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The 54th Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo

1182 The 54th Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo
Fiorella Ximena Peirano Medina of Peru poses in national dress during the 54th Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo November 11, 2014. Women from 74 countries took part in the annual beauty contest. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

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Brides Marry in Russia’s “First LGBT Wedding” Thanks to Legal Loophole

“A marriage of two brides has been officially registered in Russia’s St. Petersburg, despite the country’s laws prohibiting same-sex marriages. The couple has managed to find a loophole in the system, puzzling authorities. The two brides arrived at the wedding registry office on Friday both dolled up in wedding dresses and holding brides’ bouquets. Surrounded by their friends, Irina and Alyona signed papers which mark the official start of their new life as a family.

Practically speaking, the wedding is illegal and completely contradicts Russian legislation, which prohibits same-sex marriages. However, in legal terms it does not. The trick here is that one of the brides is legally not a woman. “Yes, in my passport it says «male»,” Irina has told RT. Irina speaks of herself as a transsexual rather than transgender. “Transgender is a term to describe discrepancies between social and biological sex. I am transsexual, meaning that despite the fact that I have XY chromosomes, psychologically I am a woman,” she explained.

Irina wears women’s clothes and puts on make-up. Still on hormone therapy, visually she already looks like a real woman, though under the law she is not. The couple has used this fact to officially register their relationship, because under the Family Code of Russia marriage is “a voluntary consent of a man and a woman.” Thus, since Irina’s passport belongs to ‘male’ and Alyona’s to ‘female’ their marriage does not violate any law.

However, the event has begun to evolve into a scandal with St. Petersburg MP Vitaly Milonov, known for his anti-LGBT drive, vowing to launch a probe to check the legality of the marriage. “I understood their [registry office workers’] unconvincing arguments; they formally approached the issue and saw passports, but not people. I told the head [of the wedding registry office] that it is criminal negligence,” he told NTV. Milonov said he plans to get prosecutors involved to try to avoid such “ugly insults to millions of Russian families in the future”. – Russia Today.

1181 Brides Marry in Russias “First LGBT Wedding” Thanks to Legal Loophole
Two brides kiss during their wedding ceremony to each other at the wedding registry office in St. Petersburg November 7, 2014. The two St. Petersburg women married in the official city ceremony last week, seemingly circumventing Russia’s ban on same-sex marriages. One of the brides was born a man but is undergoing hormone therapy and considers herself a woman. Though her male passport identity ensured the marriage was legal by Russian law, a St. Petersburg lawmaker has vowed to nullify their wedding. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Underwater Wedding in Bora-Bora

1180 Underwater Wedding in Bora Bora

The stunning wedding was organized by a dive club called Top Dive, which has launched a new concept for wedding tourism in French Polynesia. The bride and groom held hands as they stood in front of a Polynesian priest who performed their eye-watering ceremony. (Photo by Ben Thouard/AFP Photo)

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Tony’s Toys (NSFW)

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TONYS TOYS is the first photo book by Irish photographer and artist Tony Kelly. It is a self-published, handmade piece of photographic art. Kelly chose the self-publishing route to sidestep the constraints of commercial publishing, allowing him to reflect his signature level of extravagance – right down to the hand stitched pages.

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Warlords Take New York – World Of Warcraft Street Ad

1177 Warlords Take New York – World Of Warcraft Street Ad

Coming off of the big buzz from Blizzcon last weekend and with the new expansion pack Warlords of Draenor coming out this week, Blizzard decided to do some creative advertising in the streets of New York.

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Artist Has a Taste for Painting

1176 Artist Has a Taste for Painting
Han Xiaoming takes the expression “a lick of paint” literally by using his tongue to produce works of art at a street booth in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang province, Oct 19, 2014. (China Daily)

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New Glass Flooring Across Tower Bridge’s High-Level

1175 New Glass Flooring Across Tower Bridges High Level
Daniella Marchesi walks across the 11 meter by 1.8 meter wide newly installed glass floor 138 feet above the River Thames at Tower Bridge, London, on November 10, 2014, after a £1 million improvement. The floor will allow visitors a view of the bridge lifts and is the most significant change since the Tower bridge Experience opening in 1982. (Photo by John Stillwell/PA Wire)

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Goths and Steampunks Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Whitby Goth Weekend

1173 Goths and Steampunks Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Whitby Goth Weekend
People dressed in a gothic costumes attend the biannual “Whitby Goth Weekend” (WGW) festival in Whitby, Northern England, on November 2, 2014. The WGW festival brings thousands of goths and alternative lifestyle fans from the UK and around the world over a weekend of music, dancing and shopping. (Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP Photo)

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2014 Super Cat Show in Rome

1171 2014 Super Cat Show in Rome
A cat is examined by the jury during the first day of the Super Cat Show 2014, on November 8, 2014 in Rome, Italy. The Super Cat Show 2014, which takes place on the 8th and 9th of November, involves the participation of 800 cats of different breeds from all over the world. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)

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Adoptive Mother Connects with Daughter Through Creative Cosplay Portrait Series

In 2012, photographer Kelly Lewis and her husband adopted younger Alice Lewis into their household. Between Alice’s dream of turning into a mannequin/actress, Kelly’s ardour for images, and all the household’s love of cosplay, the trio shortly discovered the mutual floor that may forge a deep bond between Alice and her adoptive mother and father.

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Alice Lewis in a Mother/Daughter Portrait with Kelly Lewis (Photo by Kelly Is Nice Photography)

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Artist Replaces Weapons With Flowers In Historic Pictures

1168 Artist Replaces Weapons With Flowers In Historic Pictures

These sensible collages by French artistic Blick take a stand for pacifism that’s directly highly effective and humorous. The artist took historic photographs depicting troopers on obligation or at struggle and changed their weapons with gigantic flower illustrations, making them look notably pleasant and delicate.

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The Unforbidden Cyclist by Thomas Yang

1167 The Unforbidden Cyclist by Thomas Yang

Image patterning has existed for hundreds of years; however, before Thomas Yang no one has ever thought of putting paint on the bicycle wheels and using it as a patterning tool to create very interesting-looking pictures.

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Portraits of Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

1165 Portraits of Typhoon Haiyan Survivors
Typhoon Haiyan survivor Mariena Delacueva stands amongst the ruins of her families home on November 6, 2014 in San Antonio, Samar, Philippines. Mariena’s looks after the property after her parents moved to Manila to find work so they can save enough money to rebuild the house. Residents of Leyte and surrounds are preparing for the 1-year anniversary since Super Typhoon Yolanda struck the coast on November 8, 2013, leaving more than 6000 dead and many more homeless. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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Delirious Frites Installation by Les Astronautes

1164 Delirious Frites Installation by Les Astronautes

The creator of this architectural installation, placed in a deserted alley in the city of Quebec, probably got his inspiration after looking at French fries while being on acid.

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“Quantum of the Seas” – the Most High Tech Cruise Ship

1162 “Quantum of the Seas” – the Most High Tech Cruise Ship
People gather to see the cruise ship Quantum of the Seas which is currently docked at Southampton on October 31, 2014 in Southampton, England. Billed as the world’s first smartship, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas is claimed to be the most high-tech cruise ship in the world, with high tech modifications such as virtual balconies in windowless rooms and features such as the first dodgem ride on water, and a skydiving simulator. The ship will shortly begin its voyage from Southampton, where it docked earlier this week, to New York before relocating to the Caribbean for the 2014-15 season. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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