Live Lusciously Ep. 24 – YAY FOR Midsumma Festival 2016

MELBOURNE CELEBRATES IT’S LGBT COMMUNITY WITH STYLE AND FLARE – WERE YOU THERE?


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PLUS-SIZE DOMINATION – The TRUE Beauties Of The Modeling World!

As a 25 year old Australian big bootay-ed, big boobie-ed size 10 who is always swooned by a leopard print coat, metallic gold figure hugging dress, diamond incrusted pumps and shoulder pad ridden sequined jackets… so it makes living in NYC is my MECCA! My adopted home is the epicenter of fashion, designers and the mythical like creatures that are the face of it all…. THE SUPER-MODELS…. in NYC, these girls are inescapable.

 I love fashion and the creative power it has to allow people to be self expressive using their bodies as a canvas but it has taken me 25 years to embrace

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my canvas and to love the skin I’m in! BUT it still ain’t easy especially living in a city where 6 foot, size 2, Heidi Klum-esque girls rule, who i’ve met btw 😉 !These girls set the bar for fashion in NYC and subsequently the world so if you’re anything else you’re considered “Plus-Size”, a term which I absolutely loathe!

As women we find being comfortable with our bodies a constant challenge. It’s just as hard now as it was when we were 15! Especially with constant trends changing, finding things that make us feels beautiful and worthy of the next seasons fashions can be incredibily frustrating. I’m determined to believe that this will no longer be the case… 

It made me think, if this was 50 years ago, the women gracing that stage and grabbing the attention of 100’s of millions of people all around the world would be size 14, 5′ 6″ and look like this…..

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This woman is considered the most iconic, beautiful woman ever to have existed. So what happened? When did this unrealistic idea of the perfect female body become so highly sort after? 

 I began to compare Australia to the US… the use of what the industry insiders call “Plus-Size” models A.K.A. everyday beautiful women, in Australia was a lot more frequent and on the rise! Although the US is starting to integrate more Plus-Size women in certain fashion campaigns, it doesn’t seem to be on a national scale where the majority (women of regular size) are aware of and can relate to! This angered me even further, I needed to know if there was an end in sight to this somewhat derogative term “Plus-Size”.

So I went out asking questions from someone who is in the know, who is in the industry, killing it, making a change, amongst the discussion and making a stand for who they are and not letting “rules” stop them from dominating…… Introducing  Jessica King…..

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Knowing Jessica from our formative years of high school, we shared great dreams and her’s always inspired me! I remember her as a strong confident vixen who was one day going to dominate… and she most certainly is…..Gracing national fashion campaigns, FULL SPREADS in COSMOPOLITAN, I have been following her success and she always stayed in my mind whenever I pondered the issue of Models and “Plus-Size” Models. She is constantly proving that true beauty has no label and she has helped me answer a few of my own questions, shedding some light on realities and where we can expect the industry to head…

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1. 11263697_10152771053941767_800997390_nWhat do you think is most important to discuss about plus-size modeling?

Most people are still quite uneducated when it comes to what a plus size model actually is.  They hear the term “plus size” and automatically assume that it would equate to a model perhaps a few sizes larger than the average Australian woman.  Everyone is always shocked when I explain that a plus size model can be as small as an Australian size 10.  This can be quite confusing when you think that allegedly the average Australian woman wears a size 14-16. I think what people need to realise is that it’s purely an industry term that was created to help make it easy when clients are booking models.  Just as they would ask to see blondes, or asian’s or fitness models, it just made sense to put larger size models into a category too. When I tell people I’m a plus size model, 90% of the time I will receive a response along the lines of – “What! How are you plus size, you’ve got a great body!” Obviously they intend this as a compliment, but it’s actually quite loaded and negative in a way because they are insinuating that “plus size” is a bad thing. 

2. What’s the hardest thing you’ve experienced working as a “Plus Size” model? 11121594_10152771055316767_586423404_n

I often feel like I have to prove people wrong about certain misconceptions of being a plus size model. People often don’t think of it as a career, what they don’t realise is that it can actually be extremely lucrative and rewarding.  Most people I come across in the fashion industry are extremely supportive of the integration of bigger size models.  On occasion though you do have to fight to prove that plus size models can also be cool and edgy, just as their thinner counterparts- a lot of fashion big wigs see Plus size models as nothing but smiley and mumsy.

11267333_10206757365881554_1836756563_n 3. You’ve recently moved to London to pursue modeling, what made you chose London?

I chose London as I’d never been before and I saw it as an opportunity to combine travel with the potential to make some good money.  I’ve had success in Australia for a few years now, but the market is still quite small so there isn’t much opportunity yet for growth. It’s intimidating in a way moving from your home base, since you accumulate regular clients over the years then lose them when you move away- it’s pretty much like starting all over again from the bottom. 

4. How is the “Plus Size” modeling industry in London different so far to Australia?11225517_10152771054406767_245302594_n

The market is London is a lot larger which in turn makes it more competitive.  There is definitely more scope for travel though, since you’re a lot closer to the major fashion hubs. One thing that I’ll mention that can be a little controversial is the use of padding- Australia hasn’t really coined onto this yet since the industry is still quite small but it’s very common here (and in the states) for girls to wear padding for castings and jobs to fill out the clothes more. Some clients might love your face but need you to have a few more cm’s on your hips to fill their samples- that’s where padding comes in.  A few people argue that it’s just as bad as photoshopping a model to be skinnier but I’m not so sure.

11267518_10152771054831767_2013950525_n5. Do you think there’ll ever be a time where a size 12 or 14 won’t be considered a “Plus Size” Model?

I think so.  A few people are currently campaigning to do away with the term Plus Size.  I still use the term myself because I like creating a dialogue with people who would have otherwise remained naive to the industry. I think in the mean time whilst it’s still used commonly for practical reasons I feel we need to educate people that Plus size doesn’t equal bad, or ugly or fat or lazy. It’s literally just plus size 8 (standard Australian dress size for straight size models). 

 

 

 So go on, follow Jess on Instagram @jessraeking and join this IMPORTANT discussion with her 10,100 plus followers…

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DON’T FORGET TO LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN AND LIVE LIFE LUSCIOUSLY

 Jessica King is represented by-

AUSTRALIA: Bella Models

London: MiLK Curve

Germany: OKAY Models

www.bellamodels.com.au/models/jess-k

 

Clueless turns 20?…AS IF! TOP 10 “QUOTES” that defined a generation!

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Us 90’s kids pinch ourselves as 20th Anniversary Edition DVD’s start to hit shelves of this generation defining film. As a die hard fan of Cher’s luscious lifestyle only lived by true valley girls, hearing classic quotes from Cher and her posse ignites feeling of nostalgia… a simpler time where everyone knew what Monet was and when Billy Holiday was man! DAH!

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Here’s the top 10 timeless quotes that we STILL consider words of wisdom…..

10. “Ugh, AS IF!” – Cher   

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9. “I don’t trust mirrors, so I always take polaroids”- Cher

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8. “You are a snob and a half” – Cher

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7. “Getting off the freeway makes you realize how important love is” – Cher 

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6. “Anything you can do to draw attention to your mouth is good.” – Cher 

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5. “It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.” – Cher

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4. “Miss Stoeger, I would just like to say that physical education in this school is a disgrace. I mean, standing in line for forty minutes is hardly aerobically effective. I doubt I’ve worked off the calories in a stick of Carefree gum” – Cher

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3. “You’re a virgin who can’t drive” – Tai

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2. “Searching for a boy in high school is as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie” – Cher

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1. “I’m Outty” – Cher, Dion and Tai

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10 Things that SUCK but indicate you’re Rockin’ your 20’s!

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The moment you graduate high school, time begins to go a million miles an hour next thing you know… you’re 25…freak out! Then by the time you figure out your a next move, you’re 30!

You’re gonna look back at you 20’s and think it was amazing no matter what happened BUT having sucky times is a necessary process to reaching your wise and fruitful 30’s!

1. You’re flat bum-ass broke! – 

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 3.39.14 PMWhen you literally are eating cans of tuna for breakfast lunch and dinner just so you still can pay your bills to keep your phone in service. That $8 sandwich you skipped for lunch is an extra $8 towards your flight to Europe or your next drinking binge. Just remember there’s plenty of time to eat filet mignon and salmon later in life!

     2. You get your heart CRUSHED –      

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 3.31.25 PMTHIS SUCKS! But when you feel it… GO ALL IN & DO NOT HESITATE! Love is an unbelievable experience! Yes it is gonna SUCK when your beloved turns out to be a down-right douchebag but years down the track you’re going to realise it was a blessing in disguise as you always learn something about yourself through this process AND most importantly what you’re worth! Just remember that scumbags come into your life for a reason, be thankful it turned out the way it did!

3. You CRUSH someones heart- 

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 3.37.57 PMTHIS SUCKS EVEN MORE! When you realise that a relationship just is not working but the feeling isn’t mutual, knowing that you have a break someones heart is the most horrible feeling in the entire world, especially if they didn’t do anything wrong! But not having ‘dem feels’ for that someone who’s meant to be your someone special is a sign and breaking it off is a necessary evil! Sometimes you gotta be the bad guy!

4. You sleep on multiple couches –

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 3.38.27 PM Sometimes finding the perfect place to call your own takes time… or it’s a case of finding somewhere cheap enough that’ll approve your income to be a tenant! So in the mean time having those special people who let you crash on their couch or if you’re lucky enough to have THE BEST FRIENDS EVER (mitch and amanda 😉 ) who’ll insist you sleep in their bed!

5. You visit the Dr. for “just a check up”- 

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 3.33.08 PMGoing to your Dr. and asking for the daunting STI blood and urine test is embarrassing BUT SOOOOO NECESSARY! Anyone that says they haven’t done this is lying or needs to get their shit together and go because let’s face it, in your 20’s shit goes down, sometimes shit we can’t remember or really regret! But either way it’s a quick pee and a prick, sometimes a life-saving pee and a prick!

6.  You work 3 jobs –

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 4.10.04 PMUnless you’re blessed to have mummy and daddy pay for everything and you never have to pay rent, working 3 jobs like a crazy bitch is so annoying but the end result is SOOOO worth it! Like myself there are some things in life I ain’t missing out on and money is DEFINITELY not gonna be the reason why! So you work your ass off for 6 months to afford that new car or to go on that trip to Europe because just like a wise man once said “You can always get more money, you can’t get more time” – Mitchell MacGregor Bailey 😉

7. You have debt doom –

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 3.40.41 PMCan’t afford to go away to Carnivale in Brazil straight after you came back from USA?! THAT’S WHY GOD INVENTED CREDIT CARDS! Be smart about it, 0%p.a. on purchased exist for a reason! Live now and pay later! Be reckless, when you’re 20-somethings you can get away with it!

8.  You date the dick-head –

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 4.26.48 PMDating dick-heads is a good thing! In fact…date as many as you can! Not only does it teach you that most people are dick-heads but it will also teach you that the great ones are 1 in a million, so when you finally find a gem! HOLD ON TO THEM and treat them like the precious stone that they are! By that point, you finally would’ve earned it!

9. You fight with your loved ones –

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 4.31.32 PMWe all have had that fight with our parents or siblings about our life choices, where they all have their opinions about what you should do and always manage to make you feel as if your not going anywhere in life! So you bite back and get protective… next thing you know someone’s disowning someone then someone’s slamming doors! But always remember they only care and want the best for you so don’t say or do something that’ll cause major damage! This is your journey but try to involve them wherever you can, they’re your family!

10. You cry like a bitch –

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 3.39.58 PMTimes are gonna be tough, they’re gonna really suck, to the point where you think there’s no hope! SO CRY! CRY IT OUT AS LOUD AS YOU CAN! Getting that emotion out will clear your head and help with think about the next step! But the most important thing to remember is that now’s the time to take risks, now’s the time be a dumb bitch, now’s the time to make mistakes…so make every mistake known to man… because you can, you’re 20-something 🙂 !

With every sucky moment there’s 10 successful ones to follow! The most important thing to remember to do is always LIVE LIFE LUSCIOUSLY!

CALLING ALL BW FANs, Who’s your favorite Bruce?

March 20th marks the 60th Birthday of one the greatest men to ever grace this planet! BRUCE WILLIS! 

With how much joy he has brought us not only with his one liners and his generation defining action hero style but his hilariously off the wall mobster-esque, socially awkward and sexually strapping characters! THERE’S JUST TOO MUCH JOHN MCCLANE and KORBIN DALLAS TO CHOOSE FROM! It is only fair we take a vote! So first let’s meet our contestant!

BIRTHDAY BOY BRUCE sooooo sexy

BIRTHDAY BOY BRUCE

 NOW LET’S PUT THIS TO A VOTE! HERE ARE HIS 10 MOST MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES WITH THEIR CLASSIC ONE LINERS-

KORBIN DALLAS  The Fifth Element
KORBIN DALLAS –
The Fifth Element
HUDSON HAWK Hudson Hawk
HUDSON HAWK 
Hudson Hawk
JIMMY 'the tulip' TUDESKI The Whole 9 Yards
JIMMY ‘the tulip’ TUDESKI 
The Whole 9 Yards
HARRY STAMPER Armageddon
HARRY STAMPER 
Armagedon 
BUTCH Pulp Fiction 
BUTCH
Pulp Fiction

JOHN MCCLANE Die Hard
JOHN MCCLANE
Die Hard
Voice of MIKEY Look Who's Talking/Too
Voice of MIKEY
Look Who’s Talking/Too
JAMES COLE- Twelve Monkeys
JAMES COLE
Twelve Monkeys
THE JACKAL The Jackal
THE JACKAL
The Jackal
ERNEST MENVILLE  Death Becomes Her
ERNEST MENVILLE
Death Becomes Her

So Go On …Cast your vote for your favorite BW character

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Patricia Arquette’s Oscar Acceptance Speech may be one of the BEST EVER!

Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress for the epic revolutionary film, Boyhood! Not only is this movie brilliant but director, Richard Linklater, took this project on as an enormous challenge! Instead of rushing the process of telling the story of a man’s life with make-up and effects, he decided to film the real story, process, narrative over 12 years! A first in Hollywood cinema and a success at that! With this beautiful exhibit came actress Patricia Arquette along for this 12 year journey playing the mother of this one particular boy. Her performance is true, real and raw! Most certainly worthy of an Oscar! It’s about time gurrrrrl, it’s been a long time coming with all the emotion shattering performances under your belt (minus A Nightmare on Elm St 3, guess a girl’s gotta start somewhere 😉 )

BUT the point isn’t to rave about this well versed actress’s filmography! Her speech, although I feel was rushed and there wasn’t  enough eye contact to the camera and audience, she really showed that she is SOOOOO above Hollywood and all the bullshit that comes along with it! AND HERE’S WHY- 

– SHE THANKED HER FELLOW NOMINEES –

a must because every year, not always, but most years all nominees in this category deserve to win.

– SHE THANKED ALL OF HER FAMILY MEMBERS BY NAME – 

as most of you know they are also famous actors and actresses especially Rosanna and David. Also she called her transgender brother Robert, Alexis, her identifiable name, DAMN RIGHT!

– SHE THANKED HER 2 BABY DADDYS –

She thanks Thomas Jane (yum) and Paul Rossi for giving her 2 children! Even though these relationships didn’t work out, she still takes the time in her OSCAR speech to thank them for giving her 2 beautiful gifts of life! Classy lady!

– SHE THANKS GIVELOVE.ORG –  

She plugs her own charity (she ain’t the first but it’s a good idea when 1 billion people are watching) but hers is a cause that is severely important and she mentions it not necessarily for free publicity but to thank all the people you VOLUNTEER their time for such a good cause.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY SHE DEMANDS WAGE EQUALITY FOR WOMEN –

After the juicy Sony leaked email scandal, it was revealed that women in Hollywood, although get paid a handsome fee, STILL in this day and age are paid considerably less than men. But she wasn’t talking about actresses missing out on a few million compared to their male counterparts, she was referring to that IT DOES NOT MATTER what industry you work in, there is still a considerably large gap between the wages of men and women. Women give BIRTH, women PAY TAXES and women DESERVE equal pay whether you’re a teacher or THE NEXT BIG HOLLYWOOD HIT! Not just equal wages…BUT EQUAL RIGHTS, come on people it’s 2015!

AND ALSO because anyone that can get this reaction out of Meryl Streep is a legend to begin with!

Meryl screams in support for equal wages and women's rights!

Meryl screams in support for equal wages and women’s rights!

GO PATTY! 😉 WE LOVE HOW LUSCIOUSLY YOU LIVE! (and not just because you played Alabama in True Romance 😉 )

“IT’S REX MANNING DAY”

Most of us know it, love it, adore it! But last night it came to my attention that someone has never seen or heard of this GOD SEND of a movie that always manages to lift our spirits and memories of the ’90’s! Sporting a young Liv Tyler and Renee Zellweger, let this record store filled with misfits make you smile!

Sooooo whether you’re having a GREAT day or SHIT day just remember it’s not just Friday but it’s also REX MANNING DAY!!!!

P.s. Amanda Bailey, must watch tonight over a vino!

MACHETE KILLS

Back to doing what he does best Robert Rodriguez resurrects his hand crafted, blank faced bad-ass Danny Trejo a.k.a. Machete! With true D grade style infused with spaghetti western comic strip cinematography, Machete Kills pays homage to the true tasteless tackiness that defined the 70′s grind-house classics.

Machete, Mexico’s own assassin, the man of the people, comes back with a vengeance, being hired by the American President to track down a world-terminating villain. But who Machete truly needs to chase keeps you guessing, but not really, as the plot of Machete Kills is so pointless it leaves you cringing in agony.

Rodriguez who wrote, scored, D.O.P’d and directed this sequel, tried to do way too much with such little substance. The story is shockingly bad, the script is hollow and vile, however these traits are what makes his films winners even though, to put it most simply by conventional cookie cutter standards, they suck! But Rodriguez is anything but conventional and thank the heavens! He always pushes the envelope which translates to “fuck you, I’ll do what I want with my art”. The gruesome R-rated violence, ever-so cartoon like, penetrates the screen leaving you dry retching, but if you’re a true Rodriguez fan and follower, would you expect anything less?

The true formula that works so scrumptiously in this magnificent train wreck is the cast. Sofia Vergara sunk her teeth hard into her man-hating Madam Desdemona proving that she has the ability to read beyond the script and view the overall purpose of this cult inspired spoof! Michelle Rodriguez reprises her bad-ass Mexican liberator role as Luz looking damn fine making whatever she says or does irrelevant as she adds to the already fine aesthetically pleasing visuals. Mel Gibson rocks it in his self-mocking role of the power hungry hot-head Luther Voz and makes you realise that this once brilliant groundbreaking actor still has the ability to have an artistic laugh. The one and only self manufactured nut-job, Charlie Sheen (poetically taking the piss by being credited with his birth name Carlos Estevez) plays the President of the United States of America staying true by factoring in his womanising ways. And of course Danny Trejo is…. Danny Trejo, that is all. But the most beautifully constructed character in my eyes was La Camaleón played by four contrasting talents Wolt Goggins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Antonio Banderas and the one and only making her silver screen debut Lady Gaga, (SHE NAILS IT!) Although each actor has only a fraction of a scene to portray this mysterious assassin, they all freakishly made it their own.

Although lagging in pace and momentum, Machete Kills is poetically perfect. Although not as memorable or mind grabbing as the first installment, this sequel leaves a lot to be desired where one liners are concerned, but yet again Rodriguez manages to stay true to his style. His stunning eye for cinematography never fails but what’s more exquisite is his ability to take the current Hollywood trouble makers and flawlessly maneuver them into his artwork, perfectly correlating their real life hilarities to further emphasise the ridiculousness of this brilliantly filthy parody. As a Rodriguez fan however not hardcore (I’m more partial to Tarantino & Miller), I religiously respect his consistent style and mentality of “This is project is mine, 110%… so back off!”, a mind-set only ever seen with Orson Wells, not a common occurrence in today’s cinema. So keep rocking ya style R-Rod no matter what anyone says!!!!!

Comparable life experience to viewing Machete Kills

Spending ya dollars on a $20 hooker – it’s cheap, dirty, nasty but oh so good, true Rodriguez satisfaction. Classic!

 

GAGA’S ARTPOP: “YOU COMPLETE ME”

“FREE MY MIND ARTPOP, YOU MAKE MY HEART STOP”

… with this one simplistically beautiful opening line to the single, ARTPOP, I could reluctantly say it sums up the experience of Lady Gaga’s new album will give you as it’s just not that easy.

How do you define the meaning of life in one sentence? You can’t, you simply can’t just use a handle full of words to summarise such an epic question! The same applies to the new album from this Goddess of innovation, vision, inspiration, re-invention and absolute brilliance…

It’s been exactly 2 and 1/2 years since the release of Gaga’s Born This Way bible of deliciously life changing melodies that infected her already devout cult-esque fan base. As a self-professed dedicated ‘Little Monster’, I have experienced many self defining moments with Lady Gaga’s music, art, fashion, film and social commentary so much so that I would not be who I am today without her artistic influence. So one might argue that what I’m about to declare is biased and one-sided but as Australian I like to think that I have the ability to step out of the box and see all multiple perspectives on issues, especially one as hot and controversial as Lady Gaga but I can safely say….THIS IS THE HOLY GRAIL! She has yet again dominated POP CULTURE with a myriad of tunes that stand loud and proud not only with their base, beat and bounce but due to Gaga’s ingenious ability to redefine your existence with her beautifully constructed lyrics.

Creating somewhat of a new sound with her 15 track album, each song screams wild creativity and  provocative sexuality. The subject matter focuses more on self discovery through fashion inspiration (“Donatella”), sexual experiences (“Sexxx Dreams”), passion (“Applause”) and staying true to who you are (“Aura”)! You’ll fine yourself going inside your psyche and applying every word to your life and feel her light a fire under your ass to start dancing, go forth with artistically fuelled eyes to improve yourself and the world.

ARTPOP promotes the creation of art by always finding chances to be self expressive. Poetically factoring in her Botticelli infused Venus driven look as the Goddess of Love along with her album cover classically designed by the one and only great POP CULTURE king Jeff Koons, has turned the entire album into an art gallery. She has innovatively simultaneously released the ARTPOP App to enhance the Gaga experience. Something that could’ve potentially been an epic fail due to lack of purpose! But simply by downloading ARTPOP and searching through the options and avenues it has to help you create your own art and share it with fellow Gaga worshipers on a live streaming page. PURE GENIUS GAGA! But hey would expect anything less from this entrepreneurial queen?

So please indulge your soul in this epic revolution, Lady Gaga’s new installment to the art exhibition that is her life!

So in the words of this fine woman ”Dance, Sex, ARTPOP