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This reminds me of an episode on America's Next Top Model where the models had to pose as "beautiful corpses." Not only is this ad offensive, it's just downright disturbing.
ohh, grow up girl. Why don't you go find a cure for cancer or something!Probably the girl who posed in this would be laughing her @$$ out if she saw this "Deadly Fashion" If it was a man posing as a dead corpse, would you have any sympathy and write "offensive to men"? or are you still living in misandry palookaville ?!
A major portion of women that are raped or murdered are the victims of men they know, spouse or boyfriend. I enjoy fashion design, its a hobby of mine, but seeing an advertisement with a dead woman reminds me more of an abused woman then an awesome dress.Maybe ai needs to read the rest of the posts in this blog to get a taste of reality of women's lives.I dare you, ai, to say that Kamilat Mehdi lives in "misandry palookaville."
I came across your post by complete chance, and my first thought was of the recent "crime scene" photo shoot on America's Next Top Model. Personally, I thought it was the best photo shoot ANTM has ever had and was disappointed to find that the photos from the shoot were removed from their site due to complaints.However, I understand where you are coming from and how this is offensive. I suppose it's all about perspective. In this individual case, I would say you are right... the composition of the photo clearly focuses on the clothing rather than the woman. I suppose to reason I actually liked the ANTM shoot was because it was about the women and not their clothes. It was also not about the fact that they were portraying corpses. Rather, it was about a light from within that could shine through their eyes. I'm not sure how to explain it...
ai,"Probably the girl who posed in this would be laughing her @$$ out if she saw this "Deadly Fashion" and your argument is? because a woman makes money out of this I need to celebrate her empowerment even if what she's doing is offensive to me and many other women? As to whether I'd be offended if men posed as corpses, the answer is yes. I protested on this blog the fashion industry use of military gear to marketed to young men and children. If they start posing soldiers (war being the major form of violence against young men) to sell sexy underwear, I'd be offended. And I would equally be offended if the man was a white American or an Afghani villager. you should be too.
to both anonymouses,I really fail to see the attraction in making women pose as corpses. As if there isn't enough eroticization of violence around. I would love to be a witness to the board meeting when they decide the theme of these shoots and TV episodes.
For me fashion is an artform. I have seen militarized fashion that oppose war and others that glorify it. Like any other art it is a commodity at the whim of the market. Yet, there is still expressive potential in the art form. Like how many fashion designers have spoken against war in the lastest shows. I didnt say the corpse was attractive, actually I said that it reminds me of abused women. I think in these kind of pictures they just want to sell their product.
Amal, yes that was my point. I really want to know what was going inside that girls mind when she did that. Was she in it for the money, for art or for pushing people, like you and me for example, to dedicate the effort and time to discuss it..I remember quite a while ago when Abercrombie & Fitch (it's an american clothing brand) came out with their Summer (i guess) catalog. The catalog made headlines in major tv news channels here (i.e. USA and Canada) and guess why? Because the models (men and women alike) in that catalog were not wearing anything, yep, they were in the nude. Till this day, i don't know why A&F did that, but i strongly think that this needs an "Offensive to men & women" label from you more than this one.
here. for the link for you..looks like it was the spring issue of their A&F Quarterly.
I dont see how a nude body is offensive.
to anonymous..Because it insults my intelligence. Remember, they are trying to sell clothes here, and the catalog was targeted to teens more than adults. Everything that they are doing here defeats the concept and purpose of clothing.
ai and anonymous,nude bodies in suggestive positons may insult my intelligence when it comes to selling clothes etc, but I don't find them offensive the way I find this ad and the one simulating gang rape. Here we are talking about eroticizing violence against women. I'd feel the same if the ads were doing the same to men. That connection i find particularly troubling.I'd like to take credit for the "offensive to women" printed on the picture, but I can't. It's done by NOW I believe, where I got the images from.
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