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March 1, 2013 at 8:04 am
Teenage girls are the bravest.
March 1, 2013 at 9:58 am
and a drink :)
March 1, 2013 at 11:25 am
well said ;)
March 2, 2013 at 2:34 am
Sometimes, according to retired models, it wasn’t the young girl’s choice…
March 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm
It’s a rather old fashioned thought, but here we go: would you want your daughter out there? She looks so vulnerable.
March 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm
I agree, that’s what I see too (naked, vulnerable, somewhat “hunted”)
March 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm
Thanks for saying that
March 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm
Unfortunately, teenage girls are suffering from the sexualization of their bodies and the infantilization of women that the fashion industry promotes on a daily basis. This picture is a prime example.
March 1, 2013 at 8:17 am
oooooh my , nice pic!
March 2, 2013 at 12:55 am
Oh wow, beautiful and inspiring pic!
March 1, 2013 at 8:19 am
It takes confidence, certainly. Its definitely not for the shy, and its easy to start wanting to be the center of that storm. Everyone has their own brand of bravery, and its all to be commended. I am not sure guts is the word I would use, but I suppose we all have our own idea of what that word means.
March 1, 2013 at 8:21 am
Yes, it must! I kind of wonder what goes through models’ heads when they see what they have to wear sometimes, and as women, what they think of the purchasing value of some of the pieces. I’m sure that you could easily style the piece successfully in other ways, but obviously, the impact wouldn’t be the same. At what point does the “shock” value has more value than the selling and wearing capacity that is thought to be the driving force behind a collection?
Did you also take a shot of the front? Why did or didn’t you? It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on this as a visual professional!
March 1, 2013 at 11:30 am
A very thoughtful response! Thank you.
March 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm
Pretty obviously because he wanted the juxtaposition of the girl in the diaphonous garment and the photographers, critics, and other judges of the look wearing their black armor. I don’t think it was necessarily about the model being a woman. Male models going forth in some outlandish vulnerable looking get ups will feel exactly the same. Its about being judged while you are in your undies.
john b pritchett
March 1, 2013 at 8:22 am
Reminds me of the last scenes in Robert Altman’s “Prêt-à-Porter” from 1994!
Wow super sexy! There is such a thin line between sexy and vulgar, but this one is so far from the dark side
March 1, 2013 at 8:24 am
beautiful, I love it.
March 1, 2013 at 8:26 am
who do you mean, the model or the photographers?
March 1, 2013 at 8:42 am
I don’t think the question is whether you have guts or not.For me, the real question is:why do it?
This screams :’I want attention.’ Rather than:’ I’m artistic, I have imagination.’
March 1, 2013 at 11:29 am
Models aren’t paid to be “artistic” and “have imagination” – they are simply supposed to draw attention to the artistic imagination of others.
March 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm
Why not? Why should it be a problem that her body is visible? When you think about it, it’s just her breasts. There is nothing scary or shameful about it. All this controversy regarding nudity only messes peoples minds and body images up. Not that I would walk down a catwalk like that, but I’m messed up by society and social discourses too.
And I don’t really think she gets to choose her outfit. Only if she wants to participate in the show or not. Modeling is about showing off your body. When you are used to striking poses, it probably isn’t such a dramatic thing to loose your top too.
March 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm
Well most of all I just wish it was possible, that the “naked female body” didn’t necessarily equal “objectified body”. I wish it was possible to have an image of a naked female body, without some jerk thinking that he has the right to say something like “show us the front view please!”. Just because the chick is naked, it doesn’t mean that you own her.
March 1, 2013 at 8:47 am
That is really perfect pic. You made perfect job.
Love it! Amazing contrast!
March 1, 2013 at 8:51 am
beautiful light !!
March 1, 2013 at 8:54 am
You are a genius.
Bonnie, Clyde and Marni
Love this photo!!
Beautiful picture. Quelle image !
March 1, 2013 at 9:01 am
Being a model doesn’t look so glamorous from this point of view. Nice work Scott!!
March 1, 2013 at 9:06 am
It is all a question of method.
March 1, 2013 at 9:12 am
March 1, 2013 at 9:13 am
I think this is a powerful strong statement….. feels empowering to me…. totally sexy and well seductive..
March 1, 2013 at 11:27 am
March 1, 2013 at 9:17 am
Who is the model?
When did it happen?
david axel kurtz
March 1, 2013 at 9:18 am
This just makes me smile. Thank you :)
March 1, 2013 at 9:27 am
A lot of guts and loving the attention! Can’t be shy in this job!
March 1, 2013 at 9:40 am
I can almost feel how exposed she feels!
I can tell this guys are professionals. In my country at least some of them would be enjoying their work…if you know what I mean…
March 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm
No you can’t.
March 1, 2013 at 9:41 am
It depends on how you feel about breasts, really. If the model is from Europe, where revealed breasts aren’t really that big a deal, then, maybe it’s not so much about guts but a part of the job. Revealed breasts doesn’t have to mean exploitative or daring, just, breasts. Whatever.
March 1, 2013 at 11:44 am
I don’t think you can generalise Europe like that. There are big culture differences between countries and I believe opinions would vary a lot as you travel from south to north or from east to west. I’m from north-west europe myself and find it slightly annoying that exposed breasts have become so widely present in fashion.
March 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm
Of course there are. and one cannot generalise about much of anything. but as a european, I can certainly say that there are powerful differences between US and European culture. And the boundaries between countries are closer, and therefore cultural relativity is more prevalent. I’m from central Europe and I don’t care if breasts are shown one way or the other.
March 2, 2013 at 1:19 am
All these comments, and yet nobody wonders about how the model feels, only whether it is de rigeur, or whether the designer feels the clothes show better on a nude form. Make no mistake, topless and panties might as well be nude for all of the hiding one can do behind them.
As a model, I can tell you that she will have disconnected from her body already in order to do this work, and that is the shame of it. Being a teenager, and feeling like you have to expose yourself no matter what in order to get the work is the most insidious brain washing going. And how many years will she have to do this to be ‘successful’?
Not that I expect non-models to understand.
March 2, 2013 at 11:21 am
March 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm
Well, it’s not like she was forced to do this job!! this is her choice. If she doesn’t like being “exposed” she can work in a pizza shop, in an office, or stay home and study! But obviously, she pursued this career and most probably wants to keep doing it, as long as it’s fun, and she is young enough. As a photographer, I meet lots of models who enjoy posing nude- no, they even prefer posing nude. I never felt like she was forced to do it. and I wouldn’t call it Guts. When a model reveals her breasts in a studio, she knows that her picture is being taken and will be seen by 1000s or 1000000s. Whether it’s one photographer pointing his camera at her, or 10 photographers, doesn’t really matter, to the experienced model.
March 4, 2013 at 12:32 pm
I think you are missing H’s point — ie that to put forward a “European culture” perspective.
I’m English, and I think we, for example, have more in common with much of American culture as we do with Greece for example. Not being rude to anyone here – as I enjoy the variety of multiple cultures.
Is it wrong to say that I wish the model would turn around and say ‘hi’?
March 1, 2013 at 9:47 am
I don’t think it’s a big deal when you look that amazing lol
March 1, 2013 at 10:03 am
I don’t think this it takes Guts AT ALL. Come on..!
This is their job and as paradoxal as it might seem, fashion and ‘nudity’ very often do go tohether, and any professional should know
March 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm
“Oh, poor little girl, feeling vulnerable”….. urgghh
THE STEL STYLE
March 1, 2013 at 10:07 am
March 1, 2013 at 10:09 am
Well, the trend here is ‘transparency’: a consumer might be willing to wear this dress over a top and leggings, some sexy lingerie, jeans… Infinite combos.
I guess there are several reasons why the designer might have chosen to present the piece alone..
BTW, a very interesting sort of garment for Garance’s next FW challenge.
March 1, 2013 at 10:14 am
What’s with some of the cameras (apparently) pointing at her knees (or just above), judging from an imaginary line I draw with my eye? Did anyone else see that? Like that guy with the ble bag at his feet to the left of the model. Others doing it too. Is that a thing in Europe these days? [Assuming it's in Europe, of course.]
March 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm
I believe those photographers are taking pictures of her shoes? They may gawk at the model’s body later when they look at the photos, but now they are just doing their jobs.
March 1, 2013 at 10:34 am
I’d do it for the pay they make. I daresay they couldn’t care less about flashing it all. I was a retail lingerie buyer in the 80′s and saw this in showrooms all the time. No big deal.
March 1, 2013 at 10:35 am
Well, at least she had the panties on…
March 1, 2013 at 10:45 am
show us the front view please!
March 1, 2013 at 11:04 am
Love this shot of the ‘shooters.’ Very clever, Scott. You have a great sense of humor…it made me laugh.
March 1, 2013 at 11:05 am
Beautiful photo, I would love to see the front as well.
March 1, 2013 at 11:07 am
Wow, and people say that models don’t work hard, amazing to see what happens from their point of view!
March 1, 2013 at 11:08 am
I’d say it takes more guts to walk down the street being gawked at and flirted with by random guys whose intentions are unknown than it does to walk down a runway surrounded by professional photographers and fashionistas.
March 1, 2013 at 1:01 pm
still I am not sure what to think of this. one one hand I think: well, come one. fashion is also a kind of art, and art and the naked human body go hand in hand, she is beautiful, the clothes are pretty, so what? On the other hand I can only think…what a bunch of cynical, cruel bastards gawking at an teenage girl, exposed like a piece of meat. and I cannot help always thinking that second part as well. and of course they’ve chosen this profession themselves, but do we really know for what reasons? after all they are mostly just very young insecure girls, who genuinely believe that the prettier they are, the more love they deserve – and that is sadly the down side of fashion. not the nudity itself is a problem. It’s like you say. you look at this and think “it must take a lot of guts to do this.” or a lot of desperation, desire for attention, confusion. I’d rather just put a bra on her to be honest. It would still be a killer shirt, wouldn’t it?
March 2, 2013 at 12:43 am
I have the same hesitation as Margarita. On the one hand, these women can make a living from their natural beauty (with all the sacrifices they make to stay thin and to compete in the industry). At the same time, I worry about the balance between pay and exposure.
I appreciate the perspective Mr. Schuman’s gives here, which frames the discussion differently… instead of discussing how WE look at models, we’re talking about what THEY see, and how they might feel in that position. I think this instance of considering a woman’s position within the context of fashion affords her a level of complexity that is often denied to women who fit the fashion image of being tall, thin, and beautiful. After all, no matter how we look, we’re all being looked at.
March 1, 2013 at 11:09 am
The emperor’s new clothes
March 1, 2013 at 11:12 am
Great photo, you captured the moment, perfectly, the nonchalance everydayness of it.
I believe that it’s just perfect that you showed only the back. This way it’s only inviting and not explicit. Regarding the model – she’s just doing her job. To me there is nothing spectacular about this. Models are comfortable with their bodies, good for them!
March 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm
Immediately I thought of that episode of Sex and the City when Carrie was walking the Dolce and Gabanna show in those sparkly panties!
Someone forgot a layer.
christina De Falco
March 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm
guts? if I had that body I would never wear clothes.
March 1, 2013 at 12:11 pm
I can say without a shadow of a doubt that THIS is my most favorite picture you’ve ever posted on this site.
If you were to create a poster out of it, I would definitely buy it.
Thank you for your great work!
March 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm
I wonder if we aren’t doing ourselves a disservice with all the nudity these days. At MOCA’s recent independent book fair, it seemed every vendor was trying to out-shock the rest with unnecessary, often graphic nudity. I’m no prude – the nude body has always been at the nucleus of Art. But when it’s so omnipresent, it feels like a cheap way to label oneself or one’s product as “cool.” Like swearing, nudity is best when it’s used judiciously.
March 1, 2013 at 6:56 pm
I was at that art book fair and felt exactly the same way. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one!
March 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm
No. Just a perfect body.
March 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm
That’s exactly what I was thinking!
March 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm
Would a small stain on the under garment kill the look?
March 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm
what a perceptive comment, that would totally take the outfit from beautiful to gross
March 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm
This fabulous shot not is only visually beautiful, it also tells a story, starts a dialogue, insists the viewer question their gaze. Instead of merely documenting clothes, this image elevates fashion to politics, making it infinitely more fascinating for the viewer. (Well, me, at least…) This is why The Sart, using all the powers of his intelligent, insightful observation keeps him head and shoulders above the pack. Merci x
The title of this post is more appropriate for your Steve McCurry interview.
This is not taking guts. This is doing a simple job that she has been trained to do. A job that takes guts, is one where you are unsure of the outcome or your own safety. Wake up!
Geneviève @ Entre essentiel et accessoire
March 1, 2013 at 1:17 pm
That’s true! And your post is also a proof of your empathy…
Kim Knight Perez
March 1, 2013 at 1:26 pm
LOL! Agreed. That and a perfect body.
March 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm
Wow, this image is really stunning. She looks both powerful and vulnerable at once. Amazing.
March 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm
Guts?!? If I looked like her, this is exactly what I’d be wearing :)!
March 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm
Somebody dressed like that in front of me when I was fourteen years old. I’ve never recovered, thankfully.
March 1, 2013 at 2:44 pm
Wow, I almost feel like I am walking in her shoes and got a little nervous for her.
March 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm
I teach life drawing at a college, so this is a very ordinary occurance, a nude model in front of many working artists. I think it takes generosity more than guts – I tell my students all the time that models are generous beings.
March 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm
Modelling is a performance. They do their act just like actors in a theater stage. Ok, not that much but definitely a demanding performance!
Breeches & Collars
March 1, 2013 at 5:41 pm
Where’s the Leica?
March 1, 2013 at 5:49 pm
umm would she have had any choice about wearing that outfit, bravery implies she had a choice, which i doubt?
March 2, 2013 at 2:36 am
Agree. She knows she’s disposable and if she refuses, there’re hundreds more who want to take her place. I’m curious to know if models’ permission is sought with outfits like this, or if it’s discussed beforehand.
March 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm
I think the bravery is from a designer who designs a barely there “whatever.” It’s not from the model who is use to baring it all in front of a lot of people. I believe and correct me if I’m wrong that It’s really about a garment that don’t really make any sense both in a runway and in real life. You have minimal time to make an impression for a collection and you send this in the runway? Call me crazy.
March 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm
… or very few guts, as the case may be…
March 1, 2013 at 10:49 pm
Wow, I’ve never thought about the models’ perspective when looking at fashion weeks and runways and all that…they are really brave and fearless to be able to put themselves out there with so much confidence. I really applaud them!
March 1, 2013 at 11:31 pm
March 2, 2013 at 2:15 am
Guts? Why? It takes guts to to work as a construction worker on the Empire State or lead a troop of men in Afghanistan. She’s a model it’s her dream like many women (and men) to be admired and desired so I think she’s probably in her element!
March 2, 2013 at 2:59 am
Every person has different boundaries. This is brave or takes “guts” if it is outside the model’s comfort zone. For some of us (Scott, based on commentary) walking a runway in a diaphanous garment with photographers recording the moment would be a challenge. For others, whether the body is perfect or not, this would be no problem. I too would need more guts or a stiff drink to pull this off.
March 2, 2013 at 7:26 am
It’s a bit violent to be be shot this way. Most of the time they are disconnected from their body, playing a role … it’s really a powerful game
March 2, 2013 at 7:40 am
As far as I understand, showing various kinds of clothing is a requirement of being a model. There’s nothing personal in this. A model at work is a body. I will compare it to a model standing in front of a bunch of artists to be painted naked. Nothing personal, nothing vulgar. Only professional.
March 2, 2013 at 8:41 am
i like the silver shoes bottom left hand corner
March 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm
I don’t remember exactly where I’ve seen that face before.
Petite Maison Of Fashion
March 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm
I don’t know how that model can face the impressive sea of photographers without thinking about all the pictures of her that will be on the web in a few minutes after the show.
March 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm
I am starting to realize that moments captured like this one are possibly the strongest motivator in fashion.
March 3, 2013 at 7:06 am
a different view!
March 3, 2013 at 9:08 am
March 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm
I’d do it for twenty quid.
March 7, 2013 at 5:00 pm
what is this show? is from fall 2013?? you know the brand??
March 8, 2013 at 9:50 pm
Guts by nudity or the amount of photographers? Intimidating! With or without clothes…
March 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm
haha. oh lord
March 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm
When I initially looked at this picture, it was about the model and what she was modelling and why. When I looked again, however, what jumped out was the spectator in the pink hat who appears to be gazing at the model’s face and eyes and person wonderingly, and the bald and bearded phtographer on the right who appears to be making a quick and critical study of the model for compositional value. My gaze bounces between the two of them. The model is simply their focal point.
March 29, 2013 at 4:37 am
I love this shot! The view from the other side…