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The Electrifying Fashion Photography of Polina Vinogradova

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Polina Vinogradova’s Squarespace website

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Soundvenue Magazine

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VICE Denmark

Looking through the portfolio of Copenhagen-based photographer Polina Vinogradova is a bit like receiving a jolt of electricity, like being transported into a fantasy wherein colors shine brighter and shapes more bold; her editorial spreads and live event snaps have that je ne sais quoi that costume designer Edith Head might have called an instinctual understanding of the “language” of fashion. Vinogradova herself calls it an “energy,” something that pulsates at the center of her diverse body of work, visible on her Squarespace website.

Welcome to Miss Muslimah, a Beauty Pageant for Muslim Women

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Finalists have a last meal during preparations for the Grand Finale on November 21st, 2014

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Fatma Ben Guefrache of Tunisia is crowned Muss Muslimah 2014 at The Grand Finale of the Miss Muslimah World Competition on November 21st, 2014.

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The World Muslimah Award is unlike any other beauty pageant in the world, substituting headscarfs for bathing suits, spiritual piety for baton twirling, and a jury of orphaned children for a set of celebrity panelists. In 2014, Istanbul-based photojournalist Monique Jaques ventured to Yogakarta, Indonesia, where the competition of eighteen young hopefuls unfolded against a backdrop in which Islamic mosques stood alongside Buddhist and Hindu temples.

Mid-Century Burlesque Stars Prove That Beauty Has No Age Limit

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Angel Carter, Pahrump, Nevada, 2012

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Val Valentine, Toledo, Ohio, 2012

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April March, Saratoga Springs, New York, 2012

The burlesque dancers of the mid-20th century, suggests French photographer Marie Baronnet, were feminists in a time before feminism. In a country wherein women were limited mostly to the home—and where female sexuality was overlooked by both science and society at large—they traveled the states, paving their own roads by doing what they loved to do. For Legends: The Living Art of Risque, Baronnet tracked down these women, now in their mid-sixties to mid-nineties, dusted off their timeworn costumes, and embarked on an unforgettable journey down memory lane.

Fashion Film Asks Teenage Girls, ‘If You Could Be Any Animal, What Would It Be?’

For Fashionable Animal, New York City-based artist Gigi Ben Artzi and fashion designer Elle Sasson invite a group of five teenage girls to imagine life in the animal kingdom, asking, “If you could be any animal, what would it be?”

Photographer Dons Her Late Mother’s Clothes in Incredibly Moving Photo Series

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“Holiday” clothes. It’s summer; the intensively bright sun, the smell of freshly brewed coffee and mom’s voice wakes us up. I have a quick peek through the curtains, a line of washing must have been hung outside early in the morning; it looks completely dry. I cannot see anyone, but I know she’s there. I crane my neck, and I am just able to make out blonde locks and cigarette smoke. The morning “gossip” with the neighbors is in full swing. Bare-footed and in pajamas, my sister and I jump out on the balcony and join the discussion. We love summer. We have our mom to ourselves for a whole 2 months of holidays.

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“Winter” clothes. She would leave for work in darkness; we would all be still asleep. She would take a red bus to her work at the music school. We didn’t have a car. Waiting for the bus, bitter cold, the uncertainty whether it would come, shifting from foot to foot. On the way back she would do the shopping. She would move slowly with heavy bags, being careful not to slip. Freezing cold, with a red nose and cheeks, she would enter the house. Every night her soaked black boots would stand in a puddle of melted snow under a radiator in the kitchen.

Polish photographer Karolina Jonderko embarked on Self-portrait with my Mother without any intention of releasing the images. The pictures she made were for herself and for her mother, a way of grieving and way of feeling near to the woman who had raised her and passed away. Four years after losing her mother, Jonderko found her once more by trying on the clothing she left behind.

‘Iris’ Tells the Story of a 93-Year-Old Fashion Icon

Iris Apfel is an international fashion icon; she’s modeled in campaigns by leading fashion houses and been snapped in the street by Bill Cunningham for The New York Times. She also happens to be 93 years old. For Iris, in theaters this month, acclaimed director Albert Maysles of Grey Gardens gives us a peek into the world of Apfel, uncovering her wealth of stories and reveling in her keen wit.

Surprising Portraits of Russian Teens Who Love and Idolize Vladimir Putin

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Tanya Arkhipova: “I like how Putin treats his children and wife, I think he’s a great husband. He made people respect Russia.”

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Fan Club Putin

In 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin was named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year. As then Managing Editor Richard Stengel sat down to pen the now-famous article and photographer Platon shot the austere, unsmiling cover portrait, another photographer, Hungarian-born Bela Doka, was documenting the Russian youngsters who were most touched by the quickly spreading global phenomenon surrounding their president. That same year, Doka unearthed a community of adolescents and young adults known as the Putin Fan Club, a group of more than a thousand individuals who venerated the Russian president to the point where he beat out pop stars and even religious figures for a place in their innermost hearts.

Behind-the-Scenes Images Taken on Photo Shoots Put ‘Stand-Ins’ in the Spotlight

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It’s the photograph that exists but shouldn’t. The silent keeper whose only function is to aid in the creation of that cherished final image, and then, with a click of a button, can be wiped from existence. It could be a ghastly doll filling in as a baby for photographer Jill Greenberg, or a demure a photo assistant sitting in as Paris Hilton. When photographers predominantly shot on film, these images were saved on the roll and preserved on the contact sheet. Digital photographers are prone to deleting these images, because after they’ve served their purpose, they’re just taking up valuable hard-drive space. For Los Angeles magazine Photo Director Amy Feitelberg, it’s this behind-the-scenes moment that’s captured her attention. For years she’s been fascinated by the process, and set about contacting photographers like Andrew Hetheringon and Dan Winters, to contribute images to her curatorial debut. Feitelberg’s Stand-Ins show is exhibiting at Icon Gallery in Los Angeles for the 2015 Month of Photography festival happening this month.

Portraits of Elderly Peasant Women Who Continue to Wear Traditional German Costumes

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Eric Schuett, Anna Schaefer, Schaumburg, 2010

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Eric Schuett, Engel Marie Meier, Schaumburg, 2011

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For Village Queens, German photographer Eric Schuett tracks down and captures the last remaining women living in rural communities throughout Germany and into Alsace who still adhere to the traditional costuming that once dressed the majority of the village population.

Beguiling Portraits Capture Women of a Certain Age in Manhattan and Beverly Hills

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For Pentimento, New York City-based photographer Tirzah Brott tracks down older ladies as they pass by on the streets of Manhattan and Beverly Hills, following in the wake of classic perfume and a flurry of tweed coats.