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Slavery in the WhiteHouse!? Ci.

We have always been on the Michelle Obama bandwagon,  and we’re not even American! We don’t care where she’s taking us, but as the American Presidential Elections draw near, it’s the latest controversy which has us nostalgic for the days of interest over her trim arms, and healthy food initiatives.

Appearing on the cover of the August 2012 issue of Spanish magazine, Fuera de Serie, is a nude portrait of American First Lady Michelle Obama.

Well to be clear, appearing on the cover of the August 2012 issue of Spanish magazine, Fuera de Serie,  is an image by Artist Karine Percheron-Daniels  with First Lady Michelle Obama’s face super imposed over a pre-exsisting Marie-Guillemine Benoist‘s painting “Portrait d’une négresse.”

Benoist painted the portrait in 1800 as a social commentary on France’s sexism and racism during the 19th century. Historians also view the piece of art as the beginning of the country’s feminist movement.

So perhaps the comparison is more fitting than not?  Albeit a number of sites have called the cover inappropriate because it depicts the First Lady in imagery closely associated with slavery.
It wasn’t too long ago that the Benoist painting was used as a reference for a shoe campaign by red-souled Christian Louboutin in 2011.  So we ask what’s more shocking? Using the image of a ‘slave’ to push politics, or sell shoes?

Also, this wouldn’t be the first piece by the artist to cause such a scandal by Karine Percheron-Daniels.  She has done previous portraits of Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn, Eva Peron, Albert Einstein, and even Barack Obama and Michael Jackson in the buff.  Somehow this latest nod to the first lady seem’s to of launched the artist into mainstream conversation.

After the controversial piece hit the net, the artist released a statement via their website to address any haters or misunderstanders, Saying;

“If any of you have found this piece of art insulting I would like to say that my GENUINE intention was never to chock or upset anyone.This has COMPLETELY got lost in translation. I created this picture as part of a series of other famous  nudes.  As an artist I only paint and create pictures of people I admire and feel passionate about. Michelle Obama is one of these people. In my eyes , the picture I created here is of a beautiful woman with a beautiful message : The first Lady of America  in the first time in history is a black woman who proudly and confidently displays her WOMANHOOD (the nude) her ROOTS (the slave)  and her POWER(the First Lady of America embraced by the American flag). This picture, is a celebration of EVERYTHING GOOD, it is a celebration af achievement and in my opinion is not a racist slur. I am not a racist: I admire people regardless of their colour and this picture was meant to be a tribute….totally lost in translation. With my art I try to show beauty  NOT DIRT.”




Here at the Eye of Faith, we can appreciate the historic references for all these images, but when it comes to this one of the First Lady… we are left wondering, what would Michelle Obama say?


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Send me into Orbit: Cool Astral Style!

Cool cat fashion is universal! Just incorporate the universe!! From London to the stars, we can find astral style anywhere we turn. You don’t gotta be from outer space to pick up on this cool trend. When man walked on the moon, it signified the fact that there is little man cannot do! Ever since then, ambition has taken over all of our pursuits! We say, slow down, play it cool, and let the stars come to you!

Christopher Kane is one designer who is known for his stelar universal prints. Be it on a cardigan or tank top, this trend translates to youthful planetary revolt! Kane lends his watchful eye to both menswear and womenswear. Done in a very tasteful way, you can now take an entire galaxy out for a night on the town!

“The only thing that scares me more than space aliens is the idea that there aren’t any space aliens. We can’t be the best that creation has to offer. I pray we’re not all there is. If so, we’re in big trouble.”
Ellen Degeneres

We think if we have a visitor from another planet.. we shouldn’t greet adversity with fear, but embrace and befriend our interplanetary counterparts. They bring wisdom far richer than anything we could fathom. Besides, if they wanted to harvest our organs, they’d of already done it!

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
Albert Einstein

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so we know we must value the Planet we’re living on!  We must find more resources and think differently about how we’re utilizing our energy.  We rather look toward the stars for answers instead of draining  our one planet for every drop of oil it has.  Surely there is a better way, why haven’t we found it?  Or have we,  but our world leaders are too timid to take the drastic steps of change that are necessary?  Let’s see what happens AFTER 2012.

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Just Because: ‘Movember’!

As November comes winding to an end, with the Christmas season just around the corner, we have mustaches on our mind! Maybe it’s the impending visit from the silver chinned Mr. Claus. Or the rise of facial hair over the last 25 days in honour of ‘Movember‘. Regardless of why or how, we want more! Here are a few cool ‘staches that we thought were worth a glance.



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