Musings & Rants
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World of Winx 1X01 -- Flora Cooking Fish Dish

I can’t be the only fan who thought, “Since when?” 😕 Have we ever seen Flora cook before? She’s great at mixing potions, which is a little like cooking. You follow recipes, right?

But in Winx Club, cooking is Bloom’s talent. Granted, it seems like a new skill in her repertoire. I don’t remember seeing her cook much before season six, except in the comics (I think). Marion even asked her in “Mythix” (6X14), “When did you learn to cook like this, dear?” (Way to lampshade your randomness, Rainbow. :P)

The emphasis on the Winx’s talents feels new, too — and it’s not just for World of Winx. As that “Mythix” quote shows, Rainbow’s doing it in Winx Club, too.

I know the Winx have always had hobbies. Aisha works out and plays sports. Musa writes songs. Tecna loves to tinker with technology and invent techno-gadgets…I mean, devices. 😛

But do Musa and Tecna‘s hobbies count as “talents?” Yes, not just anyone can make an inter-dimensional portal generator, but Tecna’s the Fairy of Technology. Of course, she’s good with gadgets (er, devices) because they’re the source of her power. Same with Musa and music — music’s part of her magic identity.

Isn’t it cheating if your skills come from magic? I’m not saying Musa and Tecna aren’t talented. But if they weren’t the Fairies of Music and Technology, would they be interested in other things?

I’d say Aisha’s athleticism, Bloom’s drawing, and Stella’s fashion design are true talents. They have nothing to do with their power sources. But until season five, Bloom and Stella’s talents weren’t mentioned often. Bloom created the Winx logo, and one of the walls in her room in Gardenia was covered in fairy drawings she’d made, but art wasn’t a major part of her character.

Same with Stella. She designed outfits for the Winx now and then (like the Love & Pet outfits in season four), but it was just for fun. Before season five, I didn’t think of designing as her talent.

Winx Club 6X02 -- Flora Using Magic to Grow Flowers

Gardening is Flora’s talent in Winx Club. I guess Rainbow thought that’d be too boring for a reality show — you can’t have a gardening contest, can you? — so they assigned her something more exciting and more useful to the story.

But I wouldn’t have picked “chef.” It doesn’t fit her. I could see her as a baker, but not a general chef. This is the girl who yells, “Don’t hurt it!” every time a monster attacks her and her friends. Sorry to ruin your dinner, but she’s gonna chop up dead animals and serve them on a platter? 😕

I guess she could be a vegetarian chef.

Anyway, cooking felt like a random choice for Flora. Rainbow just needed each girl to have a passion, and since Bloom already had art, cooking was open. I don’t think it’s Flora’s dream to become a chef, but I guess if this talent’s exclusive to World of Winx, we can just say, “Oh, well. It’s not canon.”

Musings & Rants
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I’ve always thought the Winx were like cartoon supermodels, but I didn’t think Rainbow would turn them into real models.

Okay, real‘s the wrong word. “Real representations?” No, that’s still a little off.

Here’s what I mean. Winx Fairy Couture is just fashion illustration, like Stella’s sketches. Real designers use it to draft new clothes — how they’ll move, how they’ll shape the body, how the colors will blend together. Italy’s a fashion Mecca, so I guess Rainbow’s trying to hook an older, more fashion-conscious crowd with this style.

But with fashion illustration, it doesn’t matter if the make-believe model has twiggy arms and a size-0 waist. Aren’t the Winx are skinny enough already? This is worse! Look at their legs. You could snap them off at the knee!

And not to sound prudish, but some of the poses are a bit suggestive. This is on kids’ products, too, by the way.

flora winx fairy couture

Image source: vk.com/TheWinxClub

I’m sure it sounds like I hate this art, but I don’t. Most of it seems tasteful. One of my favorite pics is from this winter event poster; it’s one of the cutest pics of Bloom I’ve ever seen.

But it doesn’t matter what a fan thinks. What will the whistleblowers say? They already call the Winx vulgar, anorexic, and other adjectives I can’t repeat because my blog is G-rated. Won’t this “confirm” their feelings?

And what about the parents who defend Winx Club? What will they think when they pick up Saving Alfea for their kids for Christmas?

Am I overthinking this? No. Remember the dad who got Winx dolls banned from Myer department stores in Australia? He thought Bloom was pole-dancing on the side of the Magic Wings Bloom box! That was just Nick’s Believix art! What would he think if he saw this?

Bottom line: Rainbow should have thought twice about Fairy Couture. Or at least, they should have known better than to bring it to “conservative” countries like the U.S. I hope Earthbound talks them out of it.

All it takes is one outcry for Winx to be cancelled for good. Best not to risk it.

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You asked for it, you got it! It’s our first Fanwork Friday! (I wanted to launch this last week, but my Internet wasn’t working. Stupid technology….Oh. Sorry, Tecna. :P)

If you wanna send your fan art, email it to [email protected]. Every Friday, I’ll pick a piece (or two) to feature on the blog.

A couple rules:

  • Keep it clean — no gory or raunchy art
  • Send your own fan art only, not someone else’s that you found on the Internet

Here’s today’s fanwork, sent to me last week by Winx fan Alira. She says, ” As you can see, most of my drawings are reprodutions from the Official art (from Magazine and websites), but all of them are made and coloured by myself ;)” Check out our Fan Art page to see more! 😀

Video
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More fan art confused for official art. But these are very well-done, so it’s not hard to see why someone would think these are models from the second movie. (Roxy looks a lot like Bloom, though, but still very nice.) A Deviant Art artist called Mieli-Sasha made them using Adobe Photoshop. Wow!

Here are the original links:
Musa
Roxy

And here’s the video where I first discovered the art. It’s short and simply shows the pictures.

News
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Parksmania, a site dedicated to amusement park news, uploaded this compilation onto YouTube a few days ago. According to the related article on their website, the art was first presented at a press conference in Rome on October 2nd. This isn’t all the art, of course, but it still gives us a good image of the finished park. There’s also a gallery on Parksmania.it showing some construction site photos (article is in English).