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Pink Edition: Volume 001

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Your Skin

Your Body




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Photograph by Lisa Roldan


Never has anyone come across a color as versatile as pink;

and never has there been a person more enamored with

a color as a I am with pink. I would argue pink is far more

than just a color; pink is a feeling, it's a taste ,it's an aesthetic,

and more than anything, pink is best. Mainly, this quarter

of Hue: Magazine is dedicated to exemplifying pink and

everything this single color has to offer the world.

Ori Baez

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HUE: Magazine



Ori Baez

Editorial Director

Maggie Connors

Managing Director

Maggie Connors

Copy Editors

Maggie Connors

Ori Baez


Ori Baez

Lisa Roldan

Janelle Monae

Jackie Molloy


Ori Baez


Barbie Turns 60

Emily Dixon

Pinkest Pink

Danny Lewis

Pantone 16-1546

Living Coral

The Pantone Color Institute


Caroline Framke

A Big Bold Show Wants

You To Rethink Pink

Ruth La Ferla

Millennial Pink

Lauren Schwartzberg

Table of


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Photography by Ori Baez

By Emily Dixon

Barbie has been a surgeon,

an astronaut, a news anchor

and a president. She’s been

the Duchess of Cambridge, several

characters in “Mad Men” and every

member of Destiny’s Child. But on

her debut at the New York Toy Fair

on March 9, 1959, she was just a

doll in a swimsuit and ponytail, with

white sunglasses in her hand.

Six decades later, every passing

minute sees more than 100 dolls

sold, with 58 million sold every year.

So how does Barbie remain so

ubiquitous, and as the world has

changed, how has she? To Lisa

McKnight, senior vice president

of the Barbie brand, the doll has

remained popular because “she’s

continued to reflect culture and the

world girls see around them.”

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In 2016, a Time cover story

headlined “Now can we stop talking

about my body?” heralded a

change. Mattel introduced 33 new

Barbies, available for the first time

in three additional body shapes:

tall, petite and curvy.

The updated range of Barbies

also offered seven skin tones, 22

eye colors and 24 hairstyles. The

following year saw the debut of

the first hijabi Barbie, as the doll

based on Olympic fencer Ibtihaj

Muhammad was added to the

“Shero” collection.

Dolls added to the “Barbie

Fashionistas” line introduce Barbies

with disabilities. In February 2019,

new additions to the “Barbie

Fashionistas” line included a doll

using a wheelchair and another

with a prosthetic leg. In 1997, Barbie

gained a friend named Becky who

used a wheelchair, but the doll was

discontinued; in part because even

after redesigns, her wheelchair

didn’t fit in the Dreamhouse. “We

are continuing to push ourselves

and evolve, as evidence of the

new additions which include

a new body, hair texture and

representation of physical

disabilities,” Mattel’s McKnight said.

For International Women’s Day

2018, Mattel released a new

batch of dolls based on “real-life

role models.” Pioneering NASA

mathematician Katherine Johnson,

aviator Amelia Earhart and artist

Frida Kahlo became Barbies in

the “Inspiring Women” historical

collection, while Olympic champion

snowboarder Chloe Kim, Juventus

soccer player Sara Gama and

journalist Martyna Wojciechowska

became “Global Role Models.”

Not all of the 2018 additions were

welcomed, however. The new

Kahlo Barbie faced criticism for

“whitewashing” the Mexican artist,

minimizing her unibrow, and

inaccurately representing her

clothes. “You don’t turn a doll into

Frida Kahlo by putting flowers in its

hair and giving it a colorful dress,”

Kahlo’s great-grandniece, Mara

de Anda Romeo, told.

The creation of a Frida Kahlo

Barbie sparked controversy, with

some saying the doll whitewashed

the iconic artist. The creation of

a Frida Kahlo Barbie sparked

controversy, with some saying the

doll whitewashed the iconic artist.

Others noted that the Barbie

based on Olympic champion

Nicola Adams, a British boxer, had

slender arms and legs that didn’t

reflect the athlete’s muscular

physique. When Iris Apfel, the

97-year-old style luminary,

received a one-off Barbie in her

image the same year, the doll

was notably missing any wrinkles.

This year, more than 20 new

“Sheroes” will be immortalized as

Barbies: activist Adwoa Aboah --

the first female Indian gymnast to

qualify for the Olympics.

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At 60 years old, Barbie’s has transcended the toy store

shelf. She stars in a Netflix series, “Barbie Dreamhouse

Adventures,” and has almost 40 animated films to

her name. In January, it was announced that Margot

Robbie will play Barbie in a live-action movie. She’s

also a certified social media icon. On her most popular

Instagram, @barbiestyle, she shares her outfits, streetstyle

shots and “candid” photos of her hanging out with

friends.With 2 million followers, she’s on par with some

of the bigger social media influencers. On YouTube,

where she posts animated vlogs with titles like “Finding

Your Voice,” “What’s In The Box Challenge!” & the

Halloween-themed “Lion Makeup Tutorial W/ Ken,” she

has almost 6 million subscribers. On both platforms, the

main character is white, blonde and slim.

“But If Barbie’s

Evolution Has

Been Crucial

To Her Success,

The Journey

Has Never

Been Simple.”


March 9 this year marks 60 years since the first Barbie

made her debut. March 9 this year marks 60 years

since the first Barbie made her debut.

Barbie was created by Ruth Handler, who owned the

toy company Mattel with her husband Elliot. She was

inspired by the paper dolls her daughter Barbara

played with, as well as a German doll named Bild Lilli

(based on a risqué cartoon, intended as an adult gift.)

“At first, Barbie was a way for young children to project

themselves as grown-ups,” said Aurore Bayle-Loudet,

who worked on a 2016 Barbie exhibition at the Musée

des Arts Décoratif in Paris. Barbara saw her paper

dolls as adults, but “the baby-shaped dolls of the time

did not allow those projection games to happen.”

By 1960, Barbie was employed, as either a nurse,

fashion editor, flight attendant, or “Executive Career

Girl.” The next year, she had a boyfriend, and the year

after that, her first car and “Dreamhouse.” She became

a CEO, a pilot and presidential candidates.

The first black Barbie was released in 1980.

The first black doll in the range, marketed as “Colored

Francie,” wasn’t released until 1967, and it would

be another 13 years before the brand launched

Hispanic and black versions of Barbie herself. Further

complicating matters, the non-white dolls were often,

as black feminist critic Ann duCille wrote in 1994, “dyedipped

versions of archetypal white American beauty.”

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Make a Statement



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Brightly colored revenge

for restricting the world’s

blackest black.

By Danny Lewis

Earlier this year, Kapoor

sparked outrage from

artists all over the world

with the announcement that he

had made a deal to become the

only person in the world allowed

to use the blackest pigment of

black paint ever developed.

Known as Vantablack, the unique

carbon nanotube-based pigment

is produced solely by a British

company called NanoSystem,

and was originally developed for

military technologies. However,

Kapoor made an agreement with

the company that he is the only

person allowed to use it for artistic

purposes. Needless to say, that

made plenty of other artists furious.

“I was desperate to have a play

with it in my own work and I knew

lots of other artists who wanted

to use it too. It just seemed really

mean-spirited and against the

spirit of generosity that most artists

who make and share their work

are driven by.”

Like Kapoor, Semple’s work often

uses vivid shades of color, and for

years he had worked with scientists

to develop increasingly intense

pigments to use in his artwork. So

as a response to Kapoor’s exclusive

deal with Vantablack, Semple

decided to release his own special

pigment, known simply as “Pink,” the

Irish Examiner reports.

Photograph by Ori Baez

“When I first heard that Anish had

the exclusive rights to the blackest

black I was really disappointed,”

artist Stuart Semple tells Kevin

Holmes for The Creators Project.

While “Pink” isn’t based on

nanotechnology, like Vantablack,

Semple says it is the pinkest pink

pigment ever created. Now, in

an effort to thumb his nose at

Kapoor, Semple is making it for

sale to everyone in the world—

except Kapoor, Tom Power

reports for the Canadian

Broadcasting Corporation’s.

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EPANTONE 16-1546

Living Coral

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By the Pantone Color Institute

Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us

with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy

in our continually shifting environment.

An animating,


coral hue

with a golden

undertone that

energizes &

enlivens with a

softer edge

In reaction to the onslaught of

digital technology and social

media increasingly embedding

into daily life, we are seeking

authentic and immersive

experiences that enable

connection and intimacy. Sociable

and spirited, the engaging nature

of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral

welcomes and encourages

lighthearted activity.Symbolizing

our innate need for optimism

and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-

1546 Living Coral embodies our

desire for playful expression.

Representing the fusion of modern

life, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral.

Living Coral is a nurturing color that

appears in our natural surroundings

and at the same time, displays a

lively presence within social media.

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits

the desired, familiar, and energizing

aspects of color found in nature. In

its glorious, yet unfortunately more

elusive, display beneath the sea,

this vivifying and effervescent color

mesmerizes the eye and mind.

Lying at the center of our naturally

vivid and chromatic ecosystem,

PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of

how coral reefs provide shelter to a

diverse kaleidoscope of color.

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“Color is an equalizing

lens through which we

experience our natural &

digital realities, & this is

particularly true for

Living Coral”

- Leatrice Eiseman,

Executive Director of the

Pantone Color Institute

About The Pantone

Color Institute

The Pantone Color Institute is the

business unit within Pantone that

highlights top seasonal runway

colors, forecasts global color

trends, and advises companies

on color for product and brand

visual identity. Through seasonal

trend forecasts, color psychology,

and color consulting, the Pantone

Color Institute partners with global

brands to leverage the power,

psychology, and emotion of color

in their design strategy.

Color of the Year

For 20 years, Pantone’s Color of

the Year has influenced product

development and purchasing

decisions in many industries,

including fashion, home furnishings,

industrial design, as well as product,

packaging, and graphic design.

The Color of the Year selection

process requires thoughtful

consideration and trend analysis.

To arrive at the selection each

year, Pantone’s color experts at

the Pantone Color Institute comb

the world looking for new color

influences. This can include the

entertainment industry and films in

production, traveling art collections

and new artists, fashion, all areas of

design, popular travel destinations,

as well as new lifestyles, playstyles,

and socio-economic conditions.

Influences may also stem from new

technologies, materials, textures,

and effects that impact color,

relevant social media platforms

and even upcoming sporting

events that capture the world.

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By Caroline Framke

The queer-as-hell self-love anthem is the best music video

featuring Tessa Thompson & vagina pants you’ll see ever.

Based on the music videos,

Janelle Monáe’s new album

Dirty Computer isn’t exactly

going for subtle — and wow, we

are blessed. After releasing dueling

videos in late February for the

Prince-esque jam “Make Me Feel”

and the take-no-shit rap “Django

Jane,” Monáe released a third video

on Tuesday for “Pynk,” which takes

some of the subtext of those first

two videos and releases it into the

desert for a joyous coming-out.

More specifically: “Pynk” is about as

queer a music video as they come.

Monáe, flanked entirely by women,

sings about loving the “pink, like the

inside of your [wink], baby,” or like

“the tongue going down (maybe).”

She and her backup dancers wear

voluminous pink pants that, when

opened, reveal layers of ruffles

that deliberately echo vaginas. At

one point, actor Tessa Thompson —

Monáe’s friend and long-rumored

partner, who also co-starred in

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her videos for “Make Me Feel” and

“Yoga” — bursts out from between

Monáe’s pant legs with a Cheshire

cat grin. As the video’s description

puts it: “‘Pynk’ is a brash celebration

of creation. self love. sexuality. and

pussy power! PYNK is the color that

unites us all, for pink is the color

found in the deepest and darkest

nooks and crannies of humans


The jaw-dropping visuals and

words that Monáe, collaborator

Grimes, and director Emma

Westenberg put together for

“Pynk” directly call back to themes

introduced in Dirty Computer’s first

two singles. In “Django Jane,” Monáe

rapped about wanting to “paint the

city pink.” In “Make Me Feel,” she

danced as a woman thrilled to be

caught between Thompson and

an intrigued man — before

ultimately deciding, what the hell,

why not both?

don’t particularly matter. It is worth

pointing out that this kind of “pussy

power” does tend to exclude trans

women, and we could always

stand to think harder about how to

include all forms of womanhood in

such feminist celebrations.

But given how some male artists

have called upon similar imagery

and entendres to define women

entirely by their body parts, it’s still

refreshing to watch Monáe remix

the sentiment to be empowering

rather than reductive.

Dirty Computer, Monáe’s first studio

album since 2012’s Electric Lady,

will be released April 27. Monáe is

promising that it will also come in

the form of an “emotion picture,”

and while I can’t say I know exactly

what that means, I can safely say

based on the glimpses these videos

give us that we’re in for a funky,

queer-as-hell treat.


“Pynk” takes elements from both

to become a jam as defiant as it

is smooth, imagining a world in

which men either don’t exist or

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Photographs by Jackie Molloy

Photograph by Jackie Molloy

A Big Bold Show Wants

You to Rethink Pink

By Ruth La Ferla

A new exhibition at

the Fashion Institute

of Technology exploits

the glamour and

subversiveness of this

now ubiquitous color.

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Pink packs a punch. The

once playful tint of fragile

ballerinas, Bubble Yum

and Malibu Barbie has flexed

some muscle of late, taking on

overtones of sociopolitical protest,

transgression and unalloyed

eroticism. That message emerges

with unexpected force at the

Fashion Institute of Technology in

a museum exhibition that explores

variations of a color that has

ping-ponged across the centuries,

varying in tone from demure to

baldly subversive, from classy to

trashy and back.

Pink is a color in transition — pretty,

and pretty unsettling — in a show

that opens Sept. 7. Its lingering

kitsch factor has clouded its impact

“That’s one reason people think

it’s not serious,” said Valerie Steele,

the director of the Museum at F.I.T.

Ms. Steele, on the other hand,

“No longer just girlie dumb pink

but androgynous, cool hip

protesting pink, an expression of

all kinds of more complex ideas.”

would emphatically urge you to

rethink pink. “Really, it’s society that

makes color, that decides what

colors are going to mean,”

she said, a point reinforced

throughout the exhibition and in

Ms. Steele’s accompanying book,

“Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty,

Powerful Color.”

The show makes her point,

pink shedding its chaste, frothy

associations in stealthy stages

in favor of a more defiantly

confrontational and sometimes

downright kinky mood. Janelle

Monáe mined that mood to the hilt

with a copy of the ripely suggestive

costume she wore in her recent

video “Pynk.” That eye-searing

look by Duran Lantink, a Dutch

designer, is on view, its petal-like

trousers opening to reveal a rosyhued

vagina. Pink’s transgressive

impact, though, has been long in

the making.

In Western culture the color, in

near-magenta and faint, powdery

variations, was embraced by the

nobility, its popularity enhanced

in the late 14th century when new

dyes sourced from India and

Sumatra made for richer pinks.

In the mid-1700s, Madame de

Pompadour rendered a more

confectionary pink the height of

fashion: In the portraits of François

Boucher, she models a succession

of sassily beribboned shell-pink

gowns and negligees.

Photograph by Jackie Molloy

Pink during that period was

intended for both sexes, a point

underscored in the exhibition by a

mannequin showily attired a coat

and breeches, its pale salmon silk

damask contrasting smartly with a

creamy embroidered waistcoat.

But by the mid-19th century, men

had largely ceded pink to their

sisters and wives, any of whom

might have worn the coy mid-1800s

dress showcased at F.I.T., a pink

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silk taffeta gown, its multiple tiers

bordered in an effusion of ruffles.

Pink, as Ms. Steele writes, was

perceived in those days as a pretty

color expressive of delicacy.

The cultish color was taken up

by American club crawlers, the

emblem of cybergoths and ravers.

More recently, it was appropriated

by hip-hop culture. Turned out in

pink mink and diamonds at New

York Fashion Week in 2003, the

hip-hop artist Cam’ron lent the

sugary hue some clout.

“People showed me so much love,”

he later recalled. “I had to go out

to Pantone and create my own

color, which is called Killa Pink.”

With the years and shifting

emphasis, pink turned political,

the infamous pink triangle of the

Nazi era repurposed by gay

rights activists as a symbol of

protest. Pink was taken up by a

new generation of feminists as an

assertion of proud womanhood, a

trend that reached a crescendo

at the 2017 inauguration when

women descended on Washington

en masse, flaunting quaintly

homespun-looking pussy hats.

Pink took on a more knowing

shading, as marketers and scores

of young consumers made a run

on the beiged, grayed and dusty

variations known in aggregate

as millennial pink, a color that

spruced up a range of goods,

including Scandinavian furniture

and the Fenty label. Fenty’s

creator, Rihanna, improbably

melded a boudoir mood with the

aggressiveness of the playing field

in a spring 2017 collection. “I figured

pink would be over by the time this

show was up,” Ms. Steele said. But

there are indications — Tom Ford’s

pointy pink glitter shoes and the

feathery pink ball gown Lady Gaga

wore to the premiere of “A Star

Is Born,” among them — that pink

has yet to run its course. “In terms

of its meaning new things, pink

has acquired the charisma and

complexity of black,” -Ms. Steele

“Once it’s been

interpreted as


& political color

that speaks to

young men &

women of all

races, there is

no going back.”

Photograph by Jackie Molloy

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By Lauren Schwartzberg

Millennial pink, otherwise

known as blush or

delicate pink, is the trend

that simply will not go away. It’s

everywhere from Instagram-ready

restaurants, to couches, clothing

and advertising for all genders.

It’s driving fashion editors up the

wall. And it’s a glorious time for

anybody who reveled in shades of

pink in their childhood and is now

discovering that the adult world

pairs them with bronze bookends

and crystal decanters and deems

Photograph by Ori Baez

them sophisticated. But the story

behind why we’re so obsessed

with millennial pink is deeper than

simply a passing trend. It involves

everything from gender roles

to ideas of beauty, evolution,

and science.

Figuring out the science behind a

color and its response by viewers

is trickier than it seems. Our

judgments about color aren’t just

about personal preference; they’re

also about your associations, your

aesthetic ideas, and your cultural

values. We “read” colors vastly

differently depending on our

cultural standpoint; while white

in Western cultures is the color

of brides, for instance, in Indian

Hinduism it’s the color worn by

widows, and in Judaism and Islam

it’s the color worn on religious

festivals as a symbol of purity.

Millennial pink’s success shows up

in the cultural artifacts of our time:

what we consume, what we watch,

what we observe and demand. So

where has this phenomenon come

from, scientifically speaking?

It can be tempting to look at

human evolution more broadly

for the answer on pink’s appeal.

Association is a powerful thing when

it comes to color. Some pink things

in the natural world, from flowers

to watermelon to dragonfruit, are

either nutritious or unthreatening,

unlike, say, giant orange spiders.

However, we can’t take this

analogy too far, because pink can

also signal natural danger: snakes,

toxic frogs and even scorpions can

be emblazoned with pink shades

from the delicate to the shocking.

Blush pinks can also signal infection

and disease in light-skinned

people (think: fever). It’s not a safe

hypothesis to say we think of pink as

agreeable because we might have

evolved to think of it as a positive

color.preference for pinky-red

tones, so that argument looks

pretty insubstantial.

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Millennial Pink Color Map


Millennial Pink is often very difficult to define,

mostly ranging from beige with just a touch of

blush to a peach-salmon hybrid.


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