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Monday, May 14, 2007

What's Up, Spock?

Spock2 One might guess that 76-year-old actor Leonard Nimoy, famous mostly for his role as Mr. Spock on Star Trek, would be retired, enjoying his riches and attending the odd Trekkie convention — not the case. Nimoy is an accomplished photographer, and his latest book of works, Full Body Project, is set to hit the streets this November.

Full Body Project features plus-sized women in the buff. As the New York Times reports, Nimoy is using his photography to combat media misrepresentations of what a woman should look like. He says, “The average American woman, according to articles I’ve read, weighs 25 percent more than the models who are showing the clothes they are being sold. . . So, most women will not be able to look like those models. But they’re being presented with clothes, cosmetics, surgery, diet pills, diet programs, therapy, with the idea that they can aspire to look like those people. It’s a big, big industry. Billions of dollars. And the cruelest part of it is that these women are being told, ‘You don’t look right.’ ”

Read more from the New York Times here. And if you're in Northampton, Massachusetts, you can swing by the R. Michelson Galleries and view the photos yourself.

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