Iceland Airwaves Cultural Story: The Weird Girls Project (LISTEN)

Stay tuned right here for our Iceland Airwaves 2015 final radio documentary, which will air on WCRX-FM 88.1 in Chicago (live stream here) in the near future. In the meantime, check out one of the during audio stories the students produced below and check out previews, reviews and more on our Iceland Airwaves 2015 home page.

The Weird Girls Project is a series of videos done by artist Kitty Von-Sometime celebrating sisterhood in which Icelandic women can participate in.  While watching a video from the project, it’s not unusual to see naked women, glittered bodies, or mermaids at iconic Icelandic landmarks, like at The Blue Lagoon. The music video format Kitty Von-Sometime translates well into short films with heavy themes such as plastic surgery, sisterhood, and the promise to “release the unknown.” Any Icelandic woman can sign up to be in the videos. The catch is she doesn’t learn the concept, or know what she will be doing until the morning of! In the most recent video “#Embrace” women of all body types danced while covered completely in gold glitter.

Iceland is a country for artists, and Kitty Von-Sometime thinks her Weird Girls Project would have a much harder time starting off in the States, or other places in Europe. In this day and age women are constantly blasted by images from the media featuring “the perfect” body. Though Iceland and Chicago aren’t immune to those photos they’re both places that are trying to start a body positive revolution. Von-Sometime is a visual artist doing just that through her video series call The Weird Girls Project. Filmed all over Iceland, women can sign up to be a part of Von-Sometime’s music video inspired short films. Themes like plastic surgery to sisterhood are tackled in videos and are meant to allow “the release of the unknown.” Kitty started her project as a way to help her friends, and it’s grown internationally spanning from Germany to China.

Similar to the stateside Twitter movement started by @princess_labia celebrating the body with the hashtag #thighreading, The Weird Girls Project has Icelandic women celebrating their bodies no matter what shape, race, or looming standard of beauty is. Stefanía Pálsdóttir has known Von-Sometime for some time now, and chose to be a part of the project. She says there’s beauty behind the acceptance during video shoots.

Because Iceland is rich with the artists who like to collaborate, Von-Sometime thinks the Weird Girls Project would have a much harder time starting off in the States, or Europe.

Beyond finances and collaboration, Pálsdóttir says Iceland seems to be a good place for a gender revolution.

Although Kitty Von-Sometime is a self-taught videographer who sometimes feels her skills are lacking, her crew still treats her like a director and since creating she says she hasn’t run into any sexism in the film industry so far. The Weird Girls Project looks to be a step in the right direction for the body positivity revolution in Iceland and beyond.

For WCRX I’m Meg Caldwell

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