In a religious neighborhood in the West Java region of Indonesia, three young schoolgirls of a conservative background are breaking preconceived notions of who can be in a heavy metal band. Performing under the name The Voice of Baceprot, you can hear them shredding through the most popular venues across the country. Encouraged by a guidance counselor at an all-girls Muslim school, Firdda Kurnia, Eusi Siti Aisyah, and Widi Rahmawati were played music from System of a Down and haven't looked back since.
Possibly the most iconic film franchise of this generation, The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) went above and beyond the standard in cinematic production. Director Peter Jackson succeeded in shaping the course of film history with his three-part film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's work of fiction. Take a Look at the reality of what it’s like to work on the set, where you'll see the cast having fun backstage, going over notes with the director, or just goofing around.
Famous people usually run in famous circles, rubbing shoulders with other elite stars of film, TV, and music. That's why it's especially unusual to see these A-listers freaking out when they run into their celebrity idols. Luckily, these rare moments were captured on camera for us to see just how awkward they can be too. We have no doubt that some of these unlikely fangirls will take you by surprise! Check out Hollywood heavyweights losing their cool around their celebrity crushes and icons.
Another year down and not a lot to show for it. Whether you're already committed to your self-improvement or you've been turning a blind eye - the start of a new year is a great time to commit to developing those personality traits you'd much rather ignore. But don't worry; we've done the hard work for you. Find below our favorite inspiring TED Talks that make us feel personally attacked. Whatever you have planned to make 2020 your year, just make sure you don't sleep on these inspiring short talks - all under 15 minutes - that'll get you in the right mindset.
It's not anything new, but it is making a public comeback - more and more men are proudly painting their nails. Whether it's keeping up with the fashion or defiant self-expression, nail art is no longer exclusive to feminine identity. Actors, rappers, and rockstars alike are donning a fresh set. It's hard to deny that male nail art is resurging. Just look at the Met Gala this year, where mainstream celebrities like Harry Styles donned a turquoise and black gel mani. Or Jared Leto's frequent paparazzi sightings catch him with varying bright licks of a coat. Take a look at the men who are defying double standards, and how they're going about enamel art.
The rise of thrifting; we've all been witness to it. What was once a shameful secret is now a booming business with a considerable future. Buying second hand-clothes has been a way to repurpose someone's unwanted items where they are new and interesting to another. Thrifting also allows you to discover the original vintage items you would otherwise try to raid your mom's closet for. Online consignment and thrift store ThredUp predicts that the sector could swell up to $51 billion by 2023, over double than its worth in 2018. And this popularity surge in used clothes is good news for the planet, as less demand for new and "fast" fashion means a reduction in the environmental impact.
You can be sure that weird things happen all the time in the city that never sleeps. Luckily for us, some of those moments have been captured by locals and tourists alike. Take a look at some of the funny and unique occurrences that take place in the Big City. One thing's for sure - expect the unexpected. Whether you've only encountered New York through Film and TV or you're a neighborhood local, these instances are sure to leave you scratching your head. But that's all part of the charm behind the Big Apple. Feel the spirit of NYC and find out what makes this place so one of a kind.
There's nothing like looking through old photos to rekindle all those fond Christmas memories. Considered to be the most magical time of year, we gather with our loved ones to enjoy some quality time, good food, and gifts. But how were we celebrating before smart TVs and Alexa? Take a look at vintage photos of how we used to enjoy the Yuletide season. Without the distraction of modern technology, we're seeing if Christmas past is beyond comparison to today's world.
In light of much political and social unrest in Hong Kong, visual art is acting as an outlet for expression and a force for uniting a community. "Seek truth from facts;" once a Chinese philosophical statement, it was adopted by Mao as he encouraged the nation to "emancipate" their minds. Its relevance has circled back around amidst mass dissatisfaction in the country, as the public come together to protest undemocratic practices. "Recent incidences have really demonstrated the amazing tenacity, unity, and integrity of the Hong Kong people, and I have never been so proud to count myself as one of them," claims artist Oliver Chang. While a large proportion of Hong Kong's citizens fight for their freedoms and rights, there is a solace to be found in the voice of the community. Take a look at some of the visual art coming out of the rebellion movement.
The term "hyper-realism" emerged in the '70s as a descriptive for the super-realistic works of art and sculpture that was growing in resurgence. Today, hyper-realistic artists are using their jaw-dropping skills to create works of art that supersede details seen by the naked eye. There are a few sculptors that have been pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved, using a variety of materials and a boat-load of patience to execute their ideas flawlessly. Take a look at the must-know contemporary artists that are challenging people's perception of reality with their exceptional talent.