Creature Fear

Just a batch of delight, this one.


  • Dayzee October 25th, 2012 3:06 PM

    this is the best ever ever ever ever

  • Elektra October 25th, 2012 3:09 PM

    OMG- this is actually perfection. This has to be the best shoot so far, hands down. I’m jumping for joy right now THIS IS AMAAAAAAAAZZINGGGGGGG GIRRRLS, now i know the true meaning of life

  • puffling October 25th, 2012 3:10 PM

    These are great.

    Numbers 9 and 11, she looks so much like Drew Barrymore.

  • Isil October 25th, 2012 3:24 PM

    This is one of the best albums on Rookie. Please take more pictures and share them with us Eleanor!

  • Caitlin H. October 25th, 2012 3:25 PM


  • chelzilla October 25th, 2012 3:26 PM

    best shoot ever

  • litchick October 25th, 2012 3:27 PM

    All of this is absolutely gorgeous!

  • purrr October 25th, 2012 3:31 PM

    i feel so stupid for not seeing arvida when i was in london now :( :( :(

  • DreamBoat October 25th, 2012 3:34 PM

    Eleanor, these are lovely and stunning and so original!

  • whodatgal October 25th, 2012 3:35 PM



  • Emma Dajska October 25th, 2012 3:37 PM


  • Jessica W October 25th, 2012 3:49 PM


    (p.s/ot the cereal background is perfect)

    The Lovelorn

  • DymondMag October 25th, 2012 3:51 PM


  • Annie92 October 25th, 2012 3:57 PM

    Brilliant! x

  • sobrina October 25th, 2012 4:05 PM

    THIS IS MY FAVORITE SHOOT ON ROOKIE EVER EVER EVER. Holy crap, you guys, this is awesome.

  • ainsleyannmarie October 25th, 2012 4:14 PM

    These are brilliant! So, so in love. What a nice treat for the eyes and brain on a boring office day. Arvida is so darling that I want to scoop her up and keep her in my pocket <3

  • ♡ reba ♡ October 25th, 2012 4:14 PM

    this has to be my favourite rookie photo-shoot EVER!! so pretty :-) :-)

  • Susann October 25th, 2012 4:21 PM

    Wow, the photos are aaaamazing!

    Fashion in Pepperland

  • Mimi7 October 25th, 2012 4:21 PM

    These are so, so, so perfect. I love the collage and Meadham Kirchhoff!!! I want to print them and put them on my binders so I can get away from the ugliness of school :)

  • allier October 25th, 2012 4:28 PM

    I really like the collages on this shoot! How are they made? Is it digital or just hand work?

  • RhiaSnape October 25th, 2012 4:36 PM

    1, 3 and 10 are my favourites, but all are beautiful!!

  • mayaautumn October 25th, 2012 4:56 PM

    these r so cool! i just saw the first one on tumblr and i thought ‘oh, the rookie crew would be proud of that collage’ and then…oh look, they ARE on rookie!!xo

  • EMarie October 25th, 2012 5:14 PM

    I have the same question as allier! The pictures look like you printed them and physically collaged, then scanned them again. Is it done on the computer? Same with other images for articles and stuff that I’ve seen on here…

  • ruby October 25th, 2012 5:18 PM

    these are the best ever ever ever distraction from late night trig homework

  • Indigoblue October 25th, 2012 5:23 PM

    Most amazing photo album ever! Am completely in love with all of them! Beautiful

  • Kathryn October 25th, 2012 5:25 PM


  • whatnaomiloves October 25th, 2012 5:55 PM

    Love these so much.

  • Tambourelle October 25th, 2012 6:04 PM

    These pictures are so…grool.
    whoops! I meant to say great then I started to say cool ☮
    three cheers for Arvida Byström, shes such a beautiful person inside and out. Gosh that sounded so cheesy :/
    Can I redeem myself?

  • TessAnnesley October 25th, 2012 6:11 PM


  • Chimdi October 25th, 2012 6:25 PM

    wow this white physically able conventionally attractive model is so aesthetically pleasing! good job you guys!

    • PandaJane October 25th, 2012 8:55 PM

      when someone models (for photos), the result the viewer is left with is images, visuals, and while that may only communicate so much, i’d recommend maybe reading a bit about arvida. while one may believe her outward appearance is conventionally attractive, there could also be discovery that other facets of her as a person are not what would be commonly classified as conventional. (also, i’d like to point out that body hair isn’t conventional or usual on models).

      i fully understand being excited about seeing someone i can relate to on the grounds of outward appearance because i get a lot of “??” from all kinds of people about the way i look/my ethnicity(ies). i think rookie is doing a great job at encouraging creativity, expression, self-esteem, & positive vibes–or, generally playing a part in making the world a place i’d like to live. yay! high fives!

      it’s hard to have it all in every photo shoot, & not everyone may realize that as effortless as a lot of people (& awesome contributors) make it seem, it can be expensive & a lot of work. if you’re not paying $$, models can be hard to find (some people can be reluctant or find it creepy that a stranger wants to photograph them, & personally, i hate being photographed).

      when you photograph friends, they’ll look…well, the way they look. people can create the things they would like to see & submit (cause anaheed just doesn’t have enough to read through already, har har) or put them out in the world through whatever venue possible.

    • spatergator October 25th, 2012 10:30 PM

      It seems you can be unconventional within the parameters of conventional beauty and it stops there. It seems rookie isn’t looking critically enough. You all know about beauty privilege, the images rookie puts out are still pervasively THIS WAY and its still bad for the rest of us. It’s a very disproportionate kind of climate. Empower us with something uglier. Make that the new pretty.

      • purrr October 26th, 2012 4:45 AM

        guys do you know anything about arvida? do you know how she stresses out when she realises that her “conventional” beauty makes girls want to be like her, blonde, pale and skinny? do you know she is terrified of making someone feel inferior? arvida doesn’t want to be “beautiful”. are you saying she shouldn’t be photographed because she is too “beautiful”? arvida’s stomach sticks out. her breasts are asymmetrical. her pubic hair does not match the hair on her head. big deal, you might say. to her it isn’t a big deal. but by being confident in her body she makes others confident.
        these two photos helped me feel empowered in my own body and accept my “wrong” boobs and “extra” fat and my stretch marks because i realised there is a way to look at them and see them as something pretty. that is something that makes arvida more than a “white physically able conventionally attractive model” in my eyes. it’s fine if you don’t think so but please please please, instead of just critisising, maybe try to contribute yourself? rookie submissions are always open. if you realise the rookie team can’t do something you are happy with, do it yourself. reach out. people will only be happy to help because your causes are good!! have a nice day xx

      • Lillypod October 26th, 2012 5:01 AM

        i am blond, blue eyed, thin and white. I fit the bill for being “conventional” although i have never really thought of myself that way. I don’t want to be thought of that way. I think Rookie does a good job of promoting all body types and skin colors as of equal aesthetic beauty.

        • TessaTheTeenageWitch October 26th, 2012 9:45 PM

          I agree with you that really, Rookie does a much better job at showcasing diversity than your average teen magazine (or any magazine, tbh). But it’s a really important issue, and it makes me feel empowered that we can have these kinds of discussions and make our opinions heard without being immediately shot down.

      • DreamBoat October 27th, 2012 1:51 AM

        I agree. It really sucks that, as a plus sized teen, I still don’t see my body type practically anywhere.
        I can appreciate Arvida’s struggles, and I think she’s really incredible. At the same time, she does have the privilege of being really pretty in a “conventional” sense. It’s not nice to define people by how they look, but people that are “ugly” or do not fit society’s standards face that on a regular basis.
        Everyone that is saying “Well, she struggled and she’s not bad because she’s pretty”, of course that’s true. But, I think people that don’t fit conventional standards also need to be listened to. We really shouldn’t downplay what they’re saying, because not seeing your own body type or skin color or anything that makes you more unconventional really does hurt, and can hurt in the long run.

        Rookie is actually my favorite thing in the world, and I love them with all my heart. Rookie does an incredible job of showcasing different types of people (especially compared to EVERY other teen magazine out there. Rookie rules my heart <3). Rookie is a one year old, small staffed production. I can completely understand that they cannot please everyone.

        I'm really glad we can all talk about this on here! <3

        • Tavi October 27th, 2012 2:01 AM

          I’m glad we can talk about this on here too. Thank you guys all so much for voicing your thoughts — I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a civil comments section on the internet? YOU ALL RULE — and for being patient with and necessarily critical of us.

    • ICantThinkOfAUsername October 31st, 2012 9:05 AM

      While I agree with you that Rookie (like every other publication) needs to be constantly striving to depict diversity in all forms, I don’t feel that all this post was trying to achieve was presenting a “white physically able conventionally attractive model” for us to visually consume. The model in question, Arvida Bystrom, is an artist and a feminist herself and has tackled the concepts of conventional beauty and social norms in her work. In other words, she’s totally awesome, which is, I believe, the driving factor behind the collaboration (as opposed to her conventional beauty). I don’t mean to be a proponent of the “pretty white people are people too so let us look at them all day long while we ignore everybody else” argument as it holds no logical weight in a society that essentially ignores everybody who doesn’t fit into these parameters, I must say that I do not think it’s helpful to condemn something simply for the reason that it was created by somebody who is white, able, conventionally attractive, cis-gendered, or heterosexual, without looking into said person’s background (for reference, her is Arvida’s blog:

  • Nobre October 25th, 2012 6:34 PM

    Very very Good! Collages fit perfectly the photos. Congratulations for your work and thank you for sharing it with us!

  • Eryn October 25th, 2012 6:43 PM

    These are gorgeous!!

  • Sonja October 25th, 2012 6:46 PM

    OTHER LEVEL. top tier.

  • leylag October 25th, 2012 7:24 PM

    love this!!!!!!!!!!

  • FiveDimesForNineLives October 25th, 2012 7:50 PM

    The borders are so great and she looks so pretty!

  • Alex S. October 25th, 2012 8:15 PM

    omggggg everything is so great and good, so gets me into the spirit of halloween

  • TessaTheTeenageWitch October 25th, 2012 8:24 PM


  • mickeyf19 October 25th, 2012 8:48 PM

    How did they add all of the graphics/images over the original pictures? If it was a computer program, what was it?

    Thanks! These are gorge. :3

  • pocketmouse October 25th, 2012 9:02 PM

    I love Arvida Bystrom, she’s so lovely and talented :) this is amazing

  • raggedyanarchy October 25th, 2012 9:10 PM

    These are so ethereal…I love it! It’s so… Halloween and candy and all things little-kid-fantasy! The colorful collages make everything look right out of a children’s book illustration!

  • Emilie October 25th, 2012 9:13 PM

    oh my goodness, yes

  • Aria October 25th, 2012 9:41 PM


  • anisarose October 25th, 2012 10:05 PM

    I am the only one who finds the albums like these that Rookie frequently posts pointless and substance-less?

    • Lauren Poor October 26th, 2012 1:40 AM

      tell me more about what you’d like to see. : ) i love that people ask these things and wonder about it and look critically at photos… i think there’s a real need for that and i think it’s awesome to hold people who’re in control of what a lot of people will see accountable for things… i’m finding within myself that it’s best to be understanding and positive so no one feels guilty, discouraged or confused… like… i like to paint a picture of how i’d want to see things or try to explain why i feel the way i do… i think this approach will lead to real, positive progress for everyone and it’s exciting to be able to work together in that way kind of. : ) i’m very much open to this discussion. it’s my responsibility to care and work hard otherwise i wouldn’t allow myself to contribute work for magazines and such…

      also, elle i like these a lot… i’ve been thinking of kids dressing up a lot lately and these remind me of that somewhat. one person trying on many different identities kindof and just getting excited about it and playing around, experimenting, having fun. i think a lot about how people might look if there were no societal guidelines and the article about “is it ok for a little boy to wear a dress” comes to mind. kids don’t know yet what is wrong and right… they’re just putting on what they are drawn to, trying on different colors and identities. i’d love to see this on much more of humanity. just to see lots of different types of people who see their physical appearance as something more flexible and abstract instead of seeing it as something restrictive

    • Tavi October 26th, 2012 6:16 PM

      We’re not a conceptual art collective. I think it’s perfectly fine that the photography on a website for teenagers is just a visual, eye candy extension of the monthly theme. If you’d like to offer some more specific ideas on how our photography could be more substantive, we’d love to hear it.

  • ValeCrts October 25th, 2012 11:11 PM


  • Narnie October 25th, 2012 11:12 PM

    These are lovely.

  • Adeline Ania October 26th, 2012 12:04 AM

    This is so lovely!

  • zhajean October 26th, 2012 12:34 AM

    wow! my favorite so far! the styling is gorgeous, Eleanor’s photography is genius and the collages are absolutely creative, hands down!

    i love rookie :)


  • SweetThangVintage October 26th, 2012 12:35 AM


  • Ozma October 26th, 2012 12:40 AM

    There is much whimsy and fantasy in these photos! Its delightful!!!

  • sophiethewitch October 26th, 2012 1:19 AM

    10 is gorgeous.

  • LilySew October 26th, 2012 2:50 AM

    Loving the way these awesome photos are made awesomer (is that a word?) through the collaging/editing. Such a wonderful photo album and it really gives off a surreal feeling.

  • Tulip October 26th, 2012 3:02 AM

    Wonderful photos.

  • Maren Elisabeth October 26th, 2012 3:22 AM

    oh my god, I am in love with these photos

  • Rainbow Dash October 26th, 2012 4:25 AM

    Oh beauty!

  • rockslita October 26th, 2012 5:03 AM

    The whole shoot is so beautiful, although the first three are my favourites! xxx

  • M.Rose October 26th, 2012 6:01 AM

    This is the most awesomely beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

  • ShakespeareRules October 26th, 2012 6:09 AM

    These are wonderful, I love them!!

  • limegreensunset October 26th, 2012 8:29 AM

    crushing on #9.

  • music_is_love October 26th, 2012 8:38 AM


  • ohhellohi October 26th, 2012 8:58 AM

    These are nice but typical and catering to only a portion of rookie’s audience while excluding the people who are rarely represented here. These people have spoken up time and time again and rookiealways humours them with apologies and promises of more effort to be inclusive and I have yet to see any real sincerity to prove you are trying. Photoshoots are perfect opportunities to branch out from the thin white pretty girl image. Give a voice and face to the people who are constantly under-represented in feminism.

  • Morning Moon October 26th, 2012 9:35 AM

    Awesome!!!!! These are so magical!! <3

  • Ella W October 26th, 2012 10:48 AM

    These are very good!
    Number 4 is my favourite.

  • LittleMissE October 26th, 2012 11:16 AM

    These are wonderful and brilliant and magical and thank you Rookie!

  • Mary... October 26th, 2012 11:43 AM

    Favourite! mad collage skills

  • Juliane October 26th, 2012 12:05 PM

    I really like how you break unsaid rules. It’s a convention of our society that girls shave their legs and armpits and I like that you really do not seem to care about these conventions.
    Sorry for my bad English…

  • mwong1025 October 26th, 2012 1:40 PM

    I love this editorial/photo album. It looks like a Prada Fantasy lookbook, except with Meadham Kirchhoff. Rookie should do more stuff like this!

  • Jenny October 26th, 2012 1:40 PM

    This is incredible.

  • evangelinemay October 26th, 2012 3:39 PM

    love these! especially no 4! haha

  • Bumblecake October 26th, 2012 4:16 PM

    These are AMAZING!

  • Indigoblue October 26th, 2012 5:02 PM

    These are actually breathtakingly beautiful she looks so Tim Burton crossed with splatters of colours I have fallen in love!!

  • October 26th, 2012 5:55 PM

    obsessed with the blue sequin leotard. want.

  • gbrlyng October 26th, 2012 8:33 PM

    B. Giles does perfection once again

  • msworld October 27th, 2012 8:05 AM

    The second photo <3

  • Sea goddess October 30th, 2012 6:57 PM

    Gah amazing photos and effects :-)

  • Meemsie October 30th, 2012 10:00 PM

    This is literally the best thing ever.

  • AlisonR October 31st, 2012 4:06 PM

    I am so in love with this

  • sylvie November 2nd, 2012 6:43 PM

    Molly Goddard is increds I am so happy Rookie shares my love for all her stuff!
    This is like a gigantic collage of everything that is great about GREAT STUFF!

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica December 28th, 2012 7:11 AM

    This is so great! I love everything <3

  • Sunshine February 11th, 2013 12:05 PM

    This is the most amazing and beautiful album on here so far. I’m entranced and my imagination is all fired up :) I’m gonna print out every single one of these. *in love*