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Life imitates anti-anorexia art


 

ph20090107035251German photographer Ivonne Thein intended her bold new photographic exhibition, “Thirty-Two Kilos,” which opened yesterday at the Goerthe Institute in Washington, D.C.,  to telegraph a harsh anti-anorexia message and to serve as a critique of  the fashion industry’s fixation on skeletally thin models.  The 29 year old, whose portfolio includes high fashion shots, used 14 friends as models, then digitally manipulated their bodies to grotesquely emaciated proportions (click here to view).  A Washington Post review reports the most common response among visitors has been “horror.” But in an all-too-predictable development,  “pro-ana” (pro-anorexia)  websites, sick havens that celebrate the eating disorder as a “positive lifestyle choice,” have seized upon the images  as “thinspiration” to goad the afflicted to starve themselves even further.  Thein is now being unfairly criticized for feeding the monstrous affliction.  Yet her manipulated images look positively robust next to the lifeless, occasionally headless models featured in Dolce & Gabbana’s gushed-about new coffee table book, Diamonds and Pearls. For a glimpse of these new plastic role models, click here.


 

Life imitates anti-anorexia art

  1. Half the world is being starved to death by their own governments while simultaneously the other half is starving itself to death with the full encouragement of the society in which they live. Could it be lack of love that is the true hunger killing so many and not the desire for physical perfection?

    • well, a year agO I was one of ’em. So I can tell you that, personally, I used to eat thinking about african children and I felt guilty, I didn´t know why. But your right, it’s lack of love; I used to think that if I fitted in society’s image, people would love me, of course that wasn´t true, cuz people looked at me as a zombie but I didn’t realized that until I was in the hospital.

  2. I have two daughters. I want to kick to the curb people who justify thinner is better. It isn’t beautiful, it’s sick and heart-breaking. I want my daughters to see themselves for the amazing beings that they are. I want them to know that they are beautiful and not peer at themselves for flaws. My girls are still school-age kids. They are confident in themselves. And I want that confidence to continue and not be shaken by a barrage of false images of beauty spun by industries that make money on the backs of people’s anxiety.

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