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The Model For France's *Marianne* Symbol Is From FEMEN



PARIS - Et voila...there she is:

Elysee (Twitter)

The Marianne is France's national emblem, present on various official logos of public institutions, including official stamps of the French postal service. The stamps of the female figure have been redesigned every few years since 1967, based on famous women.

According to Olivier Ciappa, the French artist of the latest incarnation, released for July 14 national Bastille Day celebrations, this year's Marianne is based on the 23-year-old Ukranian co-founder of radical feminist group Femen Inna Shevchenko.

Pour tous ceux qui demandent le modèle de Marianne, c'est un mélange de plusieurs femmes mais surtout Inna Shevchenko, fondatrice des FEMEN.

— Olivier Ciappa (@OlivierCiappa) July 14, 2013

("For all those who wonder who is the Marianne model, it is a mixture of many women but especially Inna Shevchenko, FEMEN founder")

FEMEN has come to prominence over the past two years with sometimes shocking protests for women's rights and gay rights, often arriving in public places bare-breasted.

The Marianne and Inna Shevechenko - Photo: Femen (Twitter)

According to The Parisien daily, in reaction to the new stamp French president François Hollande said “The young are my term’s priority, and this stamp is the illustration of it.”

The first stamp based on a famous French woman was modelled after Brigitte Bardot in 1967:

The Marianne de Cheffer (photo link)

Another famous French woman was Laetitia Casta who was the model of the "14 juillet" stamp:

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The 14 juillet Marianne - Photo : Sebjarod

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They Migrated From Chiapas When Opportunities Dried Up, Orchids Brought Them Home

An orchid rehabilitation project is turning a small Mexican community into a tourist magnet — and attracting far-flung locals back to their hometown.

They Migrated From Chiapas When Opportunities Dried Up, Orchids Brought Them Home

Marcos Aguilar Pérez takes care of orchids rescued from the rainforest in his backyard in Santa Rita Las Flores, Mapastepec, Chiapas, Mexico.

Adriana Alcázar González/GPJ Mexico
Adriana Alcázar González

MAPASTEPEC — Sweat cascades down Candelaria Salas Gómez’s forehead as she separates the bulbs of one of the orchids she and the other members of the Santa Rita Las Flores Community Ecotourism group have rescued from the rainforest. The group houses and protects over 1,000 orchids recovered from El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, after powerful storms.

“When the storms and heavy rains end, we climb to the vicinity of the mountains and collect the orchids that have fallen from the trees. We bring them to Santa Rita, care for them, and build their strength to reintegrate them into the reserve later,” says Salas Gómez, 32, as she attaches an orchid to a clay base to help it recover.

Like magnets, the orchids of Santa Rita have exerted a pull on those who have migrated from the area due to lack of opportunity. After years away from home, Salas Gómez was one of those who returned, attracted by the community venture to rescue these flowers and exhibit them as a tourist attraction, which provides residents with an adequate income.

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