Inspiration: “Tight is Right” Nova Magazine

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Nova Magazine is undoubtedly one of my favorite magazines to exist. It had it all – rebellion, wit, and forward-thinking, paired with intelligent photography. Deemed “the new kind of magazine for a new kind of woman,” the publication was critical and conscious of politics, culture and societal expectations.  Many of the messages feel relevant today. Particularly I feel drawn to the 1971 “Tight is Right” shoot by Helmut Newton.

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This shoot brilliantly comments on the hypocrisy of social expectations while breaking the illusion of a dehumanized affluent class. I love the contrast between formality and savagery: women are both put together and disheveled at once.  I appreciate how no woman is prototypically sexual or happy. Each woman is free to move and show emotions.

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This shoot will always inspire me as a designer and stylist to question and play with the role of women. I find the most iconic shoots to comment on current political and societal occurrences with humor, wit, and a dash of wonder.      -MB

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