07 June 2012 by

Does This Beauty Shoot Glamorise Violence Against Women?

Does This Beauty Shoot Glamorise Violence Against Women? 

Her hair is perfectly curled, her make up is immaculate… and her black eye is horrifying. This controversial shot from Bulgarian magazine 12, is, bizarrely, for a beauty shoot. But is it really art… or is it simply glamorising domestic violence?

The other images in the magazine editorial, entitled Victim of Beauty, show one model with her throat cut and another with a badly bruised face. One particularly gruesome shot, highlighted by Fashionista, shows a woman with her mouth ripped open.

Hmmm, hardly beautiful… especially when violence against women is so prolific. One woman is raped every nine minutes in Britain; two women are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner… and one in four women will suffer domestic abuse at some point in their lives.

It’s not the first time violence against women has been used to promote products. Last year, Tyler Shields (who recently set fire to a Birkin bag in the name of art) photographed a model dressed as a housewife and sporting a black eye. And another controversial editorial showed 15-year-old Hailey Clauson being ‘strangled.’

There is no explanation in the Bulgarian magazine for the most recent controversial images. But under the editorial it reads, ‘Recommended Parental Controls: pictures are not recommended for persons under 16 years. And for the faint hearted.’

Which begs the question, why put them in the magazine at all?


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Amanda Sullivan (Thu Jun 07 15:13:38 BST 2012): Jesus. How long before people get it?
THE BEAUTY SHORTLIST (Thu Jun 07 19:04:35 BST 2012): This is shocking! There is nothing relevant, intelligent or positive about it in any way. Tyler Shields set fire to a Birkin bag that cost more than some people's mortgages. Very very silly and it's not art, as he claimed. We are completely against anything that victimises women in any form or fashion. Thanks Grazia for highlighting this.
Emily Mary Abbey (Sun Jun 10 23:13:25 BST 2012): This is appalling! Beauty is in strength, not being a victim. Just ask Katie Piper.
Dunja Ghag (Mon Jun 11 08:59:51 BST 2012): I think it is glamorizing domestic violence, it is not a real art. She looking horrible. She may use permanent makeup to look beautiful. But if it is a beauty art then you can imagine how perfectly the art is made.