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Welcome to the World of Weirdos

The eccentrics, or weirdos, fascinate us by their strangeness as much as by their courage or their intuitions. From the inventor Nikola Tesla to Lady Gaga, through Warhol or Lynch, they are at the forefront of their time and perhaps even the next, and we love them because they are the ones who will change the world.
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Crazy red hair and a lunar face - this is Natasha Lyonne. The actress, atypical even for Hollywood, has created, written, and directed a series for Netflix: a thirty-year-old woman called Nadia seeks to stop reliving her birthday party and dies in fifty different ways. A day without end, but reviewed by Hunter S. Thompson. Russian Dolls received an unexpected success with nominations. In The Observer, Natasha Lyonne admits: "You see, I am a message of hope for all weirdos who have had a bad time in high school. The same things that I was attacked at the time became the ones for which I am now rewarded." It is hard to define the name weirdo - the definition given by the institution of the American slang, Urban Dictionary, explains it something like this: "Someone who is different from all the others, but that's good because he is himself and not like everyone else. Other artificial assholes we see today. It's OK to be a weirdo, and, if someone tells you otherwise, tell him to sink a cactus there, in the ass." In the standard dictionary, the definition a little less encouraging: "A person who is extraordinarily strange or eccentric." Someone who dares to post such a difference necessarily has a particular penchant for creation. It is, therefore, not surprising to see sublime weirdos on the international pop-rock scene. Among them is the queen of extravagant costumes, Lady Gaga, and her self-proclaimed fans little monsters, or the idol Prince, who wanted, for a time, to be renamed under the name of an unpronounceable symbol. In a hilarious video on Vimeo, director Kevin Smith recounts his week with Prince for the needs of a documentary about religion, where he is completely overwhelmed by the tortuous spirit of the Minneapolis Kid. After a few days, the musician's assistant tried to explain things to him: "Prince has been in Prince's world for a long time. He may request a camel at 3 am, here in Minnesota, in January, without imagining that it is physically or psychologically impossible. This is not malice, only another way of thinking." Of course, the public laughs heartily, but under this joke lies a truth: these characters are not necessarily aware of the impossible. They attempt seemingly irrational experiments to succeed where others would have seen only an undefeatable wall. For 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, it was not crazy to think that young people around the world can be motivated to solve the serious environmental problems that face today. And governments are experimenting with the international wave of protests generated by the Swedish high school student.


Peroxidised Wig

At the end of the nineteenth century, Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-Croatian engineer, invented AC power, revolutionised the approach to electricity, and had the prescience of the Internet and Wi-Fi, among others. Everyone has taken him for a madman, a perception a little aggravated by his quirks: his eidetic memory, his phobia of pearls, his tocs, his crazy love of pigeons, and other. Fifteen years ago, a visionary entrepreneur paid tribute to him by establishing Tesla, an electric car construction firm. Elon Musk is not left out of visions: after making a fortune with PayPal, he founded SpaceX, which specialises in aerospace and space transportation services, as well as a tunnel-drilling company in California called ( ironically?) The Boring Company. Combine some very wacky statements about aliens, artificial intelligence, or cyborgs, as well as an astonishing romance with rock weirdo, singer, and Canadian artist Grimes, and you get a perfect weirdo power. A love-hate relationship with the public also had the master of pop art, Andy Warhol, whose personality undoubtedly is just like an artwork by itself. King of weirdos, Warhol, with his eternal peroxidised wig, hypochondria, and sick accumulation of everyday objects, had the vision of the instant glory - the fifteen minutes of fame - that today rules social networks. He was rejected by the art community in New York in the 1950s before creating his own biotope, the Factory. David Lynch, director of two of the weirdest films in the history of cinema - Eraserhead and Inland Empire - has also never conceded to normality.

In 1979, during an interview, he explained: "Really, I'm not so strange. Everyone has his little one ... the inhabitants of the abyss and all that." In 2017, he created the stunning series The Return, a gem that twists the brain of fright and delights by his audacity at the same time. Lynch, influenced by his practice of meditation, also added: "You will not know yourself by talking to yourself or looking at yourself in the mirror, but by diving deeply and experiencing your being." Many musicians follow the same inner voice. Thom Yorke - whose hit Creep with Radiohead in 1993 became the hymn of weirdos (But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo / What the hell am I doing here?) - has just filmed with Paul Thomas Anderson a short film of music, Anima, broadcasted on Netflix. Billie Eilish, another ultra-talented rebel, refuses to smile or sell herself with sexy looks in the country of Barbie look-a-likes. As Silicon Valley strategist Mike Lazerow wrote: "Instead of trying to get our kids into the mold, we should help them celebrate their differences."


Pink Sequins & Giant Crinolines

High fashion priestess Diana Vreeland, who had a passion for excesses, told her children not to be average but either very bad or excellent. Mentor of new beauty icons like Penelope Tree or Cher, she saw normality as a slow death of the personality - who says normal, says boredom. Especially in fashion. Designer Marc Jacobs, for example, unapologetically wears ironic but still elegant jackets with pink paillettes, scarves, and sneakers in the most original colors. In London, creator Matty Bovan lives at 29 with his parents in Yorkshire but revolutionises the podiums with giant crinolines, deconstructed and twisted. He has worn rainbow hair, delirious looks, and make-up on a daily basis ever since he was 16 years old. He told The Evening Standard"Today I was walking to the subway, and this old man stared at me, literally with disgust. I thought, 'Yep, that's OK.' Because I do not like the status quo, and I have never loved them." The big winner of the bizarre fight against boredom is, of course, Alessandro Michele at Gucci, the ultimate flamboyant weirdos champion, who carries a deep love for eccentricity, empathy, and curiosity. His castings celebrate the differences with atypical beauties like Ellia Sophia. The Resort 2020 collection presented in Rome is a perfect ode to the beaubizarre, using its aestheticism as a way to stand out.


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