My Millenial baristas knew very little of Prince (may he rest in peace) but asked about his high heels. So I share a little story about my experience in high heels and admiration of women who choose to wear them.
Prince also set fashion trends as the prince of style.
The jackets, pants, the ensembles. And the shoes.
Since the beginning of the 80s, the shoes were designed and made on Sunset Boulevard — at Andre No. 1.
The owner told Paige that nearly all of Prince’s 3,000 pairs of shoes are identical — with the exception of color.
Each pair had to match the fabric and color of the clothes he was wearing.
“The only thing he would change about his shoes were either it would be a wood heel or the same material would cover the heel or he would have a Lucite heel that flashes lights,” said Gary Kazanchyan.
“He wanted the shoes to be as light as possible and also as durable as possible because you never know when hes going to start doing splits,” said Kazanchyan.
That’s why the brace was made of stainless steel — it’s light and strong.
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One of the benefits of women in science is the objective study of women by women. The New York Times has an enlightening article, “A Cold War Fought by Women.” Of particular interest is the study of female aggressiveness.
There is a popular myth, of which I was a subscriber, that media advertising and men are to blame for women’s self-image and competitiveness with each other. These studies led by Dr. Susan B. Hrdy scientifically analyze the issue and determine a different outcome than we think.
The conclusion: “The research also shows that suppression of female sexuality is by women, not necessarily by men.”
More from the article: “Now that researchers have been looking more closely, they say that this “intrasexual competition” is the most important factor explaining the pressures that young women feel to meet standards of sexual conduct and physical appearance.”
“To see how female students react to a rival, researchers brought pairs of them into a laboratory at McMaster University for what was ostensibly a discussion about female friendships. But the real experiment began when another young woman entered the room asking where to find one of the researchers.
This woman had been chosen by the researchers, Tracy Vaillancourt and Aanchal Sharma, because she “embodied qualities considered attractive from an evolutionary perspective,” meaning a “low waist-to-hip ratio, clear skin, large breasts.” Sometimes, she wore a T-shirt and jeans, other times a tightfitting, low-cut blouse and short skirt.
They stared at her, looked her up and down, rolled their eyes and sometimes showed outright anger. One asked her in disgust, “What the [expletive] is that?”
Most of the aggression, though, happened after she left the room. Then the students laughed about her and impugned her motives. One student suggested that she dressed that way in order to have sex with a professor. Another said that her breasts “were about to pop out.”“
I love science for proving and disproving what we think we know. Which is why I encourage all young people to embrace science classes as a great path for their future and for humanity!