In case you missed it yesterday, Time released a photograph of 17-year old President Barack Obama at his high school prom!
This apparently seems to be the photo of the day, but since I was away from Yow Yow! all day I am just now getting around to posting it. It’s appropriate because today President Obama was named Time’s Person of the Year 2012 and no one is more deserving enough for this title. It has been a difficult and challenging four years, but as a woman, a young adult, and a former college student, I am confident in saying that there is no one else that could have done this job better than him. He was the only candidate in my opinion that I believed had my best interests at heart. With that being said, this job and the person doing the job does not come without flaws.
Samantha and I once had a conversation about President Obama and the role of a President in general in which she had asked me if anyone has ever taken a before and after picture of a President at the start and end of his term.
“I bet you’d be able to see how much a President has aged in those four years due to all of the stress they’ve had and the responsibility they’ve taken on.”
And she’s right. There’s no before and after picture, but you can see it. You can even, at times, feel that President Obama has aged in the way he speaks. In addition to the interview and cover, TIME also featured 125 photographs of the President during his first term that Flavorwire has called both “adorable and heartbreaking.” You can view all of them here.
This is the second time that President Barack Obama has been named Time’s Person of the year.
In a blog post, Time managing editor Richard Stengel explains that Obama was chosen because he is a cultural figure as well as a political one: “There has been much talk of the coalition of the ascendant — young people, minorities, Hispanics, college-educated women — and in winning re-election, Obama showed that these fast-growing groups are not only the future but also the present,” he writes. “If his win in 2008 was extraordinary, then 2012 is confirmation that demographic change is here to stay.”
And so it begins…
Readers, it is time to start counting down to the end of 2012 and the start of 2013. The only way to do that though is to recap the whole year with the best of everything that has happened. Over here at Yow Yow, we do the same thing, but Yow Yow! is a one-woman-show and therefore I am unable to spend a lot of time on these lists. Lucky for me, there’s other people that have the time. So I’d like to introduce the Top 10 of Everything 2012 list by TIME.
Time waster of the week…
It’s a big deal. Every year it always is and to be honest, I’ve never really disagreed with the selection chosen by TIME. They certainly know what they’re doing over there. However, this year it is awfully considerate of them to let us all have a say. This year, TIME will let us have a “People’s Choice” winner and the candidates range from pop culture icons in 2012 to artists to newsmakers and many others. So get voting! You have until Dec. 14 to voice your opinion and students – I know you’ve got those finals coming up so how is this for the perfect time waster?
I always have your back.
The best stuff happens in December, I swear.
- Have you always dreamed of becoming a stylist to the stars? Here’s your chance! MTV Skins and Lookbook.nu – one of my favorite street style websites is collaborating on a new contest in which the two winners will have a chance to style the entire cast of Skins alongside the Series Costume Director Edward K. Gibbon. Keep in mind that you will not have access to designer clothes because the actors of Skins portray real teenagers, which means these are brand new actors working with scripts even written by young adults. Winners will also get a $1,000 shopping spree to Diesel. Learn more details here.
- Bring It On: The Musical has announced their cast here. They better not ruin my favorite movie.
- Powerhouse PR firm KCD is launching a new digital division. [Source]
- The first photo from Nicole Richie and Joel Madden’s wedding. More exclusive photos will be released to People Magazine this Friday. [Source]
- Mark Zuckerberg is the person of the year. [Source]
- Justin Bieber will cover Vanity Fair. [Source]
When I was in junior high, I told my best friend that the average person eats seven spiders a year while they are sleeping. I mean I can’t fully confirm on that, but it’s what I’ve heard. That night, my friend decided to tape her mouth shut for fear of swallowing a spider…
Today, Time published a photo series of what bed bugs look like up close. Obviously this isn’t to scale, but it’s a little terrifying isn’t it? Somehow, I still see the beauty in these shots.
To view the rest, click here!
The release of Time Magazine’s new cover has left an unsettling feeling in just about everyone. After getting just one glimpse of it, I couldn’t get away. It was discussed on every news blog and website. It is an image that is kept in the back of your head. Many have shared their opinions about the cover claiming that it is inappropriate. Some say it is beautiful. It is an accurate representation of 18-year old Aisha’s traumatizing ordeal.
I believe that the cover of this issue is honest. There’s no photo shop involved or airbrushing. It is visual proof and when something is as true as this, how can you deny it?
Time is typically not known for controversial articles ever, but they certainly made a statement with this one.
[an excerpt from the article]
The Taliban pounded on the door just before midnight, demanding that Aisha, 18, be punished for running away from her husband’s house. Her in-laws treated her like a slave, Aisha pleaded. They beat her. If she hadn’t run away, she would have died. Her judge, a local Taliban commander, was unmoved. Aisha’s brother-in-law held her down while her husband pulled out a knife. First he sliced off her ears. Then he started on her nose.
This didn’t happen 10 years ago, when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. It happened last year. Now hidden in a secret women’s shelter in Kabul, Aisha listens obsessively to the news. Talk that the Afghan government is considering some kind of political accommodation with the Taliban frightens her. “They are the people that did this to me,” she says, touching her damaged face…
And in case anyone had any questions about why Time’s managing editor decided to run this cover – read his explanation here.
*Most articles right now are addressing the headline, but my main focus is the image of the cover.