This advertisement is part of U.S. plus-size clothing company Lane Bryant’s “Plus is Equal” campaign, which calls out fashion magazines for not doing more to represent the majority of women who are bigger than the thin norms most prominently seen and celebrated in the fashion and entertainment industries. The ad shows a group of full-figured women confidentially walking towards the camera, first in lingerie, and then with fashionable clothes on, with rhythmic, percussive music in the background. As the women model their bodies and clothes, a woman’s voice says, “ I don’t think it matters what size you are. I think it’s time to represent all kinds of women. Proud, strong, fashion forward, stylish, super awesome – everyone deserves to be celebrated. No one’s ignoring us anymore.” The ad closes with the campaign tagline “Plus is Equal,” and then “Lane Bryant.”
Pretty Woman is a 1990 romantic comedy film in which a broke Hollywood prostitute, Vivian (Julia Roberts) falls in love with a wealthy executive, Edward (Richard Gere), who has hired her to be his escort. The film was originally conceived as a dark, cautionary tale about class and prostitution in Los Angeles, but was subsequently reimagined as a romantic comedy “fairy tale.” It quickly became one of the most popular films of all time. In this scene, viewers witness Vivian’s “Cinderella moment” as she is transformed from a low-class prostitute into a dazzling Beverly Hills socialite – thanks to Edward’s no holds barred approach to boutique shopping and his high-limit credit card.
This is a video for the single “I Don’t Need a Man”, which was released by the pop group the Pussycat Dolls in 2006. The Pussycat Dolls are an American all-girl group that have sold over 50 million records worldwide. They were originally founded as a burlesque troupe in 1995. The lyrics of this song emphasise the independence and self-empowerment of the women, as they claim to be “fine” and “brand new” and “feel good” without a man. They also resist being sexualised and owned by men, as they don’t want “a ring” or “bling” or “a hand/If it only wants to grab one thing”. In the video, the six female members of the group dance around in revealing outfits, while performing rituals of feminine beauty such as painting their nails and shaving their legs.
“Hard” is a 2009 platinum hit off of Rihanna’s fourth album,Rated R.The track features rapper Young Jeezy and received wide acclaim for what critics hailed as a departure from Rihanna’s previous material. Pitchfork Media, for instance, described the lyrics and musical style as “a strutting statement of power” and strength. In this video, Rihanna commands an army of men while wearing stylized military costumes, described by the designer as “military couture,” and handling a variety of artillery and other weapons in a barren scene closely resembling the deserts of Iraq or Afghanistan.
This t-shirt features superhero characters Superman and Wonder Woman embraced in a passionate kiss with the words, “Score!” in one corner, and “Superman does it again” in the other. Superman is fully clothed in his superhero outfit, while Wonder Woman is in hers, which shows a large portion of her arms, back, and legs.