Fashion Models Will Kill You – The French Say “NO” to Airbrushing

November 20, 2009 § 3 Comments

Leave it to the French to create “equality for all” ! 50 French politicians recently set up legislation that would put a “health warning” on all photos of women that have been airbrushed or digitally enhanced.

I think this is really stupid…I don’t want my magazines telling me that the advertisement of the hot dood or chick I’m looking at has been enhanced. Um, like, duh.

In many ways this legislation is super important, because it’s meant to put a stop to women’s beauty issues and to end serious health hazards like anorexia and dangerous plastic surgery. It also suggests the like “danger” of beauty. You know, because health warnings only go on things that will kill you, give you cancer, etc. Apparently, so will fashion models.

But come on – lighten up, it’s just fashion!

Models, male and female, are not meant to be or look like “real” people. Have you ever seen a model without makeup, in their “you-and-me” state? Sheesh! Some of them are definitely toe up from the flo up. Why doesn’t anybody understand that? A Model is not a real person; s/he is a transformation, an image, an idea. Really smart people like Henry Sayre, Susan Sontag, and Craig Owens have all emphasized that photography is always a performance – like, staged and stuff. High fashion photography is just as set up. In a really beautiful book I just read by Wendy Steiner, she talks about how the model is the link between the real person and the artistic creation. Models are forever in a state of becoming something else.

Before you bitch me out or whatever, I’m not saying that plastic surgery is good – I would never botox. I just want to know why it matters whether or not we know models are airbrushed. Of course they are, cause they’re not real. Nobody ever sued Harry Potter because it was fake.


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§ 3 Responses to Fashion Models Will Kill You – The French Say “NO” to Airbrushing

  • Thomas McKay-Smith says:

    I am currently doing some research on airbrushing and peoples opinions on whether it should be legislated. This is a interesting article. You are a good writer. Could you possibly give an exact Quotation from the part of the book: ‘Venus in Exile: The Rejection of Beauty in Twentieth-Century Art’ you have referred to. Would be awesome if you could. 🙂

    Thomas McKay-Smith

  • madison moore says:

    Hi, Thomas –

    Your research project sounds fabulous. I’m dying to know the results! As for the book, I’m afraid I can’t give you an exact quotation, but I can tell you that the book is called “Venus in Exile” as you already know, and the chapter in question is titled “Modeling Beauty.” Keep in touch and more importantly keep reading!

    • Thomas McKay-Smith says:

      Thank you for replying so quickly. I will keep reading and I will keep you updated. Thanks for your help.

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