5:00 PM, August 15th, 2012


DAILY PIC: This is the aptly named “Untitled (Ribs),” a photo from 2009 by a Hungarian-born New Yorker named Monika Sziladi. It’s at the Hasted Kraeutler gallery in New York,  in a show of 31 woman photographers organized by the Humble Arts Foundation. Anyone who thinks that beauty is a universal constant only needs to take a look at the wraith-like “ideal body” in Sziladi’s shot. Its owner seems to take as much pride in her bones as the big girls of Rubens could take in their avoirdupois. And I refuse to weigh-in, as it were, on one side or the other. (© Monika Sziladi, courtesy the artist & Humble Arts Foundation, NYC)

For a full visual survey of past Daily Pics visit blakegopnik.com/archive. The Daily Pic, along with more global art news, can also be found on the  Art Beast page at thedailybeast.com.

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1:12 PM, July 5th, 2012


Seventeen Magazine’s Pledge to Girls

After a very public campaign by 13 year-old activist Julia Bluhm, and after her online petition garnered over 80,000 signatures, Seventeen Magazine has agreed to stop airbrushing their covers.

(via The New York Times)

Seventeen magazine, which in recent months has been inundated by pleas from teenage girls to publish photographs of models that don’t look touched up, said on Tuesday that it would be more transparent about its photo shoots and promised to “celebrate every kind of beauty.”

Ann Shoket, the magazine’s editor in chief, wrote in the editor’s letter in the August issue that the magazine had drafted what it called a Body Peace Treaty, after she heard from girls “who were concerned that we’d strayed from our promise to show real girls as they really are.”

They have also announced in the spirit of transparency to start publishing candid behind the scenes images from the magazine’s photo shoot on their Tumblr.

It is a good day when one teenager can affect positive change on a large media company.

For more on airbrushing check outNewsweek’s Interactive Unattainable Beauty

Good for them! Will be watching their Tumblr

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3:20 PM, April 12th, 2012


Ashley Judd has had enough of what she calls a “pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic conversation about femininity in our culture, and she’s inviting women—and men—to speak up about their own experiences. “I want people to share their puffy-face moment,” Judd said on NBC’s Nightly News. “I think what happened to me is very common. It might look a little different than other people’s lives because they might not be public figures, but we all go through it.”

So let’s hear it! Tell us your puffy-face moment—those times you were bullied or judged for your looksm, and what you did about it—by writing about it on your tumblr! Be sure to use PUFFYFACEMOMENT as a tag so we’ll see it! We’ll be publishing a bunch of them on The Daily Beast, and reblogging our favorites right here on nwktumblr.

In case you missed it and have no idea what we’re talking about, see this post for some background.

More ways to get at us

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1:39 PM, June 3rd, 2011


Today on The Daily Beast: A former Sports Illustrated cover model is suing Estee Lauder for allegedly damaging her career with a fake promo shot (above). She says she’s never used the supposed anti-aging serum in question, and the image has been photoshopped. Check out our gallery and interactive of the decade’s most egregious photoshop scandals.

And relive the horror of the Ralph Lauren Photoshop job.

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