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Visual Lit Final - Suberting Beauty: Androgynous by artisticTaurean Visual Lit Final - Suberting Beauty: Androgynous by artisticTaurean
This is one of the image manips I did for my Visual Literacy final. We had the choice of writing a 6-8 page paper or making a visual argument that was the equivalent of 6-8 pages. I chose to make a magazine of sorts aimed at taking what the media portrays as ideal and challenging it. I chose to focus on six different types of beauty: Cultural, body-positive, older, androgynous, unique, and natural. I took ads out of the May 2014 Cosmopolitan magazine, scanned them in, and got to work in Photoshop. :D (Big Grin)

I had to make this one grayscale because the image I used to change it was: I didn't want to attempt to color-match skin tones, and I actually really like the finished product in black and white, anyway. :3 This was my take on androgyny. The "ideal" is really feminine--long hair, curvy (or at least bumps in the right places), lots of makeup, etc. There's beauty in androgyny, too. The person used for the manipulated ad is Erika Linder, a woman who's a professional model, most known for her being a "male" model, wearing men's clothes and little to no makeup. (And yes, she identifies as a woman.) I've always loved the idea of this as soon as I learned of her, and really wanted to use her as my subject. I purposely chose an image where she was presenting as male to go with the more feminine pose.

Original ads are of course NOT mine and were only altered for educational purposes!
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May 11, 2014
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