When Collins had her Instagram deleted for posting a pic of her untrimmed pubic hair, the censorship only added fuel to the NYC feminist photographer’s fire. “There are so many cool, talented artists creating work that is opening up a dialogue about gender,” she says. “The lines are being blurred between masculine and feminine – it’s really exciting.” As well as showcasing new voices with her all-female collective The Ardorous, Collins is now mixing media to share her message: look out for her film project coming next year. Check out pictures we debuted from her first solo show.
What was your defining pop culture moment of 2014?
Petra Collins: Emma Watson’s UN speech. This year in pop culture has been really important in feminism and I think her speech was the climax of that.
How would you sum up what you do in a sentence?
Petra Collins: I create images to heal myself and hopefully others. <3
How do you think style and pop culture will change in 2015?
Petra Collins: The topic of gender in pop culture and style is getting to a really exciting point – the lines are really being blurred between masculine and feminine, and I think we have a more fluid acceptance of gender. I hope that this means change for the better and more tolerance and equality for all sexes and genders.
What’s the most exciting thing about the music, film and fashion industries today?
Petra Collins: Again, I think it’s the gender fluidity which is happening in all facets – there are so many cool, talented artists creating work that is opening up a dialogue about gender.
Who’s an unsung cultural hero that you discovered this year?
Petra Collins: I’m really obsessed with Laverne Cox – I don't think she's "unsung" any more, but I’m glad she’s got all that attention.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find out if we looked at your phone?
Petra Collins: How many photos I have on my phone... My phone is so full.
Who should have been at number one on the Dazed 100?
Petra Collins: My BFF Tavi Gevinson. ;)
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