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Fashion Magazines Shocked By Bald Women Photos

Banned: those pictures might clash with the feminine ideal upheld by advertisers.

Milan/Paris-based photographer Enzo Dal Verme (Vanity Fair, l’Uomo Vogue, Marie Claire, Grazia, Elle, etc.) has shot a series of portraits of bald women. He met them in New York and collected their stories too. Some of them have alopecia, some have been through chemotherapy, others simply like being bald. They got together with the idea of redefining the concept of beauty. Men can be blond, brown, red, white and... bald. Why not women?

When the photographer showed the pictures to his clients, every single magazine that saw the story (about twenty) refused to publish it for the very same reason: those pictures might clash with the feminine ideal upheld by advertisers. Well, actually one of them had a different problem...

Anyway, time passed and the photographer kept trying with other magazines. No way to publish the story. “Sorry, but I am not going to give up”, he says. “If mainstream magazines have a preference for Barbie-fied women, I will publish everything on the net.”


Now everyone can see the pictures and read the interviews on his blog: “Meeting them has been a privilege for me, I want other people to be inspired by them. After all, their point is not just about bald women. The courage to be oneself is something that concerns everyone”.

For the stories behind these photos please visit Enzo Dal Verme's blog.


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Marina, police clerk. Photo: Enzo Dal Verme


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Caggie, fashion designer. Photo: Enzo Dal Verme


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Carolyne, medical student. Photo: Enzo Dal Verme


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Fury, event organizer. Photo: Enzo Dal Verme


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Margareth, actress and model. Photo: Enzo Dal Verme


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Sharon, model and actress. Photo: Enzo Dal Verme


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Venus, creative director. Photo: Enzo Dal Verme

Photos/text: Enzo Dal Verme


30 comments:

  1. Wolfgang Müller says

    Gorgeous women, wonderful project!


    Anonymous says

    Ugly Ugly Ugly


    bea says

    this is a beautiful initiative. congratulations for taking this challenge enzo, and thank you photography news for publishing it!


    bea says

    anonymous comments have no value.


    angela costa says

    how silly those looking for exterior 'perfection'.
    these women and this project are beautiful!


    Anonymous says

    gorgeous!!!


    Masako says

    Sick. Horrible.


    Anonymous says

    lovely concept, staggeringly boring photos. Could have been great. Or even strong. Or at least mildly interesting


    Tatiana says

    Excellent article, rare of its kind!!!! shame on those comments who just feel better only when they despize or show disgust!! You have to be ashamed of your self and thank God that you are not in one their situation… just thank God that you exist and live a normal life! People like you i think in such articles, maybe should begiving those few minutes to more productive tasks and leave the comments for wise intellectual mind! BRAVO ENZO AND PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS :)
    You are always amazing us with great, unique articles ****


    christian george says

    bold is the new black


    Masako says

    Quote."others simply like being bald. They got together with the idea of redefining the concept of beauty." End Quote.


    I don't have to like it.


    bea says

    that's right, Masako, you don't have to like it. but you also don't have to keep on looking.


    meg says

    Masako:
    And who says that everything that is published has to be liked by you?


    Chris says

    These beautiful women could use some Bald Guyz Grooming Products...contact chris@baldguyz.com...we have excellent products for bald men and women!


    Masako says

    [Quote]:that's right, Masako, you don't have to like it. but you also don't have to keep on looking.[End Quote].

    I don't keep looking. I gave my comment.
    Just because you don't agree doesn't make me wrong.
    Get over yourself & calm down.


    jerry says

    The bald image is very beautiful on women who have the right facial structure and personality to support it. Having no hair, draws attention to a woman's eyes and lips, which can be very sensuous. Black and white photos of bald women elicit drama and gain more attention because the tonal values are stark and simple. I salute women who have the courage to be hairless and bare all, as their inner beauty shines outward. I encourage more women to explore this bold new image.
    It breaks out of the box and questions the expected and traditional images that we have been conditioned to believe, makes for
    an attractive woman.


    Anonymous says

    hair is over rated. beautiful portraits


    The Visions of Kai says

    Being different is so cool!


    terry says

    Stunning,Beautiful,Strong,Joyful,Human,Bold, Beautiful is the one word that says it all.

    Thank you for sharing this


    Anonymous says

    I'm going bald because I have alopecia and have had it for 11 years. I finally have decided to be free to be me and not hid behind wigs any longer.


    cici says

    im bald for 5 months already and i simply can't get over the look...i love it so much that i can't see myself growing my hair back..at least not this year.... :-) going bald is the best among the hairstyles i tried and it gave me back the feeling of contentment .. i admire Enzo's efforts in publishing this.... bald or not we all have to proud of ourselves, we are our own definition of beauty...so for those trying to put down bald men and women,i say......if you can't see beauty in differences then you must be that gorgeous......


    steve says

    I have been bald now for three months, and things have changed. I have learned a few things and sometimes wish I had some hair left so I could have a hair restoration Thanks cici I really like your post!


    Bald Women says

    Being bald as a women is not bad at all. You just need to have the confidence to pull it off.


    Anonymous says

    it is the beauty within ourselves that shines no matter whether you were bald or you have long hair. those women are very pretty and I am very proud of them. i suffer from hair loss for the last 5 years, i got annoyed by people sometimes and there is nothing to do about it. people should not judge people by the way others may look it is our personality who define us


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