I came across this vintage poster from 1937 a few days ago, aimed at enticing an international market to come visit Australia:
The artist is Douglas Annand.
Some links I’ve also followed in the last few days, in discussions about the second anorexic catwalk model to die this year:
The (Photoshop) Art of Beauty – mouseover the pictures to see the originals. I found the airbrushing of male celebrities most jarring – I guess I’ve known about fashion retouching for so long that none of the women’s shots surprised me, but airbrushing the men did.
Comparatif photos anti pro-ana – photos retouchee – a French site of original fashion images side by side with the retouched versions on pro-anorexia sites which strongly emphasise skeletal details (contrast to the shot in the link above where the too-prominent ribs of one model have been retouched to disappear). NSFW alert: At the bottom of the linked page are some nudes that are allegedly not retouched – a Japanese anorexic who did many nude/swimwear photoshoots under the name Bony Pink (rumoured to now be dead).
Once you’ve read that, come back for another look at the blooming health of the woman above from 70 years ago. You’ll need the eye-soothe.