Definitions are lacking.

I love this book for looking at the beautiful ink, but I am always disappointed because there is a lack of diversity in shape and color of the girls included in the book. It is a high quality book, but it always makes me sad to see how lacking it is in breaking out of the mold of beauty standards.
Published:
Pros:
High quality
Beautiful photography
Cons:
Not very diverse models
Rating by reviewer:
3
extremely useful review

About author

This is a photo book from Suicide Girls. There really isn't a specific author. There are a lot of photographers that are credited in this book. This is a photo book, so there is no real author to this; instead, they selected great pictures from some of their most popular models. The way that the site works, the girls can use their own photographers, so that's how you end up with so many amazing styles of photography. I have to give it to Suicide Girls; they really selected beautiful girls that were shot by amazingly talented photographers.

Content / Style / Audience

This book is broken down into sections. The girls are listed by region. The regions are: California, West Coast, Mid West, South, East Coast, Canada, U.K., Europe, South America, and Everywhere Else.

So, Suicide Girls promotes itself as a site that embraces all types of women regardless of size, look, hair color, race, and celebrates their unique beauty, but this book shows where they are lacking. There are women featured from around the world of all different ethnicities, but you are hard pressed to find a woman that isn't thin in this book. I have a membership to the site, and the few women that are thicker that have pictures in this book from the rib cage up. I find this offensive because they claim at the front of the book that "These images are our rejection of that barbie doll ideal".

They are only rejecting certain parts of that ideal.
    • Erotic photography

Design

This is a gorgeous book. It has thick pages and a very sturdy cover. The dust jacket is shiny with matte lettering. It does have the Suicide Girls logo on it, but it isn't covered with naked girls. I am very comfortable leaving this on my bookshelf in my living room even when I have the in-laws over.

I am a bit of a book snob, and I was really impressed with the quality of this book.
    • Discreet cover
    • Large coffee table style
    • Well made

Experience

I got this book because I love Suicide girls. I love that they embrace the alternative, but this book just highlighted the issues that are emerging with the site. Their ideal is skinny and too often white. There isn't the diversity in this book that I feel there should be for a company that claims to break out of the Barbie doll ideal. I was disappointed, but that disappointment is with Suicide Girls in general.
Follow-up commentary
I passed this on to a friend, because every time I looked at it, I got pissed off. I love the idea, but their definition was not one that I agreed with.
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Comments
  • kitty1949
    kitty1949  
    What a bummer. You'd think SG would include thicker women. No fun.
  • SMichelle
    SMichelle  
    Thanks for the review.
  • Undead
    Undead  
    Thanks for the review.
  • js250
    js250  
    Great review--thank you!
  • RedFreak
    RedFreak  
    thanx
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