Thursday, July 15, 2010

fashion, facial hair, and frail "beauty"

alright ladies (and the few select awesome men who read my shenanigans), we need to have a chat.  a chat about fashion, facial hair (specifically facial hair on women), and what our culture views as beauty.  

here's the thing, i realize that the human body is 100% covered in a fine, thin layer of hair.  i get that.  and most women either wax, thread, pluck, or bleach their eyebrows and lips.  it's normal, it's natural, and it's nothing to be ashamed of.  THIS, however, is a little different...


am i the only one who finds this both something disturbing and disgusting, not to mention itchy?


is she carrying a plate?


this has nothing to do with facial hair because i am less concerned about the woman (yes, that is a woman) walking down the center of the runway and more concerned about the chick in the red shorts on the left-hand side of the runway.  she looks starving and very ill.  maybe i'm missing the point of "fashion" and the "beauty" of looking like skeletor; but i am sickened that our society and fashion world often views bones and skin as beauty and fashionable.  yes, i realize that many men and women are naturally very thin - God created us all different with a specific purpose in mind; but no human being is naturally bone thin.

what do you think?

and here's the mastermind behind it all - patrick mohr.  mohr is known for his strange selection of models, often choosing homeless people off the streets to create his vision, for example.


there are two things i would say to this guy:

1. patrick, i get that you're an artist.  or a fashion designer.  or whatever.  i get that your into androgyny.  i get that you want to be unique and different and and push the envelope in order to create "art."  to that i say, that's cool.  your "art" most definitely isn't my thing, but to each their own.  you probably don't like the fact that i love to shave my legs.  we can agree to disagree and still live in harmony.  i like that your living your dream.

2. while the facial hair is beyond disgusting and androgyny isn't really my thing because i love actually looking like a woman, what concerns me most is that 90% of your models look sick.  like near death, frail, malnourished sick.  like the kind of sick where they should be in a hospital getting treatment, not on a runway parading their skeleton around as something of beauty.  just my two cents.
you can check it all out here.


Meredith

49 comments:

THE Stephanie said...

Sick. Just sick.

Mrs. Potts said...

Not my idea of what women should look like. Facial hair & skeletons - more disturbing than anything I'd consider art.

Meredith Travels said...

WTF? Seriously. WTF?!

Could it be a statement about anorexia? If you don't eat enough you start to grow longer hair all over body in an effort to keep yourself warm.

But no matter what his "statement" is, I don't believe women that emaciated should be hired. It's a terrible cycle and a disgusting message.

and ewwwwy! Those pictures are haunting!

Cathy said...

Stop scaring me! Seriously. This is very scary. On many levels. Sick models are not good. Facial hair is not good. Bald misshapen heads are not good.

As an artist, I get that this guy is trying to make a statement. But his statement scares me.

Salt said...

As an artist, I am all about accepting other people's art forms. So that said...yeah this is just REALLY not my style. And I'm horrified. But good for him I guess.

Going to vom now brb.

Kora Bruce [Dixie Lust] said...

To each his own on the art and fashion side (maybe i'll just start caring around a mug on a string?) but something seriously needs to be done about the sickly looking models! Goodness, they look as though theyre going to snap in half!

Rasha said...

gross. gross. gross.

J-Diggety said...

I've always been of the opinion that just because something is "high fasion" doesn't mean we all accept it as okay, beautiful, cool, whatever. That's disgusting.

Makay said...

Oh okay... I just gagged a little.

-makay

Brittany said...

I'm just totally confused by this. Makes no sense to me. How would someone find this attractive? Gross.

Kristin said...

oh my disturbation...I'm eating here sister! You're right tho - not art. Sad. Very sad. And disturbing.

Marian said...

Um...I think I just threw up in my mouth. And now I'm going to go eat a doughnut!

Bathwater said...

As one of the designated few men in your audience, (who never gets rewarded with giveaways or phone numbers). I must she this fashion show could never have happened and we would all not be any less off for not having seen it.

If I was Freud (and someone has to be) I would say the man is expressing his pent-up desire to have sex with his dieing cancer ridden father.

Some confessions are just NOT meant for the deathbed.

Masala Chica said...

i'd be too busy looking at all these pretty people made to look like freaking aliens that I wouldn't even look at his clothes.

i hate when people use the term "artist" as a shield for dumbass taste.

Stacy said...

I saw that fashion show a while back and EW. What is he thinking? That's just plain fugly and it's not art or fashion and he's just doing it to get publicity! So I guess it worked...

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

I think this would have been way hotter if they had hairy backs and not faces ;)

Seriously though - EWWWW! I can't even take a moment to appreciate the clothing because I'm so creeped out by the bald heads (lumpy faux bald heads) and the itchy facial hair). No thanks, PASS!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

I think this would have been way hotter if they had hairy backs and not faces ;)

Seriously though - EWWWW! I can't even take a moment to appreciate the clothing because I'm so creeped out by the bald heads (lumpy faux bald heads) and the itchy facial hair). No thanks, PASS!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

I think this would have been way hotter if they had hairy backs and not faces ;)

Seriously though - EWWWW! I can't even take a moment to appreciate the clothing because I'm so creeped out by the bald heads (lumpy faux bald heads) and the itchy facial hair). No thanks, PASS!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

I think this would have been way hotter if they had hairy backs and not faces ;)

Seriously though - EWWWW! I can't even take a moment to appreciate the clothing because I'm so creeped out by the bald heads (lumpy faux bald heads) and the itchy facial hair). No thanks, PASS!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

I think this would have been way hotter if they had hairy backs and not faces ;)

Seriously though - EWWWW! I can't even take a moment to appreciate the clothing because I'm so creeped out by the bald heads (lumpy faux bald heads) and the itchy facial hair). No thanks, PASS!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

OK upon 2nd look - I'm horrified... THEY HAVE NO EARS! They are covered with the latex cap!!!

Becky said...

What the hizzy is wrong with him???? THIS IS DISCUSTING!!!

JUST ME said...

More reason for me to shake my head and buy stuff from thrift stores.

MiMi said...

Um.
Huh?
Yikes.

Allyson said...

Uh...well...if they were living on the street, they probably are in varying degrees of illness. Withdrawls. Hungry. Etc. But I have yet to see a really healthy looking model so I can't put this all off on Patrick (although...the androgyny is tempting me to). The average American woman is a size 12 to a 14. I'm not saying that's healthy...but an average equals the norm. And the norm is NOT 6 feet tall and 100 lbs. I have a friend who's 100 lbs. She's like 5' tall. I'm totally OK with that. And I'm fine with a woman is 6' tall and 200 lbs. Even 175. But the modeling industry lost me a LONG time ago. Gap gets all my lovin' now.

MCW said...

This just grossed me out. ew.

Shelley said...

I couldn't agree more with you about the nasty "facial hair" and the way-too-thin models. It's so sad to me that our media makes women feel less beautiful if they have an ounce of fat on their bodies! Ugh!!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I find that to be NOT cute....at all.

Meghan said...

Umm, No. No. And No.

I am all for being fashion-forward, but this is just wrong! :)

Tara said...

clearly you are not fashionable at all. i guess all the foof rubbed off on me because i've been rockin' the facial hair for a while now.

Krista said...

If nothing else, the weird androgyny helps to make it that much more obvious how thin those models are... you aren't distracted by pretty hair or makeup!

Maggie said...

I'm gonna ignore the whole facial hair thing cos it's just weird. Those models are SICK looking. Like, really ill! No one should look like that! It's sad really :-(

Rachel Lillian said...

Sick sick sick. They're not even "good" beards/facial hair. It looks like a junior high boy who wants to believe so badly that he DOES have hair on his face so he lets it grow out tooooooo much. Ha, thanks for bringing this to my attention! Hey, best of luck with law school! And with finding a replacement!

Meagan@Megs7827 said...

What will they think of next?

Julie (brown eyed belle) said...

I'm completely freaked out! That's all I know to say about it.

This isn't even cute in an 'artsy' way. I'm disturbed. Disturbed means I'm actually going to go look at these pictures for another 10 minutes, lol.

foxy said...

That is very, very, VERY weird. And gross. I would not call that art. Sorry.

Krista said...

Gross

Southern Belle Mama said...

Art or not, this gives me the heebie jeebies! Not the way to sell any kind of fashion to this chick!

Claire Kiefer said...

I'm really intrigued by Meredith's comment on how this could be a political statement about anorexia . . . although the fact remains that these bone-thin models really do look like that and are in his show. I, too, appreciate people who are fully committed to their art, even if it isn't my thing . . . but this is a little bit terrifying!

Ashley said...

Not a huge fan of this style. It's gross, to be honest.

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

I love having nice size boobies and fresh shaven pits! That guys a freak!

Hutch said...

The world would be a much better place if models just ate a hamburger every now and then!

Melly said...

That's different..

♥Aubrey said...

Yikes!!!
Shave...clean & smooth. EVERYWHERE :)

Fashion or not...this is a NO-GO.

jayme said...

shoe sister - I MISS UUUUUUUUUUUU

SurferWife said...

What is going on around here? I leave for a hot minute and you are posting this weird crap.

prepfection said...

They look like creatures from a horror movie, or nightmare. Not fashionable AT ALL!

prepfection said...

They look like creatures from a horror movie, or nightmare. Not fashionable AT ALL!

♥ sarahbeth. said...

eeeeeeeeeeewwwwww!! so freaky!