Interview Magazine: Let’s Get Lost
Interview Magazine May 2010 Edition
Editorial: “Let’s Get Lost”
Photography: Mikael Jansson
Stylist: Karl Templer
Models: Oraine Barrett, Daria Werbowy, Raschelle Osbourne, Sebene Blake, David Agbodji, Salieu Jalloh, Armando Cabral, Adesuwa Aigheni, Carmelita Mendes, Manuel Ramos, Kelly Moreira, Rafton Glean, Peter Giang, Dorian Cobb, Lisalla Montenegro, Pablo Contreras, and Ajak Deng
“Let’s get lost. The hour is late, the air is thick, and the evening is charged with a steamy sensuality. What works? Tone-on-tone swimsuits, slithers of silk, and plenty of skin, as flesh meets flesh, body meets soul, and Daria gets lost in the heat of the night.”
Oh, boy. Take a look:
It’s a shame, because these are really great shots, – beautifully staged and styled and lit and cast – but come on now. Aren’t we past this whole colonialist idea of the fetishized black person? It’s fine to cast a bunch of gorgeous black models, but they’re more like props or backdrops for the white girl to play with or lean up against. Plus everyone’s inexplicably sweaty, like sex is gonna break out at any second. This is all deliberate button-pushing and it’s tired. “Let’s be controversial” in a very 1979 kind of way.
There’s definitely a beauty to these images but the tropes are old and obvious. Do not love.
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