i have started a new blog about women, genders, beauty and mind! please have a look at ewordland.
as some of you may have understood seeing the lack of updating recently, it is time to write the words ‘the end’ to the great experience of the darialogist. i don’t feel motivated anymore, both because i have nothing more to write on daria’s modeling and because i think i have achieved all my goals as a darialogist, so it is time to move over and focus on other projects.
i don’t know if my idea of a blog on a model’s poetics has been so successful, but what i have tried to build in these 40 months of blogging has been a cultural reading of daria’s work. of course the relationship between characters and reality is always very charming, but when i think of daria as ‘the face of today’, in lagerfeld’s words, i don’t refer to her as a person, with her private life and destiny, but to the narrative plot unfolding through her pics: a narrative plot that to me has always been very intense and dramatic, made of a conflictual body language and of a inspirational gender game. a narrative plot that is a sort of symbolic form of our times, with reference to the warburg school, also in the dynamics between aesthetics and economics. the model of my analysis has always been roland barthes’ reading of greta garbo’s face in ‘mythologies’.
i would like to dedicate a real essay to a cultural study of daria’s works, who knows, maybe in the future i will have fun doing it.
in the meantime i will say thank you to all the readers and commenters, included haters and monitorers: thanks for spending some time reading my posts, for sending images, links, even private spots!! those who want to stay in touch can add me as friend at facebook. i will continue to post at tfs though.
to continue to follow daria you can read tfs, the daria files and the daria werbowy gallery.
p.s.: i will set the hq archive soon.
a nice girl called teresa sent me a couple of shots of the instyle.ch interview… it’s in german, so if someone wants to translate it… i just caught a few passages, like the answer to the question if she lives with her bf… just a bit, only a bit, the opposit of what you can read in elle.fr!! such a mess is so funny!
well, what can i say? this 2009 has been very rich from the viewpoint of press works and this very beautiful – very darish cover confirms it. i can see a moss aura on it, it reminds me a bit of the ‘independent state of kate’ or what that cover was named… and yeah, this is the independent state of daria 2009: beauty as a free sensual elusive world of physical happiness.
this pic was posted at tfs by clotheshorse along with others taken from the september issue of flare. see them here. photographer is max abadian. we can’t say clothes are so great, neither are the other two covers, but in general daria’s posing is a further demontration of her maturity and charisma.
“hypnose senses, true mix of feminity, seduction and french charme is embodied by dw, a young woman in the spirit of her time. […] dw perfectly expresses the Hypnose Senses Woman, this kind of witty, free hair, wearing only little make-up and sublime woman who will send the most sensual message to the man she loves“… oh my, let me go vomit and come back! meanwhile i’ll post the pic… (thanks to ada looo at tfs)
aaww, done… :ppp okay, as we say in italian: nothing new under the sun. we all know what the ideology of cosmetic industry is: a woman must be beautiful to be liked by men. as an italian citizen i can add: she must be beautiful to be liked by men who have the power and can give her a career. we have a dubious minister for equal oppurtunities (mara carfagna) with a dubious relationship with our grotesque premier to show it. but that’s not what i want to talk about today, even if certainly my reactions are deeply affected by the peculiar grotesque scandal about our… our?! their premier!
what i’m more interested in is how this ideology… or maybe i should call it rhetorics, since ideology is a too refined concept and needs a reflection that is beyond the reasons and aims of marketing. so, i’m more interested in how this rhetorics of women-aimed-to-men’s beauty affects daria’s modeling. of course i’m not talking about daria as a person, even if i would be certainly curious to know how this steady compromise between being and appearing, between real personality and public role affects her. i can see something kind of *schizofrenic* in it, but maybe that is just the first step to modeling: only if you accept it – or at least tolerate it -, you can go on and make money with your job. or maybe it’s just me, with my old fashioned humanist approach to life – but i must confess i’m everything but an ideologic purist!! anyway, i wonder if after a while, the more you, model with a brain, grow up, the more it is hard to tolerate, the more you look for a balancement between job and yourself, money and intimacy.
again, that’s not what i want to talk about! what interests me is the relationship between a sentence like “a woman […] who will send the most sensual message to the man she loves” and airbrushing. of course airbrushing is not for daria only, it’s everywhere, but i think that sentence is the best reply to the discussion at the previous post. this picture isn’t the worst, but certainly it makes hers a flawless feminine face. which means – in my opinion – to remove daria’s peculiarity as a model: her gender daring body language, which makes everything much more evident than for other models. if you want her to represent a message like that, you have to totally delete signs of ambiguity and imperfection. so you’ll have a delicate yet incisive conception of woman whose effort to be beautiful is exclusively aimed at men’s pleasure. sometimes i think that the difference between cosmetics advertisments and the victoria’s secret parade of bottoms and boobs is a degree of honesty, like in the end v’s is just the degree zero, with no hypocrisy, of the mainstream conception of woman nowadays – or since the beginning of humankind?!?!
anyways, after this maximum question, enjoy the hypnoses sense videos at the lancome site (link posted by ada looo), that are a pleasure for everybody’s eyes! the making of is now available at youtube too: