Saturday, October 23, 2010

Calvin Klein

This ad campaign featuring Lara Stone has been banned by the Australia Advertising Standards Bureau due to its suggestive violence and rape.

This should really come to us as no surprise though. On top of my head I can already think of a few other Calvin Klein campaigns where they have victimized or portrayed women as sexualized objects. Degrading, perhaps. But who doesn't like a bit of skin?

This idea of sexualizing women reminds me of Terry Richardson's work. Known as "fashion's raunchiest photographer", Richardson has already faced several allegations on sexually harassing his models. In his most recent work with GQ (november issue), he shot the Glee cast where the female leads, Dianna Agron and Lea Michele, were stripped down to their underwear whilst the male lead, Cory Monteith was fully dressed. Richardson also childified these "high school" stars with the use of lollipops and long socks.

Suggesting this is paedaphilia is perhaps pushing it a bit too far. Afterall, members of the Glee cast are all in their mid twenties. They must of known what they were getting themselves into...surely?

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