This Year's Model: Fashion, Media, and the Making of Glamour by Elizabeth Wissinger

By Elizabeth Wissinger

Over the final 4 many years, the style modeling has turn into a lightning rod for debates approximately Western good looks beliefs, the sexual objectification of ladies, and shopper wish. but, type types nonetheless captivate, embodying all that's cool, glam, hip, and fascinating. they seem to be a fixture in tabloids, magazines, type blogs, and tv. Why precisely are types so beautiful? and the way do those ladies reach so soundly preserving our attention?
In This Year’s Model, Elizabeth Wissinger weaves jointly in-depth interviews and study at version castings, photograph shoots, and runway exhibits to provide a glimpse into the lifetime of the version through the twentieth and twenty first centuries. as soon as an advert hoc career, the “model existence” now includes loads of actual and digital administration of the physique, or what Wissinger phrases “glamour labor.” Wissinger argues that glamour labor—the really expert modeling paintings of self-styling, crafting a ‘look,’ and construction an image—has been amplified by means of the increase of electronic media, as new applied sciences make tinkering with the body’s shape and picture effortless. versions can now current self-fashioning, self-surveillance, and self-branding as crucial behaviors for someone who's really within the recognize and ‘in fashion.’ numerous average humans make it their challenge to accomplish this perfect, now not knowing that expertise is vital to making the inconceivable usual of good looks the version upholds—and as Wissinger argues, this has been the case for many years, sooner than Photoshop even existed. either a vividly illustrated historic survey and an incisive critique of favor media, This Year’s version demonstrates the lasting cultural impact of this special kind of embodied labor.

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