posted by jasmine at 12:05 AM
I feel like a large number of your photographed girls have their toes pointed in...do you ask them to pose this way? It keeps jumping out at me, so I thought I'd finally ask.I certainly don't stand that way normally, so I'm wondering if I'm in the minority...or if a lot of fashionable girls are just slightly pigeon-toed.
Hi anon. - Ha, good observation. I actually don't pose my subjects, but many of the girls I photograph are a little shy, so it might just be a classic 'shy girl' pose.
They both look super cute. She pulls off the skinny pants really well and he looks comfortable but not sloppy.I think the toes-pointed-in pose has become a trend among the hipster-girl scene in Seattle. I live up here on the hill and I see it everywhere.
When I was in Tokyo I most of the young women I observed were pigeon toed. I guessed it was from ill-fitting high heeled shoes. I just can't wrap my mind around someone standing or walking like that on purpose.
To continue the discussion of the "pigeon toe trend," a friend recently told me that Paris Hilton intentionally stands this way in photographs because she has large feet, and this is a good way to disguise it. Maybe our lovely Seattle girls are unconsiously taking a cue from the tabloids?On another note, I also like the matching oranges, and I'm glad to see something as simple as a graphic tee and jeans being featured on your site.
The pigeon-toed thing drives me crazy... okay, 'shy' maybe, but that place where shy borders on deferential. I can't help but link it to little-girl-fashion that has been in recently. (Not blaming the woman in the photo, just lamenting the trend.)
I'm afraid I find these two entirely too trendy, but then again, I'm old. The pigeon-toed thing is a purposeful affectation designed to make a woman look like a girl, or more specifically, a little girl. It makes me really sad.
I'm surprised by the strong reactions - I'm sure she walks normally, & I'd wager the position of her feet in the photo is unconscious.As for Anon.'s take that they appear 'too trendy,' I'm always surprised by comments like this, b/c they imply that there is only one 'right' way of dressing for all people. Which, of course, isn't true; if it were, fashion would be pretty darn boring.
Listen. The pigeon-toed pose of this woman is as trendy as her skinny pants. Yes, Paris does it, as well as seemingly every other current starlet who finds herself in front of a camera. Clearly, this woman follows fashion- in the ironic, hipster kind of way (just look at her glasses)- as does her beau. That pose is as intentional as her shaggy, "bed-head" 'do. But you really can't argue that she doesn't look cool, right?Turned-in toes spans the stylings of bubble-gum princesses to toe-gazing emo girls. I believe its genesis can be attributed to the fashion world, much as hunched shoulders has become a similarly fashion-forward stance. Also, it does seem to visually shorten the feet a bit, which is especially useful when faced with the possible unflattering fate of duck-feet or stumpy legs from wearing flats. Finally, it's simple body language. It reads as "femenine" and coy, or even polite or submissive, (you may recognize this type of body language in some women of certain Asian cultures, among others). I personally am happier to see women holding themselves with a little more power and dignity, but certainly, the opposite stance is far from flattering. Has anyone noticed how Brittany Spears walks, all flat-footed, with her feet turned out? I'm sure most people don't find her lumbering gate to be very feminine.
Actually, it's quite quaint how they are posed, his feet turned out, hers turned in, like two complementary parts of a whole. Very homme/femme.
That's funny - the toe thing is what I noticed as well. I wondered if this type of stance is due in part to a "fashion statement" and due to the different types of clothing these women wear. That is, they may have become used to standing with their feet together when wearing skirts?
its not that hes matching orange he actually has the nike sb lucky cats on :p which are gold and red :]
Many people point their toes in unconsciously when they're nervous, embarrassed, anxious, or just uncomfortable in general. It's not fashion, it's a natural human reaction. Maybe people sometimes choose to play it up, but most likely this girl was just naturally reacting to having her picture taken by a stranger.
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