Natasha Oakley's start as an entrepreneur came right after high school, when she began running her own production company out of Hawaii, Los Angeles, and Sydney in her native Australia.
She had worked several retail and administrative jobs throughout high school, but said she always felt she would combine creativity with entrepreneurship.
"Painting, photography, and videography were passions of mine, so I always knew I would work in a creative field that involved one of these mediums," she said.
These days, she boasts over 2 million followers on Instagram and, along with cofounder Devin Brugman, runs Monday Swimwear, which has grown from a $30,000 loan into a multimillion-dollar brand in less than a decade.
Oakley said she started her Instagram account when the platform first launched, "and it was a completely different world.
With Instagram on Oakley's side, her blog's following grew.
Look closely, and there beside the left arm of the melancholic writer who sits near the middle of the painting, a simple ink pot teeters precariously on the corner of a large marble block, an elbow-twitch away from falling, shattering, and opening a black hole at the heart of Raphael’s work.
To understand how that object functions symbolically, we must remind ourselves why Raphael undertook the fresco in the first place, where it sits in the Vatican’s lavish labyrinth of corridors and chambers, and what, on its face, the painting purports to portray.
The object clearly belongs to the pensive writer whose quill has stalled mid-thought – a figure who is missing entirely from the preparatory sketches that Raphael had for the work.