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THE PETRA COLLINS INTERVIEW: “I KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE THERE”

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Petra, your photography captures not only the beauty of its teenaged subjects, but also their struggles with identity and coming of age. Do you remember your first identity crisis?

You know, I didn’t really have an identity crisis because I really, really knew who I always wanted to be… But I definitely had a lot of problems with my body. I was very skinny and I guess my body was sort of pre-pubescent but when I grew hips and thighs, I just didn’t know where I was in the world. It was weird… We have this weird beauty standard where women like shouldn’t grow: what we think is feminine is often what is also pre-pubescent. So it’s just a strange in-between that you live in you’re like, “Oh I’m a woman but I’m also supposed to look like what I did when I was 12…”

Unfortunately those anxieties never really go away, even as we get older.

It’s something that I continue to struggle with. Most girls, I think, are sharing these problems, which is so sad. I read a really good quote that says, “Women learn to exhibit their bodies, not inhabit them,” which I thought was so correct. (Laughs)

“To show your body off is fine, but you don’t really learn how to be in it. And that’s sort of what I’m just starting to figure out now.”

Is that why you choose to shed light on the female body in particular?

Women are inherently told their bodies are objects, so that’s how we treat them. The naked female body is totally different from the naked male body, I think, in the way that we view it. It’s never not sexual. To show your body off is fine, but you don’t really learn how to be in it. And that’s sort of what I’m just starting to figure out now, that’s what I hope my photography helps teach other girls. But like you said, these are issues that unfortunately don’t really go away.

Do you think your photos would look different if you could shake those anxieties about body image?

Maybe a little, yeah, because a lot of my photos represent how I feel internally… But I’m not sure actually. It’s an interesting question, I’ve never thought of that. I think I try to teach stuff by being really open about my own problems, and talking about them as much as I can. I feel like it’s so important for young people to see someone who is a role model being honest about what they struggle with so that then they can see themselves in those role models.

Is it perhaps just as important for you to see a bit of yourself in the people you photograph?

Yeah, totally, I mean, I really started taking photos because I needed something to relate to and I wanted to create a world that I could look at. So, I really, really identify with my subjects, they’re like my super close friends. It was something that was simply the most accessible to me as a teenager. (Laughs) I didn’t find it edgy or anything at all because I was literally taking photos of my peers. But it’s funny, when I shoot something these days, I feel like more of a voyeur now.

Because you’ve gotten older while your subjects haven’t aged?

Exactly. It’s fun now, I guess, seeing it from the other side. I can really tell what I’ve dealt with, what I’ve done in life and what I’m feeling… I think these days I just really know what it’s like to be there, to study it and just be there. You’re in such turmoil. All the years are so dramatic because everything means so much. It’s your first time in the world as an adult, or a semi-adult, and you’re dealing with adult problems, but you’re still a child in your mind. It’s very intense. Young people are discredited just for their age, when they’re the ones who are living and experiencing the current day, they’re the ones using technology. I just think it’s crazy that we don’t think that the youth are valid. They’re the ones who really know what’s going on.

Do people still discredit you for your age?

I’m constantly being told that I shouldn’t do stuff because of my age… But I still do it. (Laughs) It’s so funny because in the art world, people are usually like, “You’re too young,” “You’re a woman,” or “You haven’t had enough experience.” I’m so used to it. It sucks when your ideas are treated like they’re not valid. I recently had the craziest battle with the producers of a project I was working on mainly because of my age. It was exhausting. The whole entire time I was being told I didn’t know what I was doing, and that what I envisioned wasn’t going to make sense to an audience.

Even you have almost a decade of photography experience.

Yeah, I’ve been shooting for like nine to 10 years at this point! I usually do have more experience than a lot of people I work with, which is crazy because it’s still so hard to get them to treat you like that. I’m not thrilled that I had to have these experiences but I definitely feel stronger because of them… It’s crazy to me that I had to go through such a horrible situation where I was honestly crying everyday… I feel like being a young person can be really horrible sometimes.

So you’re not nostalgic for your teenage years then?

It’s funny and I always talk about my nostalgia not really being for the past, but being for a sort of life that I never had, for a teenage life that I didn’t have. Any images that I create, I’m sort of creating this world that I wish was accepted in, or that I wish that I lived in. So I’m more nostalgic for that, which is like a weird thing.

“It really completes me. I just don’t even know how I could live without it.”

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Top 5 Takeaways From Tiger Woods’s Latest Press Conference

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Tiger Woods met with the media Wednesday in front of the Farmers Insurance Open and gave a reasonable way to deal with his PGA Tour return. You can see his full question and answer session here.

Underneath, we trimmed it down. Here are the five most interesting statements from Woods’ Wednesday press conference:

  • On his expectations: “I think yeah, my expectations have tempered a little bit because I haven’t played. When I came back off my ACL injury in ’08 and started playing in ’09, it was nine months but I hadn’t played a full schedule prior to that. Here, I haven’t played a full schedule since 2015. It’s been a long time. To be honest with you, I just want to start playing on the Tour and getting into a rhythm of playing a schedule again. I haven’t done that in such a long time, so I don’t know what to expect. Just go out there and just play, I’m going to grind it, give it everything I possibly have if I put the ball in the right position and make some putts and try to work my way up the board.”
  • On how desperate his back woes were: “You know, I tried all different types of treatment on it and we went – I went through every single procedure that is nonsurgical prior to getting it fused. I exhausted every single procedure I could possibly do and it just didn’t get better. So the surgery and fusion was the only step I had left. I was very lucky because it’s down at L5-S1 and it only has maybe six degrees of rotation, so it’s really not much at all so I got lucky in that regard. It’s been tough. I didn’t know when the back was going to go out. I don’t know if you guys were watching this past week with Freddie, how bad it was. He was fine and all of a sudden he makes a couple bad swings and there it goes. That’s very similar to how I was.”
  • On getting his speed back: “I hadn’t felt good in four, five years. My surgeon, you know, he said from the get-go, once it’s fused, you’ll have – you’ll have speed like you did back in your early 30s. And he’s right because there’s no pain, I’m not flinching, it doesn’t hurt as I take the club back, it doesn’t hurt right before impact, it doesn’t hurt after impact, it doesn’t hurt when I walk. It was a tough go for a while and I don’t have any of those feelings.”
  • On why he’s going without a coach (for now): “I’ve said it many times already, it’s just that no one’s had a spinal fusion at that level and be able to hit the ball that hard, as hard as I do. So I’d like to meet somebody who can swing it over 120 miles an hour with a fused back. Do you know anybody? That’s what I mean, no one understands that. So I have to rely own my own feels and play around with what my body can and cannot do. It’s not going to look like it used to, I don’t have the mobility that I do – that I used to and that’s just the reality. Now it’s just a matter of what can I do, and that’s just practicing and getting my feels and trusting, experimenting a lot to try and figure out what can this body do and how explosive can it be and how am I going to control shots with different shapes, am I going to have different feels. Some of that stuff is yes, some of that stuff is different and I’m still learning it.”
  • On his plan early in the year: “I’m just trying to build towards April. That’s what I told you guys last year in the Bahamas, I’m looking forward to playing a full schedule and getting ready for the Masters and I haven’t done that in a very long time. That’s usually been my schedule and my outlook. From ’96 on it’s been that way to try to get ready for Augusta and there’s no reason to change that.”

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Top 5 Times Oprah Has Lost Her Cool On Her Talk Show

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Here are the most effective crossroads in Oprah TV history when everyone’s eyes were on Oprah, and she lost her cool, cries on a show, lost her poise or even merely lost her brain, making all of us either cry or lowered that even Oprah is a slave to her feelings in some cases. Plan to go on the passionate, crazy ride that spread over a very long while with our dearest anchorperson. As we enter her last season, prepare for more Oprah crying minutes. Get ready to see her lose it all the more frequently as she directs some of her most enthusiastic Oprah interviews.

At the point when did Oprah cry on her show? There are a large number of illustrations when the normally quiet symbol loses her self-restraint, this rundown follows those minutes.

Oprah’s Heartthrob Surprise

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Since Oprah has, at last, consented to be the one on the less than the desired end of shocks for her final season, her staff pulled a startling get-together experience for The Big O and welcomed Jackie Jackson to come into her office and amazement her at her work area.

Oprah really liked Jackie and this date dash has been over 43 years really taking shape.

Jackie shocks O and realises her blossoms thirty seconds into the clasp.

Oprah hurls her arms and shouts as he embraces her. She shouts a few more circumstances and after that affectionately, tongue in cheek (obviously), undermines to gun down her snickering staff as she whines that she was not dressed for Jackie. Fantasy and a lousy dream across the board.

As the clasp proceeds with, Oprah ushers Jackie out of the room and begins an energised, scattered endeavour to settle her cosmetics and put eyelashes on and get ready for her fantasy date. “Thank god, Stedman’s in Bermuda.”

This clasp is a great deal of enjoyable to watch, and Oprah’s so endearingly found napping that it influences you to think to any significant amazement you’ve ever gotten in your life.

Oprah Talks About Her Best Friend in the World

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Oprah opens up to Barbara Walters about her association with Gayle King, her closest companion, and the lesbian gossipy tidbits that have surfaced irregularly consistently.

Around one moment into the clasp, Barbara requests that Oprah depict her intimate association with Gayle. Oprah takes over ten seconds to recover her poise and endeavour to answer the inquiry.

Oprah portrays Gayle as the mother she never had, the sister everyone would need, and the companion everyone merits. “I don’t have a clue about a superior individual.” She is exceptionally enthusiastic all through the clasp as she discusses Gayle.

This clasp is a capable demonstration of the actual truthfulness that has characterised Oprah’s vocation.

Oprah’s Tribute to Sophie, Her Faithful, Deceased Cocker Spaniel

 

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Oprah commits a show to her dearest cocker spaniel, Sophie, who she had for a long time and had as of late passed.

The Oprah Winfrey Show group set up an introduction together for Oprah about Sophie and her opportunity as a significant aspect of Oprah’s family.

Oprah tells us previously she has not seen the video and is watching it out of the blue.

The video starts around thirty-five seconds in and includes some excellent photographs and video film of a delightful dark cocker spaniel going through her days with O. It proceeds until the two-moment stamp. At the point when the clasp comes back to Oprah, she is in tears with a Kleenex. She says she knew viewing the video would be hard and battles to get past her guide as she wipes her eyes. O instantly enjoys a business reprieve to get it together and “get [her]self together.”

It is reviving to see this reliable, rousing lady demonstrate a weakness for losing a cherished pet. It proves to every one of us that it’s alright to feel like the organisation we keep, human and non-human, don’t need to be blood-identified with feel like the piece of our family.

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Top 10 Quotes By Leonardio DiCaprio

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Dissimilar to numerous previous youngster on-screen characters who tend to bite the dust (or blur into obscurity) in their teenager years and past, 42-year-old Academy Award victor Leonardo DiCaprio has gloated an unfaltering resume of film hits for almost two decades, from his terrible hand over 1993’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? To a featuring part in film industry sensation Titanic.

Notwithstanding his fantastic movie profession, Leo has utilised his Hollywood capital in various generous endeavours. He’s wind up one of the world’s best environmental change champions and backers for more stringent confinements on carbon emanations each shot he gets.

Indeed, he gave particular specify to the earth in his Oscar acknowledgement discourse for his work in The Revenant, entreating the group of onlookers to “work on the whole together and quit tarrying” when managing environmental change. These qualities are reflected in his everyday life; he drives battery-fueled vehicles and lives in a sun-based controlled home.

The following are 10 of the most motivating Leonardo DiCaprio that ought to urge you to deal with what makes you cheerful.

“Be thankful for the hard times, for they have made you” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing all the hype that’s written about you… Who knows? In a couple of years, you might find me in the loony bin!” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“Pay close attention to people who don’t clap when you win.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“To believe in love, to be ready to give up anything for it, to be willing to risk your life for it, is the ultimate tragedy.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“A wrong connection will give you shock throughout your life, but the right one will light up your life.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“Everybody has gone through something that has changed them in a way that they could never go back to the person they once were.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“I just really love doing what I do. I know every career is fleeting and there will be time periods when I don’t get the opportunities that I’m getting right now, so I am taking advantage of them.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“Only you and you alone can change your situation. Don’t blame it on anything or anyone.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“I really am motivated by being able to work with great people and create a body of work that I can look back and be proud of.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

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