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July 08 2010

YoSaffBridge has gotten something extra from the success of her new gig. Designers are making clothes her size again.

That was an interesting article (with beautiful pictures). Personally I'm not sure I would have approved of a Mother allowing her young daughter to dye her hair (being exposed to all those chemicals), but clearly this was a big deal, and it is certainly an interesting story!
I changed the link to the orginal article.
Beautiful.
Goodness that woman is beautiful.

Plus? Great taste in music! I wonder what her favorite Waits album is? (I'm torn between "Heart of Saturday Night" & "Closing Time.")

My memory must be faulty - three episodes? "Our Mrs. Reynolds" and "Trash." And she was a barmaid in "The Prodigal" episode of Angel.
Yeah, just those two.
I knew that "three episode" comment would raise eyebrows here...
"C'est mal - tres, tres mal."

Bad. In the Latin.
Christina is a lovely woman - but oy, the airbrush retouching of her already-amazing skin sets my teeth on edge. It's really not necessary to remove every single line, wrinkle, facial irregularity, etc. so that she looks like a completely flawless, almost inhuman porcelain doll. The make-up she's wearing is more than sufficient to smooth out any (purely imaginary) problems.

This L.A. Times magazine came with our Sunday paper - and there were stands with largish posters of her cover with additional copies everywhere at the Grove when we were there yesterday. (I grabbed a few mags for my soon-to-be-visiting Gonerses ComicCon attendees...)

I am glad she's getting a lot of exposure, though - and certainly think she deserves that Emmy she just got nominated for.

Did y'all notice this bit?

LAT: A friend insisted I ask you about your three-episode role in the late sci-fi show Firefly. Are sci-fi fans more obsessive?

Christina: I think sci-fi fans are so committed. They’re so immersed in this universe. Over the years, it seems Firefly has only gained momentum rather than lost it. I still get letters from people who watched the show—I get more Firefly than Mad Men letters."


Ha! We done seen her first.

; >



ETF: typo.

[ edited by QuoterGal on 2010-07-08 18:52 ]
"I get more Firefly than Mad Men letters." We love you first and best! ;)

That mention made my day
Agree, QG, whether it's airbrushing or makeup, it makes her look inhuman. Maybe she's supposed to look like an android there.

And now, we know - there is a lost Firefly episode with a 3rd appearance of Saffron. That should propagate rumors for years to come.
Christina is so down-to-earth, funny and intelligent. I love reading her interviews! She is also so charming and diplomatic when trickier questions are asked, which is an important skill.

As to any photo retouching done to give her a kind of flawless, sculpted look... that seems to be the photographer's stylistic choice, not so much an obsessive Hollywood need for unnatural perfection. Christina is dressed in artistically retro jewelry and fashion, and back-in-the-day it was de rigueur for women to be lit and retouched to flawless perfection. These photographs of Christina are art photos, and she is the exquisite, gorgeous, perfect choice. Her inner warmth and intelligence come through and keeps the photographs from being all style and no substance. Christina has soul.

Also... I love how she still gets more Firefly fan mail than Mad Men! We loved her first...
11thHour: As to any photo retouching done to give her a kind of flawless, sculpted look... that seems to be the photographer's stylistic choice, not so much an obsessive Hollywood need for unnatural perfection...

Hard to say. I suppose it may be a very specific artistic period choice for all I can be sure, but Joshua Jordan is from a fashion/glamour background (Cosmo, Glamour, fashion & retail advertising - and the appositely-named Surface ) and it's just pretty S.O.P. to retouch these photos to within an inch of their lives without considering much else but the knee-jerk need for unnatural perfection.

I often retouch all day long for the fashion industry (though not nearly as flawlessly professional as this work) and it's always more, more, more. God forfend you should leave in a mole (unless it's a very well-known "trademark" mole) - or anything other than a perfect matte finish giving the appearance of age 20.

We could give him the benefit of the doubt... color me skeptical, though.
Howdy QG, I understand what you're saying. In the cases where retouching a photo extends to the point where a person's face becomes a mask, then the effect becomes unsettling. Rather than creating an ideal of beauty, an unnatural, sometimes nearly alien effect, is achieved... not to mention the horrific cosmetic surgery results when people try to replicate that look in real life.

In this particular case, these photos seem like polished art photos. Christina is lit and photographed to appear as sculpted and smooth as the fashion and jewelry items she wears. It's a stylized, integrated look and in keeping with the theme. As to the degree of retouching this photographer usually employes, well the client list you mentioned consist of high end glamor mags and advertising, so of course the models in these photos aren't going to look naturally human, they're selling the dream!

My work involves creating photographs of beautiful fashion dolls... so all my models actually are perfectly smooth and eternally 20... no retouching (at least as far as age goes) required! They don't have souls, but if they are lit and photographed the right way, they appear as though they do. Hmmmm... perfect beauty, absolutely cooperative, and having no soul... sounds like the Hollywood ideal. ;-)

There's room for all types of photos. I love these polished art photos of Christina, and I'd also love to see a photo shoot just natural and casual; bathed in sunlight and just being "her"... funny, intelligent, perceptive... and naturally gorgeous.
Hmmmm... perfect beauty, absolutely cooperative, and having no soul... sounds like the Hollywood ideal. ;-)

Bingo.
There's room for all types of photos. I love these polished art photos of Christina, and I'd also love to see a photo shoot just natural and casual; bathed in sunlight and just being "her"... funny, intelligent, perceptive... and naturally gorgeous.


Ditto, your description reminds me of the Bui Brothers shoot of Felicia Day. Not that she's not made up, but the more natural and casual and not all photoshopped to hell afterwards. The video is very fun.
Zeigeist - Felicia is adorable and seeing the behind-the-scenes vid was fun. Felicia is a great subject for a photo shoot. She's playful and has such a range of expressions. She interacts with the camera as someone who is aware of herself as photographed, but not burdened by being overly self-editing or constrained.

Then again, my observation sounded pretty full of myself. Okay, I'll just leave it at Felicia looks like a lot of fun to photograph and she's adorable plus pretty... soul, oh yeah, she has layers...

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