Beauty Beyond the Pale #ShowMeFreyja

A while back someone lamented (in a blog I can’t find again – argh!) that while European artists have happily depicted any and every god of the world as European people over the centuries, there’s precious little art available today depicting European gods as people from anywhere else in the world. It’s far too hard for Pagans of Color to see themselves in the gods if the gods never look like them.

Freyja didn’t like that one bit.

Freyja is the [Northern] [Goddess of Beauty], not the [Goddess] of [Northern Beauty], dammit. There is beauty literally EVERYWHERE.

As a Freyjaswoman, it’s my duty to find it, and raise it up in the world! If I can’t find it, then I’d better see about creating it!

Ma’am, yes Ma’am!

So I’m going to try to do just that. Here’s my first attempt:

This portrait of Freyja is based on the amazingly beautiful Gina Torres

This portrait of Freyja is based on the amazingly beautiful Gina Torres!

Over time I intend to find beautiful people of many ethnicities, body shapes, and persuasions to use as models for as many portraits of Freyja as I can manage, because beauty belongs to everyone, and Freyja shows us that.

How can you contribute? Three ways!

1: If you are a visual artist of some kind, and especially if you are dedicated to a Deity of Beauty of some kind, join me in this project, depicting people as whichever Deity of Beauty you are dedicated to! Get out there and #ShowMeFreyja (Or, y’know #ShowMeAphrodite, #ShowMe[YourGodHere])

2: On my own I’m going to start with images of humans whose beauty knocks my socks off. I know that’s a huge bias. So feel free to break me out of my bubble! Suggest someone for me to portray as Freyja (or some other European deity, if that seems more suitable)!

3: I know I can’t possibly be the first person to do this. If you find other examples of artists depicting European gods as people of non-European ethnicities, point me to them!


About EmberVoices

Ember Cooke has been a member of Hrafnar and Seidhjallr for more than a decade, where she trained to be a Seidhkona, Galdrakona, and Gythia. She founded the Vanic Conspiracy and made ordination vows to the Vanir and her congregation in the summer of 2013. She has contributed to several publications on Heathen and Northern Pagan subjects and regularly presents rituals and workshops at festivals. Her personal practice is more diverse, as the Vanir have lead her into cross-training and service for the wider Pagan community. This has including medium and servitor training in American Umbanda, clergy training with the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, and jail ministry for local counties. She holds a BA with honors in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. Ember has lived all her life in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and is intimately bound to the valley of her birth.
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7 Responses to Beauty Beyond the Pale #ShowMeFreyja

  1. Pingback: Wish Me Luck and #ShowMeFreyja | EmberVoices: Listening for the Vanir

  2. sonyjalerulv says:

    Very well done. I saw the pic and thought ‘Oh wow, she reminds me of Gina Torres’ . Then I read the description and saw I was right. Very good work! I find your project fascinating. A great idea. If I find anything I will be sure to frward it to you.
    Hail Freyja!

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  3. Rose says:

    Lupita Nyong’o. If she isn’t a goddess of beauty in earthly form I don;t know who is 😉

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  4. That is kind of amazing, not just because it’s beautiful but because I’ve actually seen Her look like my favorite Browncoat.

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  5. We Bring The Fire says:

    Reblogged this on We Bring The Fire.

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