Omg, Ada, I would have gone back to school years ago if any magazine I ever worked for even suggested I do this.
Though I have a real soft spot for 70s-style cunt art by Hannah Wilke and Judy Chicago—maybe because I have a real soft spot for it—I am really not feeling this trend. In my estimation, vajazzling = spa desperate to create a trend in order to make money + editor desperate to cover something new in order to make money. Then multiply. This recession sucks.
When I was an editor, beauty companies’ attempts to get me to cover similar goods and services made for some amusing times. Like when a male Vagisil publicist picked me up at my Conde Nast office and spent a 20 minute drive downtown telling me about the company’s new products to help clear up the look of some condition he called, over and over and over and over, “vaginal chafing.” Then he dropped me off at the super-fancy lingerie store Agent Provocateur with a $300 gift certificate. I have to admit: All of that chafing talk made it a little hard for me to focus on buying sexy lingerie. But I’m a stoic, so I managed.
Still, even free lingerie isn’t enough to make me to go back to those times, in which it was almost normal to receive a press release like the one with the title “Say Bye-Bye to Big Boobs.” It announced, “Big, voluptuous breasts are symbols of the excessive 80s and 90s. Smaller, more youthful breasts with protruding nipples appear to be the new beauty statement of our more realistic, down-to-earth world.” Oh, yeah, I got this right after 9/11. From an aesthetic plastic surgeon named—wait for it—Dr. Grossman.
Poetic! Do you feel upset that you and I are both apparently symbolic of the excessive 90s? At least we match our blog.
Anyway, I’m with Neal on vajazzling. (So, apparently, are the guys that Doree knows.) I’m all for women doing fun things with their bodies but I personally think that sparkly stuff looks best on other body parts, like eyelids.
Though do you remember that glitter body gel that everyone used to wear in the 90s? I was So Into That. I need an excuse to bring that back. Maybe it matches our costumes for EMP?