Sports are back! Sort of. Over the weekend, Kevin told me that Matisse Thybulle has been documenting his return to the court and life in the “bubble” since COVID all began. The series started sometime in early July, but it’s already picking up a lot of attention. His vlogs have been getting over a millions views and he’s already been reached out to by the New York Times and LA Times. As someone who’s been watching it on my lunch break, I’m really enjoying it! They are quick snapshots of what’s been going on in the bubble including what basketball looks like right now and regular testing of course.
Thybulle, himself, is actually very entertaining to watch. Additionally, he’s responsible for all of the editing and recording on his own. We’re not sure how long he’ll continue on with this project, but regardless, when this ends, we hope he’ll keep up his side hustle.
It is both heartbreaking and inspiring to see couples that I know and don’t know persevering through this time. None of them could have imagined what 2020 would have in store for them. All of them envisioned saying those two words solidifying their partnership and making it official official. However, all of them know that it’s not just those two words that make a partnership. It’s all not a grand ceremony that make a partnership. I appreciate both the couples that have moved their dates out of the concern and safety for others or the couples that have pressed on making adjustments to what they originally dreamed of.
Briana and Kris were one of those couples who had a wedding impacted by COVID-19, but decided they couldn’t wait until next year. Instead they threw the most beautiful intimate ceremony with guests that all promised to get tested beforehand. Vogue did such a beautiful job of capturing the special moment in their day through this summary and the photos will stick with you long after you’re done reading.
Artist Seamus Wray wins for quarantine project of the year. Seeing this first photograph of Wray painting a portrait of himself wearing the exact same outfit is impressive to say the least, but don’t think that it starts and ends with this. He repeats this process of painting portraits of himself five times and the end result is too good. I don’t want to spoil it for you so I’m going to send you to [Colossal] for the full effect.
“Wray hopes the potentially infinite project begs the questions, “What comes next? Another painting. Are we all just living in a painting? What if this is a painting, within a painting?”
If there’s anything you should watch today, it’s this clip of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez eviscerating Rep. Ted Yoho. Ocasio-Cortez hits on several points that resonate which is 1) that women receive these remarks about themselves frequently and 2) having a wife or daughters does not mean get a pass. We see this all the time with race and after months – no years – of hearing this, we’re sick of it. Ocasio-Cortez channels the frustration that all women feel when we are at the end of comments like this. Very few of us choose to or can even speak up about these matters. More often times than not, we have to suppress. We hold it in and we move on to the next day. I’m excited for young girls to have a role model like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to look up to. She already is making so many of us proud to have her represent us.
Try to find a better cover for 2020, honestly. This cover is truly “a flex” and we’re here for it. On day 23498734 of this year (a dramatization) he is essentially the only person in this country that can save us all. How is it that the administration doesn’t seem to listen to him and is building their own takedown? I don’t have answers. No one understand this.
For the full interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci and his wife Dr. Christine Grady, a bioethicist, click [here]. Even as I’m writing this, I still truly cannot get over how awesome this cover is.
When we first started doing Wedding Mondays, the idea was always to feature a video. It’s funny to look back thinking that the video was the make or break for these posts. Lately, I’ve found myself gravitating towards these longer-form wedding features particularly by [The Cut]. It’s the combination of the photographers capturing just the right images we swoon over and spending more time reading about the couple’s stories. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve loved the wedding blogs that I’ve spent years pining over, but so much of it was about the aesthetic and the vendors. The Cut does a great job of truly highlighting these individuals.
I loved Sarah and Ryan’s story. Also, doesn’t Sarah just look like the coolest bride ever? From start to finish, I enjoyed reading every part about this wedding day from the ceremony at Brooklyn Bridge Park to the reception at the intimate space at a restaurant for their friends and family.
For the entire feature, you can read all about it [here].
Diving further into Korean culture, I’ve reached the point of fascination for the country’s beauty standards. As important as it is here in America, Korea is on another level. Labeled the “cosmetic surgery capital of the world,” South Korea performs 24% of the world’s total cosmetic surgeries. Individuals aspiring to be a part of the K-Pop world endure rigorous training camps known for being cut-throat and competitive. After seeing a 15-second snippet of 2018 Miss Korea Kim Soo-Min’s story on TikTok, I had to find the full version. She was deemed the controversial pageant queen, but I didn’t understand why.
Looking at Soo-Min, I saw nothing wrong with her appearance. I wouldn’t question her role as Miss Korea for a second. However, after being given this title, she was constantly scrutinized for her weight of being 130lbs and being “ugly.” What I loved about Soo-Min’s pageant story was that she had no background in pageantry. Having not been an aspiring actress, model, or pop singer, she wanted the title to build her resume. Young women in America spend years preparing for competitions like this, but she decided in about a year.
By Korea’s standards, she wasn’t supposed to be Miss Korea, but she prevailed. Now she paves the way for women who can earn this title that may come from all body types. When it comes to the artsy side of Korean culture, music, television, food, etc. it was easy for me to find the positives. Learning about this downside showed me a new perspective. I can’t imagine the pressure that Soo-Min had to live with during what was supposed to be an exciting time in her life. I look forward to seeing how her experience will impact young women in the future.