"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn"
- Gore Vidal
Tania Farouki, 24, holds a degree in Magazine Publishing from London College of Communication (University of the Arts London.) She works as a freelance fashion and visual arts writer, fashion editor and consultant for all things deemed beautiful and sophisticated. In addition to having had work appear in Tank, Because and Sleek magazines, she has been a ROOMS Magazine Fashion Contributing Editor since 2011 and is currently undergoing a Master of Arts in Magazine Writing at New York University.
Forget the disco era, the 1970s in New York City was all about danger. With pimps and prostitutes populating the streets, an economic collapse and a crime-filled subway system, the streets of Manhattan were gritty and dark. Check out photographer Leland Bobbe’s shots of New York during a period when it hit an all-time low … While the Bowery is now a place filled with hipsters, boutiques and luxury hotels, it was once the playground for prostitution. Here, two hookers walk the street while a third negotiates with a male customer.
As grim as these photographs may be - portraying a city of violence, crime and desperation - I can’t help but imagine myself witnessing those scenes and documenting them (we were assigned by a fellow student to go through these images and I’ve been obsessed ever since.) Side note: they may be prostitutes, but I dig their look.
My first articles for SLEEK MAGAZINE #39 - featuring an interview with Designer for Tomorrow winner Ioana Ciolacu and covering the fine line between science-fiction and fashion. Read: sci-fashion. #ohsoproud
My review of Andrea Mary Marshall’s ‘Sacred/Iconic’ exhibition is up! I also interviewed the artist in the newest issue of ROOMS which has yet to come out. Elvis and a geisha have a lot more in common than you think…
Yeah. So watching the documentary ‘The Self-Destruction of Gia’ after watching Angie play the heroine (no pun intended) almost a gazillion times completely made my fascination with the model even bigger than it already was. I still believe documentaries are the best forms of film; when well-made, like this one, it’s scary how listening to people’s testimonies help you project yourself into a specific timeframe or situation. One might think it’s odd, but a strong sense of connection can suddenly appear. The story of Gia is beyond the so-called tragedy; I feel it’s on a whole other level. Beauty, youth and total lack of control: are these the ingredients to becoming a legend? I highly doubt my fascination (and others’) will cease. I think it’s the start of the beginning.
ps can we name one model today who brings such attitude to photographs?