Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Dossier: Confusing Erections

American bookstore chains Barnes & Noble and Borders have covered up the cover of the new issue of fash mag Dossier because it features androgynous model Andrej Pejic topless - in case it gives their customers confusing erections.
Skye Parrott, co-founder of Dossier and creative director told Huffington Post the stores have asked for the magazine to be placed in "opaque poly bags because even though they knew Andrej was a man, he looked too much like a woman, basically."
Parrott told the Huff; "It's a naked man on the cover of a magazine, which is done all of the time without being covered up, so I definitely don't think it merits this, but I understand what it is. It's not a coincidence that it's only the giant U.S. chain stores that are asking us to do this....It's only the American copies that are being censored. It seems that it probably made people uncomfortable. But that's part of what's interesting about the cover, I think, is that it's playing with those ideas of gender roles. He's topless, you can see that he's a man, but if you look at his face, he looks like a woman and he's so beautiful, he's both in that picture, in a way. I think that's what's interesting about it."
Both the Times and The Daily Mail covered this story today.
The Times cropped out those troubling titties (you have to click a button if you want to see the full cover online) - the Mail didn't.
This is not the first time Andrej's androgynous good looks have been causing a commotion.

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