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Obsession: We were so obsessed with Kazoo, a new magazine for girls that inspires them to be “strong, smart, fierce and, above all, true to themselves,” that we backed it on Kickstarter. The first issue is shipping out now and it does not disappoint. New comics by Alison Bechdel, a glitter-by-numbers by artist Mickalene Thomas, and a maze of Diana Nyad’s historic swim from Cuba to Florida!? We want it for ourselves, but we guess we’ll give it to our niece as planned.

Confession: In our years of experience in the lingerie fitting room we’ve seen lots of naked people. Par for the course, of course, when working to find underpinnings that fit not only our customers’ individual style but their very individual bodies. This occupational necessity has given us some accidental-yet-fascinating insight into the power of owning being naked. The somewhat wonderful truth is this: it really, truly does not matter how “good,” by traditional standards, anyone’s body is. What matters is how comfortable you are in your own skin. In the course of seeing lots of people sans clothing, from plain ‘ol real-life-regular people to celebrities to actual models with actual model-bodies, the people who look the best naked are those people who are comfortable with themselves, period. Armed with this knowledge, we really love the “Naked Faces” series of portraits by photographer Dylan Hamm, which brings to life that subtle but tangible shift in dynamic that happens when people ditch their duds, stop being polite, and start getting real.

Have a fabulous weekend, darlings.

xoJournelle

 

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