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Work! : a queer history of modeling / Elspeth H. Brown.

Author/Creator:
Brown, Elspeth H., 1961- author.
Publication:
Durham : Duke University Press, 2019.
Format/Description:
Book
xviii, 348 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
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Other Title:
Queer history of modeling
Subjects:
Photography of women -- Social aspects -- United States.
Fashion photography -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Commercial photography -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Models (Persons) -- United States.
Women in popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Femininity in popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Sex in advertising -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Queer theory.
Commercial photography.
Fashion photography.
Femininity in popular culture.
Models (Persons).
Sex in advertising.
Women in popular culture.
United States.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
From the haute couture runways of Paris and New York and editorial photo shoots for glossy fashion magazines to reality television, models have been a ubiquitous staple of twentieth- and twenty-first-century American consumer culture. In 'Work!' Elspeth H. Brown traces the history of modeling from the advent of photographic modeling in the early twentieth century to the rise of the supermodel in the 1980s. Brown outlines how the modeling industry sanitized and commercialized models' sex appeal in order to elicit and channel desire into buying goods. She shows how this new form of sexuality-whether exhibited in the Ziegfeld Follies girls' performance of Anglo-Saxon femininity or in African American models' portrayal of black glamour in the 1960s-became a central element in consumer capitalism and a practice that has always been shaped by queer sensibilities. By outlining the paradox that queerness lies at the center of capitalist heteronormativity and telling the largely unknown story of queer models and photographers, Brown offers an out of the ordinary history of twentieth-century American culture and capitalism.
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: 1. From the Artist's Model to the Photographic Model
Containing Sexuality In The Early Twentieth Century
2. Race, Sexuality, and the 1910s Stage Model
3. Queering Interwar Fashion
Photographers, Models, And The Queer Production Of The "Look"
4. Black Models and the Invention of the US
"Negro Market," 1945-1960
5. "You've Got to Be Real"
Constructing Femininity In The Long 1970S.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other format:
Online version: Brown, Elspeth H., 1961- Work!
ISBN:
9781478000334
1478000333
9781478000266
1478000260
9781478002147
OCLC:
1048939883