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Franca Sozzani on Curvy Girls, Sensuality & More Body Types in Fashion

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Orgasmic Female Brain in ‘La Petite Mort’

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'Radical Grace' Tells Stories Of 3 Defiant American Nuns Under The Vatican Gun 

‘Radical Grace’ | A Documentary About Three Feminist Nuns

This film comes at a major crossroads in the Catholic Church, and the nuns are everything that’s right with the institution. They stand with the marginalized, and won’t be bullied by the hierarchy. I feel a deep connection to the women featured in ‘Radical Grace’. ~ Susan Sarandon, ‘Radical Grace’ Executive Producer

In 2009, the Vatican launched two sweeping investigations of American nuns, headed by Mother Mary Clare Millea. The investigations were launched by Cardinal Franc Rodé, then prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (aka Congregation for Religious), who was concerned about “feminist spirit” among American sisters as well as “irregularities or omissions in American religious life.”

Luckily for the sisters, Rodé retired in January 2011 before the visitation was completed. His replacement, Braz de Aviz, who took a softer approach to the visitation even before Pope Francis assumed leadership at the Vatican. The National Catholic Reporter wrote in Dec. that even though Mother Millea was traditional by nature, she had reluctantly agreed to head the visitation team, because of her nonauthoritarian style and respect for the more secular sisters.

AOC tracked the story of the American nuns and Sister Simone Campbell, who famously took the media stage in Nuns on the Bus, as her NETWORK ministry hit the road in 2012 campaigning for America’s poor.

Note that in April 2015, the Vatican abruptly ended its takeover of the main leadership of American nuns two years ahead of schedule, in anticipation of a visit to America by Pope Francis in Fall 2015.

Filming Defiance

‘Radical Grace’ follows the extraordinary lives of Sister Simone Campbell, Sister Jean Hughes, and Sister Chris Schenk, American nows who believe more strongly in a vow of obedience to God than to the patriarchal Vatican hierarchy.

In America, the hearts and minds of ordinary Catholics were with the nuns, as protests spread on their behalf. From their cross country Nuns on the Bus tour, to serving those on the margins, to a continued struggle for Catholic women’s religious equality, these courageous and defiant sisters seek to transform American politics in the 201 elections — and the Church itself.

The ‘Radical Grace’ website affirms that the documentary seeks to launch a social impact campaign that will help reframe faith and morality as a force within America’s progressive movement.

When asked if the hard-line patriarchal hierarchy will dominate the Church in the 21st century, or will the sisters’ values of social justice and inclusion prevail, Sister Campbell answers: ‘I think the Holy Spirit makes mischief in surprising ways.’


Touting Real Bodies, Not Bombshells, Iceland Leads The Way In Women's Empowerment

Coming on the heels of last week’s Finland’s Lindex stores campaign featuring their own employees of every size and shape in a lingerie ad campaign, the recently released issue of Glamour Iceland promotes body diversity in this new editorial mixing women models of all sizes. Models include Ashley Graham (who appears in Lane Bryant’s new lingerie campaign) Marquita Pring, Julie Henderson, Inga Eiriksdottir and Danielle Redman.  

The IMG models are part of ALDA — meaning wave in Iceland — a movement to promote self esteem among young women of every size. 

We should note that Finland and Iceland lead the world in women’s rights and are far ahead of the United States. A recent Mic article reminds us that Iceland became the first country ‘in the world to grant unconditional equal inheritance rights to men and women in 1850’. Women got the right to vote in Iceland five years ahead of American women. 

In 1975 an estimated 90% of women went on strike for a day, refusing to act as housewives or professionals going to work. Instead 10% of the naitonal population protested in front of the capital of Oct. 24. In 1980 Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was elected as Iceland’s and Europe’s first female president. 

The 2014 Global Gender Gap Index ranked Iceland No. 1 out of more than 130 countries for the sixth consecutive year. The US ranks 20, driven largely by our score of #4 in Economic opportunity. Note that we score 1 in earned income but 65 in wage equality for similar work. 

In the key sectors of educational attainment, America’s women score 39 in Educational Attainment; 62 in Health and Survival; and 54 in Political Empowerment. What an embarassment! 

I can’t help wondering if the comparative emancipation of women in the Scandinavian countries prompts an embrace of real bodies and not bombshells, Victoria’s Secret style. As a body-conscious feminist who loves lingerie, I am aware that this passion is a double-edged sword. ~ Anne


Iris Apfel Hates Loss Of Individuality In Fashion & Rejects Importance of 'Pretty'

Iris Apfel’s documentary ‘Iris’ has opened in select theaters a month and a half after the death of director Albert Maysles of ‘Grey Gardens’ fame.

Vanity Fair writes that without the fashion icon Apfel, now 93, we would not be seeing the rise of the senior ‘supermodel’ (another abuse of the word): Joan Didion for Céline, Charlotte Rampling for Nars, Jessica Lange for Marc Jacobs Beauty, Joni Mitchell for Yves Saint Laurent. Apfel herself is the new face of Kate Spade.

Iris Apfel’s roots go back to the young woman from Queens, New York, with big dreams for a career in the fashion industry. In a truth serum moment that would result in modern parents arriving for a confrontation about crushing their child’s ego, Frieda Loehmann, founder of the famed department store told Apfel:

You’re not pretty and you’ll never be pretty, but it doesn’t matter. You have something much better. You have style.

Paying tribute, says that Apfel is our leading ambassador for the ‘fashion of chance: the idea that good taste isn’t aspirational but realized on the fly, that more can be done with well-layered costume jewelry and a one-of-a-kind poncho than with all the season’s must-have fare.’

Iris envisions getting dressed as akin to playing jazz — a ‘sartorial safari’ and wild fun that celebrates individuality. In this fashion icon’s playbook, style isn’t about pleasing other people. “It’s better to be happy than well-dressed.” Not one to mince words, Apfel laments fashion’s uniformity. “I think it’s very sad… . People are being robbed of their imaginations—and everything else—with this button-pushing culture we have.”

Apfel shares that she had the opportunity to take a course with Margaret Mead. Also, she had a fabulous art course, “where it was explained to me that nothing exists in a vacuum, that everything is a result of the period in which it’s done—the economics, the sociology, the politics, all sewn together. That was a very important lesson.”

Iris’ relationship with her husband, 100, obviously adores her. After six decades of marriage, they still hold hands in the back of the cab. “I figured he was cool, he was cuddly, and he cooked Chinese, so I couldn’t do any better,” Apfel says lovingly. For his part, Carl says “It’s not a dull marriage, I can tell you that.”

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Tamy Glauser Talks Sexual & Gender Identity, Lensed By Federico Cabrera For REVS Magazine #8

Model Tamy Glauser invites us into her personal, sensual world and questions about sexual identity, lensed by Federico Cabrera for ‘Delusion’ for REVS magazine No. 8. Tamy is styled by Teri Nitti with makeup by Tom Wennerstrand.

Tami dons a mask by Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal Haute Couture, but her dialogue with Pirita Litmanen on gender and sexuality in ‘Tamy Glauser on Delusion’ is open and unfettered.

It is hard to understand that people don’t always know if I am a girl or a boy. I feel like a girl and for me it is an obvious thing. When I walk on the street here in Paris, they stop me saying ”monsieur”. It happens so often I’ve stopped explaining myself already.

When I was younger, I tried to look girly and kept my hair long even though it didn’t feel right. It wasn’t until years later when I moved to New York that I realized nobody really cared how I looked like. I could just be me.
In New York I also learned to be ok with my sexuality. I think I knew I was gay for a long time but I fought it. I just couldn’t relate to the rough and manly image I had of gay women. During the 3 years I spent in New York I learned that I can be whatever I am and like whoever I want; male, female, it’s all the same.

The model, whose mother is half-Nigerian, hopes to be an example for other young people who are struggling with sexual identity. Simultaneously, Tamy Glauser reminds readers that ‘I am not all about my sexuality. I am not Tamy and gay. Gender and sexuality should not matter. They exist as a part of me, that’s all.’


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Madison Stubbington In 'Le Temple du Soleil' By Sanchez & Mongiello For Numero #160 February 2015

Model Madison Stubbington joins her flock in this spiritual (or cult as young bloggers have written) fashion editorial styled by Samuel François in ethereal femininity. Photographers Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello capture Madison in ‘Le temple du soleil’, a stylish ode to enlightenment in Numero #160 February 2015.

As to the role of the male models, their position and power is ambiguous. Being Anne of Carversville, we choose to believe the editorial celebrates the rising power of feminine principles. In a note of irony, the Vatican launches a listening to women and empowering females outreach this week, seeking a new understanding for women to work “in full collaboration and integration” with men. As long as the topic isn’t women priests, I should add.

We’ll be celebrating the African goddess Mami Wati (or Yemata) tomorrow at her February Brazilian festival and in other countries around the world. Mami Wata is the founding goddess of AOC and we honor her fierce spirit, one that guided and brought some solace on the slave ships, as Mami Wata journeyed around the world, a spirit queen of the African diaspora. ~ Anne


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Amber Valletta Launches Master & Muse Socially-Conscious Shopping

Top model and muse, 40-year-old Amber Valletta is lensed by Derek Kettela for The Michaela Dosamantes styles Amber, who shares a multitude of ideas with Lauren David Peden. Here are the highlights. 

On Musedom

To master anything, you have to be exceptional and work very hard, and the same for being a muse. A muse is not just (someone) looking beautiful. A muse is actually an active, powerful word.

On Master & Muse

Valletta is using the same pursuit of excellence in her new business venture Master & Muse, an online store for environmental and socially responsible clothing.

Master & Muse by Amber Valletta provides a fun, accessible and informative one-stop-shop for those super stylish, conscientious shoppers who want to buy better – secure in the knowledge that the clothes and accessories they are purchasing are good for them, their family, and the community at large.

Amber credits her mother, an environmental activist ‘very passionate about giving back to the community’, with her decision to launch an eco-friendly fashion website.

Valletta continues:

I grew up on my grandparents’ farm, so I knew about environmentalism even before it was a hot topic and I always had a strong connection to the world around me.

I also saw that there was a disconnect in our (fashion) industry between producing things not just responsibly to the environment, but also to people, and paying people fairly. So when I began to think about my next steps and building a brand, I decided that it needed to match my beliefs.

Master & Muse currently features ‘like-minded’ designers including Clare Vivier, Kayu, Freedom of Animals, Lemlem, Organic by John Patrick, Mich Dulce, Melissa Joy Manning and Vivienne Westwood.

Amber Valletta’s new business venture Master & Muse continues the forward march of Smart Sensuality women and our principles. ~ Anne


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Stephanie Seymour Tells Us 'How To Be Sexy' & Mean It!

Shop | Stephanie Seymour: Face of Re-Nutriv By Estée Lauder

It’s been a heady week for Stephanie Seymour, one of the original supers and Victoria’s Secret first major, major model. This was before the Angels and Stephanie reigned supreme at VS.

Her drop dead photo for Estée Lauder’s Re-Nutriv brand hit the digital airwaves on blogs worldwide. You can peruuse the entire Re-Nutriv collection on Amazon, part of a new initiative that will tie our own GlamTribale store on Amazon into a much larger affiliate program, supported by seven years of original writing — not just posting images — on AOC.

Next Stephanie Seymour fronts the November issue of Town & Country, lensed by Erik Madigan Heck. Stephanie speaks of being an art muse to Julian Schnabel and Francesco Clemente  in the feature story ‘Bodies of Work’.

Indeed, Stephanie’s husband Peter Brant,” the American mogul who owns Art in America, Interview magazine and an impressive collection of Warhols, Basquiats, and Schnabels (among other art world superstars)”, writes T&C, commissioned the portraits.

Stephanie Seymour on ‘How to be sexy’

Notably, it was Stephanie Seymour’s ‘How to be sexy’ tips in Allure October that got our attention — along with news of her upcoming lingerie line Raven & Sparrow. As for being a sensual woman, here are Stephanie’s tips:

Cheek-kiss with intention. “You have to commit. If you give someone a hug, give them a hug. If you give someone a kiss on the cheek, give him a kiss on the cheek.”

Don’t be too laid-back. “You need to have a certain amount of passion to be a sexy person. It’s about energy and confidence and having something to say. The sexiest woman in the world, if she’s boring or just has nothing to say, she becomes incredibly unsexy very, very quickly.”

Put your hair up. “Ponytails are so sexy. It’s just a sweet, clean, pretty way for women to wear their hair. It’s also really sexy to take it out and shake your hair. Don’t be that girl who twirls her hair. If you play with your hair because you think you’re looking cute, you’re being self-conscious, and that’s not sexy anymore.”

Walk with purpose. “I was a terrible, awful nervous wreck when I had to walk the runways. I would always beg Naomi to give me a lesson. I could never do what she does. So I finally just said, ‘You know what? I’m just going to pretend that I’m walking down the street and there are a bunch of construction workers hammering away, and they’re all whistling, and I’m just going to look right ahead. I always have to create an alter ego. When in doubt, pretend you’re someone else, and it’s much easier.”

Looking for a Victoria’s Secret image of Stephanie Seymour, this one is front and center in Google images. Stephanie is wearing a couture piece that I had made for the second Victoria’s Secret fashion show by Parisian lingerie designer Chantal Thomass. Below Stephanie, Naomi Campbell wears another piece from the same collection. Memories, memories. ~ Anne