Saturday 23 September 2017

That YSL advert tells us more about ourselves...

The woman's weight didn't turn me off my breakfast - a group of men judging it did, writes Niamh Horan

SIZE MATTERS: Sue Tilley poses for pictures in front of a painting of herself by British artist Lucian Freud
SIZE MATTERS: Sue Tilley poses for pictures in front of a painting of herself by British artist Lucian Freud
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

'Do you find that offensive?" my news editor asked as he plonked the Yves Saint Laurent photograph on my desk.

My knee-jerk reaction was 'no' because - instead of ad campaigns and fashion photography - I like to save my ire for things that really matter like, oh, I don't know, freedom of speech, the gender pay gap and the fact that our politicians still won't let women have a say over their own bodies.

But I took a closer look because the image was interesting. It shook me awake after my bowl of cornflakes and a dreary walk to work in the rain - and it made me think. And if it checks all those boxes, then I'm pretty sure we are getting into the realm of 'art'.

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