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Sunday
Nov032013

Tara Lynn By Xavi Gordo For Elle Spain November 2013 In 'El Exito de una Mujer Real'

Elle Spain taps Tara Lynn for its November cover story lensed by Xavi Gordo.  Tara strikes a series of fierce, sensual poses, wearing pared down casual clothes like a leather jacket or simple black tee. Fashion editor Inmaculada Jiménez adds an animal print blouse to enhance Tara’s purr, with beauty by David Carreiro.

The magazine headlined its cover with the message ‘El Exito de una Mujer Real’. Translated, the message is ‘The Success of the Real Woman’.

TheGloss.com takes issue with this message that only a plus-sized woman is a “real woman”:

The fashion industry—and the media as a whole—should be working towards more inclusive depictions of a range of shapes, sizes, and skin colors in both editorials and advertisements. But the rhetoric that follows that inclusion, that self-congratulatory, faux body positive ‘real woman’ terminology and mindset ultimately proves to further solidify the dichotomy between women who look like ‘models’ and women who do not. Headlines like this, campaigns like this…only put up more barriers between women and serve to perpetuate the idea that there are only two ways to be a woman, both in the world of fashion and outside of it: You can be a thin model type or you can be a ‘real woman.

One commenter points out that ‘real’ has a different subtext in Spanish, including concepts like majestic, royal or splendid. “I think the editors may have been intentionally playing on words there. Obviously I can’t say this for sure but I’d love to take a look at the article and parse the other adjectives they use for her,” she cautions.

Writing for The Gloss.com, Carrie Murphy also rips into Project Runway judge and Marie Claire creative director Nina Garcia, for telling the Huffington Post:

I’ve seen many locations where the girls are very, very thin. It’s interesting because we live in a country where the obesity is so enormous. And then the reflection on the runways is girls that are so thin. So there’s two extremes that are almost like a reflection of themselves, and it’s very hard to be in the middle with girls that are just healthy.

I’m not entirely sure why Murphy takes such issue with Garcia. Her statement seems to reinforce a key point made at AOC that when the 90s models were downsized from an average size 4-6 to size 0, they no longer represented an achievable body type for the majority of women in many countries of the world. That’s just a fact.

In the same way that the moderate, sensible middle has disappeared in American politics, a once-celebrated body type like Cindy Crawford’s is now considered to be plus size. It’s all a head trip, one that saps women’s mindsets.

Two comments on the Huff Po article sum up the reality of today’s fashion models:

The problem I have is that it is impossible to get into modeling unless you are rail thin. I was 6’1 at 155 pounds and was told I needed to be at least 135 to find work.

At 155, this woman has a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 20.4, the low end of an average BMI range. At 135, her BMI is 17.8. Technically, that BMI is not anorexic.

My daughter is just breaking into the industry. She is 5’10” and weighs 120. She is called thin by all her friends, but both Elite and LA Models told her she needed to be thinner.

At 120, this woman’s daughter has a BMI of 17.2, considered at risk for health problems and anorexia by health professionals.

Meanwhile Tara Lynn looks fabulous in her Elle Spain editorial, and she is much more representative of the female population at large. Murphy does have a point about the divisive strategy of suggesting that rail thin women aren’t real women. And the beat goes on … and on … and on. If you haven’t read the first installment in our new review of research on body image, jump over to Feanne’s article How Body Image Affects Women’s Health For Real. ~ Anne

 

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Monday
Apr222013

Does Fashion Industry Promote Anorexia? Do Models Eat Tissue Paper To Stay Thin?

The most recent wave of criticism against anorexic-looking models was launched in 2009 with the publication of a Ralph Lauren ad campaign featuring fired model Filippa Hamilton, who was photoshopped to look exactly like these images.

The debate over fashion’s obsession with ultra-thin models has continued unabated since then, with little turning away from the down-sizing of the healthy body, original ’90s supermodels like Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. Most of those size 4-6 supermodels are considered plus-size models today, compared to our typically androgynous-looking size 0 models.

Brazil’s Star Models You Are Not A Sketch Campaign

Brazilian modeling agency Star Models has recently launched an innovative eating disorder awareness campaign featuring your typical fashion sketch on the left, and models photoshopped to look like the illustration on the right. The impossibly long-legged fashionista on the left has been with us for decades. Photoshopping a real model to look like a fashion illustration is a more recent phenomenon.

Fashion insiders tell women that neither image should have any impact on our psyches. Any intelligent woman isn’t impacted by these visions of the ideal female body because we know they are only ads. The same argument applies to Barbie. Are people seriously suggesting that Barbie be banned.

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Friday
Jan112013

Revisiting Filippa Hamilton & Life After Ralph Lauren with Joachim Muller Ruchholtz for Amica January 2013

Filippa Hamilton comes out fighting in Joachim Muller Ruchholtz’s editorial ‘W La Giacca’, styled by Giulia Bassi for Amica’s January issue. We share a second set of images from the same issue that are part of an interview with the model who was famously fired from Ralph Lauren in 2009 for being too fat.

The Swedish-French Hamilton didn’t go running to Twitter and broadcast her woes far and wide throughout the fashion industry. But when her story finally came to light after Ralph Lauren released extraordinaryly twisted Photoshopped images of the model in its Japan ads, that Filippa Hamilton stepped up to the plate and led an international conversation about being the fat girl size 4 in a size 0 fashion world.

We can’t say that Filippa Hamilton’s career rebounded after the Ralph Lauren debacle. But her ‘fierceness’ resulting —  not from an extraordinary ability to scowl —  but her composed, articulate response to being the subject of intense controversy brought her the respect of many people including myself. 

In the always agitated discussion of body image and unusually low BMI models, Filippa Hamilton’s voice was steady in a fashion similar to Crystal Renn’s. Any time we see Filippa in print, we say bravo! Her body led many of us to take a firm stance on the patriarchal nature of the fashion industry as it expresses itself in today’s preference for boy bodies and desexualized women. Unfortunately, Filippa Hamilton was sexy with curves.

At the end of this editorial sequence is Filippa’s 2009 story and the major essays from me that she inspired. ~ Anne

 

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Sunday
Jan062013

Pioneer Model Lauren Hutton's Understanding of Prick Power Is Fierce

Coming across this August 2010 L’Officiel Magazine photo shoot of Lauren Hutton by Sasha Eisenman just now, I was struck by Hutton’s at-ease beauty as a woman approaching 70.

Lauren Hutton Defined Fierce

Checking further one of America’s first top models, the Savannah-born, swamps-in-Florida-raised, original gap-tooth image-maker gave a substantive interview to Oprah on the subject of personal style. Her prescription for how to be true to your own style is consistent throughout her life.

What should we expect from a woman whose indy spirit caused her to break free from a turbulent home life she has described as Faulknerian, join Gloria Steinem working as a bunny at New York’s Playboy Club, retuning south — presumably broke — to work as a big-haired cocktail waitress at Al Hirt’s jazz club in New Orleans, before returning to New York at 21.

Playboy and Prick Power

As a side note, Lauren Hutton says about her three-month gig as a Playboy bunny: It was a good experience because it taught me p—— power.” I assume that TIME blotted out “prick power”. Hutton is known for cussing like a drunken sailor.

When Lauren Hutton arrived in New York, the mannequins of the moment were “European swans—giant, beautiful, perfect girls,” writes Oprah.com.

When Hutton was sent to fabled fashion photographer Richard Avedon, he was dismayed by her inexperience. “He asked me where I came from, what I did. I told him that I ran, played, and jumped in the swamp.” So he got her leaping for the camera. Three months later: 14 pages in Vogue.

The young Hutton, who aspired to be Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, was well on her way to becoming “Jungle Jane of the modeling world, charming a python for Richard Avedon and wrestling, yes, alligators for Helmut Newton”, adds Vogue.com in Voguepedia.

Hers is not your typical girl determined to make it big as a model story. Hutton’s modeling career swung into high gear only after it became clear that her plans to hop a tramp steamer to Africa, as a young woman determined to save endangered elephants would not materialize.

Lauren Hutton’s New York Days

I’m liking this read about Lauren Hutton — who I watched read the total riot act to the folks at Georgio Armani in Milan a few years back — and am struck how the Vogue article in particular captures the spirit of women in New York as the second wave of feminism swept into the spirit of the city.

It was illegal for a single woman to rent a hotel room in Manhattan when Lauren Hutton hit the streets of New York. Reading about her now, I have an idea for AOC readers.

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Wednesday
Dec122012

Cameron Russell Says Privilege & Insecurity Make Modeling A Bad Career Choice

Cameron Russell has spent most of the last decade posing as a successful fashion model. Occasionally she writes about grassroots public art and political power, and experiments with making art for the internet and the street. She is the director of The Big Bad Lab which creates participatory art and media platforms dedicated to including people in radical demonstrations of positive social change. That’s some resume for a fashion model.

This bio makes Cameron Russell a Smart Sensuality woman: smart, sexy and with heart.

The model recently gave this franky and refreshing TedX MidAtlantic talk about being a model.

“I felt very uncomfortable to come out here and say, Look, I’ve received all these benefits from a deck stacked in my favor,” she says after engaging the crowd with a fashion attire change from sexy fashionista to beautiful social activist. “And it also felt really uncomfortable to follow that up with, And it doesn’t always make me happy. But mostly it was difficult to unpack a legacy of gender and racial oppression when I am one of the biggest beneficiaries.”

Three key points hit home with me, listening to Russell speak with nervous earnestness, almost as if she knew her sincerity was under scrutiny in the TED supporters limelight.

Images of a Real Young Woman Cameron Russell

In one segment of her presentation, the model revealed that she hadn’t started menstruation when she did her her first swimwear shoot for Allure. These words and visuals danced around the topic of the sexualization of young women — an obsession of the fashion world. On the left is the glossy model image of Cameron. On the right is another picture taken of her in the same year.

In this very dramatic contrast of real versus fake imagery, the pictures below were taken the same day, with Cameron’s best friend coming with her to the fashion shoot. With all my work in fashion — although at VS we always insisted that the models be 18 years old — I am astounded.

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Thursday
Oct042012

Esteban Cort├ízar Talks Creative Vision and Ideal Female Muse

Esteban Cortazar for Net-a-Porter from Adam Mufti on Vimeo.

Colombian-born, Miami-raised designer Esteban Cortázar makes this video ‘The Confessions of Esteban Cortazar’ directed by Adam Mufti for the designer’s debut collection on Net-a-Porter.

The child of jazz signer Dominique Vaughan and artist Valentino Cortázar, Esteban first showed sketches to designer Todd Oldham at the age of 13.

In December 2007, Cortázar was appointed Head Designer at Emanuel Ungaro where he worked until he was fired in 2009, after refusing to work with Lindsay Lohan. Lohan was appointed Artistic Director, and Cortázar was replaced by Estrella Archs, who also left Ungaro after one year due to irreconcilable differences related to the creative direction of the brand.

In the brief film, Cortázar discusses his ideal woman — his muse — and a debut collection at Net-A-Porter.  Comparing a fashion collection to film and performance, he says the model is like an actress and the designer a director. In this case model Pauline is “fantastic, like a dream”.

The Soul of Esteban Cortázar ‘Girl’

Comparing his new Net-a-Porter collection to a rebirth, the designer says the cutouts and insinuations of skin in the collection goes back to my love for the female body in general. To paraphrase:  “I really wanted to tap into the soul of the girl and find the girl of Esteban Cortázar.”

“I look at myself as someone who is quite fearless, how young I was when I started, how driven I was… . It’s just about believing in myself, knowing who I am, knowing what I want, finding that place. Having the right people around me, everything else is secondary to me at the end.”

These comments are interesting as a reminder that designer fashion is often about woman as muse, an objective representation of the designer’s vision. The very talented and likeable Esteban Cortázar isn’t designing for the woman, but rather finding the woman who visually manifests his vision.

On one hand, the female body — Pauline’s body — purifies the designer’s vision as he or she sees it. The model — or consumer — is the expression of the designer’s vision. In truth though, she remains a mere messenger in the creative process.

Watching this excellent video portrait of Esteban Cortázar, I wonder how Celine’s designer Phoebe Philo or Alexander McQueen’s designer Sarah Burton would address the same topic. ~ Anne

Fashion designer Esteban Cortázar