Cigarette as Accessory


Oh no. It was by my own sheer will that I made fashion the center of my occupation. I’ve managed to justify my all-day garment gawking by making a real living out of it. But the further into the fashion trenches I go, the stronger is my urge to climb the hell out.

I’m always first in line to defend fashion against assumptions that it’s a frivolous enterprise with no intellectual or cultural content. I cannot, however, ignore that the mainstream – or pop fashion – is extremely guilty of promoting glamour over health. The weight issue has been beaten to near death, but another thing I’ve noticed recently is the pervasiveness of cigarettes. So many fashion editorials these days show the model holding a lit cigarettes as she would a handbag or some other expensive accessory. With heaping amounts of non-chalance, of course. It’s impossible to avoid the fact that these images will make people (especially youngsters trying to keep their weight down) want to smoke. In this case, though, the expense is much greater than a lump of cash. This fashion status symbol will cost you your health.

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3 Responses to “Cigarette as Accessory”

  1. Yeh. the cigarette has been attached to elegance and to edginess somehow and has stuck.
    As a photographer, it answers the question ‘what will you do with your hands’, just hold a ciggarette.
    And smoke is just visually interesting too.
    But I have to agree, as long as a cigarette is shown in a photograph, it’s a ciggarette advertisement, and that’s not something I really want to promote or endorse…

  2. EightyJane says:

    Gaga puffed on a #cigarette at Mugler, then Kate Moss closes Louis Vuitton while smoking conspicuously. #why is #fashion pushing tobacco?

  3. sweet67 says:

    Yea it’s a disgusting habit. It’s like….these magazines are painting this image. If you want to be a part of the fashion scene, make sure you have a cigarette in your hand. Fashion over health? I just don’t get it.

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