More and more, people are becoming comfortable in their own skin. Plus-size model Natalie Hage shut down a fat-shamer who ridiculed her on an airplane. While the confrontation was awkward, it needed to happen. And anyway, who isn’t in love with their own curves? It’s 2018. Then again, it’s safe to say body positivity still isn’t present everywhere, especially for younger girls.
To combat this, Artist Kay Black is inspiring vitiligo sufferers, specifically, by creating dolls with rare skin conditions.
[Kay Black] began making the dolls as a hobby alongside her “normal” job. She said, “I’m motivated by everyday people I see walking up and down the streets.”
The dolls with vitiligo are made special for each customer and have been praised by a number of celebrities. But Black isn’t after fame — she just wants her buyers to feel appreciated.
“People are literally in tears when they get their dolls. I want to create dolls everyone can relate to.”
She also creates a plethora of other dolls that break the rather dangerous standards set by certain world-renowned toy companies. Other than the dolls with vitiligo, Black customizes ones with realistic features such as freckles or curly hair. This makes them super relatable for young girls.
In line with Black’s advocacy, a model with the skin condition even spoke up regarding her own life. Attached to a selfie showing Winnie Harlow’s whole body is her inspiring message.
“The real difference isn’t my skin. It’s the fact that I don’t find my beauty in the opinions of others. I’m beautiful because I know it. Celebrate Your unique beauty today (& everyday)!”
Making friends with your flaws isn’t the easiest — but it certainly is a step in the right direction. Thanks to people like Black and Harlow, young girls may be motivated to discover how to sincerely love themselves.
There are a dozen different ways to help the poor outside of huge monetary donations. This Anatolian restaurant is feeding the needy for free. This Philippine community is building bleach lamps from plastic bottles for households without electricity. Graffiti artist MauPal is using Pope Francis as an icon of hope, creating “Superpope” t-shirts to help Vatican-sponsored charities.
“With the economic and social crisis that hit Italy and the world, I saw Francis as a symbol of hope for all,” the artist said.
“I graphically summed up a widely-shared opinion of the pope as someone with a lot of power who is also humane and humble at the same time.”
The Pope Francis shirts aren’t MauPal’s only masterpieces. In previous years, the artist depicted the Pope in various playful forms as street art. However, city cleaners were less than pleased, scrubbing the works off walls near St. Peter’s Basilica.
It was only after that MauPal made the remaining sketches appear on the Pope Francis shirts. And while some are also not appreciative of the cartoon tees, the Pope himself has expressed his approval.
“I offered him the drawing I had painted on a simple piece of wood, a medium I thought fit his (anti-luxury) philosophy. He looked at me, he smiled at me, then he affectionately pinched my cheek,” MauPal said.
If the Pope himself gives a thumbs-up to your work of kindness, you must be doing something right. And more importantly, if the Pope has given your artwork the smiley rubber stamp, well, I’d say you must be pretty skilled with a pencil!
Some long-forgotten buildings remain perpetually neglected and in the past. Even the most prestigious have-been structures don’t always get a second chance. Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel hopes to change this–at least for one abandoned castle in France.
Spanish street artist Okuda San Miguel… is known for creating prismatic, geometric murals that cover abandoned historic churches, city streets, high-rises, and the sides of trucks and trains. Okuda has transformed an abandoned 19th-century chateau in France’s Loire Valley into a pop art paradise.
The makeover is going to promote a French street art festival, LaBel Valette. While street art is usually given a bad rep, it seems Okuda is turning things around.
The mural’s title is Skull in the Mirror. Okuda painted two large-scale geometric skulls across the castle’s white facade, and added colorful polka dots and paint accents to the remaining blank surfaces.
Looks like Lichtenstein proteges are going to have to step aside. Skull in the Mirror is nothing short of astounding!
Not every artist is keen on using just paint. Some use garbage. Others prefer books. And those who fear nothing use blood. This celebrity-obsessed artist creates portraits using baking ingredients such as salt, coffee, and baking soda.
[Allan] Wallace works with all kinds of mediums, from common oil paint and spray paint, to tree leaves and cereal.
Salt was only the beginning, as he quickly realized that he could achieve similar results with other grainy or powdery things, like coffee or baking soda.
The impressive artist has already garnered the attention of comedy giant Kevin Hart, whom he created a salt portrait for. But Wallace’s work is no laughing matter, proving he can “paint” on pretty much any surface.
In case you’re wondering what Wallace uses as a canvas for his salt portraits, he sometimes sprinkles the salt on a black board, but most times he just uses his living room table.
Wallace is clearly appreciative of his fans on social media.
“It was mind-blowing. I felt really blessed. I am an artist and I want other people to love my work. I love it when individuals acknowledge the work I put in.”
Remember, kids: if you’re a budding Da Vinci without access to acrylics or oils, you can always raid your kitchen.
They say the best artists can create using the most unusual mediums. I’ve seen portraits crafted with thumbtacks, and landscapes painted with coffee. But Filipino “pixel art wizard” Kel Cruz takes it a step further with some unexpected materials.
Cruz, who works as a male nurse, used to create pixelated art the old fashioned way, with a ballpoint pen. Since then, he has used lipstick, colored tape, rubber stamps, beer and even woven pieces of paper to create some truly awe-inspiring masterpieces.
Cruz’s most controversial medium so far has been his own blood, which he used to create a portrait of… Harley Quinn.
I’ve got to hand it to this guy because I can barely sit to get my blood drawn. Then again, he is a nurse. Cruz can produce a 4-by-5 foot piece in just 2 or 3 days.
Cruz’s fascinating pixelated portraits have won the artist a legion of fans on online social networks like Facebook and Instagram, and have even attracted the attention of television stations in the Philippines.
With that kind of skill, an exhibit wouldn’t be too unlikely!