Suicide Girls: Hard Girls, Soft Light (hardcover review)

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The term “model” has changed through the past couple of years and the SuicideGirls are a great example of that. If I asked you what your definition of a beautiful model was and what their lifestyle was like, what would you say? I bet a majority would say that they live in New York, stay in expensive apartments, pose for Calvin Klein, eat truffles all day, and drink Orange Mocha Frappuccinos while spraying each other with gasoline, right? Okay that last part was from Zoolander and is probably not likely to happen. Anyway, the former would probably be the answer from a lot of people. On the other hand, if I showed you a picture of a female covered in tattoos and piercings, would you call her a model? The answer to that nowadays is a definitive YES.

Since 2001, Missy Suicide (co-creator of SuicideGirls) and her staff have painted a completely different view of the definition of the word “model”. This book is a testament to that and is cleverly entitled: SuicideGirls – Hard Girls, Soft Light. They explain the meaning to this on the inside cover, however, for the people that don’t know, the word “Hard” is from British slang meaning tough or a badass. While “Soft Light” is the the presentation of these beautifully tattooed women in a lighter and softer tone on camera. There has always been a stereotype of tattooed women being pictured on motorcycles, only wearing leather, constantly going to rock concerts, getting dirty, or drinking and guzzling beers like the boys. Just like all things stereotyped, not all tattooed and pierced women are like that. The SuicideGirls in this book will open your eyes to the other side of that stereotype.

All of the women in this book are absolutely AMAZING. Not only are they beautiful, but their body art seems to flow and move with them during their poses. The photographers did an awesome job at seriously capturing the “girl next door” look out of each and every one of them. The models themselves helped to achieve this by writing short quotes and anecdotes about themselves in their pictures. It was like taking a peek into who they are deep down inside; away from the flashing lights and lingerie. Of the models contained in this hardcover, I’m a personal fan of Lass, Patton, Leon, Dimples, Radeo, and Lumo. However out of all models’ personal quotes and anecdotes, my favorite was from Jinjur: “When I’m not getting naked for SuicideGirls. I’m usually in my flat playing Skyrim.” Her sentence alone speaks volumes that you can’t put anyone on a pedestal no matter how hot or gorgeous they are. They can be just as nerdy as you and me; playing video games or looking out at the stars and wondering when we can travel to the next solar system (Radeo).

Now I’m not going to ignore the elephant in the room; yes, this book has nudity and there is a lot of it. “What?! Nudity?! Why? This book is nothing but a porn book then!” Hey Mr. Plastic Fantastic Madison Square Avenue, get your ass in the DeLorean and go back to 1955, because times have changed. YES a majority of these girls are posing in the nude, but they are not posing in any demeaning or raunchy way. If you’re looking for pics of random women spread eagle and bending over a bale of hay for no apparent reason, then you need to go somewhere else. Either that, or you need to get a girlfriend. The photos in this book are ALL tastefully done and artistic to their very core.

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If you’re a fan of the SuicideGirls, tattooed women, or just beautiful women in general, I would highly recommend that you get this book. The women are all gorgeous, intelligent, and down to earth. I especially enjoyed reading their quotes which helped to put character to their already cute faces. If you’re not willing to shell out the cash, I could lend you my copy, however some of the pages might be stuck together…HA! I’m just kidding! Hahahaha….haha…ooh…ooh boy. I need to take a cold shower.

Rating: 5/5 Atoms

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To purchase the book, you can visit the SuicideGirls store.

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