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Top 50! in Just!Proud!

I got an email notification today that I made it to the top 50 in the Just!Proud Fashion Brand Contest based on votes. Thank you!! If you haven’t voted for me to be the face of this revolutionary little brand, please vote here. Voting ends NOV 18.

From there you can link to FB, Digg, stumbleupon, twitter etc., if you so choose.

Here is my motivation statement:  “I love fashion as an art form and as an empowerment tool. People should be free to express themselves through fashion, regardless whether they fit into a stereotype of ‘traditional’ beauty. Plus modeling & posing is much fun!! Cameras love me!”

A little more information about Just!Proud ~~ it’s not just for models, it’s for fashion-lovers, designers, photographer and anyone who aspires to make an impact through fashion & design art. It’s a grassroots, but international idea. Contestants in the modeling contest represented 24 countries!

You do have to created a login to vote. This is simply so they can track and make sure no one votes more than once. After that, you don’t have to participate if you don’t want to .. but there will also be ambassador roles and the community will play a big role in the direction of this brand  via discussions & forums etc. …

So please check it out –>


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Just!Proud Fashion contest

A new international, community-driven [read: social media] fashion brand is emerging on the ‘interwebs’. It’s called Just!Proud.



I entered the contest to be the ‘face’ of this brand because it seems to me to represent a new way of thinking in the fashion & modeling industry. I view fashion as an empowerment tool, allowing people to express themselves. I like that Just!Proud doesn’t have the ‘prereqs’ for their models ~ i.e.  have to be a certain height & weight. It seems much more democratic – fashion by the people, for the people. 😀   Appeals to the idealist in me ..

So, please vote for me!! –>

The winner represents this new fashion brand internationally for once year. Sort of like a Ms. America … but it depends on YOU!

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Men vs. Women ???

I’ve always considered myself a feminist, even before I knew the word.

But today I just read the most mind boggling, hate-filled sexist web site that I think I’ve ever seen. Let me tell you, it poisons you. My brain hurts. I can’t believe most of what this guy was saying was serious – I was actually laughing in disbelief. Like “Wow, does this person actually think this way??!”  [I don’t want to link to it b/c it is soooo negative, but basically if you google ‘men better than women’ his is probably the top site. Don’t damage your brain though, and don’t waste your time/energy arguing with his hate speech.]

Originally, I was looking for some kind of humorous content like ‘Top 10 reasons women are better than men,” because it’s something I’ve been thinking about lately.  Generally I steer clear of declaring anyone ‘better’ than anyone else … it’s so relative.  Lately I’ve been getting pretty fed up with, but also amused by, the north american male gender. This conflict also points towards my own weaknesses as a woman – that despite the faults I may find with a/my man, those things endear him to me.

I wonder “Could I live without men?” I think the answer is ‘yes’. But do I want to?  I don’t think so.  I do miss comraderie with female cohorts though. This weekend I’m going to see Ani DiFranco live with a girlfriend of mine. It may be the boost that I need …

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Peeing standing up and other things

Pee standing up ladies!  Sweeeet!  —> pStyle by Jade & Pearl

I used to use Jade & Pearl’s sea sponge tampons until I realized that sea sponges are animals (single celled, but nonetheless)! Too bad, bc those things were really handy & comfy .. but not at the expense of another being’s consciousness.  Sorry! Next step is the DivaCup I guess …

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Other thing I’m excited about is that I finally signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) … and I did it online through Door To Door Organics, a Michigan-based company. Purists might say this is against the main idea of a CSA – to know your farmer – but for me it’s the convenience of the internet helping me to live my ideal and have access to consistently good quality organic food!  Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the farmer’s market, but i haven’t made it there once this year!   I travel a lot [lately] and am pretty busy with a lot of things, so sometimes getting to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s is a big trip for me [plus, they’re a chain] … Since I eat a lot of fruits & veggies this is economical for me, and the box will be delivered to my door!

My first shipment in Wednesday.  Here’s to being a lazy environmentalist. I’ll let you know how it is.

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Veil uplifted

The dark veil of yesterday lifted while still daylight. My car then proceeded to break down. Oh well.

Here’s a bold concept for a zoo, not sure if I like it, but it will definitely make people think:
“Unnatural Habitats: Rethinking the Modern Zoo” slideshow on

Been listening to a lot of Bat for Lashes, Utada Hikaru, Cyndi Lauper & other female vocalists lately. I can feel like I am in the company of some strong, creative women even when all alone in my cubicle …

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One vegetarian at a time …

That’s how change happens.

I’m delighted to report that my beau of six months told me last night that he is committing, taking the first step and going to be a pesco-ovo-vegetarian (he’d already scrapped dairy after hearing a lecture by a vegan nutritionist)!  According to him, it’s a very logical decision and he’s approaching it from ‘mind over matter’ perspective. Next on his ‘to-read’ list: Animal Liberation by Peter Singer.

Slowly, one step at a time …

A few weeks ago my supervisor at work [who’s also a yoga teacher], committed to being vegetarian. We went grocery shopping together.

One step at a time.

My housemate/cousin told me yesterday that given the option for a chicken or vegetable dish, she opted for the vegetable dish.  She says how she feels better eating less meat and doesn’t crave it hardly anymore.

One vegetarian meal at a time!

I also met a lovely vegan gal at the art center this weekend. There were only 11 people in this group and 2 of us were vegan!  It’s so great to think what percentage of the population is now taking this easy step to alter their dietary & lifestyle choice for the benefit of their health, the planet, and of course, the non-human animals.

Slowly, it’s happening.  Consciousness is being raised.

Everyday I talk to people who are reducing their intake of animals & animal products, realizing how unecessary, wasteful and cruel it is.  I truly believe this is the way to a more peaceful, happy, healthful future.

I challenge you [readers] to take a 30-day pledge to go meat-free and see if you don’t feel better!  March is national meat-out month.  Just leave a comment and let me know if you’re taking this on …

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Ask Obama: Abolish Nuclear weapons

Abolishing nuclear weapons has always been cause I care deeply about. If anyone has ever read anything about Hiroshima & Nagasaki, or the use of depeleted uranium in the Middle East, then you will understand why.
I spent about two years of academic study on the topic of Hiroshima & Nagasaki and Atomic-Bomb Literature.  It was more than an academic exercise though … the survivors I met, the stories I heard and read touched me deeply, and  served as a daily reminder of why we must NEVER allow this to happen again.
I rarely take an unequivicol stance on an issue, but there is no question in my mind that nuclear weapons are a scourge to humanity and the planet and should never be used again.
Obviously, the U.S. would have to be one of the first, if not, the first to disarm. And THAT would be a huge statement for us to make to the rest of the world, to show how we are truly committed to peace on the planet.
Please, if you haven’t already signed up on, do so, and vote for the top 10 ideas you feel the Obama administration should consider. My blog has been listed as one of those endorsing this idea.
More links:
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation 
Testimony of Survivors of Hiroshima & Nagasaki (Hibakusha)
Hell on Earth

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