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Steve Marais Celebrates African & Global Goddess Mami Wata As Mermaid In Gaschette Magazine

Updating AOC’s features on the African goddess Mami Wata, we found this 2014 hair styles editorial lensed by Steve Marais for his South African Gaschette Magazine. Styled by Melissa Maxted-Henderson, ‘Mer Mami Wata’ features models Patricia Tumpa, Serati Masiko and Lerato.


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Phoenix Rising | Julia Stegner By Daniele Duella & Iango Henzi For Muse Magazine Winter 2010

AOC highlights the first of memorable goddess-inspired editorials posted since 2007. part of our sublime-to-navigate, opening Monday, January 26 1000 Sexy Women Editorials. Not wanting to exaggerate, AOC anticipates that this # will reach 5000 editorials in 2016 and 2500 by April 2015.

Today — a Sunday when feminism and the goddesses are asking major questions in Natasha Vojnovic In ‘The Libertine’ By Txema Yeste For Numéro China February 2015 and Aneta Pajak In Atelier D’Artiste By Koto Bolofo For Numéro #160 February 2015, we dig into the 2010 archives for major inspiration.

AOC first posted this spectacular Muse Magazine editorial in Dec. 2010, when our images were half this size. It’s time to give these fabulous images by then team Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi the prominence they deserve.

On the short list of men who understand goddesses to the core of our being walks AOC favorite Luigi Murenu.

Luigi Murenu plays muse magic in an inspired Givenchy couture editorial featuring Julia Stegner. Image-makers Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi inspire us mere mortals with the exquisite sensual ambiance and undulating energy from light-seeking Robert Tisci’s cerebral couture beauty.

As part of our reboot into AOC’s best days of 2011-2012, we are returning to less ubiquitous fashion and more critical thinking about the future of women. We also introduce again the term Phoenix Rising in an embrace of female-centric, Goddess principles worldwide that are revealed in fashion and art — old and new. Enjoy. ~ Anne


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Aneta Pajak In 'Atelier D'Artiste' By Koto Bolofo For Numéro #160 February 2015 

Model Aneta Pajak explores the ‘Atelier D’Artiste’ in Numéro #160 February 2015. AOC has a visceral response to the beauty of fashions styled by Irina Marie and sublime black and white photographs by self-taught, South African photographer Koto Bolofo.  

Visual cues run wild in these images: is Aneta exploring a gender-neutral, artistic studio or is she in the fashion-predictable studio of a male artist? Is she the prototypical muse of the male mind? What is the significance of a large — presumably male — hand at her throat and in her face? How has this male artistic vision — and the powerful art world institutions behind it — defined Aneta and millions — no billions — of female identities worldwide and for the last 3000 years?

There are no answers in ‘Atelier D’Artiste’, a Numéro #160 February 2015 fashion editorial that may be nothing more than a celebration of the male mind and fashion’s support for traditional gender-based power relationships. This isn’t how these images strike me, however.

Do I share a vibe with photographer Koto Bolofo? Rest assured that I will answer that question for myself and AOC readers. ~ Anne


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