media observation of the day:
female faces in photoshoots that involve nudity.
i was actually just talking about this to a journlist the other day.
if you look at the faces pulled by female rock musicians in photoshoots where they’re also wearing very little…you learn a lot.
i’ve done lots of photoshoots where I wanted to be naked to feel POWERFUL, and then there’s always that question: how are you powerful once you’re naked, and not left feeling objectified and vulnerable (and…degraded?)
my answer was always to pull a fuck-you/screamy face, a la ms miley here.
it’s like the universal facial signature for I AM NAKED BECAUSE I WANT TO BE BUT FOR GOD’S SAKE DON’T THINK I AM BEING PORNY.
once you bite your lip while showing nipple: GAME OVER. newp. you gotta be screamy, otherwise you feel sleazy.
of course, as people have pointed out re: terry richardson, there’s always the question of who’s on the other side of the camera. is it a woman? a man? an asshole? did miley rip it all off of her own volition or was some salivating perv like “SHOW MORE BEWB MILEY!”
in my experience: photographers almost never ask you to strip further down. they’re happy when you’re brave enough to do it, but it’s almost always the model/artist/musician calling the shots.
just food for thought.
I’m not really sure how to feel about this, because I think you can still be powerful and strong while biting your lip, but I totally get what they’re saying.