Flipping through one of my favourite magazines, my attention got caught by the above image. I am not a prudish person. Still, I found myself wondering why exactly the model’s breast is exposed.
I don’t mind people going topless at the beach if that’s what makes them happy. I don’t mind a bit of erotic or artsy, semi-nude photography. However, in this case we are talking pseudo-intellectual Swiss magazine annabelle, not Mario Testino for British Vogue.
The magazine’s key target group are ‘Cultivated Swiss women aged 30 and over’, according to their publisher. Apart from being Swiss, I would want to fit into that target group. I just don’t see how these images are supposed to be appealing to me.
The sight of bare breasts doesn’t turn me off – neither does it turn me on. Most likely, I would have found nothing to complain about a naked chest in an editorial for beachwear, lingerie or beauty products. But denim?
Tell me, am I getting oversensitive? Or are naked breasts in fashion editorials just another way of drip-feeding women with the idea of the perfect body?