Illustrating the Pain of Beauty

The photograph above by photographer Dina Litovsky has gone viral for showing the state of a model's feet during New York Fashion Week. Litovsky has covered Fashion Week for 12 years now, and has always taken pictures illustrating the pain caused by constant changes of high heels on the models working the many shows, but most were not published. However, Litosky keeps them for her personal project Fashion Lust.

The model's wounds were not caused by this particular pair of shoes, but they do allow the damage of the entire week to be exposed. You can see they are too small, as are most of the shoes provided for the fashion shows. They are designed to look good, not to walk in. And that's the story of high heels.

Women unwittingly continue the centuries-old tradition that "beauty is pain" when we buy expensive shoes only to classify them according to the number of blocks they can be worn without causing blisters.

Litovsky tells the story of this image and what it says about the lives of everyday women at In the Flash. -via Nag on the Lake 

(Image credit: Dina Litovsky)

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