#FollowFriday, July 20: You Should Be Following These 5 Poets, Artists and Naked Boys Reading
If your Instagram feed needs a touch of color, culture or inspiration, look no further. Each week our #FollowFriday feature pints out stunning creative talents, lovingly looping around the LGBTQ world from Lebanon to London. You can be whoever you want, babes.
Artist and designer Jamie Abbott — the lovely British boy behind BABES — has beautifully queered sportswear for all of us who have ever felt left out of sports, physical education at school or in adult life at the gym.
His mission is to bring inspiration to every babe in the world. He says, “If you have a body, you are a babe. No sports, just games, babes.”
The term “babes” is a popular Wenglish (Welsh-English) term of endearment that’s been reclaimed and queered by the East London (and now the world’s) LGBTQ community.
We love the mix of body sizes, POCs and the playing around with masc/femme that’s portrayed throughout BABES’ photography and campaigns. It’s a grassroots brand for everyone, without a giant corporation behind it. No fake rainbow-lovers wiping dollar signs from their bleary eyes, just a gay boy in the UK fighting back. How fabulous is that?
This “Daughter of Seitan” is a drag performance artist and one of Europe’s most creative up-and-coming professional makeup artists. Antina Christ has painted for everyone, from fledgling new talents to Drag Race royalty Katya.
Antina, who doesn’t conform to gender, says, “Drag is an expression of myself — an extended superhero version of me — or what I imagine I could be. It’s about being femme-positive and also questioning gender roles and standards. It’s about using your ‘weakness’ (from heteronormative society’s point of view) as something positive.”