Monday, May 25, 2009

Unsung heroines of WWII finally get their due

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- From the time she was about 8 years old, Jane Tedeschi wanted to fly.

Jane Tedeschi when she was in the Women Airforce Service Pilot program.

Jane Tedeschi when she was in the Women Airforce Service Pilot program.

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"[Charles] Lindbergh was flying across the Atlantic, and a lot of other people were flying air races and things like that. It was very romantic," she said.

Flight was still relatively new in the 1920s and 1930s, and female pilots were few.

But Tedeschi was determined.

In 1941, she found a childhood friend who taught flying and started taking lessons. After the friend was sent off to war and the airport near her home in Bethesda, Maryland, was closed to private flying, she traveled about 40 miles to Frederick and spent nights on the floor of a farmhouse to continue her lessons.

Around the same time, Deanie Parrish was working in a bank in Avon Park, Florida, and kept seeing aviation students who were attending a flying school there.

"I asked an instructor 'Why can't I learn to fly,' and he didn't have an I decided to find out for myself."

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Still looking for the western feminists

"Despair can coarsen one's judgment. I knew enough about what Saddam Hussein and his talented son Uday were doing to women to want that regime toppled. The price of doing so might have seemed too high, but at least now, six years later, it is no longer official policy to rape a woman in front of her family. There may be unofficial forces still on the loose in Iraq who would like to do that, but the government no longer does it.

"Fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan still seems worth it when you have read about what the Taliban want to do with any woman who seeks an education, but it's easy to despair when you think of how hard it is to stop them. "

Read article in full here

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Marloes Horst - Russian Vogue by KT Auleta

Marloes rocks Miami Beach in this new editorial shot by KT Auleta for the June issue of Russian Vogue.

Jessica Miller - i-D Iconic Woman

Jessica Miller shines in i-D's 300th issue as part of the "100 Iconic Women" story, shot by Kayt Jones in LA on April 16th.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Agnete Hegelund - Muse Cover by Jason Nocito

Agnete on the cover of Muse Magazine's Summer issue..... shot by Jason Nocito just last month in NYC.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Burma's Suu Kyi Charged by Military Over US Intruder
Agence France-Presse: "Myanmar's military junta charged pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi Thursday with breaching the terms of her house arrest over a bizarre incident in which a US man swam to her lakeside house. The 63-year-old goes on trial on Monday on the charges, which carry a jail term of up to five years and would stretch her detention past its supposed expiry date this month and through controversial elections due in 2010."

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Kendra Spears and Karmen Pedaru - French Magazine Covers

Kendra Spears and Karmen Pedaru are amongst Thierry Le Goues's cover girls for the French Revues des Modes' Spring/Summer 2009 issue, shot in December at Ray Brown Studios in New York.

Alyssa Sutherland - June 2009 Covers

Alyssa Sutherland on the cover of Italian Grazia's June 2009 issue, shot in Miami by Olivia Graham, and also on the June 2009 German Elle cover, shot by Josh Jordan.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Karlie Kloss - LOLA by Marc Jacobs Fragrance

Karlie Kloss for Marc Jacob's brand-new fragrance, LOLA.... Shot by Juergen Teller in London in March 2009. We can't wait to smell the scent of Karlie, which has notesof pink peppercorn, pear d’anjou, ruby red grapefruit, fuchsia peony, rose and geranium, vanilla, tonka bean, and creamy musk... It hits stores this fall.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Next Girls at the Met Ball

atherine McNeil, Emma Heming, Joy Bryant, Karlie Kloss, Met Ball, Molly Sims
Anja Rubik in Balmain

Anna Jagodzinska in Altuzarra

Molly Sims in Dolce & Gabbana

Emma Heming-Willis and Bruce Willis, in Donna Karan Collection
Hair by Deycke Heidorn and Makeup by Lucky both with Artists by Next

Catherine McNeil in Rouland Mouret, with the designer

Karlie Kloss in Nina Ricci, with Jourdan

Joy Bryant in Rachel Roy, with the designer and Lakshmi

Friday, May 1, 2009

Taking Inequality to Court
Maya Schenwar, Truthout: "'Equal' brings to light perhaps the most obstructive force in the fight for women's rights and liberation: the predicament of not being taken seriously. The book depicts the institutionalized stereotypes of vengeful wives bringing rape cases and vindictive female employees suing for sexual harassment, showcasing the overwhelming tendency of courts to 'disbelieve women.' During one sexual harassment case, the referee asks the plaintiff whether her boss was simply a 'pain in the neck.' When she responds emphasizing the situation's severity, the referee rejoins, 'Oh, so he's one of these Male Chauvinist Pigs?' The dismissive vibe makes its way all the way up to the Supreme Court: In attacking VAWA, Justice Rehnquist asserts that the federal courts should be reserved for 'important national interests.' Strebeigh wonders 'why the issue of violence against women was not important and not national.'"