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Welcome to Issue 3 of BLYNKT! In this issue, a range of artists, poets and writers explore the theme of "Body Politics". We were surprised by the range of interpretations in this issue's submissions, which demonstrated to us that despite the individual nature of each piece, body politics is something that affects everyone in society. Our writers explore youth, fertility, fashion, pornography, medicine and alternative medicine, addiction and body image.
Thank you to everyone who submitted to this issue, we had a huge response and received a large number of quality submissions. Although we couldn't publish every piece, we believe that Issue 3 is a great representation of the very best from a variety of genres and interpretations of the topic. As ever, a huge thank you goes to BLYNKT photographer Reelika Ramot and BLYNKT designer YuCih Liu.
Whether you relate to any of the pieces or whether you simply find them interesting windows into other people's lives, we hope you approach the issue with interest and empathy.
With best wishes,
Carly Dee and Q. Lei
Breaking the Mold: Interview with Julia Busato by Carly Dee
I first came across Julia Busato’s photography on Facebook. I saw an image of a naked woman holding a mannequin figure in front of herself, looking directly at the camera, with her middle finger raised. The model’s pose was confronting, not only was she not conforming to society's expectations, but she was actively rejecting them. Excited by such a display of brazen empowerment, I wanted to find out more. The image I saw, is part of Canadian photographer Julia Busato’s project, the Mannequin Series “showcasing women who don’t want to fit the mold”. Julia kindly agreed to speak to BLYNKT about this series, and her motivations behind it.
The Beauty Industrial Complex by Chuck Nwoke Chuck Nwoke
The look was all the rage last season, pitting her rebellious feminist against her outward femininity. There was only one question she pondered: How was a black girl who shaved one side of her thick, curly hair supposed to go about growing it back, and doing so evenly? It took nearly a decade to grow her hair long, a fact her mother didn’t hesitate to mention whenever giving the space to talk. “You’re blessed with good hair,” she reminded her only daughter for the millionth time. “Never once had a weave.”
How I Saw Myself by Tanya Chambers
In elementary school I was teased
For wearing straight leg jeans
In middle school it was
For having messy hair
In high school I was ostracized
For having werewolf eyebrows
But no one called me fat
I can blame myself for that
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