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Firmly attached: TOWIE's Joey Essex and bikini clad Sam Faiers spend their Dubai holiday kissing for all to see

Thursday, January 31, 2013
By KIMBERLEY DADDS

That's not awkwardly done: TOWIE's Joey Essex and Sam Faiers kiss for all to see as they enjoy a romantic stroll on the beach in Dubai

They've spent the last few days lapping up the sun in Dubai, updating their fans on Twitter with pictures and musings of their trip.
But for holiday makers enjoying a break at the same time as TOWIE stars Joey Essex and Sam Faiers they've been getting a lot more.
It seems the reality TV stars can't get enough of each other as they unwind during the beach getaway.

Smooching again: The reality TV stars made sure everyone could see their love as they took a dip in the water

Staying firmly attached to each other, quite literally, the pair have been kissing in the sea and on the sand, and anywhere else they go.
Showing off their trim and toned bodies, the pair spent their afternoon enjoying a leisurely walk across the beach.
Joey stood out thanks to his noticeable new hair cut and thick rimmed sunglasses.

Closer than ever: Sam cuddled her man as they cooled off from the Dubai sun mid afternoon

What are you doing? Joey attempted a cartwheel as Sam giggled in bemusement

And he kept cool in a pair of cream palm tree printed swim shorts.
Sam, meanwhile, showed off her bikini body to full effect in a snakeskin print South Beach Swim two-piece.
Revealing her toned abs and tanned skin, Sam wore her blonde locks down while shielding her eyes with some sunglasses.

source: dailymail

Now there's an advert for yoga! Fitness fanatic Miley Cyrus shows off her incredible bikini body as she 'gives thanks for her blessings' in Costa Rica

By LUCY BUCKLAND

Now that's an advert for yoga! Miley shows off the physical benefits of yoga

While most of us would be taking in the scenery on a white sand beach then perhaps catching some rays before taking a dip in the glistening clear ocean... Miley Cyrus uses her holiday time to give thanks for all her blessings, through yoga.
The former Disney star is well-known for her love of the ancient Indian practice and it seems doesn't even take a break from her routine while on holiday.
While others relaxed on the tropical beach in Costa Rica 20-year-old Miley showed just how beneficial yoga really is by performing her breathtaking routine as the sun rose.

Yoga princess: Miley shows off her perfect bikini body as she practices her yoga routine on the sands in Costa Rica

Practice makes perfect: Miley shows the benefits of the ancient Indian discipline

Taut and toned: Miley shows off her incredible flexibility on the sands

And slim Miley certainly has a lot to celebrate, she got engaged in June 2012 and her career is going from strength to strength.
The star is getting back to her super-healthy ways after suffering a minor setback, she follows a gluten free diet, loved by stars, including Gwyneth Paltrow.
And the bread, pasta and pizza-free way of life seems to be paying off for Miley.

Worship: Miley doesn't just laze on a sunbed on holidays you know

That looks tough! Miley balances all her weight on her arms, a move that takes months of practice

Tanning and working out: Miley kills two birds with one stone as she gets into her yoga routine
Sunrise: Miley shows off her incredible bikini figure on the sands

She tweeted on Thursday evening: ‘Tooooo. Muuuuch. Pizzzzzza. back on the health train tomorrow. #cheatnight. You cant always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.
‘I now remember why I never eat pizza. It makes me feel like s**t. #glutenized
‘Let me clarify "s**t" wasn't meaning "fat" I mean sick. Because gluten is poisoning me. Your stomach has a brain too & it hates S**T food. Ate to much pizza and French fries. Yoga and a swim in the a.m.'

Getting into position: Miley is well-known for her love of yoga, although she admitted she had taken a break before her holiday

Miley is on a surfing holiday with Liam and brother Chris Hemworth.
And although the pair are engaged rumours sparked that the young couple may have secretly tied the knot after Miley referred to hunky Liam as her husband and the couple were spotted wearing what looked like wedding rings over Christmas.
Speaking to Cosmopolitan, Miley said: 'I'm happy I don't have to date anyone. I was like, "I'm so happy I'm married, because you guys are cruel!'"

source: dailymail

Every inch the cover girl! Selena Gomez displays her toned figure in a patchwork bodycon dress as she celebrate her magazine spread

By JADE WATKINS

Pretty in patchwork: Selena Gomez looked every inch the cover girl as she attended a bash to celebrate her new Nylon magazine cover and spread at Soho House on Tuesday night

She appears on the front cover of the latest issue of edgy fashion bible Nylon.
And Selena Gomez looked every inch the cover girl as she attended a bash to celebrate the accolade on Tuesday night.
The 20-year-old actress and singer displayed her very toned legs in a patchwork bodycon dress featuring braided leather trim at the party held at Soho House in West Hollywood.

Duck lips: The Monte Carlo star did her best pout as she posed with her special edition of the magazine

The brunette beauty made her outfit, consisting of green, beige and cream hues, pop even more by slipping on a pair of stand-out sorbet orange stilettos.
Selena's dark locks looked glossy out in a wavy style and her make-up was flawless with a smokey eye and nude lip applied.
The Monte Carlo star did her best pout as she posed with her special edition of the magazine.

Lady with leathergoods: Selena signed the Coach 'Selena' bag, who was sponsoring the event as part of an online auction for Charitybuzz.com with all the proceeds benefiting UNICEF which goes to auction February 11th

During the evening, Selena signed the Coach 'Selena' bag, who was sponsoring the event as part of an online auction for Charitybuzz.com with all the proceeds benefiting UNICEF which goes to auction February 11th.
The newly single star was joined by a host of other celebrities at the soiree held at the private members only establishment.
Best friend and Spring Breakers co-star Ashley Benson came out to support her pal and looked great in a sexy little black dress.
Hart of Dixie star Jaime King was meanwhile white hot in a low-cut Elie Saab tight jumpsuit and metallic pointed-toe heels.
The 33-year-old blonde wore her hair slicked back into a bun and had lashings of red-lipstick on her pout.

Looking good: The 20-year-old actress and singer displayed her very toned legs in a patchwork bodycon dress featuring braided leather trim as she posed with Publisher Jaclynn Jarrett and Editor Marvin Scott Jarrett

source: dailymail

'I love carbs but denial is good training': Jason Momoa opens up about his intense fitness regime as he covers Men's Health

By FEHINTOLA BETIKU

'I love carbs': Jason Momoa tells all about his fitness regime as his covers the March edition of Men's Health

In 2011 he made people pay attention when he took on the role which made Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name.
And making his mark on the industry, Jason Momoa has opened up about the methods he uses to ensure he stays in the best shape as the demand for him in the industry increases.
Covering the March issue of Men's Health, the 33-year-old actor, and model, surprisingly revealed that he's not a big fan of doing weights or sticking to diets.
Speaking about the dietary requirements for his built physique, Jason admitted that he's not keen on eating food which weigh him down and has a thing for 'cigars and booze'.

'You need to eat big and lift big': Despite Jason's impeccable form he admitted he's not a fan of doing weights

The Hawaii-born star professed: 'You need to eat big and lift big. But I prefer to eat as much lean meat and green veg as possible and save the calories for Guinness. It keeps you sane.
'I love carbs but denial is good training for the mind. After finishing a one-month cleanse, I had a giant bowl of pasta and I swear to Christ it was like I was on heroin.'
Revealing his guilty pleasures, Jason added: 'I love cigars and booze. If you’re going to pound the beers you’ve got to suck it up. It [the treadmill] gets you going, man. Then you can have that beer.'

'I wanted to be strong but agile': Momoa said role his role in the 2011 film Conan The Barbarian that he didn't just want to be beefy and took on the characteristics of a wild cat

In the shots taken for the popular men's magazine, Jason puts his muscular frame on display in a fitted grey T-shirt and a pair of dark jeans.
Showcasing his freshly chopped brown hair, as the handsomely rugged actor threw punches at the camera he lived up to his tough guy image.
Despite the simple and no nonsense style of the hard-hitting stills, as Momoa held up his fist he managed to continue to carry forward his heartthrob status.

Handsomely rugged: Jason also played the role of Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones

Going back to the way he envisioned how he wanted to look for his portrayal of the vengeful warrior in Conan the Barbarian, Jason explained he didn't just want to be bulky.
Instead Momoa said he took on the qualities that felines exhibit to build his character for the action packed Marcus Nispel film.

Ripped: Jason's full interview can be found in the March issue of Men's Health out February 1

He recalled: 'I wanted Conan to be like a big cat. I wanted to be strong but agile. They hunt and they eat. That’s why they’re big.
'I’m not a big fan of just doing weights. Anything more physical is infinitely better.'
The father-of-two, who is married to Lisa Bonet, continued: 'Whether that’s working on my house or hitting at the holes in my driveway with a pick.'
For his latest role, Jason stars alongside Sylvester Stallone and Christian Slater in the Walter Hill directed film Bullet to the Head.

Group shot: Other stars of the Walter Hill film in tow included Sarah Shahi and Sung Kang

Momoa plays a character called Keegan, in the motion picture that sees Stallone play a New Orleans hitman who joins forces with a New York City cop to take on the killers of their professional partners.
Reliving what it was like to go up against the legend that is Stallone, Jason confessed he was a little apprehensive when they filmed their final fight scene.
He said: 'At the end of Bullet to the Head I had to swing this wooden axe at top speed right at Stallone and you don’t really want to clip him. He’s got these slabs of meat for fists.'
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Sarah Shahi and Sung Kang also have lead parts in the blockbuster.
Read Jason Momoa interview in the Men's Health March issue on sale Friday 1 February.

'He’s got these slabs of meat for fists': Jason also told Men's Health that he was a little apprehensive about going up against Stallone in their new film

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'Glad to see you're feeling better': Judge tells sleepy Lindsay Lohan she could still face jail even if found not guilty by jury... as trial date is set over car crash case

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Hard day's night: A sleepy-looking Lindsay Lohan appeared in court in Los Angeles on Wednesday for a probation violation hearing - hours after being rejected from two LA hotels

Lindsay Lohan was told by a judge on Wednesday that she could still be found in violation of her probation - even if a jury finds her not guilty.
The actress was in court for a hearing relating to a lying to police and reckless driving over a car crash in June last year on Pacific Coast Highway.
Judge Stephanie Sautner set a trial date for next month, and dryly commented to Lindsay: 'I'm glad to see you're feeling better,' in reference to the actress almost not showing up on health grounds.

Strained: Lindsay appeared strung out as her lawyer spoke in court, but managed a few polite smiles

Lindsay confirmed that Mark Heller, her new lawyer, will represent her in the case, after cutting ties with long-time attorney Shawn Holley.
Lohan hesitated when asked if she was comfortable with the change in legal representation - but agreed - amid reports she was desperate to get Holley back after reportedly firing her.
The 26-year-old actress is facing jail over claims she lied to police over a car crash in June last year on Pacific Coast Highway.

Tense: The actress was joined by her New York-based lawyer Mark Heller after cutting ties with long-term attorney Shawn Holley

At the time she told police her assistant Gavin Doyle was driving her Porsche - but he later told police it was Lohan behind the wheel. Lindsay, whose probation stemming from her 2011 jewellery theft case was formally revoked in December, has been told that even if jurors find her not guilty in the trial, she could still be found in violation of her probation, because the standard of proof is lower.
Essentially that means a jail term could still be on the cards.

Facing justice: Lindsay was back in court with Judge Stephanie Sautner

New York lawyer Heller attempted to court favour with the judge, asking her about her NYC link as a former detective in the Big Apple.
'That was in another life,' Sautner fired back. 'Flattery does not get your anywhere in this court.'
Sautner also revealed that she is retiring later this month - so will not be the judge in Lindsay's trial.
'I'm retiring before the 1st March, she said referring to Lindsay's next hearing: 'Not that I planned it this way.'
The next hearing will be March 1 where motions will be filed, while the trial has been set for March 18.
Lohan, joined by her mother Dina, arrived seven minutes late for the hearing, turning up at 8.37am local time for her 8.30am hearing wearing a sleeveless black dress with keyhole detailing at the back and her hair up in a ponytail.
She was also displaying what appeared to be a new tattoo on her right inner arm - a red triangle with script underneath.

Red-eyed: She appeared to be suffering from a lack of sleep after jetting into LA late on Tuesday

source: dailymail

Leaving her 'Little Peanut' at home: Adele tears herself away from her son Angelo as she steps out in Beverly Hills

By SARAH FITZMAURICE

Tearing herself away from her Little Peanut: New mother Adele was seen in Beverly Hills last week

She has been busy being a mother to her son Angelo James Konecki but last week Adele made a rare trip out without her little man. The 24-year-old singer stepped out last Thursday minus her baby boy, taking a short break from her parenting duties. The Skyfall singer was seen getting out of a Land Rover in a car park and she had her earphones plugged into her phone.
Adele sported a fresh-faced look, with no make-up and she had her hair piled high into a bun on top of her head.
The mother-of-one wore a large green parka with a fur trim and leather sleeves and a pair of black leggings.
Like any new mother, the singer appeared to be tired and seemed eager to get back to her son.

Multi-tasking: The 24-year-old singer was seen talking on her phone as she walked and the new mother appeared to be tired

Dressed down day: Adele wore a casual ensemble in a pair of leggings, a green parka with a fur hood and trainers

Adele has been keeping a low profile since having her first child with beau Simon Konecki in October.
Despite initially keeping her baby's name a secret the singer gave the game away when she stepped out with a gold necklace with the moniker on.
The singer is set to perform at the Oscars in February as part of a Bond tribute, celebrating 50 years of the film franchise.
Adele is also nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for her rendition of Set Fire To The Rain at the 2013 Grammy Awards which will be held on February 10.

Busy schedule: Adele, who has kept a low profile in recent months, is set to perform at the Oscars and is nominated for Grammy Award, both ceremonies are taking place in February

source: dailymail

Drawing plenty of attention: The incredible sketches which look just like digital photographs

By EMMA REYNOLDS

On first glance, these stripped-back images of well-known figures look like beautifully shot photographs.

In fact, each one is an incredibly detailed pencil drawing.
Their astonishing realism is rapidly making their young artist as famous as his subjects - who include Beyonce, Amy Winehouse, Princess Diana and Mother Teresa.
Kelvin Okafur, 27, graduated from Middlesex University in fine art and is now making waves across the country.
His subjects include popular music artists Tinie Tempah, James Morrison and Adele.
He has also picked out tragic figures from actor Heath Ledger to the late King of Jordan, King Hussein - and with each, he tries to evoke an emotion in the viewer.

Back to Black: Singer Amy Winehouse is shown staring wide-eyed into the distance in this emotive sketch

Finally, he has used friends and colleagues for the impressively accurate images, which look like soft focus digital photos.
Last year, the artist from Tottenham, north London, exhibited at numerous major art galleries and won a clutch of prestigious national awards for his remarkable work.
Each of his pieces takes around 80-100 hours to complete, over approximately three weeks in the studio.
Mr Okafor creates each piece only in black and white - using graphite pencils, charcoal, black coloured pencil and sometimes grey pastels.
Yet he believes that the range of tone, shade and texture is almost endless.

Windows to the soul: Kelvin Okafor begins with the eyes when he creates his realistic sketches of famous faces from Beyonce to Mother Teresa

He draws on a combination of life and photographs, working on his art for up to 15 hours a day.
He admits he is 'passionate about precision'.
'I aspire to create art as vivid as eyes could see,' the artist writes on his blog.
'I want my drawings to prompt an emotional response, making viewers feel as though they are looking at a real live subject.
Mr Okafor describes the pencil as 'a humble instrument', but says this is part of its appeal.
'I’ve always been creative, but fell in love with using pencils in particular.
'It amazed me, that with only one shade of lead, you can create so many tones and textures, and almost create the illusion of colour.

Invincible: The Middlesex University Fine Art graduate is gaining increasing recognition with images including this one of pop star Tinie Tempah

'It was only when my images started to create a buzz with other Middlesex University students that I realised their impact.'
He was selected as one of the top two pieces of work at Cork Street Gallery's Winter Show in 2012 and recently won the Catherine Petitgas Visitors’ Choice Prize, part of the National Open Art Competition.
His work is currently on display at the The Watercolours + Works on Paper Fair at the London Science Museum, until February 3.
Before starting a piece, Mr Okafor spends a few days analysing a photo, concentrating first on the subject’s eyes, which are central to his works' impact.
His pieces are now selling for on average £8,000-£10,000, depending on the scale.

Each work takes the 27-year-old up to 100 hours to complete, and he tries to inspire emotion in the viewer with vivid portraits. Pictured, Heath Ledger and Princess Diana

'The attention I’m receiving is surreal and hasn’t really sunk in yet,' he added.
'I’m usually sheltered from it in my studio as I continue to build my portfolio, but I’m really humbled and honoured that so many people appreciate my work.
'I hope to have my own gallery in the future.'
He has now had more than 50 commissions, and the dedicated artist cites his role models as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo - because they not only mastered the arts but branched out into other fields including engineering, poetry, science and maths.
Twitter users describe his work as 'incredible', 'extraordinary' and 'astounding'.

Beauty of life: Mr Okafor favours using a simple pencil because he it is 'humble' and allows a subject - such as James Morrison, pictured - to shine

The talented artist is gaining a large following and has made videos showing the evolution of his work, to illustrate just how each one is created.
Even so, the extent of his skill is truly breathtaking.
Watch this space.

Rated R: The London-based artist has now scooped national awards and is exhibiting across the country. Pictured, Rihanna

In line for fame and fortune: Singer Corinne Bailey Rae, left, was another source of inspiration for Kelvin Okafor, right

source: dailymail

Miss Inappropriate: US High School teacher, 23, 'tweeted nude photos of herself, called her students JAIL BAIT and talked about getting high'

By SNEJANA FARBEROV

A 23-year-old math teacher has been suspended from her job after it was revealed she had been posting half-naked photos of herself on Twitter and joking about using drugs at school.

Carly McKinney, a math teacher at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado, was placed on paid administrative leave on Tuesday after admitting to a local TV station that she created the Twitter account CarlyCrunkBear (@crunk_bear) with the help of a friend.
The page, which has since been taken down, included explicit photos of the blonde teacher along with multiple posts about smoking marijuana on school grounds.

Trouble: Carly McKinney, a math teacher at Overland High School in Aurora, was placed on paid administrative leave on Tuesday after admitting to a local TV station that she created the Twitter account CarlyCrunkBear

Racy: Carla's Twitter page included provocative photos along with many posts about using drugs

The explosive allegations came to light after 9News was tipped off about the Twitter account by a viewer Monday. McKinney later admitted to the TV station that she was behind the tweets.
One post read: 'Naked. Wet. Stoned,' while another said: 'Watching a drug bust go down in the parking lot. It's funny cuz I have weed in my car in the staff parking lot.'
Other messages suggested that the teacher was grading papers while under the influence of drugs and spending time on Twitter 'instead of being productive' during the school day.

Naughty: The 23-year-old teacher claimed that she and a friend created the page as a parody, and that it she never was in possession of drugs during the school day

In one post allegedly referring to a student, McKinney wrote: 'Just got called Ms McCutie. Point for being clever, however you are still jailbait.'
In a bizarre twist, one of the most revealing photos allegedly depicting McKinney doing a handstand wearing only a paid of lacy panties was retweeted by DJ Diplo to promote his newest single, Express Yourself, iDigital Times reported.
The first-year teacher and a friend told 9News that the Twitter account was intended as a parody.
The 23-year-old woman claimed that she was not aware of some of the provocative posts her unnamed friend was making, adding that she never was in possession of drugs on school property.

'Girl gone wild': McKinney joked on her Twitter account that she was grading papers while high and kept a stash of marijuana in her car on school property

Cherry Creek School District officials responded by saying that all employees are trained about social media use and are encouraged not to post anything online that they would not want to put on the classroom blackboard.
Officials, however, added that teachers have first amendment right to free speech, especially in so far as personal social media sites are concerned
In a phone interview with MailOnline Tuesday evening, Tustin Amole, director of communications for Cherry Creek School District, said that officials launched an investigation into McKinney's conduct after learning of the allegations from 9News.

Scene: A Cherry Creek Schools teacher must explain to district officials why a Twitter page contained half-naked photos and a claim of possessing marijuana on school grounds

Amole emphasized that the paid administrative leave is not a disciplinary action, but rather a routine measure.
According to the district spokesperson, the main goal of the probe is to determine whether the 23-year-old educator used or was in possession of drugs on school property, which is illegal under state law.
Amole went on to say that to the best of her knowledge, McKinney has not been named in any other complaints during her tenure at the school.

source: dailymail

The white slave tattooed by her Native American family, full-body fanatics of the 1920s and cancer victims who opt for 'ink bras' instead of new breasts: A fascinating history of women with tattoos

By RUTH STYLES

Most people think of tattoos as a modern phenomenon. But according to new book, Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoos, the so-called tramp stamp has a much longer history than we realise.

From the woman who was tattooed as part of a Native American religious rite to the upper class Victorian society women who went crazy for tattoos, getting inked has been part of subversive subculture for centuries.
And while covering your body with tattoos has become part of a popular trend for body decoration, for Olive Oatman, one of the first white women ever to be given a tattoo, it wasn't a matter of choice.

Pioneer: Olive Oatman was taken in by the Mojave tribe after her family was killed. The Mojave tattooed her chin to ensure her passage into the afterlife

Oatman's story began when she was kidnapped aged 13 by a group of Yavapais Indians, along with her sister Mary Ann, 10. Apart from her brother Lorenzo who was clubbed and left for dead, the rest of her family were murdered by their attackers in what came to be known as the 'Oatman massacre'.
The girls remained with their by Yavapais captors for a year, during which time they were treated as little more than slaves and endured repeated beatings.

Going Native: In this 1858 lithograph, Olive Oatman is seen being presented to the Mojave tribal council before being tattooed as part of a religious rite

But their luck changed when a group of Mohave Indians arrived in their kidnapper's village and persuaded the Yavapais to give up the girls in exchange for two horses and some blankets.
The pair were swiftly moved to a Mojave village on the Colorado River, where they were taken in by one of the village families and treated as full members of the tribe.
Although both girls were tattooed by the Mojave, Mary-Ann sadly didn't live long enough to be photographed - dying of starvation during a famine that hit the region a year after their arrival.

Slave: Although Olive was treated well by the Mohave, her younger sister Mary Ann (also tattooed) died from starvation

'She [Olive] was raised by Mojave Indians after her family was killed on a trip from Western Illinois,' recounts Margot Mifflin, author of Bodies Of Subversion. 'The tribe tattooed lines on her chin because they believed it would ensure her passage to the afterlife.'
Oatman remained with the Mojave until she was 19, when the authorities at nearby Fort Yuma belatedly found out that a white girl was living with the tribesmen.
A messenger from the Yuma tribe was sent to negotiate with the Mojave for her release and eventually, they agreed to part with her in exchange for horses and blankets.

Circus: Betty Broadbent, a 1920s circus performer, is one of the many women whose story is told in Margot Mifflin's new book (right)

At Fort Yuma, Oatman was reunited with her brother Lorenzo. Although she later married, to cattleman John B. Fairchild, she never had children although the couple did adopt a daughter, Marnie, in 1877.
After she died aged 65 in 1903, rumours surfaced of a previous marriage to a Mojave chieftain which was said to have produced two sons. But romantic as it sounds, the rumours were never substantiated.
Since Olive was given her tattoos in 1858, body art has become an ubiquitous part of modern life in the UK, with an estimated 20 million Brits believed to have one.

Painted lady: Women with extensive tattoos, such as this one, were often to be found in travelling circuses during the 1920s

Tattooing has long been part of Polynesian culture, while body art has also been found on the mummified remains of Ancient Egyptian priests and priestesses.
Although tattoos first made an appearance in the woad etchings of Iron Age Britons, they didn't reappear in Western culture until the 19th century and the first recorded body art craze which originated in Victorian high society.

Fashion: By the 1920s, tattoos were seen as seriously stylish, including by this woman seen being inked by legendary Bowery tattooist Charlie Wagner

Popularised by 19th century explorers returning home to the UK full of tales about the weird and wonderful tattooed women they saw on their travels, tattoos swiftly became the accessory of choice for upper class women.
Such was the intensity of the craze for body art during the Victorian period, even Queen Victoria is believed to have had one in the form of a Bengal tiger fighting with a python.
Wartime Prime Minister, Winston Churchill's mother Jennie also had a serpent tattoo, although hers was rebelliously visible and inked bracelet style around her wrist.

Pin up: Australian model, Cindy Ray, had become a global superstar by 1962 - all thanks to her elaborate tattoos

'Upper class women were making a feminist gesture,' explains Mifflin. 'They were taking control of their bodies when they had little power elsewhere.'
Sadly, tattoos didn't equal control for many Victorian women, some of whom were tattoed against their will and press-ganged into work as circus attractions.
According to Bodies of Subversion, several women claimed to have been abducted and forcibly tattooed before being made to pose for paying punters visiting the period's popular travelling freak shows.
Other tattoo tales chronicled in the book include the story of Maud Wagner, the first known woman tattooist, who in 1904 traded a date with her tattooist husband-to-be for an apprenticeship and the story of the first British female tattooist - one Justine Knight who opened her London business in 1921.

Art: Circus attraction turned tattooist Irene 'Bobbie' Libarry, (photographed in 1976) followed in the footsteps of pioneering female tattooist, Maud Wagner

Creative: Modern tattoos by the likes of German collaborative team Simone Pfaff and Volker Merschky or Roxx can be just as compelling as their vintage counterparts

Stunning: Beautiful tattoos, such as this inked bra, have become popular with cancer survivors who use them to conceal post-mastectomy scars

Elaborate: According to the book, tattoos such as this one by Saira Hunjan should be regarded as art in their own right

'The future of tattooing is about decorating the body and not hanging pictures on it. And abstract work has a better chance of standing the test of time.'
Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoos by Margot Mifflin (£15.20, Powerhouse Books) is available from amazon.co.uk

source: dailymail