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GIA Style Card: Ancient Beauty


Today’s look was primarily inspired by Dutch Touch’s kohl-rimmed “Eagle” makeup, Casa Del Shai’s Nefertiti tunic and the Art Gallery of Ontario’s King Tut exhibit (November 24, 2009 – April 18, 2010).

As a long-time Egyptophile I was excited by the February opening of Rezzable’s Digital Alchemy showcase, which featured beautiful furniture, avatar skins and clothing items inspired by the lifestyle of queens and pharaohs. The grace, elegance and downright luxurious excess of the upper classes is mesmerizing.

Despite the humid, sunny climate requiring simple lightweight clothing, ancient Egyptians – men and women alike – lived for ornamentation. All manner of precious and semi-precious metals and stones were crafted to adorn every inch of the body for decoration and or religious significance.

The ancient Egyptians were certainly ahead of their time. Thousands of years after the rise of Egypt, the fields of science, history and anthropology are still fascinated and confounded by many aspects of the culture – including the mystery of the construction of the pyramids. And many parts of the world are still far behind the customs of The Old Kingdom and The New Kingdom in terms of women’s rights and equality.

Photographer: Strawberry Singh
All Poses: Diesel Works by Rogan Diesel

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Body:

  • Skin: Dutch Touch: Jolie – Eagle, CafeNoir by Iki Ikarus
  • Hair: Aveda (ETD): by Elikapeka Tiramisu

Outfit:

  • Top: Bare Rose: from Isis by June Dion
  • Skirt: Casa Del Shai: from Eternal Nefertari Gold by Shai Delacroix

Accessories:

  • Earrings, Choker and Bracelets: Gems & Kisses: Haute Satin, Gold by Deliziosa Vendetta
  • Necklace, Upper Arm Bands, Ankle Bands: Bare Rose: from Isis by June Dion
  • Head Jewel: Zaara: Nizam Head Jewel, White by Zaara Kohime
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GLANCE Magazine: No. 2 @ November 2009: “Brown Skin”


For those who identify with a lighter persuasion, skin product selections in Second Life™ have always been plentiful. For those in search of skin options in the realm of darker-tones for wont to compliment their pixelated physiques, finding quality options can be less straightforward. Many talented designers offering skin collections have not yet explored a full range of skin tones which, admittedly, is not an easy process. In creating dark skins, the ability to balance tone, shade and highlights to create dimensionality can be a daunting task. That being said, we’ve come a long way from the days when Celestial Studios, Naughty Designs and Pixel Deep were a few of the known options available for female residents in search of quality skin rendered by a sensitive and artful hand. The good news for avatars who have chosen to be kissed by the sun is that choices have grown exponentially – particularly within the past year-and-a-half.

Let’s take a look at a few skin retailers who have either recently ventured into richer tones or who may be a little less known. (more …)

Read the full story on page 97 of the November issue of GLANCE Magazine.
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Featuring:

  • Blowpop by Annyka Bekkers
  • CHAI Skins by Launa Fauna
  • Free Speerit by Desidelia Vella
  • ThePlastik by Aikea Rieko
  • Rockberry by Heather Beebe
  • Sand Shack Surf Co. by Emma Gilmour
  • and 20 more skin stores to check out

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