Dans un post sur les Scouts de France, j'avais analysé leur médiocre choix iconographique. Voici un article qu'ils auraient intérêt à lire pour mieux comprendre la puissance des images et des idées qu'elles véhiculent.
Androgynous Male Photo Too Sexy for U.S. Magazine Cover Censored by Bookstores
If you try to pick up the latest issue of Dossier Journal magazine at either Borders Bookstore or Barnes & Noble, you will notice the photo on the cover is covered by opaque packaging. The two major booksellers have determined the cover to be too provocative for their newsstands.
On the cover is male model, Andrej Pejic, shirtless. Pejic, however, has a very female-looking face and the stores have determined that he looks too feminine to be a male. The gender-bending model himself is a worldwide sensation, having appeared in runway shows modeling both male and female clothing.
The 19-year old Pejic was born in Bosnia to a Serbian mother and a Croatian father. The family moved to Melbourne, Australia, when he was eight. Pejic was discovered by a modeling scout at the age of 16 while working at a McDonald’s restaurant.
Since his discovery, Pejic has been noted for his androgynous look, and in Paris fashion shows this year he walked both men’s and women’s shows for designer Jean-Paul Gautier and men’s shows for Marc Jacobs. At the Paris show he even modeled a wedding dress for Gautier. During the most recent New York fashion week, Pejic modeled in five menswear shows and four womenswear shows and has ridden a global wave of popularity in fashion circles with his “femiman” look. He currently ranks as number 11 of the top fifty models on models.com.
According to the Huffington Post, they spoke to Dossier Co-Founder and Creative Director Skye Parrot, who explained that the bookstores asked for all copies of the magazine to be placed in “opaque poly bags because even though they knew Pejic was a man, he looked too much like a woman.”
Parrott went on to tell Huffington Post that it’s only the American copies that are being censored, which leads him to believe that the booksellers feel the cover would make potential buyers uncomfortable. Parrott says that it’s Pejic’s looks that make the cover interesting.
“He’s topless, you can see that he’s a man,” Parrrott told the Post, “but if you look at his face, he looks like a woman and he’s so beautiful, he’s both in that picture, in a way. I think that’s what’s interesting about it.”