There’s a certain line that exists, and its probably completely arbitrary, and definitely very blurred, but it does exist: the line that crosses you over from being a model who does some nudity, into being a model who does porn. But what is that line? Does it even matter?
What is fashion porn? I used to think: the line is pretty simple. If it shows tasteful partial nudity (boobs) it qualifies as non-pornographic, and might appear in the pages of your Vogues and your Vanity Fairs. Several years ago, a photo shoot showing boobs was still a rarity, a risque decision to print in your pages, and one that would sell copies.
Now, however, the line is almost completely blurred. Almost every fashion magazine you pick up has boobs in it. It’s now the norm, and its no longer exciting. I’m not sure what signalled this shift in what’s considered safe to be printed. Maybe its the proliferation of nudity on the internet? Maybe its magazines feeling like they have to adapt to our modern times to stay relevant and in-business?
Naw – since magazines have become on the verge of extinction, we’ve seen big mainstream fashion rags slowly (or quickly!) declining. On the other hand, there’s been a huge surge of underground, glossy, expensive fashion magazines that have full editorial control over their content. In an effort to keep up with these new upstarts, the big rags have been forced to adapt and mimic their content. That’s why we are starting to see more and more boobs, fashion porn and even full frontals!
I think its totally fine to display the human body on an artistic canvas, but with this new-found embracing of sexuality comes issues: what about all of the models and people that are uncomfortable engaging in this style of photo shoot?
Case in point this model named Maria Belen Rodriguez, who has been waging a legal war against search engines because her name has been associated with pornographic search results. Of course, she doesn’t REALLY have a leg to stand on, but the point remains: as the lines between fashion, modelling, erotica, and hardcore pornography continue to be blurred, we’ll continue to see issues like these arise.
I mean, how long before we see Hustler style pin-ups of ladies spreading their hoo-has in the middle of Vogue? Seem outlandish? What if its the only way to save their empire, would it be so outlandish then?