advertisement
advertisement

Masks Reveal The Ugly Side Of Fake Beauty

Meike Harde’s collaged masks of celebrities and models offer up a funny, disturbing critique of unattainable beauty standards.

Countless fashion magazines and websites tantalize readers with promises of flawless beauty: Get the pout of a supermodel! The doe eyes of a starlet! The abs of a pop singer! Here’s what we’d look like if we actually took our beauty cues from the glossies:

advertisement

Twenty-four-year-old German designer Meike Harde collaged masks out of the eyes and mouths of various celebrities and models she found online. These “correspond to the current ideal of beauty,” she says. “When put on, however, they cause contortions of the face. This is meant to show that artificially produced beauty is not always beautiful.”

Sounds like someone’s been studying her Cindy Sherman! Harde developed Too Beautiful To Be True for an exhibit in Saarbruecken. At the opening, she invited visitors to strap on masks and mill around as they would at any other event. Needless to say, this produced “many unsettl[ed] reactions during the evening.”

[Images courtesy of Meike Harde]

advertisement
advertisement

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

More