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Kayvon Zand "Home" music video featuring the Church of Vanity

Nefertara Jan 06, 2015

Crown by me The Church of Vanity for my friend Kayvon Zand Kayvon Zand II's new music video "Home" check out the ethereal video here

All Star Mondays Photos by Corey Banda

Nefertara Nov 11, 2014

a few photos from my rock musician friend Anda Volley and I's outing to All Star Mondays at Machine in Boston Photos by Corey Banda

ABNDN launch show at the Together Festival

Nefertara Jul 03, 2014

Recently, i had the joy to strut down the runway for Boston based RTW fashion label ABNDN. ABNDN is the brainchild Casey & Jessie who also happen to be two of the most gorgeous, powerful, and sweetest ladies that i know.

   The velour looks that i wore were so comfy. Also, I love that they use eco-friendly found objects to create their jewelry.

"Abandon Jewelry is forged from found and natural treasures, acquired from the depths of caves, sides of the road, or long forgotten asylums. In a world where everything is made on a production line, Abandon Jewelry offers you something that is not only one of a kind, but an artifact. Every piece is an ode to antiquity, a testament to mother nature, and a remembrance of a forgotten past.


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(me on the runway)

(me on th runway again)

ABNDN designers Casey and Jessie

(photos by Mary Lee Desmond )

(Behind the scenes shots before the show)

rocking some ABNDN with my bf/bestfriend who also modeled :)

Nefertara at All Star Mondays

Nefertara Jun 27, 2014

I had so much fun at All Star Mondays- NEXT Drag All Star Competition 
PHOTO by Corey Banda  i made my skull dress is by The Church of Vanity

nerdytara the next morning

The Church of Vanity at Sex 5th Avenue at the Museum of Sex

Nefertara Jun 27, 2014

Last month I hosted and my fashion label the Church of Vanity did a fashion installation of the new NYC monthly party Sex 5th Avenue at the Museum of Sex. My friend Kayvon Zand hosted the event and debuted his brand new music video "Just Give it Away". There were also installations by Vengeance designs Ssick designs, Muffinhead, and the Daughters of Devotion. I had so much fun and felt like I was living in the movie Party Monster. I am so lucky that several friends from Boston came to NYC to model & support me. The party aims to challenge mainstream views on beauty and sexuality. My installation was ancient Egyptian inspired. 

Severity Stone

with Stella Rose St Clair
with Kayvon Zand & Danielle

 Kayla from Vengeance Designs

Ava Patron and Anaole Fetale rocking some fashion by the Church of Vanity

Reinvention Mode

Nefertara Feb 28, 2014

reinvention mode.
create, destroy, & reset.

Life is cyclical and the only constant is change. Artistic evolution should be a constant internal & external revolution. What is the point of living without growth? Art should never be comfortable or confined.

During, these last few years life has really thrown me some earth shattering curve-balls. Creating art has always been my refuge. As a young person I lost control over my physical health and at times felt that I was a shadow skating between the realms of the living and of the dead. No matter how far you fall you can always bounce back. The shattered shards of your soul can be retrieved and revived. No one should be discarded. Don't give up hope. Others may offer you support but deep down only you can heal your own wounds.

Currently, I am at a point where I feel that the broken pieces are reconfiguring into something far more advanced, fearless, and more powerful than ever. My own physical afflictions serve me as constant reminders of the reality of suffering of others. I am sick of creating purely aesthetic surface wallpaper. I am a perfectionist driven by my own inner compulsion to create and innovate. I am insatiable. My third eye has been permanently pryed open and I feel like now is the time to start really using my voice.

Expect things to get much darker

The central part of my artistic journey has always been experimentation and i feel that now i am ready to level up.


Nefertara Feb 15, 2014


people have often asked me why i like to transform myself. the reason is simple it is freeing. When i become a creature i temporarily transcend gender and feel free from conforming to the constraints of mainstream beauty.

Yes, i get a rush from experimenting. Typically, I do small spontaneous shoots while i am waiting for my other art projects to dry.

Growing up I was an awkward ginger kid and I never felt like i fit in. Pretty quickly i developed a thick skin from being the receiver of incessant  bullying. I decided instead of trying to make myself fit other people's views of what was acceptable that I was going to do the opposite and push on in my own direction. 

When i first started applying makeup as a preteen i usually only applied makeup to transform myself and i hardly used it for the sake of beautification. I felt ugly and that no degree of normal makeup would ever make me pretty. Transforming myself seemed to be a temporary way to rid myself from my insecurities.

During this time I went to restrictive Catholic school and I got in a lot of trouble with the administration over my avant-garde looks. Several rules were added to the student handbook ,  i was sent home because of my outlandish style, and the worst was having the brutal assistant principal forcibly scrub my makeup off of my face. One of my teachers said one day she will be a fashion designer.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Nefertara Feb 13, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!
Remember that the original message of Valentine's day was spreading compassion. Love is not limited to erotica et romance. When you love yourself first then you can share love with the rest of creation.
(self-portrait as Turan, the Etruscan Goddess of Love (dress/crown by The Church of Vanity)
Taran or Turan is my namesake and is the pre-Roman version of Venus/Aphrodite the Romans reduced her to a sexual plaything to give more power to Mars. The original Goddess was a nurturing creator/mother goddess of compassion. the Romans celebrated her as the mother of their civilization in their festival Venus Genetrix. Venus is the patron goddess of vanity so basically the church of vanity is just a Venusian cult.

Venetian Carnival 2014

Nefertara Feb 11, 2014

(vintage glass brochure from a shop owned by some distant relatives of mine)

So the Olympics, fashion week, and Valentine's day  are all cool but there is another February event that owns my heart. 

This weekend marks the beginning of the annual Venetian carnival.
Next year, i will be floating down the Grand Canal in a gondola in full Venetian splendor.  This year i am creating some Venetian art in honor of my ancestor's festival.

You better believe that I wish that i could hop into a time machine back to an 18th century Venetian Carnival.

Even-though, i am an American mutt i feel like my Venetian roots have perhaps inspired my art the most.  My grandmother's family Nason has over a thousand years of history in Venice. i am the spawn of Machiavellian Venetian merchants & free spirited glass artisans.  One day i will direct a period movie set in Venezia that would make Fellini blush.

other selling factors for me are

1. the largest oil painting in the world on canvas is in the Venetian Doge's palace

"the Coronation of the Virgin" by Tintoretto

2. prominent mermaid symbolism in art

(i want this book )

3. masks! costumes! balls!

4. fresh seafood

(photos by nefertara)

5. I studied abroad in Venice

6. the official dog of Venice is a maltese. Venetian traders used to trade malteses for luxury goods.

(Woman with a Mirror (1512-1515) by Titian. She is an example of idealized Venetian beauty)

7. Venetian blonde - a shade of dark strawberry blonde is my natural hair color

(photo by nefertara)

8. gelato

9. Venice is named after my favorite Goddess Venus. 

10. the Mediterranean

11. the architecture

12. Casanova

13. pistachio cookies

14. San Marco is my favorite church in creation

15. gold, mosaics, and tiles

16. beaches

17. a fabulous film festival!

18. Venetian painted ceilings

19. Venetian mirrors

20. Titian, Veronese, Tiepolo, Vivaldi, and Tintoretto

 21. The lion of St Mark

(photo by nefertara)

Hot fashion label alert! MUZEUM

Nefertara Feb 07, 2014

Check out my friend Tokyo Diiva's new fashion label

MŪZEŪM is a fashion collaboration between Kjersti Vatle and Tokyo Diiva.

Here are my favorite shots from their ready to wear fashion show this week in Oslo, Norway.

Super glam with some 90s inspired rockstar edge.

I am excited to see more!

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  • Member Since: 2010-08-06
  • Education: College Graduate
  • Occupation: Fashion designer @ the Church of Vanity

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Fashion designer + Mermaid love child of Frida Kahlo+Marie Antoinette.

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