Draxtor Despres releases new World Makers Video featuring top fashion model Absinthe

Draxtor Despres has released yet another fantastic video in his DraxFiles series – going strong with Episode 26! Excerpted the description on YouTube:

“Second Life is so multifaceted that you can’t really make a judgement as to whether somebody’s activity is more serious than somebody else’s!” says Absinthe, a virtual super model: “I get up in arms when people put down Second Life as escapism!”

Yes Absinthe, who works with HIV/AIDS children in her day job, fully embraces her SLelebrity status despite the raised eyebrows of friends and colleagues when she mentions what she terms “my hobby”.

Indeed there is no shortage of articles which dismiss in particular the fashion industry in this largest user-created virtual world as lonely adults playing Barbie & Ken after-hours.

But there is so much more underneath this playful engagement with avatar dolls: exploration of identity, ethnicity, class and embracing the creative impulse in all of us, those are just a few themes that run alongside Absinthe’s story.

Not to mention that her FEROSH project has brought her recognition beyond the virtual realm as this fashion compendium is available in physical print, rivaling RL publications in its beautiful presentation and style.

But let us for now simply embrace the wonderful distraction of some talented women in gorgeous dresses, accessories and hair.


2 thoughts on “Draxtor Despres releases new World Makers Video featuring top fashion model Absinthe

  1. I found it interesting that, as an African-American female, she chose an androgynous white avatar because she “doesn’t see color.” Her “soul avi” reflects her personality and her upbringing in and among many cultures. It’s funny, I knew my avi was “the one” when I saw her, too, and nothing has swayed me even though I know I could make improvements.


    1. For years, I’ve considered avatars as self-portraits – and self portraits can range in fidelity – from a Picasso to a Rembrandt – yet an artist attempts to capture their essence, and if they don’t, it probably leaks onto the canvas anyway . So yeah, I find it completely natural to have an african-american woman portray herself as an andro white avatar – her avatar is her essence.

      I too have settled on a projection of myself that I feel VERY comfortable with, and am loathe to change. Some of us take comfort in our consistency. I’ve found it hard to understand chameleons, but I suppose they see it differently. To me, my avatar is my essence. Our fidelity to real world ourselves seems like it might be independent of notion of “essence”.

      I feel another blog post coming…. 🙂

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