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Jennifer Osborne’s “El Reinado” – An Insider’s Look Into Beauty Pageants in Cartagena, Colombia

For better or worse, beauty contests instill passion in Colombia. Jennifer Osborne, a Canadian photographer, decided to go to Cartagena in 2009 after leaving her job at Fabrica, a communication agency in Italy. Her trip to Cartagena was specifically planned around photographing pageants, and staying with a Colombian family to get an insider’s look into the renowned Colombian pageant world. She took the time to share her thoughts on the worrisome psychological effects of beauty pageants, the Colombian beauty ideal, and how beauty pageants can (surprisingly) empower young women.

Lola Loves… Porcelain Dolls with Tattoos

Jessica Harrison creates unique, delicate porcelain figurines covered in intricate and beautiful sailor tattoos. The Scotland-based artist offers an interesting perspective on the relationship between the body and the world. Her artist statement proposes a “multi-directional and pervasive model of skin as a space in which body and world mingle.” In this sculptural project, Harrison…

Interview with Helicon Bats from Copenhagen

Helicon Bats are a fraternal duo from Denmark. Originally from Silkeborg but now operating out of Copenhagen, the Davidsen brothers (Jeppe and Emil) released their first EP Spring after having performed as solo artists and in various other projects for years. Helicon Bats could be classified as something between neo-psychedelia and lo-fi. Their music is very much rooted in the psychedelic rock movement of the late 1960s, but not so derivative as to be pastiche; their sound is definitely their own. They are currently planning on recording more tracks with a full band in early 2015, possibly to be supported by a tour later in the year.

Lola Loves… Chris Bracey’s Neon Art

Chris Bracey will be remembered as a colorful (and enlightened) man. The British neon art collector and designer died at the age of 59 years of prostate cancer. He started his artistic career designing neon signs for sex shops in Soho, London. Later on, he designed neon art for Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, Tim…