Makeup & Resistance: It’s not about pretty

January 6, 2014 • Fashion

New Year, New You — a mantra we’re all supposed to follow, typically with juice cleanses and promises to be nicer to our mothers and renewals of gym memberships we don’t utilize nearly enough to make us feel good about ourselves. I don’t believe in them, but I do believe in constant and continual reinvention and welcome the opportunity to shed my skin time and time again. January 1st is just a good excuse as any. I chopped my hair, I deleted photos, and numbers, and took a long bath, I cleared my moodboards and started fresh. I may have also done this all to an 80’s coming of age movie soundtrack for dramatic impact. I like to direct the movie of my life even if I’m the only one watching, you know?

With the ideas of movies in mind, I present to you moments from my favorites, which I am looking to for aesthetic inspiration in the New Year. These babes are all about survival and go hard in the paint for aesthetic power. They visualized their success, they went for it screaming. What they did to their body was a reflection of how they hustled their souls to get what they wanted. Granted — some of their stories didn’t end well, but I find them very admirable nonetheless. I’m really inspired by how committed they were to their #Look and hope to be as dedicated to my own dreams in 2k14. I see connections in them everywhere, too, but especially in my favorite designers. I’ve put them side by side for you to think about, as well. Fashion doesn’t exist in a vacuum, after all. It’s all around us if we shift our perspective.


Sympathy for Lady Vengeance // Gareth Pugh Spring 2013

This is the most important film to me ever. I was going through some shit and it was hard to get out of bed and I had a strong distrust of dudes and also was disgusted by my own body, and I found this film — and Lady Vengeance’s use of makeup in it — incredibly inspiring and something I’ve adopted into my own aesthetic philosophy. She uses red eyeshadow to stop herself from looking kindhearted. People underestimated and put her on a pedestal because of her “pure beauty.” They were wrong to do so. When she gets out of jail (not really a spoiler, I promise), she shapes herself as a sort of motherly, vengeful angel, armed with red eyeshadow and a kill list. Her presentation is an integral part of the film – she weaponizes her own vulnerability. I’m here for it. Bring on the red eyeliner. I’m coming for blood.

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Blade Runner / Daryl Hannah as a Replicant / CDG Fall 2007

All the replicants in Blade Runner are my icons actually, but something about Darryl Hannah’s character speaks to me most. She’s just so good at manipulating people, but also gives off this wounded soul vibe even if she’s a soul-less robot herself. Also I just frankly enjoy watching her try to crush a man’s skull in between her thighs. It’s very therapeutic. I have a lot of sympathy for her character, I want the replicants to win and last longer even if they’re destined to die. To be lost, you could say, like tears in rain. Do you see what I did there? No? Go watch the movie, you culture-less swine.

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Ladies and Gentleman, the Fabulous Stains // Jeremy Scott Fall 2013

Diane Lane in this movie is an actual cult icon for angsty teen girls looking for a cause to rebel against. I know this movie makes you dislike the band, but I still have a soft spot for them because I recognize that in music you have to work twice as hard to get heard and respected if you’re a woman. So can you really blame them for being tough? While I don’t find Corrine Burns talented (you’re not supposed to, really) it’s a good commentary on the power of media. But mostly, I just love the scary strength of teen girls who have the power for once. Who take what they want, unapologetically, instead of apologizing for the space they take up. We need scary powerhouse women in the world. Even if you don’t like them, you need to respect them, and that’s a war.

Corinne Burns: You are so jealous of me. I’m everything you ever wanted to be.

Billy: A cunt?

Corinne Burns: Exactly.

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Sassy Pants / Alexander Mcqueen Fall 2009

Sassy Pants is all about the exploration of identity by teen girls underneath the oppressive nature of her mother. There’s this one scene where she just zones out and draws on her lipstick like so. I don’t think it’s a perfect film, but there were so many moments where I just paused the film, and stared, and stared, and stared, because I got it so much. The lipstick. The hidden cash for your own dreams even if other people think it’s stupid. I like to watch the negotiation between different kinds of femininities. I think it’s fitting that my comparison to the film is McQueen’s Monsters from Fall 2009. I admire that kind of hard won beauty, that kind of violent unapologetic glamour. It can be from a teen girl who knows how much potential she has in the world, or come from a badass lady in a McQueen suit.

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So. Four babes, four drop dead perfect schemes I’m thinking about as major influences for 2k14. It’s about power and taking it back, about resistance and glamour even if it’s a little bit ugly and weird. Get comfortable in the scary things. Thrill is good. Thrill can teach you. It’s not about being pretty. It’s about being on top. Scare the pants off of people and put on some dope red eyeshadow. After all, it’s a new year, new you……I hope you’re as pumped as I am.





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