A couple who refer to themselves as “non-binary aliens” are shocking the internet with their out-of-this-world appearance.
Designers Hannah Rose Dalton and Steven Raj Bhaskaran are the people behind the Instagram account @matieresfecales, which translates to fecal matter in English.
Steven was born in Montreal but lived in Guyana for the ten years of their life, which they often say was an oppressive environment, surrounded by extreme poverty.
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They were exposed to the possibilities of self-expression through fashion and art when they moved to Montreal.
Hannah was born in New Zealand but grew up in Montreal, which is where the pair met at fashion school before creating Fecal Matter.
Now based in Paris, the duo's account boasts 740,000 followers and is where they post photos designed to shock.
The pair have been dating for eight years now and continuously push the envelope with their content.
In their photos, the heels of their feet are often warped into skin-covered scythes and their waists are intensely whittled down. With the help of prosthetics, they make themselves look as alien-like as possible.
Their makeup is also extreme, with the pair regularly opting to paint their shaved heads white with exaggerated eye makeup.
“Just a reminder that people may point, stare and laugh at you all while making cruel jokes at your expense, but it’s your right to live on this planet just like them, even if they don’t understand you,” they recently posted on their account.
“It’s your right to dress however you want, live however you want and be whoever or whatever you want. It’s your right to live free and they can all suck it.”
Fecal Matter acts as a platform for Hannah and Steven’s clothing line, music and art and presents an alternative to restrictive beauty standards.
They said: “We used to live in fear but showing one another unconditional love and support gave us enough courage to live our authentic truth, together.”
Steven previously wrote an artist’s statement for Show Studio where they shared some of the questions they’re trying to answer with their art.
“I'm a victim of society. A victim of abuse. I've questioned the human existence ever since I could remember. Questioning why was I born a person of colour and why am I treated differently because of it,” they wrote.
“Trying to understand gender and where I belong within that spectrum. Why did I never fit in with the other kids and why did they hate me for it?
“Why was I born into an abusive environment? Why did violence play such a big part in my family household? Who or what decided that I was supposed to grow up on welfare? Why do people want pale skin more than darker skin?
"Why didn't I deserve to get a private education? Why can't I fit in with the adults and why do they hate me for it? Why is it dangerous to wear women's clothing if you are a male-bodied person?"
The pair tends to elicit a mixed response from people, both online and in the real world. They’ve had people spit on them, call them the devil and laugh and stare at them.
It isn’t all negative though, as they also regularly have people call them an inspiration and ask to take photos with them.
The positive praise is evident on their Instagram account as people regularly leave them nice messages.
“I really love you guys, you are so unbelievably amazing, I admire you guys so much, you are wholesome and wonderful, thank you for being yourselves and encouraging other people to live their truth and seek their freedom. Thank you for existing so much,” one person wrote.
“You have both been an inspiration to me for years now, for just being yourselves. I love everything that you both are. Never stop,” said another.
A third added: “Beautiful, stunning, absurd, what more can I say than continue provoking the society.”
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