Why Glossier’s Body Hero Will Actually Empower Your Shower Experience.


Why Glossier's Body Hero Will Actually Empower Your Shower Experience. NOW ON VERITE WOMAN --- Body Hero, Body Positive, Female Figure, Skincare, Hypoallergenic, Gynecologist tested, Emily Weiss, Paloma Elsesser, Swin Cash, Tyler Haney, Pia Arrobio, and Mekdes Mersha, Self love, how to be confidant, Instagram, Feminism. Let’s be honest, it was all about the hype. Glossier drops a new product, we flock. Yep, we’re talking about Glossier’s Body Hero. Only, once  we popped that bubbly pink packaging open we realized this is the kind of hype we can get behind. It felt like something special to be apart of. We’ve often wondered what’s in the magic sauce that catapulted the rose quartz (capital) G from cool-girl status to cult status. It all comes down to Glossier’s talent for shedding the layers, and getting to the flesh of what Millennial women truly want. Literally and metaphorically of course.

Maybe you haven’t stepped outside lately to be faced with a billboard, or scrolled through IG, or even used the internet and accidentally caught a banner ad in your peripherals. Glossier recently launched a campaign to accompany their latest body products, a frothy yet creamy yet oily body wash and lotion duo called Body Hero. The campaign featured lady-icons of the social media age in nothing but a state of nature.Why Glossier's Body Hero Will Actually Empower Your Shower Experience. NOW ON VERITE WOMAN --- Body Hero, Body Positive, Female Figure, Skincare, Hypoallergenic, Gynecologist tested, Emily Weiss, Paloma Elsesser, Swin Cash, Tyler Haney, Pia Arrobio, and Mekdes Mersha, Self love, how to be confidant, Instagram, Feminism. This is why our love for this product duo is two-fold. First it was banding together with our fellow sisters in the name of happy, healthy skin and a body-positive message. Then we hopped in our showers, lathered up, and realized that this product dup actually does what it promises. The reason it works so well? They yet again nailed the basics of what we truly want in our products:

The Daily Oil:

  • This body wash has got all our favorite oils such as coconut, sunflower seed (vitamin E, baby) and sesame that naturally soothes and plumps skin
  • The Daily Oil is gynecologist tested, and vagina approved!

The Perfecting Body Cream:

  • After your stint in the shower, this body cream locks in moisture that will stay with you all day
  • The cactus flower, yucca, and prickly pair extract is what makes this such a long lasting hydrator, regardless of environment
  • It leaves a velvety, never greasy finish

Along with the launch, each of the campaigns women posted to her social fronts, authentically sharing her own struggle with body love. In turn they reminded us that no woman (regardless of how many followers she might have on Instagram) is unscathed by the downers of body insecurities. It’s the prompt that every time we open our bathroom cabinet says “Be gentle with yourself.”

Why Glossier's Body Hero Will Actually Empower Your Shower Experience. NOW ON VERITE WOMAN --- Body Hero, Body Positive, Female Figure, Skincare, Hypoallergenic, Gynecologist tested, Emily Weiss, Paloma Elsesser, Swin Cash, Tyler Haney, Pia Arrobio, and Mekdes Mersha, Self love, how to be confidant, Instagram, Feminism. And A few of our other favorite Glossier products:

Moisturizing Moon Mask:

This hydrating mask really sets the bar high. Almost a daily ritual, for girls living in tough cities this will be your end of day retreat. It is so calming, and non-intrusive you lay it on and practically forget it’s there. The longer you leave it, the more it seems to reset dry skin breathing new life into tired pores. We’ve shared our love for honey as an ally of healthy looking skin, and it just happens to be one of the main ingredients in this product.

Boy Brow:

Perfecting the art of the brow. A game we all played for far too long, until Boy Brow hit the internet and we could all stop over-coiffing those above-eye-caterpillars. Boy brow is an everyday tool that will comb out those brows, add a little shape and shade while doing so. You’re left with a look that says laissez faire, when really it was Glossier.

Haloscope:

As die hard highlighters, this one takes the cake on glossy, glowy skin. Throw away those conturing tools, and make space for this stick to deliver a dew that quite literally finds your light for you. We’re super into Quartz for a rosé look.

Invisible Shield SPF:

If you’re an avid Vérité reader you know how important our SPF is. Glossier took their time to really scan the market for what worked, and what really didn’t only to turn around and create possibly the best SPF out there. That’s not just by our standards, it’s an internet favorite!

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Five Independent Designers You Need To Be Following on IG

Five Independent Designers You Need To Be Following on IG, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Staud Clothing, Barbara Casasola, Nanushka, Solace London, Los Angeles Designer, New York, London, Instagram, Inspiration, What to wear fall 2017, Fashion Week, Shopping, Ready to wear, Independent Designers, Oursend Iris.Okay, so maybe it’s a pipe dream to be able to fill our closets solely with Nanushka goodies — however the following five are designers we find inspire us each time we tap into that Instagram scroll. In a world over-indulgent with labels that could very well be interchangeable, we find style refuge amongst these names. Read on to find the five independent designers you need to be following on IG. Your fall attire will thank us.Five Independent Designers You Need To Be Following on IG, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Staud Clothing, Barbara Casasola, Nanushka, Solace London, Los Angeles Designer, New York, London, Instagram, Inspiration, What to wear fall 2017, Fashion Week, Shopping, Ready to wear, Independent Designers, Oursend Iris.We don’t just love Staud (@staud.clothing) because she’s a locally LA made label — the talent that lies behind these designs are genuine. Timelessly stylish, is the name of the game with mid-waist cinched jumpsuit’s, to effortless frocks. feminine but hardly “girly”. Basically, clothing that pairs perfectly with your modern femme lifestyle.
Five Independent Designers You Need To Be Following on IG, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Staud Clothing, Barbara Casasola, Nanushka, Solace London, Los Angeles Designer, New York, London, Instagram, Inspiration, What to wear fall 2017, Fashion Week, Shopping, Ready to wear, Independent Designers, Oursend Iris.Nanushka (@nanushka) is the tangible form of all our wardrobe dreams stitched to life. We could leave it at that, but you deserve a little background into this source of aesthetic influence. Founded by designer Sandra Sandor and hailing from Budapest this co. is the purveyor of pieces for the worldly woman — seemingly pulling inspo from, and blurring the lines between destinations. Five Independent Designers You Need To Be Following on IG, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Staud Clothing, Barbara Casasola, Nanushka, Solace London, Los Angeles Designer, New York, London, Instagram, Inspiration, What to wear fall 2017, Fashion Week, Shopping, Ready to wear, Independent Designers, Oursend Iris.London based, duo driven, Solace (@solacelondon) is where it’s at for luxe investment pieces that immediately up your sartorial status. How do designers Laura Taylor and Ryan Holliday-Stevens succeed the marriage of structured flowing wears? We will never know their secrets but we can hope to don Solace London’s artistic looks.Five Independent Designers You Need To Be Following on IG, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Staud Clothing, Barbara Casasola, Nanushka, Solace London, Los Angeles Designer, New York, London, Instagram, Inspiration, What to wear fall 2017, Fashion Week, Shopping, Ready to wear, Independent Designers, Oursend Iris.Have you heard? The corset top is very much back and Orseund Iris (orseund_iris) is filling our mood boards with just the right ones. As they spread their designs into jumpsuits and matching sets, they continue to make us salivate at the thought of what kind of OOTD’s we could create. Based in New York, and non-seasonal, buy these pieces, they’ll never go out of style.Five Independent Designers You Need To Be Following on IG, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Staud Clothing, Barbara Casasola, Nanushka, Solace London, Los Angeles Designer, New York, London, Instagram, Inspiration, What to wear fall 2017, Fashion Week, Shopping, Ready to wear, Independent Designers, Oursend Iris.The minimalist’s wish list starts with Barbara Casasola’s (@barbaracasasola) collection. Nods to classic menswear, yet somehow pridefully feminine Barbara creates a timeless world for us to live in. Her Instagram is a scroll of the women who wear her design’s are an endless source of girl power.

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Femme Feed | Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know

Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, Misogyny, third-wave feminism, girl talk, Queer, Cis, Binary, Masculinity, Tumblr, Instagram, Social Media, Glossary, Internet Art, Androcentric, Fat Shaming, Slut Shaming, Benevolent Sexism, intersectionality, Raunch Culture, MGTOW, The Male Gaze, Non-Binary. One can easily feel left out of dinner conversation in the height of a movement called Third-Wave Feminism. Multi-dashed terms being thrown around like a supper rolls, and opinions spat out as quick as a mouth-full of bad pinot. We don’t want you to feel like you’ve showed up late and empty handed, so we’ve gathered together a glossary of terms you’re going to want to know in order to make it through this current cultural climate.

Ambivalent Sexism: this is a tricky term because it quite literally means both the hostile and positive treatment of women resulting in a bias. For example sexism isn’t just having negative feelings towards women, it is based in treatment of women, even putting women on a overly positive pedestal which creates a form of inequality. This type of sexism can be dealt out by men, but also by women towards themselves and other females.

Androcentric: a mindset that is slanted towards the male point of view. For example: feminists are fighting against an androcentric society.

Antifeminism: is the opposition to any feminist, or women’s movement. See MGTOW.

Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, Misogyny, third-wave feminism, girl talk, Queer, Cis, Binary, Masculinity, Tumblr, Instagram, Social Media, Glossary, Internet Art, Androcentric, Fat Shaming, Slut Shaming, Benevolent Sexism, intersectionality, Raunch Culture, MGTOW, The Male Gaze, Non-Binary. Benevolent Sexism: this string of sexism is when both or either men and women hold a positively angled form of sexism which is rooted in protection, and glorification. This is probably the most difficult sexism to pin point, but the most frequent in our everyday. See Ambivalent Sexism.

Cis: short for cisgender this term relates to those who identify with the sex they were assigned to at birth. It is a term often used by the LGBT community, and intersectional feminists as an individual who may identify with their birth-given gender but may not fulfill cultural stereotypes of said gender.

Complementarianism: the idea that women and men hold complimentary roles to each other. In history this excludes women from many roles that are traditionally “male”.

Fat Shaming: the public shaming of an individual for their body size or weight.

Female Martyrdom: this is the concept of self-sacrifice by women for their beliefs in the feminist movement. This term has a lot of confusion and backlash as it is believed to have added to the justification of oppression of women in society.

Internalized Misogyny: a subconscious form of sexism that women hold within themselves due to the over use of sexism in our culture. For example girls truly believing they can’t be good at sports because it’s not for girls.

Intersectional Feminism: coined by American civil rights advocate and feminist Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw this term refers to a movement that must call out privilege in our efforts and be inclusive of gender, race, social class, sexual orientation, etc. For example a white woman’s feminism must be understanding, and active to the oppression of her fellow women regardless of their race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation in order for it to be progressive feminism.

The Modesty Movement: according to the blog themodestymovement10.blogspot.com the movement “wants women to understand that they can be beautiful, mysterious, and sexy without showing a lot of skin. Reclaim the power of your femininity.” We see its rise from many conservative fashion bloggers across social media from Muslim bloggers, to Orthodox Jewish bloggers, to just women who choose this is their message. It’s had a trickle up effect that has shifted runway styles at houses like Dolce & Gabbana. It’s argued that this sells the idea that what you wear translates to how you are treated by the opposite sex.

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Lipstick Feminism: this is a vertical of Third Wave Feminism that reinforces the ability for women to identify as feminists while upholding their ‘girly’ side. It’s the vein of thinking that one can still fight for an equal movement and simultaneously love a good makeup tutorial.

Raunch Culture: Collins Dictionary defines the term as: “a culture which promotes overtly sexual representation of women, as through the acceptance of pornography, stripping, nudity in advertising, etc, especially when this is encouraged by women.” Raunch culture is a culture in which women are sexually objectified by the opposite sex and each other in media, advertising, and beyond. It claims that this culture has mystified our morals so that young women compete to be the sexiest.Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, Misogyny, third-wave feminism, girl talk, Queer, Cis, Binary, Masculinity, Tumblr, Instagram, Social Media, Glossary, Internet Art, Androcentric, Fat Shaming, Slut Shaming, Benevolent Sexism, intersectionality, Raunch Culture, MGTOW, The Male Gaze, Non-Binary.

Mansplaining: the term refers to a condescending manner in which a man might explain something to a woman. An explanation often relayed in a patronizing and demeaning manner backing up a misogynistic, and prejudice against female knowledge.

Manterupting: the term refers to a male’s behavior to frequently interrupt a female counterpart while she speaks. This gender issue has been argued as being pseudo-science for being a cultural phenomena used by both males and females instead of a scientific gender bias.Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, Misogyny, third-wave feminism, girl talk, Queer, Cis, Binary, Masculinity, Tumblr, Instagram, Social Media, Glossary, Internet Art, Androcentric, Fat Shaming, Slut Shaming, Benevolent Sexism, intersectionality, Raunch Culture, MGTOW, The Male Gaze, Non-Binary.

MGTOW: also known as Men Going Their Own Way, this is a direct counter movement to the women’s movement that, in the organizations own words, “is a statement of self-ownership, where the modern man preserves and protects his own sovereignty…” This movement stands for men pushing back against what they feel a women’s culture has made of them. Among many things, they hold the belief that relationships with the opposite sex should be on their terms and based in sexual engagement only. They believe in “survival and mating” but not “marriage and children”. In clearest terms MGTOW holds the belief that the women’s movement represents manipulation of the opposite sex. In a MGTOW manifesto on Reddit one can find quotes like this: “Society has lied to us in ways that have been detrimental, without regard to our freedom of thought, or freedom of actions. For the sake of preservation of ourselves, we will not try and win a rigged game, try and change the game, or make it so that we are the ones who are rigging it. We are done with lies, and we are done with the games that people play. We get up, and we leave.” and also this: “I’m tired of dealing with selfish, stuck-up women. Even fat hippos think they are entitled to some super hot, successful hunk. And dating is bullshit! They expect you to pay for everything and get nothing in return.” But all that’s for another article in itself…

The Male Gaze: refers to the portrayal of women by men first in art and literature, and now modernly in media and advertising. It is often sexualized and objectified due to the heterosexual view. This goes hand in hand with the concept of “The Gaze” which is how individuals view the subject presented.

Misandry: the hatred of men.

Misogyny: the hatred of women.

Non-Binary: non-binary refers to an individual who does not identify with a single gender. They can feel that they blur the lines between what the stereotype of each gender is defined as. They can be both multi-gendered or feel neutral-gendered — not really identifying with either.

Post-Feminism: Post-feminism of 4th Wave Feminism is a muddied term in history but is most commonly known has a backlash against feminism. It is a movement that supports a non-gendered culture. Some supporters of Postfeminism believe we have already achieved the equality needed through first and second wave feminism, and that third-wave feminism is obsolete.

Post-Structuralist Feminists: stems from the theory of Post-Structuralism. Post-structural feminism goes hand in hand with intersectional feminism in its belief that it’s not as simple as women and men, there are many other elements at play in searching for equality. All of them must be identified in order to succeed.

Queer Theory: Queer Theory was an extension of the post-structuralist theory from the 90s’. It pushes back against the privilege that comes with being heterosexual, and studies the equality of all sexual orientations. In 1998 Professor Eve Kosofksy Sedgwick was quoted in The New York Times as “It’s about trying to understand different kinds of sexual desire and how the culture defines them.”

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Third-Wave Feminism: third wave feminism is the most modern string of the feminist movement. Birthing around the 1990s’ from the work of the first, and second waves. Third wave represents equality for race, social class, transgender rights, and creating a safe, equal environment for all. As a feminist one must be aware, and represent all aspects of women’s issues not just the ones that effect them. See Intersectional Feminism.

Toxic Masculinity: a social ideology that believes a stereotypical format of masculinity including machoism, violent tendencies, predatory.

Tumblr Feminism: originally used as a term to shame feminism, but soon adopted by the movement itself, this Millennial feminism school of thought was born on the scrolls of the site Tumblr. It represents a specific group of young feminists who choose to use the platform to share beliefs and art that can’t find a home on any other social outlet due to their strict code of conducts on content (specifically nudity). Tumblr feminism is often identified as overtly sexual, satirical content and sending the message that we as women will portray ourselves — and our sexuality — on our own terms.

Victim Feminism: cictim feminism is defined as women who do not take their movement, or actions into their own hands. They can be seen as a women’s group who chooses to feel victim in the shadow of male power, instead of working towards a common ground together. This can be seen in feminists throwing blame towards their male counterparts instead of engaging them in the movement for equality.

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Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee!

Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.
A rolling wave of blonde hair, a vast landscape ahead that looks as if it could engulf her at any moment — suck her back into its center. It doesn’t though, there’s always a strength to her, rooting her feet on the rock she stands atop. Woodworker Aleksandra Zee may be known to you from her dreamy, golden hued virtual postcards, and entrancing works of art that will make you stop in your tracks mid-Instagram scroll. She’s not just her online representation though, as any woman she is thick with dynamics, journeys, insights. Fearlessly, she shares snippets of these with us through her captions — using the social media platform to as a way of saying “Hey! I’m in this with you.” — however today we get very real with the talented woman on her art, heartbreak, & how to deeply love yourself!
 Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.
V: What was your first experience with woodworking? Was it love at first bandsaw?
AZ: My frist experience with woodworking was just a bit in college, making frames and things but nothing much. My first job out of college was at Anthropologie as a Display Artist and so much of it was learn as you go. When I fully started building things I fell in love! Working with wood, being in a shop, I knew it was what I wanted to do and instantly started planning how to make it on my own.
V: What were you doing before you were able to go full time with your creative passions?
AZ: I decided to leave Anthropologie after about three years and knew that for me, having a boss and working/making for someone else was not for me. I needed to make art for myself and put it out there. So I stated small, working as a waitress for just about three years as I built my business. Working days in my humble little shops and nights at a restaurant. I remember the day I quit waiting tables like it was yesterday. I was serving a few girlfriends some margaritas and they asked me why I was still working there, that I was so busy in the shop and didn’t need to keep the side hustle. So I set down their drinks and went up to my manager and told her I would rather be in my studio, and she said yes please go and come back if you ever need to. It felt amazing and scary and crazy and so freeing. It has been a little over three years since that moment and each day has gotten better and more amazing working for myself. It’s hard ass work, and it never stops, but there is nothing else I would rather do.

Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.

V: You are so wonderfully transparent about the journey a woman takes to come into her own via your social media. Did it ever scare you to be so open?
AZ: At first it was scary, the opinions of others would deeply effect me. When the negative came it would hurt and hold me back. It took a while to grow my thick skin and learn to meditated on the fact that others options of me don’t matter, and they never will. I am responsible for my own energy and my own confidence and happiness. None of that belongs to anyone else. Being committed to openness and vulnerability is something that is so important to me and loving myself though it is so important.
V: Let’s talk about self-love — what life experiences have forced you to come face-to-face with who you are as a woman, and who you want to be?
AZ: This is for sure a loaded question. There are so many experiences that have made me face myself with exactly who I am and who I want to continue to grow into. I grew up with a troubled mother, substance abuse consumed her life and outside of the care my father gave I helped raise my younger sister. That forced me to tap into my nurturing and fierce side at a super young age. Later in life I chose a career that is predominantly male and finding my strong and also feminine (which is powerful and not weak) voice. I felt like I was re-writing what it meant to be feminine for myself. That being a woman didn’t make me weaker but stronger, and promoting that strength in a non competitive and graceful way. About two years ago I lost my mother, and that was a huge face-to-face moment with myself. I needed to strip myself of everything I held onto, the thick skin that I let grow a little too thick and re-open myself to a life of pure vulnerability, not holding myself back because of fears, accepting every bit of who I am and the strength there is in being open.

Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.

V: What is the most painful part of your journey in self-study?
AZ: Growing pains happen because you are making new room for the growth that is happening within. A big part of dealing whit what hurts is self acceptance. That you control your happiness, your confidence, your state of mind. Rising above what breaks your heart and accepting that it takes time. Life is full of heartbreak and how you move though the muck is what gives you the information and wisdom to hurdle the next. It hurts to lose a love, lose a family member, have your business take an unexpected turn, but all of those things happen to show the path before you and the choice you have to hit the ground running. So for me, my heartbreaks and pain that I have lived though are maps and footprints in the path I have chosen, I wouldn’t change it, I love where I have been and where it is shaping me to move forward into.Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.
V: I think every woman learns to be gentle with themselves in different ways — I do this thing where I literally talk to my body in times of stress or trauma. Is there a way you’ve learned to be gentle with yourself that helps you deal with trials of the everyday?
AZ: I do he same, I speak positivity to my body, acknowledge the air filling my lungs in each deep breath, wiggle my toes and feel my feet planted on the earth holding up my body. Finding completely presence within my mind and physical body, reminds me that I am alive, I need to check in, and care for myself. It is the easiest way to get my mind bad n track, those sick couple minutes of acknowledging yourself.
V: I’m so glad I’m not the only one that does that! How do you see yourself through your own eyes?

AZ: When I look in the mirror I see strength, I see grace and I see growth. I am always changing, and allowing for that growth is acceptance. I meet myself with an open heart.

Art, Heartbreak, a& How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.

V: If you could send one message to young women everywhere what would it be?

AZ: Be fearlessly yourself. No one is you, YOU are you. There is strength in being a woman that should never hold you back from doing exactly what you want to.
V: Three books that have changed your life?
AZ: The Little Prince, currently Reading The Alchemist and it is so so so beautiful, and Just Kids.
V:  When do you feel most yourself?
AZ: I feel most myself when I am creating or when I am out in nature. Free and open, tapped into my soul.
photo credits, from top to bottom: Nikki Ormerod, Antrom Kury, Gillian Walsworth.

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What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend!

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Photos by Allister Ann. Words by Michaela d’Artois.

What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo.

It’s 2017 and the bar for how internet-breaking your album release is, is pretty high in these times. In an attempt to out-do the rest Katy Perry launches her new album ‘Witness’ (which hit outlets last Thursday) with a live stream three day weekend in a house that was built especially for this event. This means if one tapped in to her Youtube stream, they could watch her “everyday life” uninterrupted — even the hours she took to sleep. Only it wasn’t truly Katy’s everyday life. There were celeb visitors, on-air therapy sessions, and manufactured moments. In this day in age with social media, and the watchful eyes of the world always on you, celebrity figures must have a public persona, and a private one, and with this plaguing her it seemed in a marketing-fueled concept KP wanted to finally bridge that gap.What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo.What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo. What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo.Vérité and photographer Allister Ann joined this livestream mania on it’s last hours during a casted show at which Katy Perry took the secret location stage in a spectacular head-to-toe silver sequined outfit. She had soon kicked off her heeled boots to dance the stage unbridled. She is charismatic, charming, and relatable — the type of girl you could totally have a good immature giggle with. No wonder her fans are so attached. She’s a friend to them, only just out of reach. Standing in a sea of super fans you get a front row seat to view the symbiotic obsessive relationship between glimmering star and her public — no wonder she feels pressure, these kids hold expectations.

Social media has created celebrity to another level, and followers come to their screens wanting to be let in more and more by their idols. While it may not make sense to all of us, some actually want to watch KP sleep. Many times during her live-weekend, Katy Perry logs on to Instagram Live to real-time chat with her fans, while simultaneously surrounded with voyeuristic-style cameras in the home. Where are the boundaries? How transparent is too transparent?What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo.What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo.

In a streamed therapy session with Siri Sat Nam Singh, Ph.D., Katy breaks down in tears stating just this, that as a public figure she has had to create Katy Perry a larger than life quirky girl, when at her core she is truly Katheryn Hudson. We have to ask though, did she not create this character herself, out of the depths of her creative mind? She did, however it’s an armor of sorts. A protection from the prying eyes, and sometimes hands, of those who want to snag a little piece of this mega-star. We’ve seen it time and time again,

so many artists struggle with the question of if their fans will evolve with them — if the creative is allowed to grow. Sardined between crazed KP fans with stars in their eyes (maybe even a few tears), we are assured that they will follow her anywhere.What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo.

The vaster issue though is the public’s understanding of what is real, and what is marketing smoke and mirrors. Katy Perry’s live streamed weekend was the perfect example of this. In an attempt to keep part of themselves private, yet appear to give it all to the fans so many influencers must construct a fictional version of themselves only to balance their sanity, and satisfy the voyeur.What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo.

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