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Censoring Images of Lindsay Lohan & Kate Upton Just Makes Us Want to Look

We had zero interest in the latest gunplay-themed photo shoot with Lindsay Lohan until we heard photographer¬†Terry Richardson had, without explanation, suddenly deleted the photos from his Tumblr blog. If this was an intentional bit of media manipulation, it seems to be working. Richardson’s removal of the pictures is generating far more press than the pics themselves did.

Ditto for Richardson’s new video of model Kate Upton. YouTube banned the behind-the-scenes look at Upton’s recent shoot for GQ magazine, presumably because of the horror that is the female nipple. So of course we had to watch it. And it’s pretty damn tame, as you can see below. Not that Richardson should mind his work being removed from the site. The last time YouTube banned a Richardson/Upton video, the resulting publicity helped the “Cat Daddy” dance go viral, and god help us if we aren’t still watching it.

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Christina Hendricks On The Cover Of Harper’s Bazaar

Christina Hendricks dresses up in tailored suits for the Harper’s photo shoot, and talks with the magazine about the agony of dressing dressy in Hollywood:

She notes the perverse pressure on actresses to turn up in designer gowns for one night only and the challenges when one can’t just slip into something off the sample rack. “You are expected to go to these things wearing fabulous dresses that are incredibly expensive, so it gets difficult,” she says. “I found myself at the beginning of Mad Men, because I wasn’t a sample size, spending an exorbitant amount of money on a nice dress that I would never wear again because someone would say” – she wrinkles her nose theatrically – “‘Christina Hendricks wore this dress twice.’”

Bonus video: Watch Hollywood’s hottest redhead get photographed by fashion’s creepiest photographer, Terry Richardson.

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Glamour Continues In Plus-Sized Trend

crystal2.jpgWhile Glamour may have come out with several plus-sized spreads, it also incited some controversy over not having their bigger models wearing any clothes. (>Update: the November shoot was a reenactment of the famed Herb Ritts photo of naked supermodels.) It was really V magazine‘s recent plus-sized issue that garnered praise for utilizing its models to the fullest extent, even when yes…a lot of their larger babes weren’t wearing shirts either.

Today Glamour tries to take back their title continues its trend as the most size-friendly fashion magazine by scooping a little of V‘s glory: the Condé Nast title’s newest issue features a spread with plus-size model Crystal Renn, most recently seen in V‘s “Who Wears It Better” spread, where she was photographed by Vice photographer Terry Richardson.

While we applaud Glamour‘s consistent use of a plus-sized woman in its pages, we’d love to see more of the other models out there besides Renn. We’re sure there’s plenty.

More pics from the shoot, below.

Read More: You’d Look Even Better Naked: Crystal Renn Shows Us How To Wear The New NudesGlamour

Previously: V Magazine Navigates Minefield Of Plus-Sized Models, V Magazine Saves Its Plus-Sized Issue With Actual Plus-Sized Models

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V Magazine Saves Its Plus-Sized Issue With Actual Plus-Sized Models

vv.jpgTwo weeks ago, we were openly critical of Terry Richardson‘s photo shoot of “plus-sized” models for V magazine‘s Size Issue, saying that the skinny plus-sized model in the “Who Wears It Better” spread just proved that “even the term ‘plus-size’ doesn’t really apply to most women in America.”

Well, we spoke too soon. V has released more photos from its size issue, and this new crop of five models incorporate sexiness into a larger frame, something that’s rarely been done with success in the fashion world.

But will the issue drive sales? Here’s at least one: Meghan McCain wrote on her Twitter yesterday, “As a plus sized girl myself, I appreciate a magazine showing that sexy women aren’t just size 0′s. I am def buying this issue of V Magazine.” And there has been an outpouring of well-wishes from the likes of Jezebel and Just Jared, two not-necessarily-fashion-mag-friendly blogs.

So does this count as a coup against fashion’s skinny regime? Not necessarily. Much like the Glamour‘s spread last year, some critics have pointed out that “plus-sized” automatically means “mostly naked” to fashion photographers, and it’s true that the V spread did incorporate nude/topless photos into its shoot. Then again, isn’t fashion 90 percent about what you’re not wearing? From Calvin Klein to Annie Leibovitz, the fashion world has always been saturated with a controversial stance of objectifying women’s bodies. Incorporating models who more accurately represent the sizes of American women doesn’t change that, it just helps us to redefine “sexy.” And it’s about time we did.

More pictures from the upcoming issue of V, after the jump.

Read More: V Magazine Preview –Models.com

It Wouldnt Be a ‘Size’ Issue If the Plus-Size Models Weren’t Naked –NYMag.com

V Gives The World A Plus-Size Shoot Not Afraid To Flaunt Its Curves — Jezebel

Curves Ahead In V Magazine — Just Jared

Previously: V Magazine Navigates Minefield Of Plus-Sized Models

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V Magazine Navigates Minefield Of Plus-Sized Models

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When a magazine tackles issues of “sizes” in models, it can be a tricky situation. Like when Glamour put out a spread of naked plus-sized models and critics complained that the women weren’t clothed, thus making their belly rolls and thicker thighs more evident. And even though the fashion industry has promised tighter regulations on keeping models closer to normal, human sizes instead of wire hangers, nothing much has changed. One step forward, two steps back.

So when V magazine hired American Apparel/Vice photographer Terry Richardson to take pictures of “skinny” model Jacquelyn Jablonski next to “plus-sized” model Crystal Renn for a “Who Wears It Better” spread, we expected to hear the same sort of complaints about the smaller women being portrayed as more attractive than the bigger one, since most fashion designers make their outfits with tiny girls in mind.

But here’s the twist: both girls look exactly the same. At first, we thought they were actually the same woman, with a little bit of photoshopping to make one picture look a little bit larger than the other. As it turns out, both models are the same height (5’9″) and Renn’s measurements are 36-31-41, which is only three inches above the “ideal” waistline for a woman her height.

So if V had shown a bigger woman to compare to Jablonski, they may have gotten crap for accentuating how clothes fit skinny girls better, but by using only a slightly plus-sized model, the magazine is saying that even the term “plus-size” doesn’t really apply to most women in America.

Pictures of the photo shoot, after the jump.

Read More: V Magazine Pits a Plus-Size Model Against a Skinny OneNew York magazine

One Size Fits AllV magazine

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Rolling Stone Or Barely Legal?

gossip-girl-rolling-stone.jpgThe cover of April’s Rolling Stone magazine is making us a little… uncomfortable. We don’t want to sound like prudes or anything, but- did they really need to have the 2 teenage girls suggestively licking an ice cream cone? Would you let your teenage daughter read that article? Have we become our mothers? Yeesh.

“[Terry Richardson] had some [giant balloon] hot dogs. I’m worried what’s gonna happen with the hot dogs,” Penn Badgley said upon arriving at the shoot. “I was thinking the exact same thing!” added [15-year-old] Taylor Momsen.

More squirm-inducing shots here

Frey Goes Arty: ‘The Idea Was To Do A Cool Book That Would Piss People Off’

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James Frey (right) and Terry Richardson grin at the prospect of ticking folks off at their book talk.

Controversy-friendly author James Frey and photographer Terry Richardson don’t much believe in rules, so the two intentional outsiders teaming up on a book/photo project makes a sort of sense. For those who don’t know that Frey is co-partner of Half Gallery with Andy Spade and Bill Powers, the move may surprise, but for the writer himself, it was just a matter of time.

“I’m much more part of the art world than I am the literary world,” Frey said before the duo’s Thursday night talk at Manhattan’s Strand Bookstore. “I wanted to make a cool, sort of radical, fun art book. I have no interest in being called a memoirist. I’m a writer.”

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