“We’re very careful about not overexposing the Girl, and by that I mean her, Business, you know, her physical assets. Now here her legs are spread but it’s not a wide opened angle, it’s a tasteful photograph and that’s not the focus, your focus is Here, (rubbing the middle area where the breasts are in the photo), so we, uh you know, we show every Bit of the Girl, but you know, in a tasteful, Classy way it’s not like—-WHAAHHKK!” (Stacy opens the palms of her hands, wide opened, while her eyes dart and make nervous crazy expressions), Stacy Collins, Photo Editor Playboy USA, direct quote from the “Let’s Play, Boy” documentary.
It’s interesting that these female photo editors think that they’re representing women in a ‘classy way’. They talked about the importance of photographing the women in their natural environment, but the environments were all staged, based on role playing fantasies, (women dressed as nurses etc), they were in a costumed setting but Stacy Collins thought these ‘environments’ represented who the women were as individuals. The photographs were fetish inspired, based on the unreal fantasy of meeting a complete stranger and having sex with them while they were stereotyped and objectified as farm girls, secretaries or aliens (what’s the difference), none were realistic depictions of everyday women.
Collins also admitted to photoshopping the women’s images, (women that she constantly referred to as ‘girls’). If they were ‘girls’ they would be underaged models, isn’t that illegal, Stacy? She doesn’t realize that there’s a difference between girls and women? It’s a subliminal form of programming that our society does frequently; runway models are called ‘girls’ and they appear as thin, child-like waifs while the wealthy ‘men’ pick and essentially buy them as trophy brides, (Donald Trump and Melania are prime examples). Stacy said the male photographers would think the original naked images were appealing, but with her expert editor’s eye, she would mark out areas of the women’s already thin bodies to alter, (decreasing the natural belly fat), which she said enhanced the angle of the image, yeah right! It makes me wonder why these women decided to work in this particular industry. I think they’re the same kind of women who think they’re helping women to be more beautiful, by slicing off what’s natural, a form of photographic plastic surgery or insisting that women need to wear make up, heels, show cleavage and act like idiots to make men feel superior, in my not so humble opinion.
In the documentary, “Let’s play, boy” she seems to be trying to convince herself of what she’s saying, her wide eyes look horrified and/or psychotic as she tries to explain her work. The other female editor with the platinum blonde hair, seems embarrassed for her and she remains mostly silent during the interview.