Studio Ghibli feasts and Ugly Betty: what i-D loved this week

Debates on TikTok, noughties TV icons and everything in between.

by Douglas Greenwood
26 March 2021, 4:00pm

In i-D Loves, we look back upon the last seven days in our calendar and pinpoint the pieces that best represent the current moment. No matter what you're in the mood for this weekend — be it photo stories about sisterhood or odes to iconic 2000s TV shows — we've got you covered. Here's what i-D loved this week.

In front of and behind the lens, the Liberg sisters captured coming-of-age

For 15 years, Dutch photographer Liv Liberg took pictures of her sister Britt from childhood (Liv was 10 when she started; Britt six), through adolescence, into adulthood. Without realising, she captured a period of immense change in their lives. Now, it’s the focus of Liv’s book, Sister Sister. Read about the project and see excerpts of it here

How to make food from Studio Ghibli movies

If you’ve ever found yourself salivating over the meals in Studio Ghibli movies, now you’ve got a guide to making them IRL. From Ponyo’s honey milk to the opulent feasts of Spirited Away, a TikTok account gives you a recipe rundown. Frankie Dunn spoke to the person running it here

The conversation pit discourse is back

Like clockwork, every six months we get a new instalment in the conversation pit discourse on Twitter, where the retro social space gets debated again. Right on cue, it returned to our timelines this month, and furniture aficionado Nathan Ma decided to figure out exactly why we were so fascinated by them. Read his reasonings here

On TikTok, a debate about self diagnosis brews

WebMD wants us dead. That’s what we’ve convinced ourselves of anyway, as we log on to learn our headache is a symptom of an incurable ailment. Right now, a back-and-forth about self-diagnosing is unfolding on TikTok, and for the first time considers the neuro-diverse conditions often overlooked. Read Maisy Farren’s unpacking of the debate here.

The Ugly Betty renaissance has finally arrived

15 years (we know) after it first launched, no show has given us the soul nourishment that Ugly Betty provided. In celebration of its anniversary, and recent arrival on Disney+, Rōgan Graham looked back upon its legacy, and what it meant to the teenage girls who seldom saw themselves represented this way on screen. Read her discoveries here

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