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Keep the Photoshop
Victoria’s Secret may be promoting women’s relentless need to look ‘flawless’ with their latest bra launch, but I’m with Gisele Bundchen and photographer/designer Johan Lindeberg who argue that women should get real and embrace our imperfections.
The internationally famous Gisele (see her newest lingerie collection in Sensual Fashion) shot her the ad campaign for BLK DMN jeans without any kind of makeup, professional hairdressing or the help of Photoshop.
“I feel like women should be really real and raw and it doesn’t happen anymore [in fashion photographs],” the former Victoria’s Secret Angel told Fashionista.com, crediting designer/photographer Johan Lindeberg for his unconventional approach. “I love that feeling of, you know, we are women, we are so different, our imperfections are what make us unique and beautiful. He gets that. He’s not trying to retouch you or put a pretty light on you. He’s not like ‘you gotta look a certain way.’ He’s like, ‘you are you’ so now I’m gonna just be here with a camera, so express yourself how you like.”
Coming from Sweden and the dark winters there — I maybe have an Ingmar Bergman influence — but I like expression,” said Lindeberg. “I’m a massive feminist. I’m the one who thinks that women should take over completely. To portray women as who they are — I see it more like a documentary portrait. I’m anti-retouching and [anti-] plastic surgery. I think a woman is beautiful how she is.”
1. Planned Parenthood Victory
The US Supreme Court upheld the health care rights of low income women and dealt a major setback Tuesday to states trying to restrict abortion access, refusing to consider an appeal of a lower court decision blocking an Indiana law that would have prohibited Medicaid funding for health providers performing any abortion services.
Federal law already prevents the direct funding of abortion services, but several states including Indiana and have gone further, stripping Medicaid dollars from any organization that performs abortion services.
Judge Diane S. Sykes, writing for the 7th Circuit last year, said the state’s “defunding law excludes Planned Parenthood from Medicaid for a reason unrelated to its fitness to provide medical services, violating its patients’ statutory right to obtain medical care from the qualified provider of their choice.”
2. Michelle Bachmann bows out.
Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann denies that mounting ethics inquiries and a tough political campaign against Democrat Jim Graces, who she narrowly defeated by 5,000 votes in 2012, influenced her decision not to see re-election in 2013.
The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported this month that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was also conducting an inquiry into Bachmann’s campaign activity, joining the Federal Election Commission and the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee.
Among the allegations Bachmann is facing is that her campaign ” improperly used money from an affiliated political action committee, MichelePAC, to pay a fund-raising consultant who worked for her during the 2012 Iowa caucuses. Her campaign has also been accused of making secret and improper payments to Kent Sorenson, an Iowa state senator and popular Republican conservative leader in the state, in advance of the caucuses. And she has been accused of improperly using her presidential campaign staff to help promote her book, “Core of Conviction.”
Victoria’s Secret’s New Low
After you publicly humiliate this young woman and millions of other women, after you try to drive a wedge among women into those who are “too obvious” (I think that means we’re trailer trash) and the women who are appropriate to represent your brand, you now USE her old photos without even alerting her in an attempt to capitalize on her success.
Victoria’s Secret — your former fashion director and head of product development is calling you a complete and total slimeball. 100% slimeball to the core. The is one of the grossest examples of using a woman that I have seen in my career.
We all know that you own those Kate Upton 2011 lingerie photos. And you can do with them what you wish presumably. But I hope Victoria’s Secret customers think long and hard before supporting a lingerie brand that is so unscrupulous as to humiliate a woman — and millions of women like her, as Sophia Neophitou did in the New York Times, of all places — and now you use that same woman for commercial gain.
Your actions are heartless and pathetic, Victoria’s Secret, and I call upon you to apologize for your disgusting corporate behavior toward Kate Upton. ~ Anne Enke