The Unmistakable Allure of Marilyn Minter

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Even if the only cosmetic you use is ChapStick and you think Sephora might be a laundry detergent, we advise you to pick up a copy of the June issue of Allure. After you’ve pondered the news that Jessica Alba was reading Philip Roth’s The Human Stain during the cover shoot, a tidbit reported just before a page devoted to the trend of “stained lips” (coincidence?), turn to page 170, where artist and photographer Marilyn Minter has photographed freckled, shimmery-faced Brazilian model Cintia Dicker for writer Rebecca Mead’s piece on the world’s ambivalence toward ephelides (that’s the scientific term for freckles, we learned in the fourth paragraph).

“All you ever see in magazines or ads are women with this porcelain white skin,” notes Minter in a caption. “I started craving the opposite. Freckles look really fresh to me. I like how overt they are.” Alas, Minter’s photos aren’t online, so we’ve taken the liberty of snapping the splendid spreads ourselves. Click “continued…” to see the other two.

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