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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Beauty is pain, literally, with "front heels"



frontheels.jpgWhen it comes to women’s fashion, we've all heard the phrase "beauty is pain."

Well, it appears artist Leanie van der Vyver and Dutch designer Rene van den Berg have unleashed a literal interpretation with the debut of a creation they call front heels.

As one friend of mine said, they make stilettos look like slippers.

The creators say the footwear – which force the wearer to lean forward as she teeters on a heel strapped to her shin, her feet pointing straight down as if dancing en pointe – serve as a commentary on today’s concept of beauty.

"Humans are playing God by physically and metaphorically perfecting themselves," photographer and videographer Lyall Coburn opines in a caption under footage of a hunched-over model precariously perched atop the heels, slowly inching forward.

"Scary Beautiful challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard."

The must-see video (which I liken to watching a train wreck: I feared the girl would fall over and break an ankle, yet I couldn’t look away) reminds me of a recent debate among Deal Diva readers about high heels’ fashion value versus their practicality and potential health consequences.

Both Time and Yahoo compared the front heels to Alexander McQueen’s "armadillo" heels, which sparked controversy after several fearful models who refused to wear the 12-inch spikes were booted from a 2010 fashion show.

What are your thoughts on the high heels and today’s beauty standards?

--Deal Diva Keyonna

Photo: Lyall Coburn via Yahoo Shine


[Last modified: Monday, October 15, 2012 7:21am]


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