French Vogue’s most recent edition featured something striking. There is an article which features a series of pictures with the same model in different ages, everything done with make-up and lighting. It really shows you how images of women can be manipulated…
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Posted by Cate on December 2, 2008
Posted by Clem Bastow on June 27, 2008
The finalé of Australia’s Next Top Model is next Tuesday, so both finalists are working the press in the rush for last minute hits of Foxtel’s big red remote control button. Naturally this means both girls are having a go at each other (because it just wouldn’t be interesting if they were encouraged to support each other), and this is what 16-year-old Demelza Revely has to say about her rival, 21-year-old Alexandra Girdwood:
“I guess I’d be a little more concerned if I was her,” Reveley said.
“I mean, she’s 21 now, so she’s kind of running out of time to do this and to make it in this industry.
“There is a short shelf-life being a model and that’s just the way it is.
“I’d feel worried if I was in her shoes.”
The worst thing about all this is that she’s probably right; even if Alex wins, the Australian fashion industry does seem to be possibly even more obsessed with age than its European and American counterparts. It seems that overseas, if you have the right look, you will work, whether you are 15 or 28. And when you combine the need to be a certain size with the need to be of a very young age, you get into decidedly dangerous territory – just ask Demelza, she might be the right age, but she’s had to lose 10cm from her hips.
(Incidentally, if you want incisive and hilarious commentary on AusNTM, head to PetStarr’s hysterical blog, Bland Canyon. There’s only one wrap to go but there’s an afternoon’s worth of archive to trawl through.)
Posted by Clem Bastow on June 26, 2008
BBC3’s ‘Beauty Season‘ programming (for July) features a number of shows dedicated to exploring and exploding the myths of “beauty”. One show features Mis-Teeq’s Alesha Dixon shining a light on airbrushing and retouching, another sees ex-Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq taking a ‘when beauty treatments go wrong’ angle, but perhaps the most compelling of all the shows is Britain’s Missing Top Model, a six-part reality/documentary series that will track eight women of differing abilities in their attempts to convince “industry experts” that they can cut it in the modelling industry.
It’s not the first time the fashion industry has tried to pushed the boundaries of how we see “beautiful” – photographer Nick Night and designer Alexander McQueen collaborated with double-amputee Paralympian and model Aimee Mullins (amongst others) for their 1998 Dazed+Confused shoot, Fashion-Able. And on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 3’s Amanda (who is legally blind) and Cycle 9’s Heather (who has Asperger’s Syndrome).
But I guess what I find slightly uneasy about Britain’s Missing Top Model – apart from the title, which surely flies in the face of what the show is trying to achieve; if they’re trying to show that these women still have what it takes, why focus the title on the things they don’t have? – is wondering, in the end, to what extent these shows do help broaden the average viewer’s horizons.