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Valerie Phillips Photographs Arvida Bystrom

 - Oct 7, 2014
References: valeriephillips & featureshoot
Arvida Bystrom is a 22-year-old Internet sensation, artist, photographer and feminist with a penchant for glitter and cats (despite the fact that she's allergic to them).

It's no wonder, then, that Bystrom's quirky character caught the eye of Valerie Phillips, who proceeded to photograph the rainbow-haired Swedish goddess for a project titled 'Hi you are beautiful how are you.' Phillips seeks to capture, but not know, or even explain, Bystrom's loud, strange and colorful personality.

Though she's not shy about sharing her overflowing opinions -- she's pro-body hair and anti-marriage, for instance -- Bystrom is still essentially shrouded in mystery. There is a enigmatic quality that makes her completely unknowable. Of course, this is the hallmark of any great muse, and Bystrom does not fail to fascinate, puzzle and delight us.