Ready for my close up! #frameyourbeauty

by Marlies Dekkers
The “selfie” is something which has become a huge part of our modern culture. And I, a self-proclaimed selfie fanatic, could not have been happier. But to many the question remains: WHHYYYY???

Ever since smartphones came equipped with cameras that face not just outward but also backward the selfie trend has exploded. But for me, I have been “doing” selfies as from the moment I had my first camera (1983). It all started with a high dose of curiosity; how does my body look like? Making a picture for me meant framing a particular part of my body and giving it extra attention. I discovered that I was able to make unnoted parts of my body very beautiful, just by framing them. My selfie fanatism didn’t just come with the rise of the smartphone, it comes from a genuine desire to explore my body, believing that your body is the greatest natural canvas.

Still, It is often argued that selfies reinforce the idea that what matters most in this world is how things, and people, look. It frames a beautiful part of myself that I feel secure about

I dare you to explore what the game of revealing and unveiling can do for you. Start loving your own body and make all parts loveable by framing them. Various effects like lighting, angles, and filters can even trigger the artist in you. Dare to watch yourself, even the parts which you might feel a little bit intimidated with. But framing your beauty will help you embrace who you are and how you look. I believe you are creating your own definition of beauty, embracing your flaws and challenging social norms.

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Who is Tasya van Ree? The mysterious girl in the big black hat has been fascinating art connoisseurs and fashion lovers alike since she burst onto the scene with her stunning black-and-white photographs of celebrities like Michelle Rodriguez and (one-time lover) Amber Heard. I asked the Hawaiian-born visual artist of Dutch-Japanese ancestry (41) about her art and soul. “Between both King and Queen is where I exist.”

BRAVE ballerina

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BRAVE ballerina

by marlies|dekkers

Sara Mearns (31) is New York City Ballet’s boldest ballerina. A passionate, intense dancer, she started dancing at 3 and starred in Swan Lake when she was only 19. But instead of resting on her laurels, Sara has kept challenging herself with daring projects, from a collaboration with hip-hop dancers to a leading role in a Broadway show. I talked with the fierce Swan Queen about sacrifices, body confidence, and how to turn pain into gain. “I’m not the typical skinny, tall, long-neck kind of ballerina.”

The art of love!

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The art of love!

by marlies|dekkers

Get your creative juices flowing

This Valentine’s, don’t wait around for that love-note or those fancy chocolates to feel loved and desired. Express yourself to fall in love with yourself, now!