dear heidi, part 6

July 3, 2008

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2 Responses to “dear heidi, part 6”

  1. Jared Says:

    I don’t think I’m with you on this one. Sure, they’re both good at manipulating their own image, but Sherman does it to criticize the lack of female agency. Heidi just does it for money and fame. And I don’t get the sense that she’s being ironic or self-aware when she says “I am anyone you want me to be.”

    I’m betting that this person is much more troubled.

  2. songsaboutbuildingsandfood Says:

    i don’t think i disagree with you on this. i was trying to avoid a direct statement but i don’t think i’m saying they’re the same – what i think the video is saying is that heidi’s staged for-profit paparazzi photos are the “untitled film stills” of a generation that has operational louis vuitton boutiques inside our art exhibitions.

    i don’t think heidi is being ironic or self-aware when she says “i am anyone you want me to be” either but i find that a lot more shocking and powerful than cindy sherman wearing some prosthetics or a wig like she’s been doing for the last twenty years. with cindy sherman, because we know she’s so self aware, because there’s this definite intentionality to what she’s doing and what she’s criticizing, there’s this clear demarcation between her life and her work, between the moody kodachrome photo of her in prosthetics and a stained jumper and the glossy elle snapshot of her in a pretty dress and make-up standing next to david byrne at a fashion week party. with heidi montag there’s no such dividing line (or if there is it’s much, much blurrier) and that’s why i find her much more interesting, personally.

    that video is painfully awesome.


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