The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum in New York has a new exhibit of photography, The Model as Muse, which opens today and runs through August 9.
We have a love/hate relationship with models. Love because, well, who doesn't admire beauty? Hate because a body type that is unattainable for most women has become the cultural standard of attractiveness. Yet in recent years the supercelebrity status of models has been fading--there's no young model with the star power of a Cindy, a Naomi, or a Gisele--in part, some say, because these days designers prefer a blank canvas. That's fine by me--I prefer to look at the clothes. Means they're doing their jobs.