There are so many things I come across in my weekly Internet/magazine/TV surfing, little pearls I’m dying to share. And there is nothing I love better than good reads on a quiet Sunday morning, with coffee, of course. So welcome to my first Sunday Coffee post. I’m going to try and do this weekly as long as time permits.
First, the serious stuff, in a truly thought-provoking post by Beautifully Invisible. One of the most compelling posts I’ve read all week.
Photographer Steven Meisel often references social issues within his photoshoots, so it is no surprise that he is the mastermind behind “Water & Oil.” The shoot, which is the cover story of the current issue of Vogue Italia, is meant to be an editorial on April’s tragic Deepwater Horizon explosion and the resulting environmental catastrophe. It is meant to raise awareness…
Model Kristen McMenamy is the star of the shoot and represents the injured, oil-slicked birds that are among the innocent victims of the BP oil spill…
And the caption below goes along with the story (at least on Vogue Italia’s website):
“Kristen McMenamy in the “survivor” version, where she interprets in images the environmental drama that’s afflicting the Gulf of Mexico. She keeps her skin golden thanks to Self Tan Face Bronzing Gel Tint (to wear alone or with foundation): it takes care of the skin, while giving it a hint of color. Carbon, anthracite, and all of the earthy shades “dress” her eyes…”
Um, yeah, pretty ugly pictures with sickeningly irreverent product props—and worse, as the post points out—no direction to rescue organizations or call-to-action.
The post on Beautifully Invisible continues:
It seems to me that without that call to action, all Meisel is really doing here is glamorizing the aesthetic of tragedy. This tragedy:
Vogue Italia may have forgotten the call-to-action, but I sure didn’t.
The Gulf Coast Oil Spill: How to Help
- Other bloggers chime in…read Fashion & Oil by Vogue Gone Rogue.
- Read this comment from Leia (included below): “…And about the Vogue oil spill shoot… it’s a nice idea that they were trying to bring social issues into the forefront, but I don’t think it really panned out very well. Glamorizing an environmental catastrophe… never a good idea. What kind of message are they trying to send by not even leaving you a number/website in case you want to help? Also, Vogue continues to use real fur in their magazine, so it’s clear that they’re not ‘ethical’ and don’t really care about the plight of animals (okay I’m just being catty here, but Vogue makes me angry).”
- Beautifully Invisible also wrote a follow-up post: Vogue Italia and Steven Meisel’s Water & Oil: Follow-up.
- And a final thought: Young bloggers, when you read something on a blog and you post about the same subject within hours, be sure to give credit where it’s due.
A new discovery: Sacramento of Mis Papelicos. Proof that style is indeed eternal, and that passion for life and acknowledgment of your truth is the most beautiful thing of all. Sacramento is a style maven, a sage, and a sweetheart.
Women with wings are like a firm reed anchored between water and earth. They sway with the wind without breaking. The hurricanes and gales of life make them stronger and wiser; with a wisdom that is embedded in their blood forming an invisible bridge between the generations that were and the ones to come.
From Women with Wings
Rated PG-13 Vid: Top 20 Ways Girls F**K Up Relationships, from the beautiful and hysterical Christina of Profresh Style. One day I aspire to produce vlogs this good. And funny. Oh, to have been half as wise at her age. Love ya, doll.
Pauly D, on being required to wear a hat at his temp gig in Miami: