The most popular girls at school photographed by Lauren Greenfield
“This picture was taken in 1998, at a time when people were just beginning to realise what “mean girls” were, and how brutal and cliquey and excluding they could be. I was on an assignment for the New York Times magazine, for a special issue about being 13. They sent me to a place in Minnesota called Edina, right in the heartland of the US. It was so interesting: in a book I did called Fast Forward, I had been taking a look at how kids grow up really quickly in Los Angeles. But in Minnesota, where life is supposedly not as fast-paced as in LA, I found kids who were equally precocious.
This group of girls were in the popular clique at their school. Popularity was very codified: all the kids knew you had to shop in three particular stores, and that you needed to be blond, thin and blue-eyed. The girls were on their way to their first big party of the seventh grade. I spent a lot of time inside one of their houses, photographing them doing their makeup and combing their hair. Then we came outside. In the beautiful late-afternoon light, they lined up and started posing – it was very much their idea rather than mine.
What I love is that each girl has a different personality in the image, and you can read into it what their status is in the clique. Hannah, the third girl in the purple, was actually deemed the most popular girl at school. But she told me later that she wasn’t actually sure about her group of friends: they could be mean, and people would get criticised if they didn’t look a certain way. Even if you’re in the place everyone wants to be in, as she was, there’s still a lot of pressure to keep up the grade. In a way, she felt it was bad to be popular.”
Fort Boyard, the Useless “Stone Vessel” | Socks Studio
Located in a sea bay between Aix and Oléron Island (La Rochelle, France), Fort Boyard is a stone building conceived as an artificial island, originally built to protect the harbours of Aix Island (Île-d’Aix) and Rochefort. Due to the limited ballistic artillery range in the late 17th century, the site was seen as a gap in the line of defense which the fort should have filled.
Fort Boyard is oval-shaped, 68 metres (223 ft) long and 31 m (102 ft) wide. At the centre is a yard enclosed by walls 20 m high: on the ground floor the tickness of the walls is carved by stores and quarters, while the upper floors are occupied by casemates for guns and mortars. The first floor also houses the services, kitchens and canteens, the entrance to the guardroom, a police room and the latrines. Four sets of stairs connect the different floors. The façade on the interior yard is composed by three superposed floor of arcades, while on the exterior the fortified wall is only pierced by embrasures for the cannons. The language of the building, with its oval shape and the disposition of the exterior embrasures, seems inspired by the image of a 17th century vessel. For this peculiarity the fort is sometimes referred to as the “vaisseau de pierre” (stone vessel).
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The care we get from our mothers…
We take so much for granted
lmao what?? What kinds of comments are these though?? As if mothers are a monolithic entity of nurturing and every mother is some kind of saint?? Like obvi I’m happy for people whose mothers know what they’re doing but like…not every mother is a good one…being a mother doesn’t make you a good person. Motherhood doesn’t change who you are at your core, and if you’re ugly on the inside, your child will know. Also lmao this is so voyeuristic and weird, "She may be 100 years old and weak" Soooo you’re just gonna write an article about her and her son and be done with it?? You don’t think this is a common occurrence?? Who else would you trust to take care of your disabled child if you don’t have the resources?? Do you know what kind of resources are available for people who are elderly AND disabled?? I’ll give you a hint, not many! What is going to happen to her son when she passes away? Does the article talk about that? Like whatever, get your little wank from this but idk, think about it
Let’s talk about how FUN the Gaultier show was
OOOoh what omg!!
MY GIRL DIANDRA FORREST FUCKING IT THE FUCK UP