Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
There was a time, I’m told, when mannequins were supposed to look like real people. They’re forms for designers to use to fit clothes without having a real human being around. But increasingly, mannequins have become more aspirational models than reflective of the actual average human body. British mannequin maker Rootstein is rolling out a new model next month that looks more like Michael Cera than a Ken doll. The latest form, dubbed “Homme Nouveau,” is waifishly thin, with a very Victorian 27-inch waist and a chest spanning 35 inches. According to New York magazine, this is a noticeable shift from the classic 1967 model, which had a 33-inch waist and a 42-inch chest. The measurements of male mannequins have been reducing steadily over the years, even as American men’s actual pants size has been getting bigger: The average waist size in 2006 was 39.7 inches. L’homme nouveau, meet l’homme rél.
But obviously, fashion logic operates on a different plane. New York quotes Dov Charney, the founder of American Apparel, complaining that mannequins are usually so big “we can’t even fit our largest size on them.” Given the cultural obsession with skinniness — the sleek, metrosexual look coupled with emaciated hipster chic — it’s sad, but not shocking that mannequins are much smaller than the people who wear the clothes they’re flaunting. Some commenters on the New York story expressed hope that the new forms would usher in slimmer-fitting clothes, complaining that regular sizes are just too big. But for most American men, “Homme Nouveau” doesn’t reflect any kind of physical reality. It’s just enforcing the same unrealistic body expectations that have plagued fashion for decades. Body shame might help sell clothes, but it’s still a bad model.
Margaret Eby is an editorial fellow at Salon.More Margaret Eby.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.