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Artist Anna Utopia Giordano went in on the Old Masters, photo-shopping portraits of Venus to fit today's modern beauty standards. Bob Duggan calls the results "grotesque" in an illuminating way. I don't know. I think I missed something here. In each case they just look like thinner versions of the original. In terms of beauty, my raw man-sense doesn't have much of preference. I don't know what that says about me.

I'm always a bit skeptical when we romanticize the alleged beauty standards of the past, unmoored from the actual uncomfortable past that brought them to be. Things change for actual reasons--and just as often they don't change at all.
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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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