The Harpers Bazaar Australia (Jan 2016) featured Miranda Kerr on the cover. Nothing earth shattering there surely? A beautiful professional model and very worthy cover girl. Except that she was naked, but for a pair of killer Louboutins. Miranda is shown reclining against the balustrade of a hotel balcony and looks amazing.
For my part, all this image stirred in me was some initial envy, followed by mild self-loathing, culminating in pride in an Aussie girl made good. I knew that there would be mixed reactions to the image however.
The subsequent issue saw several letters to the editor – I don’t know how many were received on this topic, but two were printed. The first was neutral/positive – this writer had two sons and used the image as a teaching opportunity (the picture is art, what did they see when they look at it etc, celebrating the female form through art).
The second was full of vitriol and launched a scathing attack at the magazine for setting the women’s movement backwards, objectifying women and in general, setting a poor example.
My beautiful husband has long been saying to me that art in ad of itself is neither good nor bad, and that the way one reacts to it merely reflects one’s own personality – eg insecurities (in my case), anger/disappointment/insecurity? (in the first writer) and opportunity (in the second). He tries especially hard to instil this in me when I have been ‘picked on’ by someone, saying that I am merely the object of an outward expression that person’s personality. When I wear a certain outfit (my form of artistic expression!) and someone comments on it – be that positively or negatively – it merely reflects that person’s opinion, their personality, perhaps a prior experience of theirs, or other deep seated emotion.
In simpler terms, one can never please everyone, and it’s folly to try! Rock your look, whatever that may be.