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I DON’T NEED YOU TO TELL ME I’M BEAUTIFUL! I KNOW I’M BEAUTIFUL!!!

Fresh off our VMP DRAG FASHION FLAUNT at this year’s Vintage Marketplace, we can’t stop thinking about how incredible drag queens are, especially those of the {PAST} who paved the way for the {PRESENT} culture and creativity and will continue to invoke its {FUTURE}.

We know everyone who is anyone keeps up with RuPaul’s Drag Race, and the past season’s ALL STARS edition featured a wickedly hilarious Snatch Game that had Brooklyn babe AJA take on one of Herstory’s most legendary queens – founder of the House of LaBeija, and star of the cult 1968 documentary “The Queen”, Crystal LaBeija!

 

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And she took her on with gusto and glamour, and also delivered this beautiful spirit back into the forum of the mainstream…much in the way Jinx Monsoon brought us Little Edie of “Grey Gardens”, and Sasha Velour took on Marlene Dietrich; keeping these divinities alive for younger generations is absolutely key!

How sad it is when you hear a young man or woman denote they have no idea who these iconic legends are . . . stay educated, kids!

“The Queen” is a fabulous film directed by Frank Simon, and provides an up close and candid look at the behind of the scenes of the 1967 All-America Camp Beauty Contest in New York City. It is a wonderful portrait of a time gone by. . . New York City is rough and tough, and men from all around America shack up in tiny hotel rooms in anticipation of the pageant discussing the difficulties of being gay in America. They are all fabulous, and its wonderful to see their final transformations from the male versions of them you see in rehearsals. This transformation truly proves the power of style and image to invoke strength from within.

Illustrated herstory by Laurel Lynn-Leake

By far, the most fabulous moment has to be Crystal’s freak out when she is named fourth place storms out and then rips everyone a new one backstage. Absolutely ICONIC…you are going to have to see it to believe it! And if you are a fan of Drag Race, you will really appreciate what Aja brought to the table even more.

We stumbled upon a full version of the film on Youtube, so check it out below and enjoy!

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Did you know Frank Ocean sampled Crystal Labeija ???

We love moments like this in pop culture where the {PAST} races into the {PRESENT} and ultimately shapes our {FUTURE}. . .Β  rebel queens like Crystal LaBeija will live on far past those who chose not to be the truest, most incredible versions of themselves.

I don’t need you to tell me I’m beautiful! I KNOW I’M BEAUTIFUL!!!

 

And really, we should all fell this way! Screw the haters- you rock!

Listen to that spirit within you, and let it free…

Until next time,

{theEye}

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {January 17, 2012}

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{Sometimes you wish you had more hands to get done

everything you need to in a day! Don’t you find?}

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E.O.F. CELEBRATES! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATE MOSS!


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Fashion Feline. Vintage Vixen. Mystic Muse.

We celebrate all the independent states of Kate, who turned 39 today!

Amazing to see her beauty has not faded a bit since she first appeared on this iconic cover of THE FACE Magazine in 1990!

In fact, it is her unique beauty that stood apart then, and still stands apart to this very day, which is why she is already a legend at not even 40.

We expect this real life Wonder Woman will continue breaking ground for the next 39 years to come.

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β€œYou lie, in faith; for you are call’d plain Kate,
And bonny Kate and sometimes Kate the curst;
But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom
Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate,
For dainties are all Kates, and therefore, Kate,
Take this of me, Kate of my consolation;
Hearing thy mildness praised in every town,
Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded,
Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs,
Myself am moved to woo thee for my wife.”

– William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

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So once again, Happy Birthday, Kate!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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Jay-Z and Kanye West Ft. Frank Ocean “No Church in the Wild”

You will definitely not regret checking out this video. It’s bold, brash, and most certainly bad-ASS. Hell, we’re not even sure if there’s ever been a more visually sumptuous way of depicting hardcore protest or rebellion. An extremely artful take on the fiery emotions bellying deep in the core of humanity from Jay Z, Kanye West, and featuring Frank Ocean. Too long has it gone on? You know what I mean…

The film was directed by famed director Romain Gavras, who helmed M.I.A.’s latest extravagantly rebel-chic vid “Bad Girls”. Gavras brings all his rebel flare and more with this vid featuring some impressive organized madness and chaos. Laser beams, fireworks, smoke, statues,and scarves – what more could you need ?

There is a moment where they show an ELEPHANT in the crowd. If you are wondering why it has appeared, perhaps we should remember that all over the world change has erupted. Regimes have fought and fallen. New lives are beginning. More often than not, these drastic changes are little addressed. So perhaps the mystery of the elephant, is just that – the elephant in the room that nobody seems to want to talk about.

This is a perfect combination of passion, art, beauty, and above-all knowledge of the highest degree. Shaky, and unstable like a uranium bomb, but perhaps that is the wicked truth of the human soul. It takes very little to ignite.

“Necessitatem Ferre, Non Flere Addecet”


[It is better to endure what is necessary, not to bewail it.]

Until Next Time,

{THE EYE}

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