Nodding to fashion’s ongoing preoccupation with pushing gender boundaries comes ‘Studs’, a series of ten unique photo studies. Exploring the idea of a third gender, Simon Foxton and Bea Sweet recruit a range of subjects who refuse to comply with traditional notions of the sexes. The portraits - each a study of unconventional beauty - are captured by Nick Knight in stills and fashion film.
Not a fan of “nodding to fashion’s ongoing preoccupation with pushing gender boundaries” - Is preoccupation really the best word? Not to mention at least this project isn’t white, like 99% of “fashion’s preoccuption with pushing gender boundaries.” Can we acknowledge that yes, a handful of designers/fashion photographers like to blur gender in some of their campaigns and photoshoots, but it often just serves to recreate a new kind of androgynous norm - generally one that is white, slender, and still within a narrow perspective of class/beauty standards. This is one of the rare shoots I’ve seen that pushes back against that. I have very rarely seen representations like these ones, that feel powerful and respectful, not appropriative or tokenizing.
Sorry, I’m fucking grumpy - I love these photos, but cannot get behind that statement.