Over the past day or so, Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, and Queer Eye's Tan France have all taken to Instagram to show off their latest accessories, which just so happen to look like they're abnormal growths sprouting from their skin. Kardashian wore a glow-in-the-dark choker necklace that looked as if it has been embedded into her skin, a strong choice for a woman who won't even get a tattoo because, as she's famously said, "You don't put a bumper sticker on a Bentley." Teigen, meanwhile, appeared to begin sprouting angel wings out of her chest, while France wore a gill-like collar around his neck with quartz crystals growing out of it.
No, some X-Men-like comic book drama is not playing out in the Hollywood Hills. Nor are the body modifications permanent. It's all for fashion and art.
As it turns out, this new celebrity Instagram trend is to promote an upcoming exhibit entitled "A. Human." Dreamed up by PR exec Simon Huck, according to Vogue, it's a futuristic take on what body modification may look like in years to come when tattoo ink and piercing suddenly become passé and DNA editing and implants may become all the rage.
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"When you think of the future, you think dark, dystopian — there are all these images that come to mind. I didn’t want to create a utopian world, but I definitely wanted to create a world that was optimistic or, at the bare minimum, neutral,” Huck told Vogue. “We wanted to use the future of fashion and the future of self-expression as a way to look at the future. That is how the ethos of A. Human formed.”
Theatrical director Michael Counts, makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench, and creative director Nicola Formichetti (former stylist for Lady Gaga) who has experimented with temporary body modifications before) are all part of the team.
While it doesn't appear you'll be able to purchase any of these pieces for yourself, you can check out the full exhibit when it opens in New York City at 8 Mercer Street on September 5.
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