When my friend Katie tells me that I need to meet someone, I listen. Allie Pohl, a very talented artist and jewelry designer, just moved to LA from Denver and we planned a little girl date at Shutters by the beach in Santa Monica so we could discuss LA and her collection, Ideal Woman, over cocktails.
Now, I wasn’t exactly sure what kind of “art” Allie was into exactly, since when I asked Katie about it she said “she designs vaginas,” in true Katie fashion. Allie filled me in on the actual story, vaginas included. Allie created a series of sculptures using Barbie and Chia Pets to explore the cultural trend of women not wanting any body hair, which is what led to her Ideal Woman collection. “I was captivated by the shape of the midsection and started to explore different ways to appropriate the shape,” she told ELLE.com. “Creating a jewelry line was a way to bring my mesage into pop culture and simultaneously be a part of pop culture.”
Personally, I’m obsessed with the mirror version and what’s really cool about these necklaces is that most people would never guess what it actually is, until you explain it and they go “OMG, that’s awesome,” which is what I get every time I wear mine. As a bonus, Allie is an all-around awesome girl and I’m sure we’ll be enjoying many more beach cocktails together.