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From Alicia Keys’ bold move to live life makeupless, to Meghan Trainor’s statement against the photoshoppers who slimmed down her waist, women everywhere are stepping out of the shadows to challenge our current culture’s idea of beauty. Teens, twenties, thirties and beyond; models, moms to the average gal are striving to educate women on altered images, as they unapologetically embrace their “own brand of beautiful.”

With his quiet demeanor, laid back temperament and boyish features, it’s easy to imagine contemporary artist Ricardo Moody as a child, arms and elbows atop a table, engrossed in his drawings. The artist could easily go unnoticed in a crowded room, except that his personal style speaks volumes.

When I arrive at Ricardo’s home, he is wearing a Hurley x Tim Hendricks tee, red vintage Nike low tops, a Milkcrate Athletics 5-panel hat and hipster approved denim. I didn’t know God made teachers like this. He is way cooler (and cuter) than the schoolmarmish educators who walked my high school’s halls.

Photography by Blackbird Creative

It’s said often that we live in a “materialistic” culture, but that implies that we actually value material things. Our culture is less materialistic than it is disposable — instead of investing in material goods built to last, we buy cheap things and toss them when they inevitably break down.

Businesses like J. Parker Reclaimed Furniture are a counterstrike against disposability. Owner Jacqueline Parker’s beautiful, clean-lined creations are made from 100% reclaimed wood, and their durability and aesthetic appeal set them apart from big-box plywood desks and tables.