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As a five-year-old I was a huge fan of Wonder Woman and had matching underwear to prove it. Wonder woman – aka Diana Prince – a mythical warrior princess of the Amazon, is a DC Comic book character created during the second world war by American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston (also the inventor of the polygraph). “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and […]

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Starting out as an extra in the early days of silent cinema Anna May Wong (Los Angeles, 1906) was one of the first Chinese-American actresses on the silver screen. She managed to land several roles but was often cast as the stereotypical Dragon Lady. Disillusioned about the discrimination she encountered she moved to Europe in 1928 where she became a sensation and worked with people like Marlene Dietrich. During the 1930s, she went back and […]

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*A badass Rock ‘n Roll life style usually does not end well and the life of singer songwriter Judee Sill (1944-1979) is no exception. After the death of her exotic animal selling father her life took many turns: Learning to be a cartoonist from her Tom&Jerry animating stepfather, long hours of playing in a piano bar, robbing liquor stores Bonnie & Clyde style with her much older boyfriend, going to reform school, playing as an […]

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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. […]

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 […]

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     It is hard to describe the wonderful and weird BARONESS ELSA VON FREYTAG-LORINGHOVEN (1874–1927): A Dada poet, a vagabond, an anarchist, a shoplifter, a radical performer, a living Dada artwork, she dressed up in found objects (tin-can bras, shower curtain rings, live canaries around her neck). Marcel Duchamp said: She is not a futurist, she is the future. No spinsterlollypop for me! Yes! We have no bananas I got lusting palate I always […]

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Nellie Bly (1864 – 1922) was a writer, journalist, inventor and industrialist. Perhaps most famous for her trip around the world in less than eighty days, she undertook the trip to see if Jules Verne’s famous book could be turned into reality. In 1889 she started a journey of almost 25,000 miles around the globe that took her to England, France (meeting with Jules Verne), Italy, Ceylon, Singapore (buying a monkey), Hong Kong and Japan. […]

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When photo-journalist / documentary-photographer Mary Ellen Mark died on May 25th this year, Vice magazine wrote about her work that it sings truths about the humor, horror, and joy of being alive. Not only was she a stills photographer on more than a hundred films (including famous ones like Apocalypse Now and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest), she spent a life time documenting both the less fortunate and celebrities alike, always looking for that […]