She looks like straight from a movie from the early 60ies, or like a burlesque dancer, beautiful, but a bit too much, or over done in my opinion too. I love her tattoos and her dress, and everything works on her very well, but when I see women with similar style I always think what an effort it must take to make your hair like that and that makeup etc and to be so overly womanly elegant ALL the time kind of fights with what the feminists worked for us women for so long. I don’t admire the life style of the 50ies, even if it sure LOOKS great, I agree! But in me looks like her’s awakens some contradictions. But I LOVE this picture, the light and feeling you captured here Scott, its like a moment in something bigger going on, and I always love pictures that also tells another story, something we do not see. She might be flirting with a band member or it might be her friend’s wedding. Or maybe she just have a break before going on stage?!
fashion and beauty when talking about feminism isn’t so much saying a women shouldn’t wear “This or that”, but rather a women shouldn’t feel obligated/required to wear something. For example, women should wear makeup because they want to, not because they think if they don’t they won’t get a job, raise, etc.
I respect your opinion but I see this woman as sure of herself and confident. The style is from the 1950′s but not the attitude. I see her as strong, smart and knowing what she wants and who she is. I don’t view her as a sex symbol, I view her as creative, elegant and stylish. It’s wonderful to see those who take the time to adorn their outward appearance. I hate the sloppy baggy pants, basketball jersey, backwards-cap, pajamas-at-walmart look pervasive in our society today.
Lucia – I get what you’re saying, but completely disagree. Women in past generations had to look as dolled up as possible to attract a husband to financially take care of them. There were less options, then.
Nowadays, when women are decked out like this, it’s because they choose to – not because they have to. Crucial difference; feminism is about having the choice to live the life you want.
I might have not explained my opinion enough, maybe because of the language barrier. I totally know that feminism is about more that beauty and what is going on the surface, I just said that THIS kind of image awakens IN ME some sort of contradictions. I don’t say its anything wrong with her. I don’t like baggy trousers either, I just always wonder HOW anyone got the time to put so much effort in a style like this. But it looks really really awesome. Maybe I am a bit jealous and would like to find that time and interest in my own life to look like this. I just think that if it gets to a MUST to look in a certain way its not a choice anymore, and feminism is about choice. Today its not a choice to have breast surgery its getting to be a must in some circles. I am not saying THIS woman is one of those, it might be that she is a real bad ass, but I am just saying HER style awakens a lot of thoughts in me. Getting any clearer in my explanation here now?
Lucia – I hear what you’re saying. Thank you for taking the time to clarify. And your English is VERY good!!
This is how she dresses. Its a rockabilly event. Lots of people do the pin up look. Its definitely dedicated to enhancing feminine form. Not everything in this life is about feminism or antifeminism. Isn’t rather boring to define everything in life in those terms? Plenty of women feel powerful when they embrace their sexuality, some don’t. Thats why they say to each their own.
So, if a woman doesn’t like the effortless style, and doesn’t want to get ready in twenty minutes, and likes the 1950′s lifestyle, that means she should have other people’s opinions forced on her? Having someone tell you what to do is not progress. the fact that a woman is forcing things on you rather then a man is not any better. If a woman likes to dress up, and finds femininity important, and even if she likes to have a man take care of her, that is up to her. Just because feminists fought for something, doesn’t mean that something is right for everyone. Its good that it is available to those that want it, but many people feel that men and women are different, and don’t want that to change. In fact, you seem to want conformity for everyone, not just between the sexes. How about a woman’s right to not be a feminist?
I love her tattoos and the print together. As several people have said, I can’t tell where the dress ends and her skin begins!
I know a lot of people can’t get used to the idea of large swaths of tattoos on women, but I think high-quality, well-planned (NOT impulse buy!) tattoos are beautiful and elegant. I enjoy mine, and get lots of compliments in the summer, including lots of comments along the lines of, “wow, I never knew you had those!” from people who normally see me in long pants and long sleeves.
THIS is where personal style becomes a kind of genius. Geisha meets Cheesecake-Pin-Up meets Mid-Century Modern meets Biker-Chick…not for nothing but she also has perfect posture. A very disciplined young woman who likes to have a good time. Love her!
This is a gorgeous picture, and she is a gorgeous woman. All this women’s lib stuff I’m hearing in these comments is just nuts! What we choose to wear sets us free, not what someone else decided we needed to wear 40 years ago to be liberated. Yikes, sometimes I think I’m on another planet.
People are having a discussion about whether retro-femme looks are feminist (in the sense that women are consciously claiming and, in many cases, subverting elements of traditional femininity) or contrary to feminism’s intents (in the sense that they are re-inscribing traditional femininity and romanticizing an era that was, in many ways, highly misogynistic). That’s not “nuts”–that’s thinking critically about an issue. And you may want to thank what you so dismissively call “this women’s lib stuff” for your ability to choose what you want to wear–for example, the right to choose a skirt OR pants OR shorts–without facing social ostracization for those choices.
This discussion reminds me of Simone de Beauvoir interview in the Paris Review:
In every one of your novels we find a female character who is misled by false notions and who is threatened by madness.
Lots of modern women are like that. Women are obliged to play at being what they aren’t, to play, for example, at being great courtesans, to fake their personalities. They’re on the brink of neurosis. I feel very sympathetic toward women of that type. They interest me more than the well-balanced housewife and mother. There are, of course, women who interest me even more, those who are both true and independent, who work and create.
I figured that I would be one of the few dissenters, but I find her extensive tattoos to detract and cheapen her appearance. Tattoos will never appeal to me nor suggest a level of elegance. I live in an area of the West Coast of the US where tattooed people are so plentiful that “the scene” has almost become a parody.
I just can’t mentally reconcile the beautiful, graceful elegance of high fashion in past decades and current day with ink on a woman’s body. I feel as though I will be vindicated when people realize how dreadfully tattoos age over time.
If I were to start a new business right now, my number one choice would be to purchase a laser and do tattoo removals. Mark my words, that area is going to boom over the next decade.
It’s okay to dissent! It all makes for healthy discussion.
I can support your belief that her tattoos cheapen her appearance, thought I personally don’t find that to be the case.
And yes, there will be a HUGE market for tattoo removal – it’s already in place, actually. That’s fine. Tattoos aren’t the sexiest in old age, but part of the ritual of getting one is to commit to something, through thick or thin, no matter what happens to your body. It can be very symbolic that way.
I disagree that tattoos will “never appeal to men” – as I’ve been with enough men who found mine beautiful and a turn-on. I also disagree they will “never suggest a level of elegance”. I totally get what you mean by that – but I just love a “tasteful” outfit – ie, vintage Chanel – with the ink of a tattoo peeking out from underneath. I love the combination of perceptions and styles.
I love my ink, but deliberately placed them in discreet parts of my body so I have the option of appearing “tasteful” as you would define it, as well as wanting the option of keeping them hidden in my old age.
I admire this glamorous Vegas woman for her boldness.
Thanks for your thoughts, I appreciate the voice of dissent! I’ve been one too on this site, lol!
Seeing it in my Bloglovin’ newsfeed I thought her tattoo was a part of her dress. I really like the prints of her piece of clothing, it reminds me of Asia and I also think that is why I love seeing it paired with her sunshade.
The man seated next to her also seem very stylish, and just like her exudes a very 50′s vibe !