What really defines today's ideal of beauty? To tackle the provocative, often-fraught topic, fashion historian Kohle Yohannan has amassed more than 170 photographs for "Beauty CULTure," at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles (May 21-November 27).
The eye-opening photo exhibit charts the evolution of beauty archetypes over the past century and features notable photographers glamour-makers Guy Bourdin and Man Ray, cultural chroniclers Martin Schoeller and Lauren Greenfield tracing the impact of their images on modern beauty. Bombshells like Marilyn Monroe and '80s supermodels are certainly among them, but surprising standouts include hyper-androgynous Grace Jones and Tammy Faye Messner in a starkly up-close-and-personal moment. Not only are conventions of size, age, and race challenged here, but also considered are the influence of HD video, Photoshop, and (perhaps-too-graphic) plastic surgery. This is Hollywood, after all.
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