and connects them to the apparent trend for fashion victims. As in: models made up to look like rape, assault, and murder victims. From that Dolce and Gabbana ad to America's Next Top Model.
You can find some of the actual photos at Zap2It, or back at Vox. Warning: stylized as they are, some of them are pretty frigging disturbing. I think, anyway; and I'm not as easily disturbed, I think, as some.
The comments via Top Model are kind of friggin' surreal. I mean, I get it: aesthetics über alles, but um. Why this? No, seriously, wtf?
Poisoned by a Model
Miss J: What's great about this is that you can also look beautiful in death.
...Nigel: You look incredible in front of me here. You look beautiful in this picture. This is a full package right now. (later) I think Renee does photograph a little on the old side, but it's still a beautiful face.
Shot by a Model
Miss J: I love the broken-down leg. It's absolute genius
Decapitated by a Model
Twiggy: I think she's very beautiful. I don't like this photograph this week.
Miss J: You're so used to moving, that when you're dead, you're just that: capital D-E-A-D, dead.
Nigel: All the other girls managed to have some sort of spark even in this sort of morbid situation. I think I look at you in this picture, and you actually just look dead. One of the simplest things, like acting dead, can be the most challenging. The problem is that you didn't do anything. You just gave up and thought that that was being dead.
I also thought of this post by my pal fastlad, who made the following connection: