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Representations of Beauty and the Body
Transcript of Representations of Beauty and the Body
Visual Literacy, Spring 2014
What is beautiful?
It may change over time, and it is shaped by culture, economics, politics.
"The insanity has to stop, because as focused on me as it appears to have been, it is about all girls and women. In fact, it’s about boys and men, too, who are equally objectified and ridiculed, according to heteronormative definitions of masculinity that deny the full and dynamic range of their personhood."
--in The Daily Beast, April 2012
on her "puffy" face
Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart in 1940.
Hollywood's changing tastes
Mae West at age 39 (1932)
Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger (1964)
Daniel Craig as James Bond
in Casino Royale (2006)
David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust (1972)
Twiggy (circa 1967)
Mick Jagger (1967)
Grace Jones (1981)
Jane Fonda in Klute (1971)
Lady Gaga in Vogue (2011)
Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (1930)
A Japanese Geisha, part of a centuries-old tradition of beauty that emphasizes white face painting.
Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci by Piero di Cosimo (1490)
Lillian Gish (1921)
Malibu Barbie (1971)
Farrah Fawcett (1976)
Poster sold 20 million copies
Sherilynn Fenn in
Twin Peaks (1990)
Miss America 2014
Kate Moss, 1990s
Miss America 1983
Madonna with son at 2014 Grammy awards