最近讀到關於《第三類猩猩》這本書裡關於性擇的篇章,有關於外貌以及心理的影響方面。過去幾個世紀以來人類對於美的定義。除了健康、年輕、對稱等人類天性本能所崇尚的特質,許多美的標準都是社會文化所定義出來的:例如高挑、勻稱等等,或是東方文化所推崇的纖細、溫柔、白皙。這其中不乏了廣告商業形式的餵養與操弄。

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“There is POWER in numbers – when we RALLY around a cause, we can reach MILLIONS and effect change” – @ainerosecampbell ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thank you @portermagazine for giving us the power to tell our collective story, for taking the radical step of working to celebrate our leaderful community by giving us FOUR COVERS and some of the most epic group shots i've ever been a part of!!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 🎥 @modelactivist LEADERS PHOTOGRAPHED by @carlota_guerrero for @portermagazine 🎥~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~✨THANK YOU @Jennifer_Dickinson @TTStyle @GemmaStark @HannahC0le @ConradDornan @AllieSmithMakeUp @EriHandaNail @TwoHawksYoung @BestStudios @RoscoProduction @x_tran @WeFolkAgency @FrankReps @BridgeArtists@MAM_NYC ✨ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~🎶 Are you a model who wants to help build a more equitable just sustainable industry & world? Email ModelActivist@gmail.com to JOIN US! 🎶

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外貌對我們的生活影響甚大,舉凡日常生活中的求職、求偶、或是與人相處,外貌的影響力對於心理的影響卻是真實的存在。縱使有另一群聲音倡導不要被外貌影響、要愛內在美等等,人類體內的天性與性擇還是會不由自主的受自身喜愛的外貌影響。而「模特兒」這個職稱,審美公式下的既得利益者,在許多人的眼裡似乎看起來是最受人關注與喜愛的職業類別選項。

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I am so proud of this @shortyawards nomination because it's for #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse. I am humbled to be in this company. The work I did was only a small piece of the leadership, strength, and bravery that has already made lasting change. I hope we find more ways to celebrate movements like #metoo which exemplify the power of community, of so many people seeing each other and holding each other in dignity and respect, of leaderful change. If you have time, there's a link in my bio to a beautiful essay by @rinkuwrites on #timesup and what can happen when we all work together ❤️ Finally I'm not posting this for your vote (if you do vote, I hope you'll join me in celebrating and honoring Erica Garner), I'm posting this because I wanted to take a moment to appreciate the work we have done together to build a more just world. I am so grateful for your trust, strength, and friendship.

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Cameron Russell 曾經是一名從事時尚產業的模特兒,卻以自身經驗反思「模特兒」產業對社會的影響,談及了時尚攝影虛構的一面,以及親眼目睹在產業裡工作的人群真實的心理現象:「嚴重缺乏安全感」、「每天都必須擔心自己的長相。」、「是這個星球上最美麗的人群,同時也是這個星球上對自己身體最沒有安全感的女性。」

無懼於面對職業立場與自我價值的矛盾,她選擇在 TED 舞台上向人們揭示影像所帶來的強大力量,與那些性感美豔照片背後不為人知的一面,背後經過了無數商業力量的操作與技巧,因為認知到自己對社會大眾的影響力。她期許自己能以此為起點,為改善社會盡一份心力:「過去十年來,我不將模特兒視為事業的終點,而是起點;不是事業巔峰、理想之地、而是展開對話的契機。模特兒比起其他職業並沒有優劣之分,卻是比較顯眼、容易受讚賞的工作。在未來的時日中,我希望自己能找到好好運用這張樂透彩卷的方法,讓大眾媒體更有內涵、更真實、更負責。」

形象有著強大力量;但同時,它也是膚淺的、可被塑造的、可被建構的,端看你如何使用的方式。

被媒體工業推崇的審美觀長期餵養的人們,因過度著迷肉體而失去自我,在商業力量的操弄之下,以及努力長出自我獨特之美的靈魂拔河拉鋸,或許我們該思索社會凝視「美」的方式,以及除了「美之外,還能有什麼?」來審視目前對於美的演變看待方式,思考看看如何在外顯的肉體美以及獨特的心靈美之間,做出同時彰顯兩者、並行於世的方案。

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