Thursday, February 14, 2013

Go Native

Jezebel has posted an article about the use of “exotic” people as props and set dressing in the 2013 swimsuit issue.

I have to say, this practice has always been a little disconcerting for me. And though 2013 is the first issue to hit all seven continents and explore the range of quaint locals each one has to offer, the practice is nothing new for SI.

(Though I didn’t realize until just now: They keep doing it in Kenya specifically.)
Carol Alt and Charissa Craig, 1982, Kenya 
Christie Brinkley, 1989, Kenya
Rebecca Romijn, 1998, Kenya
May Andersen, 2003, Kenya
This “native-as-scenery” is a topic I’ve been planning to get into for a while. Now that it’s been called out, it might be about time to go a little deeper.


Max Headroom said...

Off hand, it's something that doesn't bother me. And I actually kind of find it fascinating to wonder what a group of African tribesman think of the tall white woman in a bikini posing next to them (ah, Rebecca ^_^).

I liked Julie's picture with the matado this yearr. I found it to be the sexiest of the bunch. A beautiful woman in a bikini is wonderful. But put her with an elegant, intense looking man and you've got fireworks.

Swimsuitologist said...

That's interesting--I always see a man in the photo as a bit of an obstacle to my enjoyment. (Maybe it just wrecks my fantasy that I'm the only male in the world where this all takes place...)

What a great Jessica Gomes shot this would be, without the parentheses!