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Self Love Is Saying 'No' To Fashion Body Images You Hate

Yesterday Vogue Italia posted Ten Rules for Learning to Love your body. It’s a good list and my favs include:

3. Loving your body, fulfilling your dreams and following your passions is not a question of weight: there’s no need to wait to lose weight before being the person you want to me. It’s better to start pursuing your dreams immediately.

5. Ad campaign images and the ones in the magazines are absurdly over-retouched in Photoshop. This is why the women seem so perfect: but you can’t be like models who don’t exist in the real world.

9. Lean to understand and interpret the bad habits that damage your positive perception of your own body. Try to analyse and avoid them.

It’s time for us to get involved in the Karlie Kloss as ‘The Body’ discussion, resulting from her Vogue editorial push back. I picked up the topic on AOC Shop this morning (our not ready for prime time shopping site) writing:

Karlie Kloss as ‘The Body’

The push back against Karlie Kloss’ Vogue Italia editorial is gaining momemtum with this comment exchange in British Vogue.

This Steven Meisel photo from the shoot is not the one pulled — which I do believe was a photographic twisted image and weird angle.

See original editorial and the pulled image reduced to thumbnail, so we don’t put the image in big-size circulation on another of our websites. I read that it’s all over the pro-ana blogs.

I admit that my initial reaction was not one of concern because at least Karlie has muscles.

Having just seen her physique in the Victoria’s Secret show, I didn’t have any concerns about her being anorexic, which she is not in my opinion.

As we beg for larger bodies in editorials — making it a mix of body types and not only the totally prevalent size 0 — I was happy to see muscle on Karlie, from an industry that has basically banned visible muscle tone as well. I compared Karlie to the Arthur Elgort women of the 1990 Pirelli Calendar.

Read Pirelli Defines Sensuality & Fashion Bodies | Arthur Elgort & Karl Lagerfeld. Also Elgort lensed Kloss for Vogue Japan September 2011.

While I’ve written extensively and defiantly on anorexia and totally support Vogue Italia editor France Sozzani’s campaign against it, AOC tries to develop our editorial arguments carefully and rationally.

Clearly, AOC must join this conversation but it’s Karlie Kloss’ comment that will define our position and how we frame the issue. It will be our first truly new twist on this conversation in two years:

“To be honest, I don’t know why they pulled it off. I thought it was a beautiful photo,” she said. “We did a lot of photos that day, and working with Steven [Meisel], working with Pat [McGrath], working with Oribe and Carlyne [Cerf de Dudzeele] - we were creating art.”

We’ve had a hornet’s nest on AOC, caused by Taryn Andreatta’s single image and her imaginary interview in ‘The Offering’, an otherwise artistically-uplifting editorial image-wise.  I was basically called a philistine and not a member of the creative elite for having a visceral reaction to this photo of Taryn — as if humans control visceral reactions. 

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In the Name of Art

The development of our own position about the Karlie Kloss images as healthy or not visual images for young women will focus on the argument that making art — as Karlie Kloss stated — gives one a ‘pass’ on any personal responsibility for a response to the images, or their impact and influence on the viewer’s psyche and behavior.

Having just run into this argument personally over my response to Taryn Andreatta, and noting it in another recent piece that I must resurrect, I sense that a new thread of public argument is evolving in the name of art and artists —  those members of the so-called creative class.

It says that artists can’t be held responsible for any reactions to their art because that would be censorship.  And now that argument is applied to fashion, which wasn’t really considered art in the past. This is a true argument for brainiacs and it’s pretty elevated for our industry.

Reality is that we do have visceral reactions to imagery. The question isn’t who is right and who is wrong. I return to Ellen Gayda’s commentary about the intention of Taryn’s photo and calling it ‘The Offering’. Read Ellen Gayda: Submission Is Rarely A Healthy Woman Gift to Men.

Just as human response to imagery is visceral and not rational, intention can be conscious and unconscious. It was Albert Einsten who said:

I’ve been ruminating over this new accusation that AOC and I aren’t members of the ‘creative class’ and don’t understand that our artists must be free to say and do whatever they wish. What they are saying is so profound that lesser intellects like myself just don’t ‘get it’.

Because I’m opposed to censorship of artists, I must agree with the point that our artists should be free to say and do what they wish with their art. But I will not refrain from comment, even if I earn a new title of intellectual ignoramous by the elite members of the ‘creative class’.

Don’t you think that sounds very Kafkaesque? Reality is that I do see the pot bubbling on the stove as a new form of weapon mostly targeted at women. I never set out to win a popularity contest, although having clocked almost 50,000 page views already this morning, I’m hopefuly doing something right. Some other dumb slobs out there — mostly women — want to hear what I have to say.

I’ll pick up this argument again soon, but do want to go on record with my own “just say no” times 2. Each of us should have our own “just say no” list that reflects our own values and responses to images. It’s part of following the top of article Vogue Italia Ten Rules for Learning to Love Your Body.

I say ‘no’ to both of these images as being in any way inspiring or relevant to my life. They remind me of everything I do not want to be as a woman. I have no desire to look like either of these women because these images are repulsive me. And the men who love me would be equally repulsed if I ever looked like either of these women.  These images are beautiful to other women — which is the nature of beauty being individualistic — but they are repulsive to me.

Anne’s Just Say No #1 Cushine et Ochs S/S Campaign

Anne’s Just Say No #2 Irina K by Chadwick Tyler

Fashion copious wrote — accusing Willy Vanderperre of plagarism for doing a nude image of Miranda Kerr on the floor and in black and white, where there must be 25,000 individual such images from a multitude of photographers in circulation. Who knows, perhaps Willy Vanderperre was at Chadwick’s showing:

It’s wonderful how inferior something looks when compared to a higher standard, isn’t it?

I say no. I strongly prefer the Willy Vanderperre image of Miranda Kerr for Industrie #4.

Chadwick’s women are FC’s more beautiful femmes and he is entitled to his opinion. I will take Miranda and Willy any day, because Chadwick’s women scare me to death. They all do, and I’m simply not adequately endowed intellectually to appreciate Chadwick Tyler’s images of women. They repulse me.  Read more about Chadwick Tyler women here.

These women have the same deranged, vacuous stare that Taryn Andreatta has above in ‘The Offering’. When women write me — as they do — that Taryn’s image is giving them nightmares and unearthing years of abuse as it did with me and why does she want to sacrifice herself to men like this, I must stand in opposition and support their interests.

Never will I write that the image should be censored, which is why I leave it in all its glory for us to look at. It’s an example of the messages that women send each other. No censorship is permitted on AOC, but I will help women to keep these degrading images out of our psyches by Just Saying No. Let another woman love them but not AOC women. We are too strong for this nonsense.

We can’t stop these images, nor should we want to in a free society. But we can learn to ignore them, even if they are the greatest art created in the history of mankind. Just Say No.  Anne

Later Sunday afternoon … I just now received a very complimentary and supportive message from one of the top photographers in fashion. He will remain nameless but let’s just say he praised my intelligence, articulate voice and analysis of images. I laughed to myself reading his words saying quietly “I suspect photographers are of two minds as AOC grows more influential … as many call me a bitch as call me brilliant.” And the beat will roll on, because I’m just getting warmed up on this topic of the ‘creative class’ and the rest of us poor peons. They’re just another self-proclaimed elite of second-grade artistic wannabes, this so-called ‘artistic elite’.

Reader Comments (6)

Facebook Friend AL: Very much enjoyed article and completely agree. I always viewed his "art" as an expression of the suppression of self and the unnatural laws imposed upon us, not only by other women but men. The feeling of what society, religion, media etc does to the natural free spirit and acceptance of the individual and young. I am sure the goth/satanic/dark/emo and alternative society embrace his art with open arms, for it's not far off many of the galleries of said topic I have visited. I think Chadwick Tyler would be very welcome in these galleries. Yet, his more jovial, free spirit, happier photos, though few and not sure if ever published, would not be accepted. Even these, though, celebrate the imperfections of the individual. (Ashley Smith Model?) With this said, yes I do think published fashion media has a responsibility to portray society as a whole, but the age of more than 0 fashion died with Twiggy and Goldy Haun (sp) and real women died with photoshop. Where you fight for those with anorexia I fight for the end of body modifications through plastic surgery - or photoshop put to real life. Better yet, until fashion industry, media, etc reestablishes the beauty of natural and healthy the battle will be waged and self confidence and acceptance of self will be the spoils od said war. So HUGE thank you for your insightful article and link to Ten Rules for Learning to Love Your Body! Brightest of Blessings and Happy Holidays.

December 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterAnne

Facebook Friend MG: Interesting post, Anne. I have to say I'm not really inclined towards fashion and have never given too much thought to the subject other than noting my likes or dislikes of how the model is portrayed. I suppose I started paying more attention back in the 90's when heroin chic became the trend. I just couldn't see how anyone could find any models that thin, attractive when to me they all appeared unhealthy. I suppose that being a woman of size colors my perspective and over the years, I think photos have become more and more provocative as time marches on and not provocative in a good way. I suppose I've never considered fashion photography a true artistic medium but in that sense, like you, I would be hesitant to censor anything that may be construed as such. (I have read about some art I would personally censor but it belongs to an entirely different category not relevant to this discussion.) However, I have to say that images that portray women as "things" or "subjects" don't sit well with me. I hate seeing women or girls with obviously anorexic bodies being portrayed as something all young women should aspire to. And for photographers or editors to "photoshop" a healthy, beautiful woman to make her look anorexic is just plain repulsive to me.

December 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterAnne

Facebook friend WAA: I think Karlie Kloss has an amazing body even if it is quite thin. I have loved fashion forever and having modeled I know what it was like in the 80's to stay thin. A work always in progress.

However, today many models are so thin it's repulsive and that’s sad. They don't look "naturally" thin, if you know what I mean. They work on it by starving.

It is hard for me as I hit 50 in 6 months to see beautiful bodies of young women and remember that mine was really great (though not as perfect as Karlie's) back then. But still my body (then and now) is not achievable by most women, let alone Karlie’s body or Kate Moss’ body. Young girls have to understand we all have our own body shape and where we all can watch our food intake and exercise is always your best friend, one may never have the body of a fashion model.

It's the same way I feel about men and the bodies of porn stars. Do they THINK at any given time most women (young and old) will ever have bodies like them? Or when they look at younger women, do they compare us (older women) to our “younger sisters”? (They don’t even have to go to magazines or porn DVDs. Just look at the photos some of the young women post on Face Book and at any given time men of all ages join their FB to view their photos).

I hope men realize there is a big difference between the few who are young and extraordinary and every other woman, especially as she ages. Just like I hope that young women understand that too. Not everyone will have a “perfect” body and not everyone will keep a “perfect” body.

December 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterAnne

Facebook friend Micah Tutay: I enjoyed this article and will be sharing it on my Fan Page. We have discussed this subject at length in my recent Sociology and Abnormal Psych classes which inspired me to write the following article: How Advertising Affects Us and What We Can Do About It

http://www.examiner.com/abusive-relationships-in-phoenix/how-advertising-affects-us-and-what-we-can-do-about-it

"Self-respect cannot be hunted. It cannot be purchased. It is never for sale. It cannot be fabricated out of public relations.

December 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterAnne

FB friend Jamais Vu: I like women I shoot to look like women. Four billion years of evolution, can't we respect who we are?

December 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterAnne

'3. Loving your body, fulfilling your dreams and following your passions is not a question of weight: there’s no need to wait to lose weight before being the person you want to me. It’s better to start pursuing your dreams immediately.'

I couldn't agree more - it's time to accept ourselves as we truly are, and promote the health of the whole person - body and mind - whether that is in a ever changing state of size and shape or not.

Robyn

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

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