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French Journalist Parodies High Fashion By Showing How Average Women Would Look As Models
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French Journalist Parodies High Fashion By Showing How Average Women Would Look As Models

How does it feel like to be in a high fashion photo shoot? French fashion stylist Nathalie Croquet decided to find out by putting herself in front of the camera. Along with Photographer Daniel Schweizer, she recreated photos that had previously featured the likes of Kate Moss, Edie Campbell, and others.

As for the meaning behind Croquet’s work? “Women, consumption, retouching, cosmetics, aging, beauty, those all come to mind, but truly those issues are up for debate,” she told Buzzfeed. “I feel people need a more spiritual approach to life, and good fun,” she said. “I’m happy to give them that, even if I’m just making fun of myself.”

More info: nathaliecroquet | FB | Instagram (h/t: demilkeddesignyoutrust)

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Etam

Voltaire

Eric Bompard

Paule Ka

Lanvin

Gyvenchy

Sonia Rykiel

Isabel Marant

Acne Studios

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CraigYoung
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7 years ago

On the other hand I think she did a really good job. In some ways I think she exuded more sensuality than the models - whatever one might think about her age/looks. Brava!

AnnRos'a
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6 years ago

It looks like she has more SOUL in her photos! Love them ALL!!

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JulienHaricotVert
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7 years ago

Her shots are still pretty good I think! The main difference between the shots are simply: - she is a bit bigger - make up is less good - way less airbrushing / photoshop I'm not sure it proves any point, but fun to see!

JayneJunemann
Community Member
7 years ago

i think it would have been neat for there to be a third photo, where she is photoshopped a bit more like the models, to sort of shine light on the fact that even the models are not as flawless as their images.

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BevChoy
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7 years ago

In all honesty, the pictures on the left are far more eye-catching than those on the right...

JoshRaudebaugh
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7 years ago

I think this shows that high fashion looks absolutely ridiculous unless you're so good looking people dare not make fun of you for what you're wearing.

PatríciaSilva
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7 years ago

I like both! Ads should use more "average" woman... because that is the real world. Maybe it would help to prevent eating disorders and make people more confortable with aging...

SaraRehnmark
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7 years ago

hilarious! it makes you rethink these ads and how ridiculous they look, even with the models. and some "high fashion" ads look like you're homeless (ie. Lanvin, Sonia Rykiel).

AzAndree
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7 years ago

she looks marvellous in pink

GertrudeWilkes
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7 years ago

I thought she wore the pink best!

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NataliePureSunshine
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7 years ago

Wow, not to lose sight of the intended message, but I actually prefer some of her photos to the originals! Really rad. She did a great job.

MicheleQue
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7 years ago

Well done!

GiovannaCarson
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7 years ago

I think the Eric Bompard take is beautiful.Surely photos of real women modelling would want us real women to want to buy things !ore!

KimberlyPrikopa
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7 years ago

I've often pondered whether designers actually think their clothes are wearable fashion instead of just an art form. This article is a parody because it shows us that despite the beauty of the professional canvas, the rest of us, whether inherently beautiful or not, can not pull these looks off outside of a studio. It is not about reassuring Nathalie of her own beauty, or disparaging it.

AnastasiaBeaverhausen
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7 years ago

I honestly think she looks great.

YoninaGrayCabrera
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7 years ago

What is the point of stuff like this? It's rampant and also silly. It feels like an attempt to fish for compliments or validation. No, your photos aren't as attractive as those of a super model with a professional production team. Move on.

AngelaLopez
Community Member
7 years ago

I think this emphasizes the point that a lot of "high fashion" doesn't look good on anybody! In fact it can look downright silly! I'm sure there are far more ordinary women reading these magazines than model-types, who would rather see "average" women wearing beautiful clothing, makeup, etc., that is actually, well.....wearable!

HonzaGreňo
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7 years ago

100% bullshit, why is the "normal" woman 15 years older then the models?.... this is like comparing an apple and an 15 years older apple....

Yup
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7 years ago

She compares herself with much younger girls? I bet she'd look as fresh as them if she had took the photos 20 years ago. I like the photos of this journalist, but I'm also not sure if they prove any point.

ElisabethBlackwood
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7 years ago

She even got the dominoes right!

JimHubbard
Community Member
7 years ago

This is B.S. . This is not a "average women vs model" staged shoot, it's a "older women vs younger women" staged shoot. I hate misrepresentation in anything. I could pick "average women" in the same age group as the models and they wouldn't look so different. Also...not everyone looks good in the same outfits. They may as well have dressed the women on the left in men's work clothes.

TeriWhite
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6 years ago

Yes I agree with you, but if the older woman was, say, Elle McPherson, that would change the message again.

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ChristinePerkins
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7 years ago

OMG! Hahahahahahahaaha I DID NOT notice it was the SAME woman!!! Hahahahaha

GavinJohnston
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7 years ago

I hate to say it, but this whole concept has become a trite, self-obsessed stunt.

Charles William
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5 years ago

http://www.joeotoole.net/

Veronica Pototska
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5 years ago

The "not model" is so sincere, honest, sensual and beautiful! Such a beautiful project!

Zack Fowler
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5 years ago

Average try ugly... Some women aren't attractive that's a fact and I'm tired of people trying to say everyone is beautiful. Heck I'm not but I make it up by being nice, smart and fun. Do what works for you but don't try to convince the world everyone is beautiful because it's a simple fact that some people are better looking than others.

Fariha Rostai
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6 years ago

very cool

Andrew Smailes
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6 years ago

Would you buy the items if they were sold and modeled by "normal" people with no airbrushing or touch-ups what so ever. I think i would it's gives a more realistic impression of what the items will/would look like on "normal" people i'm a size 38" uk male size and when you look at the clothes in the stores and adds they are on men that are super fit with 6packs not very realistic when i look around they is not many people looking like that it's the same as the women's the average size in the UK is a size 16 and the adds and things show women at a size 8 and under totally unrealistic. so i say good on her for showing that what you see in the ads is not necessarily what things look like on "normal" people. Now if you are wondering why i was using the " " every time i put normal is because what is normal we are all different in our own unique way and we should love ourselves no matter what you look like

Naima Ivansdóttir
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6 years ago

i think the "average woman" nails pretty much all of the shots. she's showing she can be as intense and versatile as a "real" model - whatever this is supposed to mean. there's just one look i don't quite like but still, i don't like the original one with the model either.

iblowsheep
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6 years ago

that last one looks like a toilet seat around the neck. WTF?

Cosmonda
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6 years ago

Shine Just Like A Star With Gorgeous Summer Dresses

Matt
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6 years ago

Shine Just Like A Star With Gorgeous Summer Dresses

Amanda
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6 years ago

The ones she did aren't bad. Her version of the Voltaire one is funny and cute. But the article definitely shows that these ads are more humorous than dramatic with real woman.

Murpy
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6 years ago

Her photos capture genuine feelings :)

jax
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6 years ago

The "average" woman actually looks amazing in most of these!

Lovelybae9353
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6 years ago

Like it!!!

Hanna
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6 years ago

So why show "the average woman" as someone who is 2 or 3 decades older than the model. Of course there's going to be a big difference. Makes no sense.

JenniferGorman
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6 years ago

Reading most of the comments here, I am saying the same thoughts, the woman on the left actually looks better, and to me, as a 49 year old, sells the clothes better, than the other photos and model. She has not only just as much beauty, but also exudes the grace and wisdom and real sex appeal that comes from real living, the good and the bad in life. She seriously does all of the clothes a world of good. Brava.

DžoPrinceze
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6 years ago

I think she looks better than models in some photos!

TerryHartless
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6 years ago

WELL THE 'AVERAGE WOMEN' SHOULD HAVE BEEN AIRBRUSHED OR THE 'PROFESSIONAL' SHOULD HAVE NOT

MihaiRaulea
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6 years ago

love it! you look awesome!

karenw.
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6 years ago

Where do I sign up.???

MaggieGroverBacher
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6 years ago

again, the real woman is more interesting and more beautiful than the models.

DaveHerie
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6 years ago

It's a good idea but I think the title is misleading. The "average" global woman is around 30.1 years of age, and certainly not extremely fair-skinned. This is at best "How older white women would look as younger white models".

DaisyMancia
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6 years ago

No fair! They are younger than her!!!!!

AliseKalniņa
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7 years ago

Some of her pictures are very beautiful. :) Yet some I find funny but nice.

StellaDelaney
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7 years ago

To be honest, I like her photos better.

EmilyDaff
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7 years ago

I actually prefer Nathalie Croquet's photos. I would feel far more connected and interested in the brands and there products if she was the actual model used in the advertisements.

annabellespencer
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7 years ago

Don't see the journalist as silly in the photos, so not sure that a point is being made. Most of them would fit right into a photography collection. Reading some of the comments, I don't think people really get fashion. These shoots aren't literal representations of life. They are meant to be artistic. They are meant to tell a story and transport the viewer in a fantasy. I actually think they are inspiring. I don't cry, envying body parts; instead I think about things I could do with my personal style. Slender models are often chosen because they want you to notice the clothes first, not the curves. Kate Moss can get away with low cut/braless because she has a small chest (and that doesn't make her any less of a woman btw). Models with nice skin are often chosen because airbrushing takes time & money. I'm not denying photo editing exists, but let's get real, there are women who are naturally slender/have nice skin. Let's stop crucifying Kate Moss already and start accepting ourselves.

MisRich
Community Member
7 years ago

Love her version of Eric Bombard and Lanvin. That seems more believable than the young waifs.

KateWilliams
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7 years ago

She looked great.

ClaireOliver
Community Member
7 years ago

Well done.

WanettaSteed
Community Member
7 years ago

I think she did a fabulous job and in most cases, she looked as good if not better than the actual models!! There's a lot to be said for life experience! I think the magazines fall short sometimes by assuming that only young girls can sell clothing! Well Done!!

PamelaChang
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7 years ago

Cracking funny

RobertGilead
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7 years ago

Applause!

MaiShebl
Community Member
7 years ago

Models were meant to look like that so they can advertise the products in a good way .. we were meant to look normal but different in other ways

AdamFisher
Community Member
7 years ago

However much effort she spent on this, it was a waste of time. It sends no message at all.

SpearsOakley
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7 years ago

I think you and the models look hot in them all. Do you think you look that different from the models?

RicardoBlayer
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7 years ago

So the average woman is 50 years old?

JanetP.Reedman
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6 years ago

probably not far off. Believe it or not, Ricardo, women over 35 do exist and do buy clothes and don't have grey granny perms

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AnnaIckes
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7 years ago

She looks fabulous, and it must have taken a great amount of work to replicate all these. Amazing job!

AmyBritt
Community Member
7 years ago

I am really digging her in the Paule Ka and Eric Bompard. I would be more likely to buy them based on her pictures than the originals, because I would think that the clothes might actually look good on me. On the other hand, I think she demonstrated clearly how STUPID the Etam look is.

PaulTatara
Community Member
7 years ago

The difference is that the young, beautiful women look better because they are better looking. That doesn't mean the other woman is worthless or utterly without appeal, but young, beautiful women are young beautiful women. I really don't get this kind of thing.

JanetP.Reedman
Community Member
6 years ago

Do you really think all of those models are that beautiful? Airbrushing aside some of them are very gaunt and strong featured--the camera may like them but often they are not the 'prettiest'. (Worked in a model agency years ago.)

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AmberThompson
Community Member
7 years ago

A lot of the other models are young girls, probably aged between 17-21 (I'm guessing) so they still young girls. I'm not sure how old the journalist is, but the age is a big factor.

DominikaDrums
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7 years ago

I dont know about you but I like it :) it it doest look like a parody to me, except the makeup photo(not everyone can wear the same makeup)

BreeWoods
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7 years ago

I think most of your photos are better than the models!

КонстантинСелюминов
Community Member
7 years ago

Ну бред же. Если бы это было на каком нибудь левом сайте, эти же люди, восхищающиеся этой фотосесией в комментах, написали бы что этополная херня!

rhetorical1
Community Member
7 years ago

Nathalie, BRAVO !!! You are beautiful - photos prove that. I love the honesty in your shoot.

CarlaKitchen
Community Member
7 years ago

Better boobs than any of the models! I actually think some of they craier outfits looked better on real women with curves. As for crazy intense makeup.. That only works till 20 something and then it enhances flaws more than beauty. Be natural and be proud :)

JulieAubier
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7 years ago

AWE"SOME

TorClaesson
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7 years ago

Actually, she looks kinda great in most pictures.

VijayMomaiya
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7 years ago

What are we selling??

JhenAlipusan
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7 years ago

I like her more than some of the models and the pink one is just lovely, it's my favorite ...

DonGuild
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7 years ago

I think this is stupid, anyone can look good when you change everything about their looks, especially the shape of their face.

RosieRadcliffe
Community Member
7 years ago

This is real and powerful.

JustusKatz
Community Member
7 years ago

The models aren't all perfect either. The one for "Acne Studios" may be skinny (which seems to be the most important prerequisite for becoming a model), but she is far from pretty.

GochaWimmer
Community Member
7 years ago

Great idea :)

GlynisLailann
Community Member
7 years ago

People who follow fashion aspire to certain 'looks' that advertisers project, be it clothing, make-up, furnishings, etc. The results are not always exact but pretty near spot-on. In this case this exercise was almost perfect - almost everyone out there dos not have the physique of a model.

KennethMason
Community Member
7 years ago

same woman used for most of the pictures. For me the 'average' woman looked better in most of the pictures. This also reminds us of what happens to high fashion when it tries to reach the common woman. I am more impressed with people who can show others their strong points, as well as how to bring them center stage.

LyoneFein
Community Member
7 years ago

I think she did a great job. Looks like a lot of fun.

JackieLantry
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7 years ago

I think she looks great in all the pix. It is nothing more than a different perspective.

MichelleAlbert
Community Member
7 years ago

What this highlights, to me, is how incredibly stupid, artificial and unrealistic (and therefore utterly pointless) the vast majority of "poses" and situations models are put in to sell commodities are. We don't see men in the same ridiculous objectified set ups. No normal woman is ever likely to be in these situations and this is what Mme Croquet is highlighting to such great effect. Even the makeup P.Cruz is wearing is over the top and only appropriate for a photo shoot. And what the heck is Acne Studios trying to sell? She looks like she has a toilet seat over her head!

geoffschneider
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7 years ago

"About the Author (below) Paulina Tikunova BoredPanda Staff This lazy panda forgot to write something about itself." I think this is a cool part of the page. Not to minimize the point, of course.

xkalbur
Community Member
7 years ago

Well done!!! Much applause!

AngelaLopez
Community Member
7 years ago

I think it emphasizes the fact that a lot of "high fashion" is not really attractive on anyone and is downright silly! I'm sure there are far more ordinary women reading these magazines than model-types; and they would probably (like myself,) prefer t o see pictures of "average" women wearing beautiful clothing or makeup, etc., that is actually, well,......... wearable!

TerriGold
Community Member
7 years ago

I think you look pretty good in some of these shots. Not all the pro models' outfits are appropriate for everyone. So we look less fine when we age. There's nothing we can do about that.

KarenMiller
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7 years ago

Loved it. No, she does not look "better". Not at all. What she does is highlight the ridiculousness of expressing oneself as a moody waify ennui-ridden Personality if one is a. average looking, b. over 15 or c. not naturally blessed with archetypal Hot Bitch With Attitude expressions in one's wheelhouse. Three cheers for this normal, cheerful and intelligent looking woman who can't Strike A Pose to save herself!

TeleriNyfain
Community Member
7 years ago

I LOVE this! OMG this is sooooo great because it shows what really WOULD look ok & what really would look just as silly as I suspect, on ME (since I look a lot like the photographer LOL) - I wish Vogue (or any other fashion rag) would have her pic next to every fashion layout - it would be very helpful to me. Just saying.

MarinusHoogedoorn
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7 years ago

There are no ugly women....mostly not.

RicardoGiannsoni
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7 years ago

interesting comments... My opinion: 1. They are ALL "real' women. 2. There is no such thing as an average woman.

RicardoGiannsoni
Community Member
7 years ago

Interesting comments... 1. They are ALL "real" women. 2. There is no such thing as an average woman.

PhillipMcLaughlin
Community Member
7 years ago

well done

0tothe9th
Community Member
7 years ago

Celebrate individuality, and stop holding women of all ages, ethnicities, weights to the same yardstick. All women are beautiful to someone, anyway.

triciawarden
Community Member
7 years ago

i was actually more drawn to ms croquet's photos!

DianeMaurer
Community Member
7 years ago

Looks GREAT to me!

LarrySafran
Community Member
7 years ago

The big difference between them is the facial expressions, so it is a cheat. Of course someone looking relaxed looks better than someone looking uncomfortable. Very subtle, but we humans are very queued in at a subconscious level to attitude.

NeilGarret
Community Member
7 years ago

She wins hands down in the Eric Bombard shot, nong more stirring than people owning their age and sexuality, rather than be regulated to the side per fashions ridiculous and unobtainable standard. It takes alot of strength to fight the tidal wave of images and print adds telling you that you are not good enough.

NeilGarret
Community Member
7 years ago

Is parody the right word here? For the most part, if not being forewarned in the header, I don't think I would have thought anything different. As some have pointed out, she outdid the other models in expression, mood and sexuality. I felt a slight twinge looking at her couch shot, it was just as erotic. Source fifty one year old male.

DelightKilyan
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7 years ago

It never occured to me that they even airbrush away the wrinkles on the knuckles of models!

WayneBeesley
Community Member
7 years ago

yawn

RobinCascella
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7 years ago

She actually makes the clothes seem real. She a real person like us. The skinny, photoshopped face is a bit scary.

IreneRussak
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7 years ago

I think she look as bit as fabulous as the models! I love her!

BrandonShafer
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7 years ago

I prefer her photo in the Paule Ka one. Its much more interesting.

BrandonShafer
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7 years ago

I prefer her photo in the Paule Ka one. Its much more interesting than the model one.

SzawełMakowski
Community Member
7 years ago

I think she had fun doing it. And the pics copying looks by Givenchy, Lancome and Paule K are really good. I think we should see more pictures like this. I am skinny but I know that I'm part of minority and for me too seeing skinny world of adverts is unusual and unreal.

DianneHastie
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7 years ago

Prime reason real women shouldn't emulate runway models.

AmyZellmer
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7 years ago

I love this so much! She was in no way mocking the models, she was simply showing what it would look like with a real woman..... and honestly, she looks great herself! I enjoy the fact that they didn't over airbrush her images in photoshop, because they could have easily made her look like the model, which wasn't the point. Well done!!

CorazonClaudineGamboa
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7 years ago

She really sells the looks! One might say she's doing fashion a favor by showing that it does make people look interesting and unique when they try to adopt a certain style. She makes it less intimidating

Ba'BombBarbosa
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7 years ago

She looks good tho :)

SusannaVesna
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7 years ago

Hats off! Great job!

GinoGelito
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7 years ago

this proves just how much confidence can influence one's visage, in some photos she looks better than the models by showing more substance than just being merely pretty :) cheers for such a fantastic job!

GaryScott
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7 years ago

She looks great.

KevinHudson
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7 years ago

Well done! Great attention to detail!

CardieMolina
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7 years ago

I think she looked great and was having fun

MaryReuter
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7 years ago

I think for some of them the regular women still look comparable stellar. The Lancôme, Paula Ka and Isabel Myrant actually seem really wearable.

NuniksGayatri
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7 years ago

Some of these photos are really good, and some make me giggles.

RockyRomero
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7 years ago

it was really so very "not that interesting", but I hope she had a good time dressing up :)

AdelinaIoana
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7 years ago

Just as fab and sending the same "cool", "casual"/"elegant" vibe as the originals. She actually did a stand up job. If she think her pics are parody she's silly. She looks just as good. It's a matter of self esteem I guess. It's not improbable to feel just as good and be just as pretty as the model, no matter age, make up quality or size

AdelinaIoana
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7 years ago

*thinks

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LindaThorsen
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7 years ago

Brilliant!

EmmaPeel
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7 years ago

I love it! She actually looks way mo betta than the model in three if them!

JoHitchin
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7 years ago

Hilarious! Clearly being a model means looking as bored as you can and Doug something weird with your hands. Loved it!

JoHitchin
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7 years ago

*doing! Not Doug, that would be weirder than the hands thing

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ReginaAli
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7 years ago

I think she looks really awesome in all these photos, and the pink hair really suited her! :)

CileanAna-Ioana
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7 years ago

Average women? 'Nice' way to put it. Last time I checked, models weren't wonder women.

TorandoRf
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7 years ago

More realistic. More beautiful (. Some pics)

whatplanetweon
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7 years ago

How is she truly considered 'average'? Not all 'average' people look like her. LOL I know I dont. but I suppose I'm 'average' clearly not a model either but even models are 'average'. what gives?

StefanDorfling
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7 years ago

Some a photographs actually do look really cool... If her aim was to show how average these women look, she has failed... I think they look much better than average. Very cool project

DarrenEddy
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7 years ago

She looks wonderful; way more attractive than the women she is parodying...

KatarinaVelkov
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7 years ago

It's an awesome idea, and a great job done by this lady, though articles like these are getting really, really, boring and mainstream.

KimberlyCorr-VanAken
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7 years ago

Lol, I absolutely love this

BethStumbles
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7 years ago

She did an amazing job matching the two. However I don't really agree with the title.. an 'average women.' Models are just as normal or average as the rest of us, they simply fit a brief given by a company/photographer. I have many friends who work as models, and they would agree they're nothing extraordinary that sets them part from the rest of society. Either way, this post is an interesting concept, Beth Find me on Bloglovin'

TorandoRf
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7 years ago

Everything goes . In this session. between caricature and publisexism . To be able to have some impact. There's the need of caricature. But it shows the essence noneles

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AliMorine
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7 years ago

Besides the pink one, I think all her pictures came out way cooler than the professional models.

VanTran
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7 years ago

I have a concern, why are they called "average women"?

TorandoRf
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7 years ago

Caricature mkt

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MickQueen
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7 years ago

I think she did a great job in catching the essence of every picture! Must say a few of them are more interesting, with her in the picture. Like the Paule Ka one!

JodieNewton
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7 years ago

I think she looks fabulous

MarianaNenova
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7 years ago

She looks perfect for her age!

GraceInRainbows
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7 years ago

Everybody can be a model, it will depend on what you as photographer, or whatever, want to show.

dunbardunelm
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7 years ago

Some are great. Some are just No.

Julia
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7 years ago

I think the only thing you truly understand after seeing this stuff is why some women are models, and why other women, like this, can never be.

OmarAbbas
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7 years ago

I think this should be renamed as "French Journalist Parodies High Fashion By Showing How "OLD" Women Would Look As Models"

DanielaNik
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7 years ago

Some ads gets more believable with the other model, because how can some of the young girls afford some of the stuff ;)

PabloHill
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6 years ago

This is stupid, his pictures are horrible

CeciliaCastillo
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7 years ago

But she doesn't look average. She looks 35+ and the models are 20. Put an average 20 year old alot of girls are good looking and not models. They chosed an ugly girl with ugly features

JanetP.Reedman
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6 years ago

um, 35 plus women form a large segment of the population. They wear clothes too just like younger women do. Most 20 year old girls are still bland and spotty and very much identikit, like a school of fish. Character comes later

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AdamFisher
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7 years ago

Wow. However much effort this took, she seriously wasted her time. Nobody cares.

Justsomeguy
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7 years ago

Average? These women are flat our fugly.

MohamedZakaria
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7 years ago

She is not an "average woman", she is not attractive, and models are models because they are attractive. and I hate all this pretentious French sh*t

captaingrumpy
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7 years ago

Yuk.

Martin
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7 years ago

At least they are keeping it real by not having any black women parody models... :/

BlutigeNacht
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7 years ago

I think she actually rocks it.

RramiJhe
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7 years ago

Why couldn't they have done this with a woman that is at least a little attractive? Blech.

VictoriaChen
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7 years ago

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This post should be renamed -- "This is why I am not a model" by Nathalie Croquet.

TheodoraBalaban
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7 years ago

She totally nailed it in the Paule Ka one!

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CraigYoung
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7 years ago

On the other hand I think she did a really good job. In some ways I think she exuded more sensuality than the models - whatever one might think about her age/looks. Brava!

AnnRos'a
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6 years ago

It looks like she has more SOUL in her photos! Love them ALL!!

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JulienHaricotVert
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7 years ago

Her shots are still pretty good I think! The main difference between the shots are simply: - she is a bit bigger - make up is less good - way less airbrushing / photoshop I'm not sure it proves any point, but fun to see!

JayneJunemann
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7 years ago

i think it would have been neat for there to be a third photo, where she is photoshopped a bit more like the models, to sort of shine light on the fact that even the models are not as flawless as their images.

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BevChoy
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7 years ago

In all honesty, the pictures on the left are far more eye-catching than those on the right...

JoshRaudebaugh
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7 years ago

I think this shows that high fashion looks absolutely ridiculous unless you're so good looking people dare not make fun of you for what you're wearing.

PatríciaSilva
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7 years ago

I like both! Ads should use more "average" woman... because that is the real world. Maybe it would help to prevent eating disorders and make people more confortable with aging...

SaraRehnmark
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7 years ago

hilarious! it makes you rethink these ads and how ridiculous they look, even with the models. and some "high fashion" ads look like you're homeless (ie. Lanvin, Sonia Rykiel).

AzAndree
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7 years ago

she looks marvellous in pink

GertrudeWilkes
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7 years ago

I thought she wore the pink best!

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NataliePureSunshine
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7 years ago

Wow, not to lose sight of the intended message, but I actually prefer some of her photos to the originals! Really rad. She did a great job.

MicheleQue
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7 years ago

Well done!

GiovannaCarson
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7 years ago

I think the Eric Bompard take is beautiful.Surely photos of real women modelling would want us real women to want to buy things !ore!

KimberlyPrikopa
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7 years ago

I've often pondered whether designers actually think their clothes are wearable fashion instead of just an art form. This article is a parody because it shows us that despite the beauty of the professional canvas, the rest of us, whether inherently beautiful or not, can not pull these looks off outside of a studio. It is not about reassuring Nathalie of her own beauty, or disparaging it.

AnastasiaBeaverhausen
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7 years ago

I honestly think she looks great.

YoninaGrayCabrera
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7 years ago

What is the point of stuff like this? It's rampant and also silly. It feels like an attempt to fish for compliments or validation. No, your photos aren't as attractive as those of a super model with a professional production team. Move on.

AngelaLopez
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7 years ago

I think this emphasizes the point that a lot of "high fashion" doesn't look good on anybody! In fact it can look downright silly! I'm sure there are far more ordinary women reading these magazines than model-types, who would rather see "average" women wearing beautiful clothing, makeup, etc., that is actually, well.....wearable!

HonzaGreňo
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7 years ago

100% bullshit, why is the "normal" woman 15 years older then the models?.... this is like comparing an apple and an 15 years older apple....

Yup
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7 years ago

She compares herself with much younger girls? I bet she'd look as fresh as them if she had took the photos 20 years ago. I like the photos of this journalist, but I'm also not sure if they prove any point.

ElisabethBlackwood
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7 years ago

She even got the dominoes right!

JimHubbard
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7 years ago

This is B.S. . This is not a "average women vs model" staged shoot, it's a "older women vs younger women" staged shoot. I hate misrepresentation in anything. I could pick "average women" in the same age group as the models and they wouldn't look so different. Also...not everyone looks good in the same outfits. They may as well have dressed the women on the left in men's work clothes.

TeriWhite
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6 years ago

Yes I agree with you, but if the older woman was, say, Elle McPherson, that would change the message again.

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ChristinePerkins
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7 years ago

OMG! Hahahahahahahaaha I DID NOT notice it was the SAME woman!!! Hahahahaha

GavinJohnston
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7 years ago

I hate to say it, but this whole concept has become a trite, self-obsessed stunt.

Charles William
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5 years ago

http://www.joeotoole.net/

Veronica Pototska
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5 years ago

The "not model" is so sincere, honest, sensual and beautiful! Such a beautiful project!

Zack Fowler
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5 years ago

Average try ugly... Some women aren't attractive that's a fact and I'm tired of people trying to say everyone is beautiful. Heck I'm not but I make it up by being nice, smart and fun. Do what works for you but don't try to convince the world everyone is beautiful because it's a simple fact that some people are better looking than others.

Fariha Rostai
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6 years ago

very cool

Andrew Smailes
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6 years ago

Would you buy the items if they were sold and modeled by "normal" people with no airbrushing or touch-ups what so ever. I think i would it's gives a more realistic impression of what the items will/would look like on "normal" people i'm a size 38" uk male size and when you look at the clothes in the stores and adds they are on men that are super fit with 6packs not very realistic when i look around they is not many people looking like that it's the same as the women's the average size in the UK is a size 16 and the adds and things show women at a size 8 and under totally unrealistic. so i say good on her for showing that what you see in the ads is not necessarily what things look like on "normal" people. Now if you are wondering why i was using the " " every time i put normal is because what is normal we are all different in our own unique way and we should love ourselves no matter what you look like

Naima Ivansdóttir
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6 years ago

i think the "average woman" nails pretty much all of the shots. she's showing she can be as intense and versatile as a "real" model - whatever this is supposed to mean. there's just one look i don't quite like but still, i don't like the original one with the model either.

iblowsheep
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6 years ago

that last one looks like a toilet seat around the neck. WTF?

Cosmonda
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6 years ago

Shine Just Like A Star With Gorgeous Summer Dresses

Matt
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6 years ago

Shine Just Like A Star With Gorgeous Summer Dresses

Amanda
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6 years ago

The ones she did aren't bad. Her version of the Voltaire one is funny and cute. But the article definitely shows that these ads are more humorous than dramatic with real woman.

Murpy
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6 years ago

Her photos capture genuine feelings :)

jax
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6 years ago

The "average" woman actually looks amazing in most of these!

Lovelybae9353
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6 years ago

Like it!!!

Hanna
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6 years ago

So why show "the average woman" as someone who is 2 or 3 decades older than the model. Of course there's going to be a big difference. Makes no sense.

JenniferGorman
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6 years ago

Reading most of the comments here, I am saying the same thoughts, the woman on the left actually looks better, and to me, as a 49 year old, sells the clothes better, than the other photos and model. She has not only just as much beauty, but also exudes the grace and wisdom and real sex appeal that comes from real living, the good and the bad in life. She seriously does all of the clothes a world of good. Brava.

DžoPrinceze
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6 years ago

I think she looks better than models in some photos!

TerryHartless
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6 years ago

WELL THE 'AVERAGE WOMEN' SHOULD HAVE BEEN AIRBRUSHED OR THE 'PROFESSIONAL' SHOULD HAVE NOT

MihaiRaulea
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6 years ago

love it! you look awesome!

karenw.
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6 years ago

Where do I sign up.???

MaggieGroverBacher
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6 years ago

again, the real woman is more interesting and more beautiful than the models.

DaveHerie
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6 years ago

It's a good idea but I think the title is misleading. The "average" global woman is around 30.1 years of age, and certainly not extremely fair-skinned. This is at best "How older white women would look as younger white models".

DaisyMancia
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6 years ago

No fair! They are younger than her!!!!!

AliseKalniņa
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7 years ago

Some of her pictures are very beautiful. :) Yet some I find funny but nice.

StellaDelaney
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7 years ago

To be honest, I like her photos better.

EmilyDaff
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7 years ago

I actually prefer Nathalie Croquet's photos. I would feel far more connected and interested in the brands and there products if she was the actual model used in the advertisements.

annabellespencer
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7 years ago

Don't see the journalist as silly in the photos, so not sure that a point is being made. Most of them would fit right into a photography collection. Reading some of the comments, I don't think people really get fashion. These shoots aren't literal representations of life. They are meant to be artistic. They are meant to tell a story and transport the viewer in a fantasy. I actually think they are inspiring. I don't cry, envying body parts; instead I think about things I could do with my personal style. Slender models are often chosen because they want you to notice the clothes first, not the curves. Kate Moss can get away with low cut/braless because she has a small chest (and that doesn't make her any less of a woman btw). Models with nice skin are often chosen because airbrushing takes time & money. I'm not denying photo editing exists, but let's get real, there are women who are naturally slender/have nice skin. Let's stop crucifying Kate Moss already and start accepting ourselves.

MisRich
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7 years ago

Love her version of Eric Bombard and Lanvin. That seems more believable than the young waifs.

KateWilliams
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7 years ago

She looked great.

ClaireOliver
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7 years ago

Well done.

WanettaSteed
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7 years ago

I think she did a fabulous job and in most cases, she looked as good if not better than the actual models!! There's a lot to be said for life experience! I think the magazines fall short sometimes by assuming that only young girls can sell clothing! Well Done!!

PamelaChang
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7 years ago

Cracking funny

RobertGilead
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7 years ago

Applause!

MaiShebl
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7 years ago

Models were meant to look like that so they can advertise the products in a good way .. we were meant to look normal but different in other ways

AdamFisher
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7 years ago

However much effort she spent on this, it was a waste of time. It sends no message at all.

SpearsOakley
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7 years ago

I think you and the models look hot in them all. Do you think you look that different from the models?

RicardoBlayer
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7 years ago

So the average woman is 50 years old?

JanetP.Reedman
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6 years ago

probably not far off. Believe it or not, Ricardo, women over 35 do exist and do buy clothes and don't have grey granny perms

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AnnaIckes
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7 years ago

She looks fabulous, and it must have taken a great amount of work to replicate all these. Amazing job!

AmyBritt
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7 years ago

I am really digging her in the Paule Ka and Eric Bompard. I would be more likely to buy them based on her pictures than the originals, because I would think that the clothes might actually look good on me. On the other hand, I think she demonstrated clearly how STUPID the Etam look is.

PaulTatara
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7 years ago

The difference is that the young, beautiful women look better because they are better looking. That doesn't mean the other woman is worthless or utterly without appeal, but young, beautiful women are young beautiful women. I really don't get this kind of thing.

JanetP.Reedman
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6 years ago

Do you really think all of those models are that beautiful? Airbrushing aside some of them are very gaunt and strong featured--the camera may like them but often they are not the 'prettiest'. (Worked in a model agency years ago.)

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AmberThompson
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7 years ago

A lot of the other models are young girls, probably aged between 17-21 (I'm guessing) so they still young girls. I'm not sure how old the journalist is, but the age is a big factor.

DominikaDrums
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7 years ago

I dont know about you but I like it :) it it doest look like a parody to me, except the makeup photo(not everyone can wear the same makeup)

BreeWoods
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7 years ago

I think most of your photos are better than the models!

КонстантинСелюминов
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7 years ago

Ну бред же. Если бы это было на каком нибудь левом сайте, эти же люди, восхищающиеся этой фотосесией в комментах, написали бы что этополная херня!

rhetorical1
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7 years ago

Nathalie, BRAVO !!! You are beautiful - photos prove that. I love the honesty in your shoot.

CarlaKitchen
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7 years ago

Better boobs than any of the models! I actually think some of they craier outfits looked better on real women with curves. As for crazy intense makeup.. That only works till 20 something and then it enhances flaws more than beauty. Be natural and be proud :)

JulieAubier
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7 years ago

AWE"SOME

TorClaesson
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7 years ago

Actually, she looks kinda great in most pictures.

VijayMomaiya
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7 years ago

What are we selling??

JhenAlipusan
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7 years ago

I like her more than some of the models and the pink one is just lovely, it's my favorite ...

DonGuild
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7 years ago

I think this is stupid, anyone can look good when you change everything about their looks, especially the shape of their face.

RosieRadcliffe
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7 years ago

This is real and powerful.

JustusKatz
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7 years ago

The models aren't all perfect either. The one for "Acne Studios" may be skinny (which seems to be the most important prerequisite for becoming a model), but she is far from pretty.

GochaWimmer
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7 years ago

Great idea :)

GlynisLailann
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7 years ago

People who follow fashion aspire to certain 'looks' that advertisers project, be it clothing, make-up, furnishings, etc. The results are not always exact but pretty near spot-on. In this case this exercise was almost perfect - almost everyone out there dos not have the physique of a model.

KennethMason
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7 years ago

same woman used for most of the pictures. For me the 'average' woman looked better in most of the pictures. This also reminds us of what happens to high fashion when it tries to reach the common woman. I am more impressed with people who can show others their strong points, as well as how to bring them center stage.

LyoneFein
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7 years ago

I think she did a great job. Looks like a lot of fun.

JackieLantry
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7 years ago

I think she looks great in all the pix. It is nothing more than a different perspective.

MichelleAlbert
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7 years ago

What this highlights, to me, is how incredibly stupid, artificial and unrealistic (and therefore utterly pointless) the vast majority of "poses" and situations models are put in to sell commodities are. We don't see men in the same ridiculous objectified set ups. No normal woman is ever likely to be in these situations and this is what Mme Croquet is highlighting to such great effect. Even the makeup P.Cruz is wearing is over the top and only appropriate for a photo shoot. And what the heck is Acne Studios trying to sell? She looks like she has a toilet seat over her head!

geoffschneider
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7 years ago

"About the Author (below) Paulina Tikunova BoredPanda Staff This lazy panda forgot to write something about itself." I think this is a cool part of the page. Not to minimize the point, of course.

xkalbur
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7 years ago

Well done!!! Much applause!

AngelaLopez
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7 years ago

I think it emphasizes the fact that a lot of "high fashion" is not really attractive on anyone and is downright silly! I'm sure there are far more ordinary women reading these magazines than model-types; and they would probably (like myself,) prefer t o see pictures of "average" women wearing beautiful clothing or makeup, etc., that is actually, well,......... wearable!

TerriGold
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7 years ago

I think you look pretty good in some of these shots. Not all the pro models' outfits are appropriate for everyone. So we look less fine when we age. There's nothing we can do about that.

KarenMiller
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7 years ago

Loved it. No, she does not look "better". Not at all. What she does is highlight the ridiculousness of expressing oneself as a moody waify ennui-ridden Personality if one is a. average looking, b. over 15 or c. not naturally blessed with archetypal Hot Bitch With Attitude expressions in one's wheelhouse. Three cheers for this normal, cheerful and intelligent looking woman who can't Strike A Pose to save herself!

TeleriNyfain
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7 years ago

I LOVE this! OMG this is sooooo great because it shows what really WOULD look ok & what really would look just as silly as I suspect, on ME (since I look a lot like the photographer LOL) - I wish Vogue (or any other fashion rag) would have her pic next to every fashion layout - it would be very helpful to me. Just saying.

MarinusHoogedoorn
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7 years ago

There are no ugly women....mostly not.

RicardoGiannsoni
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7 years ago

interesting comments... My opinion: 1. They are ALL "real' women. 2. There is no such thing as an average woman.

RicardoGiannsoni
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7 years ago

Interesting comments... 1. They are ALL "real" women. 2. There is no such thing as an average woman.

PhillipMcLaughlin
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7 years ago

well done

0tothe9th
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7 years ago

Celebrate individuality, and stop holding women of all ages, ethnicities, weights to the same yardstick. All women are beautiful to someone, anyway.

triciawarden
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7 years ago

i was actually more drawn to ms croquet's photos!

DianeMaurer
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7 years ago

Looks GREAT to me!

LarrySafran
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7 years ago

The big difference between them is the facial expressions, so it is a cheat. Of course someone looking relaxed looks better than someone looking uncomfortable. Very subtle, but we humans are very queued in at a subconscious level to attitude.

NeilGarret
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7 years ago

She wins hands down in the Eric Bombard shot, nong more stirring than people owning their age and sexuality, rather than be regulated to the side per fashions ridiculous and unobtainable standard. It takes alot of strength to fight the tidal wave of images and print adds telling you that you are not good enough.

NeilGarret
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7 years ago

Is parody the right word here? For the most part, if not being forewarned in the header, I don't think I would have thought anything different. As some have pointed out, she outdid the other models in expression, mood and sexuality. I felt a slight twinge looking at her couch shot, it was just as erotic. Source fifty one year old male.

DelightKilyan
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7 years ago

It never occured to me that they even airbrush away the wrinkles on the knuckles of models!

WayneBeesley
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7 years ago

yawn

RobinCascella
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7 years ago

She actually makes the clothes seem real. She a real person like us. The skinny, photoshopped face is a bit scary.

IreneRussak
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7 years ago

I think she look as bit as fabulous as the models! I love her!

BrandonShafer
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7 years ago

I prefer her photo in the Paule Ka one. Its much more interesting.

BrandonShafer
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7 years ago

I prefer her photo in the Paule Ka one. Its much more interesting than the model one.

SzawełMakowski
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7 years ago

I think she had fun doing it. And the pics copying looks by Givenchy, Lancome and Paule K are really good. I think we should see more pictures like this. I am skinny but I know that I'm part of minority and for me too seeing skinny world of adverts is unusual and unreal.

DianneHastie
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7 years ago

Prime reason real women shouldn't emulate runway models.

AmyZellmer
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7 years ago

I love this so much! She was in no way mocking the models, she was simply showing what it would look like with a real woman..... and honestly, she looks great herself! I enjoy the fact that they didn't over airbrush her images in photoshop, because they could have easily made her look like the model, which wasn't the point. Well done!!

CorazonClaudineGamboa
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7 years ago

She really sells the looks! One might say she's doing fashion a favor by showing that it does make people look interesting and unique when they try to adopt a certain style. She makes it less intimidating

Ba'BombBarbosa
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7 years ago

She looks good tho :)