Beauty Fire Sale
Most Important Ugly
A photo series in collaboration with Tayler Smith, 2014
I asked a series of 15 questions to my sitter about identity and shame and anxiety and their history of makeup. If they have a lot of anxiety about gender, we explored that. If it’s about being Asian, we talked about that a lot. It was a photo essay on finding someone's root in beauty as a framework of identity. We wanted to find the roots in order to make a shell for our sitters to push through.
Other Past Projects
I've collaborated on hologram video games, on drone poetry, on roundtable discussions about race and identity, on music videos, and on documentaries.
U.S.Gay by Sons of an Illustrius Father
Directed/Edited by Mars Hobrecker
Choreographed by Jerome Bwire Hair by Sean Bennett
Makeup by Slater Stanley Lighting assistance by Tayler Smith
Cast: Karmenife Paulino, Jahmal Golden, Coco Romack, Devante Hart, Third Fernandez, Arabelle Sicardi, Tyler Ford, Archie Robertson, Tara-Jo Tashna
Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet, AAWW
In Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging, Minh-Ha T. Pham examines the phenomenal rise of elite Asian diasporic bloggers who have made a career of posting photographs of themselves wearing clothes on the Internet. NYU Associate Professor Thuy Linh Tu and beauty and fashion politics blogger Arabelle Sicardi join Pham in a discussion on “Asian taste,” racialized eliteness, and the digital fashion economy.
PBS Digital Studios First Person #3: Queering Fashion
In the third episode of First Person, host Kristin Russo talks with fashion icons Nicolette Mason, Arabelle Sicardi, and Rae Tutera about the intersection of fashion and queer identity.