Way too powerful an image here…
This speaks volume about the standards expected in society on how one should look. And how young we begin to be bombarded with these standards…
This nearly made me cry I think of my daughter when I see this and is exactly why I ban girly magazines in my house
realest thing I’ve seen in a while
this was so amazing. so thought provoking. an eye-opening social criticism.
Chasing Pop Visions and Cartoon Dreams with @alia_pop
For more whimsical portraits and fantasy stylings, follow @alia_pop on Instagram.
“I want to create a fantastic world of hypnotic color and classic dreaminess,” says LA-based artist, Alia Penner (@alia_pop). “I have painted on people, horses, bouncy castles and even a school bus.”
Bold patterns and colors are everywhere in Alia’s work, which ranges from high-profile fashion shoots to giant, painted Starbucks cups in Hollywood. But her Instagram account feels more like a special curation of the art she makes at home—a bright mishmash of celebrity face collages and quirky magazine cutouts.
“Just for fun, I started coloring in the New York Times every Sunday, using it sort of like a sketchbook. I added color to the iconic black and white images of starlets, then put them on Instagram,” she says. “They really popped.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Alia’s daily sources of inspiration are just as eclectic as her art: she lists balloons, polish movie posters, hand-tinted films and unopened paint cans, among others. At the end of the day, though, her job is about having fun.
“My favorite projects are the ones that feel like play from start to finish,” she says. “I’m a child at heart.”