Posted by Michelle Moquin on January 4th, 2014
I have to just laugh at the way the blog comments were rolling yesterday. This is so much better than any soap I ever used to watch. I will quote what Sandra said, “You just can’t make this shit up.“ LOL.
As far as Anonz…Abebe, Dabiku, Saade, and to all the girls who have been helped by him…saved by him, You know. My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry you had to experience such horror, and I’m so grateful that Anonz was there for you. And I am even more sorry that there are people out there that would deny that these terrible atrocities happened to all of you. So much of this blog’s purpose is so that women can have a voice and be heard; not shut down by some insensitive person that has the temerity to say that it didn’t happen to you. My advice to people like that: If you don’t know, don’t say it didn’t happen. It’s like the holocaust - Just because you weren’t there doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
And Rita Mae: Can you be a little but more imaginative with your nom de plume.
Having been with Anonz, I can attest to the fact that he is every bit the gentlemen, and although he is aware of his extraordinary physique and good looks, he wears it well. There is no hint of ego or false modesty.
Now…onto today’s write.
I am featuring Zaha Hadid as my choice for Wonderful Women of the World. Hadid is an amazing architect. She is named as the world’s best known female architect, and in 2010 she was listed in TIME magazine’s TIME 100. I enjoyed this article that was written by Donna Karan, a well-known clothing designer, and wanted to pass it on:
The first time I experienced Zaha Hadid’s work — in 2000, at an exhibit of 20 years of her designs at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London — I had a visceral reaction. The sensuality, the effortlessness, the sculptural quality of her work resonated with me immediately. She was taking these elements to the next dimension with architecture. I was mesmerized by the scale and form of her designs. I had to meet this woman.
Zaha’s work evokes that passion. Her buildings are like a gust of wind — organic, forceful and utterly natural. Her oeuvre is diverse: she has done structures from the Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, Germany, to the Terminus Hoenheim-Nord in Strasbourg, France, to the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, Ohio. Then there are her products, interiors and furniture. I couldn’t imagine opening my flagship Madison Avenue store without her signature pieces in it.
When I finally met Zaha, I found she personified the work. Strong. Sensual. Iconic. She commands the space around her — not in an imposing way but in a way that seduces you with excitement. She’s got great personal style — her hair, her voice, her clothes, her luminosity. She is a woman of culture. Born and raised in Iraq, she bridges East and West with pure sophistication.
To me, Zaha’s womanliness is what makes her designs so compelling. She brings a female sensibility and a goddess’s touch. Her work is light and lyrical, like an Asian artisan’s brushstroke captured forever in the environment. Because her approach is so international, her designs are comfortable anywhere in the world. However you view her work, Zaha, 59, is a visionary. Her style is legendary now and completely original. Whether it’s a building or a sofa, you know you’re experiencing a unique, individual expression. Zaha is a woman and an artist of her time — and yet she is very much ahead of it too.
Karan is the chief designer of Donna Karan Intl. and the founder of Urban Zen Foundation
And this is the latest on Hadid:
“It’s really embarrassing that they come up with nonsense like this,” she tells TIME exclusively.
Zaha Hadid, the world’s best-known female architect, is none too pleased with critics like Jon Stewart, who have mocked her Al Wakrah Stadium—designed with AECOM for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar—and likened her to the “Georgia O’Keeffe of things you can walk inside.”
“It’s really embarrassing that they come up with nonsense like this,” Hadid tells TIME exclusively. “What are they saying? Everything with a hole in it is a vagina? That’s ridiculous.”
The curved, open roof is meant to evoke the the sail of the dhow, a traditional fishing boat common in Qatar. “Honestly, if a guy had done this project,” she adds, critics would not be making such lewd comparisons.
For more on Hadid, a member of our 2010 TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people, click here.
Readers: What’s on your mind?
Howie: :) I really am enjoying your alien tales. I have a question…You made the comment, “It appears that the TWO can traverse that distance and do so regularly.” Can you explain how if no one knows where the TWO are exactly, or who the TWO actually are, how is it that this is known about them? Thanks.
Katrina: That is too cute. You’ve got a way with words.
Ellen: Thanks for the fab comment.
I am already posting late for today so I will reserve the rest of my comments for later. Your turn. Blog me.
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