It’s a first for Anne of Carversville to feature a bevy of beautiful, fresh face models in our pages. And no — it’s not a trend but a unique moment.
Quite simply, photographer jd Forte’s images are masterpieces that must be celebrated for their beauty and craft. Models.com features these fresh faces representing “a constant stream of exciting new talent making their mark on the industry.”
These young women represent a stylish fantasy that won’t change in the near future. Do we see uniqueness or banality? I let you be the judge. My senses are saturated with beauty and elegance, always celebrated on my websites.
Alicia / New York Model Management
Anita Ligic / Women Management
Kama / DNA Models
Karolina Marczyk / Elite
Kate Goodling / Ford Models
Kwak Ji Young / Wilhelmina New York
Kyra Green / IMG
Laura O’Grady / Supreme Management
Michelle C. / One Management
Nadja Giramata / Trump Management
Ona / Fusion Models
Paiz Sloane / Next Models NY
Yue Ning / Marilyn Agency
These politically incorrect images of young women swathed in fur ignite the passions of PETA supporters — and I myself would not wear fur. Yet I know well the sumptuous feeling of sleeping naked under a fur coat, and for me, these women are warrior goddesses ready to change the world.This is my advantage as a storyteller.
I also know that PETA distorted scientific research facts last week, according to the author of the quoted research, threatening pregnant women with the fear that their male children will be born with smaller penises if chicken is in her diet. Goddess forbid! From PETA’s perspective, the end probably justifies the means.
Fashion is a messy business, increasingly in pursuit of sweet young things without womanly bodies, young women willing to eat soaked cotton balls to be thin enough for the runways. AOC has a long and loud voice, pushing back against the downsizing of the 90s supermodels, fierce personalities with size 4-6 bodies attainable by a quarter of American women if we watch our diets and exercise. The vast majority of women of any age can’t achieve the bodies of today’s models, no matter how hard we try.
We are complicit, of course, in our own imprisonment. As the very grounded, healthy body top model Doutzen Kroes said in her recent Telegraph interview, she posts natural, no makeup images of herself on Instagram, but her fans don’t particularly like them. Her tribe prefers her as a dolled-up fantasy.
Cameron Russell gave a refreshing 2012 TED Talk, asking aspiring young models why in the world they want to sign up to a life of insecurity, rejection and judgement.
Models Wearing Fur Is Bad Compared To What?
There are those who will judge me for putting fresh face young models on the pages of AOC. Will I next layer in our first story of a woman lawyer flogged in Sudan for inappropriate dress? Or will I post two more ‘vanilla’ articles, so that when this AOC front page shows three articles, her story of being brutalized by the government of Sudan isn’t reduced in any way by the alleged vulgarity of Western morals and culture?
Managing AOC’s content placement is a constant source of concern for me.
Then again — speaking of vulgarity — I note in the morning headlines that an eight-year-old Yemeni girl died of internal bleeding on her wedding night. You see, child brides are rampant in Yemen where 40-year-old men regularly attempt sexual intercourse with young girls the age of a granddaughter.
So you will judge me and Western culture, my Islamic fundamentalist critics, for not being as pure as yours?
I note also the first survey of rape in six Asia-Pacific countries. The study by the Partners for Prevention, comprised of several U.N. agencies, asked 10,178 men about their lives. They gathered information — without using the word rape — from the following countries: Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka. We will report the findings in a separate article, but the results are chilling and represent a great sense of sexual entitlement among the men surveyed.
Will these same men judge me and Western culture through their lens of appropriate behavior of women? Should I care?
Anne of Carversville tells women’s stories “from fashion to flogging”. Indeed, I do see connections between the two, through a patriarchal lens of recent human history.
Male-dominated cultures and religious dogma seek to condemn women’s sensuality and sexuality. When a series of exquisite, technically superb images like these by jd Forte celebrates female beauty, confrontation (or is it a vacuous stare?) and sensuality, I must feature them.
Those who would judge me, and flog me or strangle me on the spot in Sudan for my work to stop the brutal whipping of 40,000 women a year for inappropriate dress and behavior will not silence me, because I’ve never been politically correct and won’t bow down at this age.
In an imperfect world, we seek imperfect examples of our philosophical life view where we find them. These gorgeous images inspire me to speak my mind this morning, on September 11. I have noted on many occasions that Controlling Women’s Bodies Is A Fight To the Finish.
In 2009, I ended this article with a confrontational meditation— and my words still stand today, more than ever. On behalf of the women of Sudan and raped, murdered, burned-alive, acid-attacked women everywhere in the world:
I have no delusions that this is a fight, perhaps to the finish, but you can count me in, come hell or high water. I have found my Inner Artist, my inner Anne vision. I will never again let the woman who is me, be chopped into little pieces, for the sake of cultural propriety.
I’m dallying over the keyboard here. Write, erase. Write, erase. I will pause before writing the words in my mouth. Y-W-H-T-K-M-F.
A Smart Sensuality woman thinks carefully about what she writes in cyberspace. In our sick world, my thought might be taken as an invitation.
Peace out, as I turn my thoughts to a stunned New York on September 11, 2001, where fundamentalism and secularism joined in a mighty big clash of 21st century beliefs. ~ Anne