Cindy Joseph

Jacqueline Murdock

Murdock started dancing at the Apollo theater in New York when she was 17 (her dance name is “Tajah”). She says she wanted to model “from a very young age,” but, “The opportunity was not there at my time for women of color.”
The people at Lanvin noticed Murdock after she went on the Today show to talk about Advanced Style with some of the blog’s other sassy star subjects. Murdock tells Fashionista she went in for an interview with the label and received a call the next day that she had been cast for the campaign, which features “real people” aged 18 to 82.
In her interview with Fashionista, Murdock reveals herself to be one of the few women who rejoice when they don’t fit into a size zero:
Well at first, they brought a short dress–strapless with a big great white bow. I looked at it and thought it would have been more appropriate for a younger woman–a 19 or 20-year-old girl. The two ladies that were helping me step into it said ‘This is too small. We can’t pull up the zipper.’ It must have been a size zero, and I was so happy. Then they brought the original dress, and it was just me. It had a neck. The green long sleeves, skirt below the knee, with a peplum in the front. It’s so unusual because I spoke to them when they interviewed me about a peplum, and I didn’t event know that a peplum was in this year!
Here is the clip of Murdock on the Today show, which affectionately dubs her and her Advanced Style compatriots “glam-mas”:

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama (草間 彌生 or 弥生 Kusama Yayoi?, born March 22, 1929) is a Japanese artist and writer. Throughout her career she has worked in a wide variety of media, including paintingcollage, soft sculptureperformance art, and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition, and pattern. A precursor of the pop artminimalist and feminist artmovements, Kusama influenced her contemporaries such as Andy WarholClaes Oldenburg, and George Segal and exhibited works alongside the likes of them.[1]
In 1957 she moved to the United States, settling down in New York City where she produced a series of paintings influenced by the abstract expressionist movement. Switching to sculpture and installation as her primary media, Kusama became a fixture of the New York avant-garde during the early 1960s where she became associated with the pop art movement. Embracing the rise of the hippie counterculture of the late 1960s, Kusama came to public attention when she organized a series of happenings in which naked participants were painted with brightly colored polka dots. Although largely forgotten after departing the New York art scene in the early 1970s, Kusama is now acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan, and an important voice of the avant-garde.
Kusama's work is based in conceptual art and shows some attributes of feminism, minimalismsurrealismArt Brut, pop art, and abstract expressionism, and is infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content. Kusama is also a published novelist and poet, and has created notable work in film and fashion design. Major retrospectives of her work have been held at the Museum of Modern Art in 1998, the Whitney Museum in 2012, and Tate Modern in 2012.[2][3][4] In 2006, she received a Women's Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award.[5] In 2008, Christie's New York sold a work by her for $5.1 million, then a record for a living female artist.[6] In 2015 Artsy named her one of the Top 10 Living Artists of 2015.[7]