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The dirty glamorous imagery stylized photographers like Clark, Goldin, Sorrenti, Teller and Day created controversy in the media for obvious reasons. So much so that with the death or Sorrenti made out as heroin related, the chic aspect with through into public debate.

”you do not need to glamorize addiction to sell clothes,” President Clinton today accused the fashion industry of making heroin seem ”glamorous, sexy and cool” through advertising that enticed young people to try heroin.

”American fashion has been an enormous source of creativity and beauty and art and, frankly, economic prosperity for the United States,” Mr. Clinton said, ”and we should all value and respect that.”

”But the glorification of heroin is not creative, it’s destructive,” he added. ”It’s not beautiful; it’s ugly. And this is not about art; it’s about life and death. And glorifying death is not good for any society.”

-New York Times

Then president of America, Bill Clinton spoke out against the trend, expressing fears over the alluring aspects of drugs. Alluring in the sense that such heroin chic images printed commercially and editorially represent part of an industry that some many people aspire to be a part of. Models for all their beauty and perceived happiness and wealth are icons, sought after by many adoring young people, and the sheer nature of fashion, as a trend setting force, can easily dictate how we should look at ourselves, promoting notions of beauty. I also go as far as to say that the unhealthy and careless aspect endorsed in heroin chic with the ‘waif’ look of extremely skinny models, fits in with the rebellious nature of young people.

”The President’s right,” said Patrick McCarthy, editorial director of W Magazine. ”There is a problem, and responsible editors and fashion designers are doing something about it.”

”He has stated the obvious,” Mr. McCarthy said, ”but when the President of the United States states it, he states it even louder. It will have an effect. This is going to be everywhere tonight and tomorrow, and you’d have to be crazy not to listen.”

-New York Times

The photo by Day, Georgina, Brixton, as well many other photos of Day, fit the heroin chic trend that continued through the 90s, and answers questions about the significance of the photo being taken in 1995. The notion of drugs connotated by the photo seem probable, and more likely with Georgina being a model.



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