Like a Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone–the Godfather of music magazines. A sign of making it in the music industry is landing on the coveted cover. The magazine is so iconic that it transcends music borders. It touches politics, the economy, pop culture, and film, among other things. The one consistent trend I’ve noticed, though? Female singers nearly naked should they land the prestigious cover.
In all forms of entertainment, they say talent always shines through. When Gabourey Sidibe broke out in Hollywood she was like a breath of fresh air. But, if talent really is the trump card to everything, why, then, did Christina Aguilera, who at only 29 is already on first-name recognition with Mariah and Whitney with those powerhouse vocals, pose like this?
Actually, this is tame compared to her “Dirrrty” days. Remember?
Aguilera always claimed female empowerment as she was being raked over the coals for her new provocative image. But, “empowerment” has come to mean different things–especially with women. Is taking your clothes off the ultimate statement now?
If so, then what are these women saying? The nearly-nude aren’t much more than reaffirming that sex sells. Fergie, if you read her interviews, is a cool, intelligent girl with a good head on her shoulders. She comes off as genuine and someone you could sit and chat with. But, her ultimate claim to fame? “My Humps.”
The past few years we have seen a number of young women break out quickly in the music industry. This past summer Katy Perry made the blogs explode when she called Lady Gaga’s video for “Alejandro” ‘blasphemous.’ That’s her opinion; her right to speak out. She later said she was a Gaga fan, and had nothing but respect for her. So, here we have a free-speaking woman with a good sense of herself.
It’s a woman’s prerogative to take her clothes off. It is a form of empowerment. It used to be illegal for women to wear dresses above the knees. But is it really shocking anymore? Above, we see Perry sans clothing. Empowerment, or marketing? After all, she was promoting an album.
Then we have Lady Gaga, who has risen further in the music industry faster than any other artist I’ve seen. When she first made it big, we had this:
Both an homage to her iconic bubble dress and a way to draw attention to her sexuality (“Poker Face” would hit airwaves a few months later). I get it. But, two years later, we have this:
Not so much shocking as it is tiresome. We’ve seen this before. What’s the statement? Is she speaking out against Don’t Ask Don’t Tell? I was more offended that the BP oil disaster and the firing of Obama’s general got the prestigious place next to her butt. But then again: sex sells.
Maybe I’m looking too much into it. But I can’t help it. The nearly-naked woman on Rolling Stone has almost become a cliche. But, if it is to happen, let’s get people talking. Remember this?
Try and label her stupid but Britney is in damn good control of her image. Even back in 2007 when she was having the meltdown of epic proportions, she knew how to recover afterwards. Look at this cover, and try and persuade me it’s not her standing strong, taking back her life:
Even America’s sex goddess can make a statement and remain empowered–and fully clothed. I don’t mean to say, ‘women should be clothed!’ It’s their right to do as they please. But look at some covers of men, and you’ll see they remembered to get dressed–even when they’re selling sex.