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This Year's Model: "Fashion, Media, and the Making of Glamour"

Elizabeth A. Wissinger

Abstract

Over the last four decades, the fashion modeling industry has become a lightning rod for debates about Western beauty ideals, the sexual objectification of women, and consumerist desire. Yet, as Wissinger contends, existing theories of commercialism and gender norms fail to fully explain the enduring appeal and significance of fashion models. Instead, in the growth of informational capitalism, the transformation from print to film to the internet has had an enormous impact on what kind of body counts as “fashionable.” From Twiggy’s iconic angularity to the supermodels’ “glamazonian” contours t ... More

Keywords: fashion models, technology and embodiment, sociology of work, immaterial labor, glamour labor, affective labor and studies, fashion studies, gender, cultural production, digital culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780814794180
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814794180.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth A. Wissinger, author
BMCC/City University of New York