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Domestic violence

June 11, 2012

Look at the following photos and what do you feel?

victim of beauty

victim of beauty

 

victim of beauty face

victim of beauty

victim of beauty face

victim of beauty

victim of beauty face

victim of beauty

victim of beauty face

victim of beauty

victim of beauty face

victim of beauty

What do these images convey? The Makeup or the bruises?

These pictures are from the editorial of  12 Magazine, a Bulgarian fashion mag. titled“Victim of Beauty,” which was shot by Vasil Germanov, features six images of seemingly injured models, and apparently is an attempt to show off makeup.

Contrast these images to 2010 Time cover, photo to that of Alisha — the Afghan girl who became the face of Taliban opression after her nose was cut off by her husband

Time photo cover

Time photo cover

Fashion blogs around the world have lambasted the Bulgarian photo shoot. Such as  yahoo article Controversial beauty editorial depicts violence against the women. Quoting from Fashion Glamour

The special effects makeup done by Daniela Avramova was superbly convincing, but we can’t say the same for the message they’re trying to convey. Were they trying to glamourize domestic violence or were they taking the notion “beauty is pain” to the acme of editorial extremes? With such disturbing images, we’re pretty sure anti-domestic violence groups will be going after 12 in a matter of days.

The photos may be controversially beautiful, but they could’ve made a more resounding impact had they been clear in their intent. Fashion Glamour can’t help but think they were paying more attention to the gore than the actual makeup. 

Violence against women is a BIG problem around the world. Every day, thousands of women and girls are abused and murdered by their families, raped in armed conflicts and attacked , many even before they are born. Issue of violence against the women needs to be shown,discussed and highlighted but how – using the beautiful women models with make up or the real ones? Boss dil ko kya lagti hai?(what strikes the heart more)

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