Body Notes

Photographer Sonja Lovdal explores the idea of becoming a professional retoucher in her series “Body Notes”. She states:

“As a retoucher you will receive many photos with drawn lines, arrows and circles meant to show flaws on the model that are to be corrected in Photoshop. Sentences like “fill in hair” and “smooth skin” are very common. 

While playing around with the idea of becoming a professional retoucher, some of the thoughts going through my mind were about the morals involved in making models skinnier, photoshopping their skin flawless etc. How far is a client allowed to go with their notes on the model?

While notes that tell you to take in the waistline are very acceptable for most people, notes on for example mental disorders or self-expression and style probably would be frowned upon. 

“Body Notes” is a criticism of society and our harsh standards for young people to live up to.”


The All New “We Are All Barbie Girls” Collection

colleen clark

colleen clark

colleen clark

colleen clark

Artist Colleen Clark was approached by Marie Claire South Africa to draw what a feminist barbie might look like. Inspired by “the idea that feminism is as simple as accepting others and yourself unconditionally,” Colleen came up with a line representing many different types of woman rather than just one.

As you can see above Colleen NAILED IT!

Harper’s BAZZAR Fabulous At Every Age

Fabulous At Every Age

‘Fabulous At Every Age’ campaign from Harper’s BAZAAR and Estée Lauder highlights the power and beauty of women at every age,

The magazine’s beauty director Alexandra Parnass explains that,

“They’re humans, you know? None of them are absolutely perfect head-to-toe, as none of us are. It really strikes you when talking to any of these women that they are truly not bothered by the little things in life.”

The contest honored five BAZAAR readers, spanning five decades, who embody the theme of female empowerment at any age.

I guess what they say is true, age really ain’t nothing but a number.

‘Normal Barbie’

What would Barbie look like if she were modeled after the average American woman?

Enter ‘Normal Barbie’ by artist Nickolay Lamm who used the CDC measurements of an average 19 year old to create a 3-D model, which he photographed next to a standard Barbie doll.

The artist says:

“If we criticize skinny models, we should at least be open to the possibility that Barbie may negatively influence young girls as well,”…”If there’s even a small chance of Barbie in its present form negatively influencing girls, and if Barbie looks good as an average-sized woman in America, what’s stopping Mattel from making one?”

‘Normal’ Barbie coming to a store near you?

(via Laura Goldberg/