“For almost a century we have been brainwashed by the beauty industry,” says the photographer Ben Hopper of the inspiration for his new project, a series of images of fashion models with full-grown armpit hair. The body of work, titled “Natural Beauty,” pokes a small hole in the unrealistic, limited standards we expect from female models in beauty editorial and advertising images.
The artist explains that female hair, a part of ... Read More
How’s this for subverting conventional standards of beauty? In their new spring fashion campaign, clothing brand Betabrand replaced professional models with Ph.D.s and aspiring Ph.D.s. Challenging the ridiculous cultural notion that women can’t be both beautiful and ambitious, the company’s founder explains, “Our designers cooked up a collection of smart fashions for spring, so why not display them on the bodies of women with really ... Read More
The photographer Alex John Beck knows faces; his portraits have been featured in New York Magazine and in the ad images of Ralph Lauren. Facial beauty in the cosmetic industry is often thought to be the result of symmetry; fashion and glamour images are often altered to make a model’s face appear more symmetrical. Beck’s new project Both Sides Of takes that definition of beauty to task; by compositing images from his portfolio, the artist ... Read More
Open letters to children have become a viral sensation this year, capable of permanently cataloguing personal words of wisdom for public inspiration. Yes, there have been some failures, like the letters scolding teens for taking selfies or shaming them wearing certain clothing items. But there have also been those special letters from parent to child, promoting freedoms of self-expression and comfort amidst the pains of growing up. Dr. Kelly ... Read More
Writer's Note: This post is a discussion of a particular photographic series's depiction of cosmetic surgery. It should by no means be taken as a judgement of the surgical process; women have diverse views on the subject. The images do not encompass the vast array of personal experiences and attitudes towards plastic surgery.
The photographer Ji Yeo’s website biography reads, “Ji Believes beauty is integral to human nature and people find ... Read More