Photography, styling, makeup: Ben Friend
Model: Lucy Friend
Here we begin a story of a girl who pushes the boundaries of beauty and toughness into the absolute abyss of androgynous catergorization.
Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy-company Mattel, Inc. and launched in March 1959.
Barbie was one of the first toys to have a marketing strategy based extensively on television advertising, which has been copied widely by other toys.
It is estimated that over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide in over 150 countries, with Mattel claiming that three Barbie dolls are sold every second.
Androgyny among humans – physical, psychological, and cultural – is attested to from earliest history and across world cultures. The ancient Greek myth of Hermaphroditus and Salmacis, two divinities who fused into a single immortal – provided a frame of reference used in Western culture for centuries.
Throughout most of Western history, society has created rules to restrict people to dress according to their gender. Society have defined trousers as mens clothing and women would be frowned upon to wear trousers. However, during the 1800s, female spies were introduced and Vivandières wearing a certain uniform with a dress over trousers.
Luisa Capetillo, a womens right activist and the first women in Puerto Rico who wore trousers in public for the first time.
My suggestion to my clients is to: forget a comfort zone, walk up to the rack of clothing I chose, and get fucking dressed.
Too often we are bombarded with safe ideals that are put into place to create comfort for small minds. I am sorry but, the comfort of others is truly of little concern to me WHEN we are discussing my personal appearance and the appearance of my clients.
Ill never steer you wrong, but I will never sit back and follow the rules “just because”. The “rules” of gender identity have a purpose but that purpose does not necessarily serve a purpose for myself or my visions.
All in all, I want you to be yourself. If a woman is attracted to a mans blazer or pant and wants to try it on, wear it as long as it fits. If a guy wants to wear a womans fur or carry a less-masculine bag, fucking do it. I think the openness in society and the world begins within ourselves as individual human beings. True acceptance of the world around us cannot come from a closed mind.
It is with this angle of self-understanding do I fully believe we as a race of humans can better assimilate and create a more purposeful climate for true social change.
(note: I would like to thank my sister for being so open minded and willing to play along with my creative ideas. My entire life she has truly been my real life barbie and in her openness as a sibling I was able to apply my creativity and practice my art of styling. And for that I am forever grateful for having her as my first real best friend.)
(Facts verified by: wikipedia. underwear courtesy of: www.vlez.com hat from my collection #1: www.fakebestfriend.com/shop)