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Interesting Lady 13

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Evelyn Nesbit (1884-1967) was one of the very first supermodels during th Gilded Age in America. She started modeling for artists to earn money for her family after her father died. At sixteen she moved to New York City to further her career, became a chorus girl and was introduced to Manhattan’s most renowned artists and illustrators. Soon her beautiful face was everywhere: magazine advertisements, souvenirs, calendars and she became the it-girl of her time. […]

China Girls

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I had never heard of them, but a little subplot in Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers was a first hint; meet the China Girls. Nowadays color timing is done digitally, but from the beginning of cinema until the 1990s film technicians used gray scales and color strips as reference to create a uniform color balance and tonal density for each reel. They also used the color of the China Girl‘s skin tones. These women (often lab […]

Interesting Ladies 12: The Dahomey Amazons

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  In what is now the Republic of Benin in West Africa (formerly Dahomey) there used to be an all-female military regiment; brave women called  Mino (“Our mothers”), these women warriors were recruited among the Ahosi (“King’s wives”). They were trained to be disciplined fighting machines, with much emphasis on endurance and physical strength. Knives, clubs, and later rifles were part of their arsenal. If you were unlucky and captured, you were likely to lose […]