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10 Artists Breaking All The Rules

Who's more daring: The woman who re-imagines stripping as social commentary or the one who overhauls the artistic style that made her famous? In truth, that's the wrong question to ask. Both are incredible. They represent just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the tremendous pool of talent making waves in the art world.

And, in our book, there's nothing bolder — or more beautiful — than a woman who does what she wants and makes no apologies for it. Which is precisely what we're celebrating here today. With some help from the tastemakers at Revlon, we're paying tribute to a few of the gutsiest artists out there in the latest installment of "Beauty Nation: The New Provocateurs."

These 10 inventive women will challenge everything you think you know about "creative types." Whether they’re using their hands, a camera, or even their naked bodies to tell a story, these artists are creating works that challenge how we see the world. So, if trailblazers and envelope-pushers are your thing, keep reading. You might find your definition of beauty upended.

Ms. Fitz

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Ms. Fitz (a.k.a. Claire Fitzsimmons) is not one to be confined by labels, though you would find fashion blogger, designer, stylist, and performer listed on her extensive résumé. While it's difficult to describe her art in just a few words, her pseudonym (a clever play on her last name) does a good job summing up her ethos.

The Bushwick-by-way-of-Australia artist merges all of her talents for truly eye-popping collaborations in the fashion and media industries. And, as a stylist and art director for musicians like Peaches and Narcissister, Ms. Fitz puts her eccentric visual stamp on the aural world as well. Whatever the medium, her work is anything but predictable.

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Beauty is...
"My definition of beauty is so intertwined with anti-beauty. A lot of things I do in my performance artwork kind of go against the idea of what’s traditionally beautiful. In my mind, beauty comes in so many different packages."

Why I moved across the world for my art
"I moved from Byron Bay, Australia, to New York to do this. I grew up in Byron; I’m so, so far from home right now. In my line of work, there’s only so much you can do in Sydney, and for my particular skill set, there’s nowhere else in the world I can make a living doing what I do besides New York City. I just wanted to see the world."
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How I take risks within my industry
"I only work with up-and-coming designers and musicians. It’s risky because most of what I’m doing is putting together a look or compiling photo shoots or videos or whatever outside of the realm of what’s already perceived to be successful or cool. They're not considered safe bets."

Why I stay true to my look
"When I was 12 years old, my mom sent me away to an all-girls private boarding school. She took me to Esprit, bought me $1,500 worth of clothes — checkered shorts, polo shirts, boat shoes, ribbons. I was from Byron, a hippie town; I dressed like a crazy bag lady. So, I went away to boarding school and sold it all. The way you look and dress can show the world how you think. And, I want the message behind everything I do to be about being a strong woman."

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Whatever 21 White Long Sleeve Crop Top; Tibi Bee Heels, $375, available at Tibi; Lulu Frost Shoe Clip, $98, available at J.Crew; Dannijo Multicolored Earrings; Skirt, Ms. Fitz's own.

Makeup by Ashleigh Ciucci; hair by Bethany Brill; styled by Laura Pritchard.
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