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ZINE

VENUS

emerging creativity, fashion, & culture for badass babes

The pink issue


CONTENTS Lianna La Havas Why she only shops vintage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Sea Punk Here’s what a mermaid has to say. . . . . . . . . . . . .

Melody Ehsani How one girl changed L.A.’s fashion scene. . . .

Cuban Art & Architecture A must-see exhibit in L.A.’s art distric . . . . . . . . .

Neon Art Wave And the girls making art with this rad element. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Zoe Kravitz Our month’s It Girl and her take on feminism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Pink is the New Black 101 DIY tricks and beauty hacks to pinkify life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The Sleater-Kinney Takeover How these riot grrrls took over modern punk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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LETTER FROM THE VENUS GIRLS Long before the photo shoots for our covers, our staff spends a lot of time talking about why we want to feature someone on our cover in the first place, and how we’re looking to present them. Our goal is always to create definitive and honest cover photos that will look good long after they hit newsstands, and once we’ve got some image options, it’s usually not too hard to settle on the ones that capture the right stuff. In this issue, we wanted to show Hannibal Buress as a brilliant dude who’s skeptical of success but nevertheless poised for endless amounts of it, and PARTYNEXTDOOR as a quietly confident man who takes pride in making people feel great. I think our covers succeed in this, and complement one another. But when we were starting to narrow down the final photos for our PARTYNEXTDOOR cover, there was another image that caught my eye first. In that one, dude’s posture was peaceful and certain; he was making great eye contact; he looked sexy. More than the other portraits, it reminded me of a selfie—flattering and intimate, seeming to capture what he knew and liked about himself more than how he normally looked or acted. I loved the picture, and so did the other women I showed it to, but none of the men who saw it thought we should use it. I only polled a few people, and I’m sure there are women who’d hate it and men who’d like it. But we’ve got lots of different kinds of readers, and the guys who weren’t feeling the photo had valid points, so I moved on. We tried to go extra hard on the actual photos we featured in this issue, too. Next-up superstar Elle Perez debuts a body of work she made at school; it’s about underground wrestlers and feels as much like sculpture as it does photography. Joyce Kim knocked her GEN F portrait of CL out of the park. We even tried to convince the printer to use one extra ink color on the cover this time. Everyone might have their own favorite picture, but the quality of the work’s not up for debate.

XOXO, The Venus Zine Editors


SAD GIRL BLUES Artists illuminating the life of the infamous and coveted Sad Girl


“Pink But Blue.” Ektar 100 color film. Nina Hank at the LACMA.


“Desert Dessert” Kodak 400 color film. Mo Lee at the Getty.

“Tokyo Nights” FUJI 200 color film. Nina Hank at the LACMA


“Overtones” Kodak 100 color film. Liz Le at the MOMA.

“Pastel Dreams” Kodak 400 color film. Tania Layne at the MOCA

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