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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cuntrary to Popular Opinion.


Published in the inaugural issue of Mai Life STYLE October 2014 and posted here in its unedited, naked entirety.  This post may be deemed NSFW. (but violence and murder and poverty is okay)

"I have written a controversial article about a contentious word... from my liberal feminist point of view. 
Those that know me well know how I feel about the demotion of feminine specific words and terms (eg. "runs like a girl") and this article explores the etymology, history and demotion of this oh so offensive word. I resent its modern derogatory meaning and am baffled by the reactions it gets.... especially considering it is a literal 'channel of life'."
- my words from this post


Cunt-rary to Popular Opinion. A feminist feminine statement by Dusk Devi
Cunt-rary to Popular Opinion. A feminist feminine statement by Dusk Devi
This article will either scandalize or delight you.
I confess, after the initial thrill of the successful pitch (to the MLS Editor), when it came to writing it (for publication! in a magazine in semi conservative FIJI!!) trepidation set in.

I have never shied away from voicing my opinion about this, I feel very strongly about it but suddenly I doubted the importance, the relevance.
Oh my gosh.  This is Fiji.  What will my parents friends think??  What will MY god-fearing friends think?  Will MLS have to have a sealed section??   Would I ever be allowed back in to Fiji?? And can we start a hashtag?

My firm belief in what I believe in went wobbly… for 5 minutes.  Then I remembered a personal motto that evolution needs revolution. The timing for addressing an age-old issue is always now.  My country needs me…



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014


A backdated post. I am in the blogging mood again and well, this IS a life/style blog. This is a few days of my life in 2014.

Dusk Devi 2014
 Dusk Devi 2014
Dusk Devi 2014
Dusk Devi 2014


MORE (and I mean MORE!) images after the jump... I haven't blogged my style in years.
I use my Instagram and my Facebook page for that [that's a hint by the way... :) ]

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Decaf With Dusk. the Mai Life STYLE editorial

In case you were interested... here is the October 2014 editorial in Mai Life STYLE.
Also, "mai" is the Fijian word for "come"... so 'Mai Life' is not only a play on words... it's basically... "bring it!"

Dusk Devi, Mai Life STYLE editorial, Robert Kennedy Fiji


Monday, November 10, 2014

STYLE Glambassador...

So... I tripped and landed on the cover of Mai Life STYLE... Fiji and the Pacific's first dedicated fashion and lifestyle magazine!

I am very VERY honoured to be their first cover "glambassador" but don't judge a magazine by its cover [as fab as it is dahling.]... the content, the editorials, the features... STYLE is not just about all things stylish... this magazine is a catalyst AND ahead of the zeitgeist.

This magazine presents a different perspective of Fiji and the Pacific. It is not all just coconuts and coups.

Those of us who are from/have lived in Fiji know there is so much more to this country and to the Pacific in general. It is sophisticated, it is a hub of talent and a hive of productivity AND it is multi cultural. NOT one dimensional.

STYLE is breaking new Pacific ground! It is boundary pushing! Provocative even by international standards!
Its Editor and Creative Director are paying STYLE's reader demographic a huge compliment by talking UP to them, by acknowledging their intelligence and their willingness to expand their awareness.

Just in case you're wondering why anyone would want to put me on the cover of a magazine  I was in the public eye of Fiji for a long time, as a TV and radio personality, singer, producer and model.



Dusk Devi - first covergirl / Glambassador of Mai Life STYLE, Fiji and the Pacific's first dedicated fashion and lifestyle magazine. Wearing Robert Kennedy Design Fiji
Dusk Devi. Inaugural STYLE Glambassador. 



Sunday, August 11, 2013

You have to believe...

...we are magic... nothing can stand in our way... 
You have to believe we are magic... Don't let your aim ever stray... 

I photographed a magic show last night.  Needless to say, I was THRILLED!  Magicians are notoriously prickly about being photographed and picky about WHO photographs them so being asked is [for me] a huge compliment.
...as for what I wore to photograph, you can't see this but the material of my dress is iridescent, shimmery, changes colours... and I have written this before... the way I dress is like a Cloak of Invisibility.  Yes.  Invisibility.
...people are so busy looking at what I'm wearing, they don't actually look at me looking at them... this leaves me free to observe and absorb...


"There IS magic, but you have to be the magician. YOU have to make the magic happen." - Sidney Sheldon.

I am fascinated by magic. Not just the self-belief the above quote is about but also paranormal magic AND Illusion Magic. 
I wanted to be a magician, a childhood dream, a fantasy that I truly wanted to be reality but I guess I thought that would happen by magic... I don't know why I didn't pursue it.  [I also wanted to be Wonder Woman, a photographer and an adult.  Guess which goal  I seem to have achieved...]
I didn't have many role models to aspire to.  The only female magician I knew of was Adelaide Hermann. She was very famous but people today don't know her. It's quite strange that there are so few female magicians and no one can explain why this is.  Females are naturally theatrical and magical so you think it would be a given.

I haven't given up my dream to be a magician... I'm trying to create magic in my own ways... keeping it real... Magic IS real.  Because reality is magic. Particularly if we create it...


Friday, August 9, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Here...

I usually wake with a song in my head and this morning it was Luscious Jackson’s “Here".  [play it LOUD]

When the negative zeitgeist affects even me (gasp!), my subconscious goes in to combat mode… “here I come, you can’t stop me now"… What I wore yesterday underlines this point. 

As subtle as a battleship.


Dusk Devi | © The Dusk Zone 2013 | All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I Wear What I Feel...

...and today I felt like a Tropical Gaucho.


...and later I felt like Tropical Popsicle. Lime and cold... it is winter here after all!


This has been a short and pointless post but dammit it's colourful.


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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Oman: The First Day. Sacred. Intoxicating

July is an awesome time for you to be planning your trip to Oman.  Perhaps you're thinking of a stopover on your way to Europe?
...may I suggest you forget about Europe?  Well, for a while.  Spend at least 10 days in Oman.  It's NOT a side trip.  It IS a destination.

Our first day in Muscat went from the sacred to the sublime... I will expand upon the day later... but here's a glimpse AND see all my Oman images on FLICKR now!

... a Grand Mosque with the grandest of all chandeliers...




... a visit to 'Amouage' HQ... one of the world's most exclusive fragrances...


...followed by more intoxicating aromas and sights and sounds of the Muscat Souq...





Monday, April 15, 2013

Oman Style Files: Princess Layer

Images taken at sunrise at the beautiful Shangri-La Barr Al-Jissah Resort & Spa.

Dressing for Oman - for a Muslim country- was an incredible experience.  Enlightening.  And strangely... empowering.  You know me, this is how I feel about a woman's choice and the way we dress.
However, despite my political stance, I would never flout a religion nor culture and its traditions.

Rebellion is not my thing. It's too conventional.

© The Dusk Zone 2012 | All Rights Reserved

What I'm wearing here is not a traditional Omani dress.  It's my Jedi Kaftan.  Yep.  Every Jedi worth her Force has one.  
I will be posting images of Omani garments... dresses I wear everywhere in Sydney.  
I simply must share with you how I get treated when I am wearing these and my Omani accessories*.  NOT what you would expect... if we're going to assume that a western country doesn't respond well to 'ethnic' garb. 

(...but I do wear sarees and traditional Indian accessories anyway so I don't consider this "daring".  Puhlease. )

Apart from not flouting cultural rules, I also had no wish to get in to trouble so I made sure I was covered head to toe!  It wasn't that necessary, One member of our travel party went around in shorts and a t-shirt, which was actually wrong and considering she is a veteran of the travel industry, rather oblivious.  
I advise you NOT to do this.  She got very angry looks everywhere she went and if not for the fact that we were with guides, I do think she may have gotten in to some serious trouble.

Oman is not quite as harsh as the other Arab countries but DO respect their cultural laws.  COVER your ankles and from your elbows up.  Regardless of how hot you feel and actually, covering up like this protects you from the heat.  Stops your body losing moisture. 
It was a bit alien to me at first to do this, to cover up in such heat.  Even when I lived in Indonesia, I did not have to be this covered. 

However, I did enjoy layering my usual layers further to create an 'extended' version of my style. 
...I must confess... I did think this would render me invisible but... quite the opposite.  

Many of my pre conceived notions have been shattered since Oman, there and here. In Oman, one MAJOR one was how women are treated. With the utmost respect, deference and regard.

Oman.  Not as black and white as you think...

© The Dusk Zone 2012 | All Rights Reserved

....and here I am caught mid-action by the gorgeous Edwina...

Dusk Devi at the Shangri-La Al Husn, Muscat, Oman | Dusk Devi Vision

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