real beauty

That Angry, Naked Guy is Art!

Since the last time I visited the Hirshhorn Museum in D.C. a few years ago, which was the first time I’d been since I was maybe seven years old, one work of art has remained fixated in my mind and left within me a lasting, emotional impression.

Big Man, by Ron Mueck, is a larger-than-life sculpture of a round, hunched, naked, scowling man. In person, I found him to be breathtaking. He bears a look of tired frustration across his brow and jaw, and fleshy curves across his abdomen. His skin is wrinkled, dimpled, and splotched.


The Real You Is Sexy, As Long As You’re Model-Sized

I love Aerie stores. Their clothing is soft and lightweight, and their lingerie is feminine and detailed. I’ve been a fan for years. I’m even wearing a pair of their lounge pants right now.

With that said, I have mixed feelings on their new campaign. I’m thrilled that they’ve vouged to stop retouching photographs of their models, but the whole “the real you is sexy” movement would be more meaningful if they actually carried a wider range of clothing and lingerie sizes than just those which fit their leggy, busty, slender models. Sexiness comes in all shapes, after all. (more…)