Marge Simpson Playboy Cover Girl

marge playboyHave you ever stopped and wondered what is under the green dress? If so, you may just have the opportunity to find out on October 16th , when natural beauty, Marge Simpson, graces the cover in a 3 page pictorial of Playboy’s November 2009 issue.  With the average reader around 35, Playboy hopes that in bringing to bare this mother of three, they will attract a 20s crowd to the magazine, while also marking the 20th anniversary of the Simpsons. Well that certainly says a lot about my generation. Either that, or she’s just trying to get some attention from her Homie.

Sotherby’s Photograph Auction: Let the Games Begin!

Ready, set, go! Bidding starts today for the Sotherby’s photograph auction, which includes works by Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz and many more.  This is your opportunity to start a museum worthy collection featuring images of beauty icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford, and Nadja Auermann (to name a few).  And if you can’t afford the original, it’s still fun to browse.  Click here to view the auction.

President Obama Wins the Nobel Peace Prize

I could come up with some clever verbiage on how the announcement of President Obama’s win of the Nobel Peace Prize today ties into beauty, but really it’s just huge news that I felt was worth announcing.  Click HERE for the NY Times article.

Legendary Fashion Photographer Irving Penn Dies at 92

Irving Penn's Woman With Roses
Irving Penn's Woman With Roses

Celebrated photographer Irving Penn died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan at the age of 92.   Considered one of the most influential fashion photographers of the 20th century, Penn’s global notoriety began in 1943 when he started working at Vogue.

“In my career, I have met no one else who worked with the level of imaginative intensity and economy of Irving Penn,” said Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. “His photographs were as exquisite and electrifying in the last year of his life as they were in 1943, when he started contributing to Vogue. To have been a colleague and friend of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century is a privilege greater than I could have ever imagined.”

Growing up, both Richard Avedon and Irving Penn captured everything I loved about fashion and brought such beauty and elegance to every shot they released.   When I read the headlines of Penn’s passing this morning, I could not help but feel very sentimental.  His photographs have deeply moved me and I appreciate them so much.  Rest in peace Irving Penn.

For more on Irving Penn click HERE