An icon is a religious work of art, most commonly a flat panel painting depicting a holy being or object. A cultural icon is an object that represents some aspect of the values, norms or ideals. A pop icon is a celebrity, character, or object whose exposure in pop culture constitutes a defining characteristic of a given society or era. The categorization is usually associated with elements such as longevity, universality, and distinction. Some historic figures are recognized as having reached "pop icon" status during their era, and such status may continue into the present. Pop icons of previous eras include Marie Antoinette, Cleopatra, Mozart and Guy Fawkes. A number of pop icons are distinguished for having died at a young age. These include James Dean, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin, and Marilyn Monroe among others who emphasize the appreciation of dying young and forever remain beautiful. Icons last forever like diamonds in the sky they shine like stars in the universe.
My favourite icons are strong personalities, pioneers who have paved the way for others and taught us to fight the system and norms. Icons who encourage individuality and diversity above all.
These icons are based on photos and headshots from the silent film era up to the 1960´s Their common read thread is that they have made a lasting impression in my mind and hopefully yours. This is a tribute to some of the greatest stars of early cinema.
WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ
The wizard of Oz is probably the most beloved movie of all time, it certainly is one of mine. The enduring magic of the Wizard of Oz touches not only our children but the child in all of us. With its sepia-toned representation of banal ‘normality’ and its breathtaking creation of a Technicolor Oz, a land where difference and deviation from the norm are the norm, Its a very special motion picture filled with values that all of us cherish. To me, the wizard of Oz serve as a pop culture icon of twentieth-century gay culture, with Judy Garland as the star, its exaggerated characters of good and evil, its Technicolor wonderland of vibrant sets and eccentric costumes. The film displays a queer sensibility that countless viewers adore and we are all able to relate to the characters, whether it is the Scarecrow in need of a brain, the Tin Man in need of a heart, the Cowardly Lion, in need of courage, Dorothy's wish to come home or maybe the wicked witch in her quest for some fabulous ruby slippers.