Men in Bloom

Real men wear flowers. I'm sorry. I just said that to get your attention. I hate those blatantly generalized real-men-have-curves type of statements that keep us comparing ourselves to the imaginary standard of what "real" men or women are. I guess I should say: My favorite people, the ones who appreciate nature and beauty regardless of gender stereotypes, wear flowers. There ya go.

For this portrait series, my sister and I traveled across the USA, asking men to model flower crowns. It started as an innocent idea, but quickly turned into an awkwardly awesome social experiment. Bottom line: wearing them won't strip any man of his masculinity. I'm not saying all men should, because, like culottes, it's not a great look on everyone. However, the ones who pull it off are confident with themselves and not insecure about their sexuality. (Same goes for culottes.)

As a feminist florist, I feel it is my duty to break down these walls. It's 2015, people--flowers are for everybody! For decades, our society has turned bouquets into big business by promoting the idea that women should receive them as gifts, especially during the holidays or whenever men piss them off. Women should smell like flowers, because we're so dainty and fragile, while men are steered toward the manliest variety of dirt and wood-scented cologne. At weddings, we have flower girls, not flower boys. (But I guess he can sport this tiny boutonniere if it doesn't challenge his tiny manhood.) Why? It's just one more gender constraint we don't need. Men can appreciate the beauty of a flower. And here's proof. I call it Men in Bloom.