaum einer vormachen kann. Im Literaturhaus Frankfurt, wo die Literaturwissenschaftlerin an der Seite von Journalist Alfons Kaiser ihr Buch vorstellte, sprach ich gemeinsam mit ihr über die ideal angezogene Frau, die Geschichte und Gegenwart der deutschen Modekultur, und ihre Liebe zum Pelz.

Barbara Vinkenölöäu

Mit was für einem Verständnis von Mode sind Sie aufgewachsen?

Meine Tante hat uns selbst hin und wieder Kleider genäht. Auf dem Speicher meiner Großmutter lagen ganze Burdastapel mit Schnittmustern. Da wir zu Hause keinerlei Illustrierte hatten, war das für mich eine völlig fremde, aber faszinierende Welt.

Sie sind in Hannover aufgewachsen?

Ich bin am linken Niederrhein aufgewachsen. Meine Eltern sind erst später wieder nach Großburgwedel gezogen.

Später sind Sie nach Paris gezogen. Wie haben Sie damals die Mode wahrgenommen?

Ich bin schon als Mädchen in Orléans zur Schule gegangen und war oft in Frankreich. Daß Kleider dort eine ganz andere Rolle spielen, war mit sofort klar. Die Frauen genossen es sehr, sich anzuziehen, zu schminken. In Frankreich feiert man die Mode, weil sie die Frauen feiert. Mittlerweile ist dieser damals noch sehr große Unterschied zwischen den beiden Ländern, scheint mir, kleiner geworden.

Wie nehmen Sie Deutschland wahr? Inwiefern hat sich Deutschland verändert?

In den letzten zwanzig Jahren hat sich viel verändert. Deutschland scheint mir insgesamt zivilisierter. Gut zu kochen, sich schön anzuziehen und einzurichten, Feste zu feiern, kurz, dem anderen zu Gefallen zu sein, ist wichtiger geworden.

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„Wie wird man in 15 Schritten hip?“ Die französische Elle antwortete in einem gleichnamigen Artikel mit folgender ersten Antwort: Lass dich von Facehunter ablichten. So zählt der Streetstyle-Blog „Facehunter“ zu den meistbesuchtesten der Welt, zur #7 in der Top50 „Who’s Cool Now List“ des Observers und US Vogues „Power Bloggers“ 2010.

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Yvan Rodic jetted unter dem Pseudonym „Facheunter“ um die Welt und hat es sich zum Ziel gemacht, als Streetstylephotoraph für seinen Blog Menschen zu fotografieren, die er als besonders empfindet. Geboren in der Schweiz, studierte der 32-Jährige im selbigen Land Kommunikation, arbeitete für Werbeageagenturen wie Saatchi & Saatchi, gab seinen Job als Werbetexter jedoch auf, und kann heute vom Bloggen leben. Für seinen eigenen Blog findet er das Bild vom Menschen ohne die individuelle Geschichte interessanter, denn das Bild ohne Wort sei radikaler. Für die Kolumne „the Observer“, für die 2010 der letzte Beitrag in Istanbul entschied, erfährt man jedoch mit Statement der Frauen, dass aufgrund der Männerblicke auf aufreizende Kleidung verzichtet wird. Über 300 Bilder zeigt das Buch „Facehunter“ von Yvan Rodic. Zurzeit tourt Yvan nach der Veröffentlichtung seines ersten Buches um die Welt und präsentiert sein neues Buch „A year in the Life of Facehunter“, das Eindrücke aus über 30 favorisierten Modestädten vorstellt. Ich durfte mit dem kritischen und reflektierten Sonderling des internationalen Modebusiness über den Stil der Kulturen, der Individualität der Deutschen und der Darstellung stylischer Menschen sprechen. Und zuletzt enthüllt der sympathische und gesprächige Rodic, warum Anna dello Russo wie ein Clown aussehen muss.

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Wie und wann hast du mit dem Fotografieren begonnen?

 

Ich habe Bilder gemacht, als ich ein Kind war. Wie jedes andere Kind auch, habe ich auf der Straße von blöden Dingen Bilder geschossen oder mit einer Filmkamera Videos gedreht und gedacht, das sei Kunst. Aber für eine lange Zeit habe ich aufgehört, da ich keine Digitalkamera hatte. 2005 habe ich endlich zu Weihnachten als Geschenk eine kleine Kompaktkamera bekommen. In Paris, wo ich lebte, bin ich zu vielen Openings gegangen. Ich begann damit, Bilder von Fremden zu machen, am meisten Portraits. Als ich all diese Portraits auf meinem Laptop hatte, dachte ich, daraus etwas machen zu können, indem ich es teile. Da Paris eines der attraktivsten Städte ist, sind die Menschen aus aller Welt sehr neugierig. Also habe ich mir gedacht, warum nicht teilen? Irgendwen könnte das interessieren, aber ich hatte keine Ahnung. Es war keine Geschäftsidee, oder ein Projekt oder ein Versuch mit neuen Medien. Es war sehr naiv und ehrlich, denn damals hatten Blogger keinen Erfolg mit dem, was sie machten. Es gab nur wenige Blogger und keiner interessierte sich für das, was sie machten, sie verdienten kein Geld damit, es gab überhaupt keine Vorteile, keine Einladungen zu irgendwelchen Shows, auch keine Zusammenarbeit mit Marken. Es war nahezu unmöglich 2006 sich das Bloggen als einen ernsten Job vorzustellen. Man teilt einfach etwas und eventuell sehen es ein paar Menschen. Es war weit davon entfernt, was gerade jetzt mit der bloggenden Welt geschieht.

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The self-proclaimed million dollar misfit Iggy Azalea is after having left the stage by saying „Bad Bitches“ the cutest girl in the world. In Berlin, the rapper from Australia proved how well she masters rapping. The crowd in Berlin was swept away by a strong ponytail hurling and booty shaking entertainer in a Cheerleader-Outfit.

2011, she released her mixtape „Ignorant Art“ and became known for the hits „My World“, „Murda Business“, and „Pussy.“ Last song makes think of the sensational hit „My Neck, My Back“ by Khia, which ran in our childhood censored on MTV. And still today female rapper have to justify their sexual freedom in a male-dominated Hip Hop world when it comes to the debate of gender. Iggy Azalea gets a kick out of showing her butt to the audience, but the fun stops as someone starts to speak about the crazy actions, she commented on her appearance in London, which caused a sensation.

In addition she is a big fan of classical Nanny Fran Fine and Grace Kelly. „Trust Your Struggle“ she tattooed on her arm. At the age of only 22, Iggy is thanks to TI already well in. 2013, from XXL Magazine’s Top 10 Freshman of the Year 2012 crowned Iggy Azalea will release her album „The New Classic“. And with her hit “work” Iggy is on everyone’s lips and facebook wall. Rapper Azelea Banks must be envious. It’s obvious that Allroundtalent Iggy Azalea is going to be very big or even a legend. The sexy Wilhelmina model from Australia, which counts Tupac one of heir great idols, and was dressed by her father as art, told us very smart and reflected what she thinks about being a misfit, today’s gender roles and openness in the music world.

When you were at high school, have you been a misfit?

Yes. When I was in high school, everybody thought, I was weird as hell. And I used to walk home at lunch times, because my house was down the street from my school. And I just had no friends. I would go home at the lunch time and go on the computer and look at music and different artists and stuff I liked. And I would not want to come back to school. I didn’t really have friends.

Can I ask you why?

Just because I liked to dress how I liked to dress, and I liked to do things like change my names and be like „My name is blablabla“, just stuff like that. Kids were like „she’s kinda weird, we don’t really know about her“. I don’t know. Kids are mean, you know.

Today if you are an outsider, you are appreciated for who you are.

I think you get appreciated for that, when you are an artist, or when you are a grown up. Being unique is celebrated. but I still think to this day, if you ask a lot of kids at high school, literally outsiders, they probably get picked on still. They still hate it, they are still saying shit. It’s just we are growing up, so we have a broader understanding, and it’s appreciated.

But today you are a million dollar misfit.

Yes. Laughing.

That’s good.

It’s pretty good. Laughing

What would you do, if you weren’t a rapper?

My mother was a very bad cook when I was a child. But I always wanted to eat home-made cakes.
I have always tried, but the dough is never risen and was always flat. And my family always said: „Iggy is the worst baker. Do not eat her cake. It’s disgusting. „And I thought, I’ll find a way to bake delicious cakes. And so I’ve been practicing and I’m really good. So I thought if I do not rap, I’ll bake cakes. Because it’s like art. You design and paint them. So I thought, why not be a baker.

I read that you also paint.

Yes, my father is an artist. I like drawing and making etchings. My father is a comic artist and likes comic books. When I grew up, I was interested primarily in linework, that hard line implementation. Therefore I like etchings and drawings. That’s to me like meditation. I still draw and give my friends the drawings for their birthdays.

What’s your favorite comic, or your superhero?

My favourite super hero? I like Catwoman. Well actually I like Poison Ivy, but she’s not a super hero, but I just like her hair. Raarrrr, I like powerful women. I like looking at the old comicbook characters, they drew woman, that are curvy, big hips, and I always think „I wish I could look like that comicbook girls“.

You are pretty curvy.

But I have little boobs.

You have a great physique.

I have a nice butt, doing okay.

So are you self-concious with your own look?

I think, all women are. We all have things about us, that we like, and we all have things about us, that we want to hide, cover up. Somedays I like having small boobs, some days I want big boobs. You know how women are. We change. It just depends. Right now I feel pretty good about everything.

Would you ever change your hair color? Ever?

I would never change it. I already tried, it all plant out. When I’m like 50, I’m gonna go grey. All grey like a silver fox. What’s it called, when you’re the women version? I don’t know, but I’ll have it.
Straight haircut, and it will be great, and I’ll do that. That’s the only chance. I’ve always been a blonde.

So you are a natural blonde. I can see it by your eyebrows.

I had to get these drawn on, because mine are blonder than this.

Which fashion designers do you love most?

I really love Jeremy Scott. I was never crazy about his style, but every day I have always seen myself suddenly put in his things. So I must say that he is one of them. His fashion is always loud, colorful and fun. The jacket that I am wearing is from him. I like anything that has bold prints. But I love Karen Miller. Noone would think that of me. But I like the classic cut and the color blocking of the clothes. I also love the dresses by Elie Saab. Women have so many different moods and characters that we love to play with. I like to play with different designers, according to the character that I feel now.

Let’s talk about your album „Ignorant Art“ which is made with the intent to make people question old ideals. How did you redefine your old ideals and how do they look now?

I never had my own. It wasn’t to redefine my. It was to redefine everybody elses, because I feel like people always tell me „you can’t rap, because you look like this“. And I thought, you have an ideal in your head of what a rapper looks like or what Hiphop looks like. And I am from somewhere else, where I see everybody looks like this, that like it. And I think maybe it’s bigger than what you think, and I just wanted people to question that and see that it could be different, I would hear people often talk about music or art as well and say „Oh, Picasso is not a real painter or Pop Art is not real Art. How is taking a label, and painting again art? That’s not art, Renaissance is real art or soul music is real music, blues is real music, rap is not real music, or if it’s rap about a story of you’re life it’s good music, but if it’s about having fun or having party it’s not real music and I thought: Why is one better than the other? Or what makes something art, or what makes something music and what makes it trash, or not? I just wanted to experiment with that and try to show that music can be still fun and be art and be great as well.

So more tolerance?

More tolerance, I think, and just more open-mindedness to what’s it’s evolve to be. Because I think sometimes, and a lot with Americans, that are concerned with what’s going on in their world or their city or country, that you can forget that. There is this big whole world full of people that like the same thing, but they are a little bit different. And you can’t have this music or this culture or this style to where it’s available to us, or it’s available to you here in Berlin. But then how can you say „you can hear it, but you can’t make it“. You are not allowed, because you don’t look like us. That’s just not the case how it evolves and I just want people to see it was evolving and it was something bigger and I want them to be aible to see for themselves.

In London a few days ago you showed your butt. Would you think of calling yourself a feminist?

Ooh, not really. Because of some things that I think feminists probablly would kick my ass,
I still want a man that kind of be like „cook me dinner!“ some nights. Just as a women, I think, sometimes all women enjoy, like you want to feel …

…security?

Yeah, security of a men, being a man, and sometimes you want to feel like that but then I feel that like in my personal relationships, but when it comes to what society thinks or what I see in media, why women get portrayed. I never feel that way, well what the hell „fuck you!“ I want to change it. I don’t like it and I don’t like that women can’t be agressive or wear this or that. Why does it have to be feminism? It’s like a connotation of what that is kinda in the media, I don’t like it. So in that sense I am, but in my personal life and in other parts I still like to have the traditional role.

You’re not exactly naked, but you show lots of skin. But that seems to be fine with you, because at the other side of the world, men try to…

…men try to sexualize women and we grow up as women and as men, with this idea being said to us of what is okay, what sort of sex or sexuality is okay for a women. Long hair, thats okay,or to be this picture of the magazine, that’s sexuality, that’s okay and it’s almost like portrayed as „you have to be that , you owe it to the men to be that“. And in all the movies the men ends up with the same fucking girl, you know what I mean? And why does it have to be that? I don’t like the contrains of what that sexiness is. I don’t think it’s powerful, a lot of times, if you do it in a way, that is almost aggressive to them, and all the time feminists are coming and saying „Oh, what is she doing?“ and freaking out. Well fuck you! I think women should be aible to be sexy in whatever way they want, however they want to define it, and we should be aible to have our own power, and we should be able to define what we think it is to us.

And we should be the ones that put the images out there of how we want to be portrayed and not how it’s demeaning. And I think women get messed up, it’s like „oh no, she showed her butt, ooh it’s demeaning“ And it is if you take the power out of it, and you take the power of out it, into your own hands, and fuck you. I am doing it, and you can feel fucking good about it! And it’s awesome and it’s what I think about it, and where I come from. And I always do that stuff, because I think it’s bullshit that they try to tell you, you can’t! ‚Cause they are scared of it. And I always do it! Fuck that!

And when it comes to homosexuality in the Hiphop business, do you know how the people handle it?

Like homophobic stuff? Yeah. I do see it. Lately I been working with so many electronic/dancemusic producers and stuff like that, and that world is kind of more open and tolerant to that sort of thing, or the fashion world. I think slowly but surely rappers are coming around and being more tolerant, but I still when I’m at the studio I hear „don’t bring any gay men here“ or „don’t say anything about that“. It can be quite harsh but it always goes back to that machonism. Sexuality that they can’t control, freaks them out like homosexuality or women being powerful, all these things. A lot of men in hip hop.

Hip Hop is still patriarchic.

I hate it. I know so many men in the industry that are like „aah, she can’t do it!“ It’s just like you don’t want me to do it, because I am doing it in a way that you don’t feel comfortable. They say to me „Why do your songs have to be so aggressive? I don’t want to hear a women say those things. I want a women to be sexy.“ And I always think, well I know plenty of girls they think this shit is sexy. You just want me to be sexy in a way that is submissive to you. Well you find that sexy, fuck that! Because I am not doing it to be sexual to you. I am doing it for women to have something that can make us feel like „yeah, fuck yeaah!“ And I think that’s what makes people confused like „Oh, its sexual.“ „It’s not sexual, it’s sexual for women to feel strong!“ It’s different. And I don’t do it.

Thank you very much for sparing one minute additionally, Iggy!

First published on AMY&PINK in German on the 01.16.2013