Male Models with Feminine Hairstyles
Despite the June gloom that always plagues the early days of summer, you may have noticed a few rainbows floating around the streets, perhaps accompanied by some smiley faces. That’s because June is Gay Pride Month; well actually, it is officially considered LGB&T Pride Month but is commonly referred to as the former.
In honor of this celebration of free choice and personal freedoms, artists everywhere have joined the cause to express the celebration in their own way, and not only in the United States.
F.O.D., a newly minted Israeli publication, released its first issue featuring a stunning article using only male models entitled, “What a Piece of Work is Man.” The shoot featured Israeli native men clad in various clothing materials such as leather, denim, and cotton from the waist down, revealing a stunning portrayal of their masculinity through the very obvious exposure of their chests.
To challenge cultural presumptions, however, all of the male models featured hair-dos unmistakably “female” in design and execution. Employing wigs, clips, and a lot of hairspray, the hair and make-up team behind the shoot transformed what would be considered a normal male photo shoot into a statement about current assumptions about gender roles and sexuality.
Contrasting the masculine material and color of black leather are the soft, coiffed bouffants that are featured on top of every man’s head, some supporting an up-do that would make Marie Antoinette blush.
In some cases, the images rely on a more natural expression instead of enforcing the statement through clothing. One example would be the bare chested young man whose full facial hair seems oddly contradictory to his pulled back hair set into an overly large bun, with a zig-zag design crowning his head.
The genius behind this shoot really exists in the cultural assumptions of male modeling, where young men are used (just like women) to sell a product based on their appearance. It is the law of marketing that relies on matching cultural assumptions to sell their product. Using that classic protocol, this team used the same formula but added the one feature that could set it apart and truly show the difference between art and popular advertising.