We know you're going to find this hard to believe, but 12 Magazine's bloody and gory Victim of Beauty spread is not sitting well with a lot of people.
What's even more surprising is the magazine's editors-in-chief, Huben Hubenov and Slav Anastasov are actually defending the violent photos!
The editors told Fashionista.com via email:
"First of all, we would like to say we are happy that our shoot provoked an international discussion, at some scale. It is also important to say, that we do NOT support violence of ANY kind, and this is NOT a shoot glamorizing, or encouraging, or supporting violence against women.
We believe that images such as ours can be seen from various angles, and we think that exactly that is what is beautiful about fashion and photography in general – that anybody can understand it their own way,and fill it with their own meaning. Where some see a brutal wound, others see a skillful work of an artist, or an exquisite face of a beautiful girl.
That being said, we do understand why some accuse us of promoting, in a way, violence, but we do not agree with that, and we think that it is very narrow-minded way of looking at the photographs.
And after all, isn’t it true that we see brutally wounded people all the time, in real life – on television, in the news, in movies, videogames, magazines and websites, and they are all very different, but alike in one thing: some are real, some are not. And fashion photography is an imitation of real life, sometimes realistic, sometimes delicate, other times grotesque, or shocking.
The editors concluded their statement a la Derek Zoolander by answering the question with a question:
1. How would you perceive those photographs, if they were accompanying an campaign against domestic violence? Would you still think of them as disgusting or you would praise them as brave and thought-provoking? Worth the think, isn’t it?
Nope, I’d still think it was disgusting that someone did that to women, but I’d respect the message. Because in that example, there IS a message.
2. What would you say if those where bespoken men, carefully groomed, but still, terribly injured? Probably nothing, and quite frankly that’s a bit sexist.
Wow. Just, wow.
We don't even know what to say to that.
What do U think of 12 Magazine's response???
[Image courtesy of 12 Magazine]
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