The Decline of Fashion Photography

Today, 30 years into feminism, we have models who look not just weak and unsophisticated, but also dumb and victimized. Academic feminists haven’t complained because the models are supposedly playing a subversive role and subversion is inherently politically correct. Moreover, many of the young photographers are female. But now we?ve moved into ?fashion vérité? and the models still look stupid. Is this how women in fashion see themselves? —Karen LehrmanThe Decline of Fashion Photography (Slate)

I don’t find the subject of fashion photography terribly gripping, but I did enjoy the form of this essay, and found this particular query worth making.