This photo from Paris Vogue doesn’t offend me, but the philosophy behind it does.
Are you surprised that it was shot by Tom Ford and styled by Carine Roitfeld? All that’s missing is their good friend Terry Richardson, whose last pictorial featuring Crystal Renn had her stuffing a huge squid down her throat.
Is it the mandate of high fashion editorials to shock and provoke? Carine Roitfeld thinks so. She complains that while her magazine has always pushed boundaries, she now feels constricted by “political correctness.”
“What I can see is that now, the censoring is bigger than it was 20, 30, or 40 years ago. I think we have less freedom. Today some pictures [from past issues of Vogue Paris] would not even be publishable. It’s not just about the nudity, but when you talk about things politically, the military, kids, it would all be politically incorrect and not publishable today. We have to fight to keep this un-politically correct attitude of French Vogue, but it’s more and more difficult to be able do that. You cannot smoke, you cannot show arms, you cannot show little girls, because everyone now is very anxious not to have problems with the law. Everything we do now is like walking in high heels on the ice, but we keep trying to do it.”
How annoying! She can’t show little girls because those damn laws get in her way! No wonder she maintains a close friendship with Terry Richardson, even going out of her way to be photographed arm in arm with him right after stories of his assaults on young models hit the internet.
As for Tom Ford, of course he’s a genius and we’d all like to sleep with him. Still, his defense of his pal Richardson was absurd. Both men live in a world where women’s bodies are less than commodities and getting your dick out is just small talk.
Nothing and no one can topple this Axis of Evil. If the three of them were caught barbecuing kittens at a Manhattan dinner party, it would be hailed as naughty fun that we proles are too uptight to understand.
I really do like fashion, and occasionally I like porn. I just don’t want them combined. Not because it’s shocking, but because like the photo above, it’s pretentious desensitizing crap.