If I've learned one thing from the cumulative 150+ hours of ANTM I've watched/drunkenly shouted at over the years, it's that fashion shoots are meant to tell a story (well, and that it really hurts to put in a weave). True, in Tyra's case that "story" is often limited to "emotionally unstable young women are thrown into anti-gravity chambers dressed as racial stereotypes," but still. Stories are important. Otherwise it would just be models... modeling clothes. And what purpose would that serve?
So as I was flipping through InStyle while waiting out the hurricane in my underpants and came across this perfume ad, I couldn't help but wonder, Carrie Bradshaw-style: What is this image trying to tell me?
If it's that Dakota Fanning has a vagina, thank you, Marc Jacobs, I always assumed that was true, although to be honest I don't think about it often because I'm pretty sure that would get me arrested in some states. If it's that Dakota Fanning has a penis, I did not know that, but it's her choice, and effeminate boys are really hot right now anyway. And if it's that your new perfume bottle is comically large and looks like a collectible vase from the never-before-seen Lisa Frank Home collection, then job well done, sir.
But that wasn't the only inspiring tale among the magazine's fall fashion ads...
Tamzen searched in vain for a Starbucks bathroom, even though she was reasonably certain she would be unable to remove her pants.
Yes, she was drunk. Yes, she was colorblind. And yes, Honey had gotten dressed in a Port Authority bathroom. But at least she was ready for the PTA meeting.
Only after coating herself in Crisco did Esme realize that it might be hard to hold on to her bag.
Tallulah though the doorman looked different, but she really didn't have time to inquire, as she was already late for her Fashion Institute seminar, "Head to Taupe."
Though she found Frodo unbearable, Galadriel really connected with Mondrian.
Humiliated that she had arrived at the equestrian vampire banquet wearing almost exactly the same gown as two other women, Oksana could do nothing but clutch her muff in fury.
While she sometimes missed her feet, Chamomile was thankful that she no longer had to save her tips for that bunionectomy.
And! I even spotted a Cole Haan model doing my favorite modern fashion pose, the third world toilet!
I might have to renew my vows with ladymags, you guys. I forgot how much they have to teach us.