I was so excited to see this body of work from photographer Holly Norris yesterday and I wanted to share it with you all. It is a series of photos that show a pro-disability take on the the American Apparel ads and our culture’s representation of sexuality and ability in general. Here is what the artist has to say about it:
“American Able” intends to, through spoof, reveal the ways in which women with disabilities are made invisible in advertising and mass media. I chose American Apparel not just for their notable style, but also for their claims that many of their models are just â€˜every dayâ€™ women who are employees, friends and fans of the company. However, these women fit particular body types. Their campaigns are highly sexualized and feature women who are generally thin, and who appear to be able-bodied. Women with disabilities go unrepresented, not only in American Apparel advertising, but also in most of popular culture.
Check out the whole series… The photos are not only spot-on spoofs, but hot as well. You can even buy prints of these for a very reasonable price (I ordered a copy of the socks one for the shop)!