Thursday, June 25, 2009

Martin Schoeller: Female Bodybuilder Portraits




Carmella Cureton, 2007, C-Print


Christine Roth, 2004, C-Print


Mercedes Yvonne Bazemore, 2007, C-Print


Lenda Murray, 2003, C-Print

Marja Lehtonen, 2007, C-Print


Iris Kyle, 2003, C-Print


Nadia Nardi, 2007, C-Print


Betty Pariso, 2003, C-Print


Michelle Davis, 2004 C-Print


Fannie Barrios, 2003, C-Print



For more about the artist, click here.



All images are from the Ace Gallery website.

70 comments:

erin@designcrisis said...

I am convinced this is what I would look like if I went to the gym more than zero times a week. It makes me feel better for being such a lazy ass.

Iva said...

omg! I can't find the right words to comment.

why does the last picture remind me of a really old Fergie?

michellehendra said...

aww! they're sooooo scaryy.. :(( scared me!

xx

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Ok...the low down...great lighting..horrendous subjects! A whole new meaning to man boobies!!

I just passed on an award to you, dahlink, for being soo uberlicious!!

Jake Hammell said...
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Jake Hammell said...

I just don't understand the desire to have your skin look like leather. I get wanting to have muscle tone, it's what some people live for, and in order to get that body-builder look you have to be dehydrated as all hell, but why do you have to look like leather?

sandra said...

wow! they are..hm, different? I wonder why they want to look like that?

Gabbi said...

Female body builders are just fascinating... !!

blondie-lox said...

wow. i have to post this to facebook.

b is for brown said...

i cannot stop looking at betty. i mean, really? wow. nice bathing suit top. can i borrow it?

GOD, you freaking crack my shit up!

Pyzahn said...

Ugh. I was just getting ready to have lunch...there goes my appetite. Hey, maybe this guy should market his photos as a diet aid!

Imagine this women when they are 80 and don't work out anymore. Double ugh!

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

Really raw photographs!!!

Elizabeth Marie said...

Ohhhhh...THIS WILL BE US AFTER THE SHRED!

Lord I hope not.

I can't believe you used weights!! Go girl! I am s-o-r-e today but thats good!!! Now I have to use weights today blahhh! She is SO BOSSY you're right. I want to punch her ugs face through the tv.

kissssessss!!

Amy said...

oooh - i need to get me some roids so i can look as hot as these, uh, people?

Phoenix said...

GAH! trying not to judge, trying not to judge....

failing miserably.

Diane said...

i have nothing nice to say so i'm just gonna click myself right back on outta here.

Savvy Mode SG said...

they are are built. i think for me, i like tone but not that much.

Lily G. said...

oh my! They are way too toned for my taste.

liliesandgrapes.blogspot.com

K8 said...

Very interesting.

Felicia|DaLipstickBandit said...

they all had babies??? wowsers!

nicole addison said...

eeek. haha!

down and out chic said...

BLAH!!! this post is even funnier when you link to it from iva's blog, hahahaha

NODtoMOD said...

okay not going to lie.....this totally freaks me out!:) tickets to the gun show anyone? xo

Milly said...

Creepy, Scary & Freaky...eeeeekkk!

...love Maegan said...

OOOOOOOO

MMMMMMM


GGGGGGG


SO good. Here here to the first comment...I feel the same way!

Lianne said...

It's like a car wreck, I can't stop looking. And speaking of car wrecks I think Mercedes scares me the most.

Thanks for wishing the rain away this past weekend. The bike trip was awesome.

kelly said...

ok last night vh1....tina turner movie..and i dont remember the name of the actress that played her but she had guns i definitely didnt want to mess with...and i told hubs and he showed me the bodybuilders...are you in mind ????

yeah HIP HIP HORRAAAYYY for swearing. i still feel like a jerk when i read it sometimes but its ok!

my trip not fun....i'm going to asia for a month...whaa whaaa - for work

dapper kid said...

Amazing portraits, but yikes, these women do scare me rather a bit!

CC said...

i'm traumatised. LOL

Kellie said...

Um... Those are women? I could have sworn they had peens.

The Seeker said...

OMG I think it's scary!

Luv

xoxo

Gabby said...

Huh. Wow. I'm the first to admit I could use a little more tone to my body...but that's a whole different level.

Big Red said...

Threw up a bit in my mouth. Photos themselves are cool, but the women really scare me. A couple of them look like death.

ACK!

BTW - the man and me are doing great! We are all in wuv. Guess I should write a little bit about that... Thanks for asking. :)

Miss Absinthe said...

Wow... just... wow.

Lynn said...

What are they thinking!
Glad I don't go to the gym.

ticklishfromadistance said...

This is why I don't work out on a regular basis. Hahaha! Not. I am speechless?

parkaveprincess said...

oh.. wow! my favorite part is the red and blue velvet and leather bikini tops. oh and the one with the feathers hanging from it.

Anthony said...

I just don't get this...

There has got to be some strange psychology at work in the minds of these ladies (?)! And, boy does it ever wreck havoc on their faces! I mean, look at Mercedes. She looks "ridden hard and put away wet", as they say.

But it IS things like this that make the world an interesting place!

Dan W Johnson said...

I watched a documentary on them--really hard to comprehend. Feel the same the way about four year olds all dolled up for those beauty pageants..

ana b. said...

Betty has my heart. She's got the best bikini top.

Fresh said...

I think I like these ladies better than the men body-builders. Their hair and make-up on an exaggeratedly masculine body create an interesting (yet mildly disturbing) contrast. Great post, as usual.

Emily said...

Egh- I've got some small guns going, but this is ridiculous.... I mean, I just don't get it. Truly~ what the eff? -e

E said...

These are the things nightmares are made of. Kind of a genius idea, but couldn't he just do drag queens? I think they'd be better with hair/makeup...

TheBeautyFile said...

I'm not OK this...I don't know where to look....

Clorivak said...

let's all go ride the she-male train oh yeah...hahaaha...these poor LADIES. How in the holy hell could you turn out and aim to look like THIS?? Lol...I get obsessed with muscle people such as this. fascinating stuff.

alissa said...

why do they look so old - like oyu know they arent. thats just what they look like

caroline duke said...

hm. women shouldn't look like cockroaches, right?

caroline duke said...

also i'm pretty sure betty pariso is our 9 o'clock news anchor.

Penny said...

Every one of these 'women' scare the shit out of me.They,along with Hulk Hogan,look like a roided up version of a VH1 dating show.

Penny said...

Every one of these 'women' scare the shit out of me.They,along with Hulk Hogan,look like a roided up version of a VH1 dating show.

Sam said...

Wooooow! Just so not my thing! Just so unattractive in sooo many different ways!

one little simitopian said...

Holy fuck. I can't look away! So fascinating and so frightening!
lol re; the very first comment :D

Raez said...

@iva. I hear you.

and wow, there is something deeply disturbing about this, but I'm not exactly repulsed--i mean theyre ordinary women who are extraordinarily buff, thats got to be beautiful to SOMEONE right?

Kristin said...

My eyes.....Don't tell them I said that. I don't think my guns have anything on theirs.

Hanako66 said...

they are very haunting

Pretty Little World said...

This freaks me out more than the pictures of all of the crazy/tan/oily people.

~alison said...

omg....I can't even handle this. So disgusting...do they think that is hot? I mean, they couldn't, right?

easytravel said...

great picture. I don't imagine see the women like those picture. great blog. I like it. I hope you visit my blog also. Cheers..

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Poor Mercedes looks so old!

thereddeer said...

sooooooo gross - why would anyone want to look like that?? I don't get it.

GUGAW said...

even their faces look muscular?

tanya said...

holy crap. this beats out the penis post. (wow. I never thought that i'd actually ever have a chance to write that as a comment). :-)

Panda Mime said...

Not sure what kind of a man would be able to satisfy these ladies? Hmmm, a conundrum.
x

Diana said...

wow. it's crazy how they try to keep their femininity with such a masculine figure

Girl Japan: April Marie Claire said...

I don't even know what to say... their faces... oh my goodness....

asweetcakes said...

Ehhhh...please tell me these pictures are fake...pleeeaassee!!!

Gin said...

These women bodybuilders are admirable..for their courage for one..then their determination.. not everyone have the same guts that they got..

So I'll just give them credit for all their hard work...

Gin
www.putonweight.info

Anonymous said...

First of all,I believe this blog was made by someone with preconcived idea about female bodybuilding.All the pictures above were made during dehydration.During competition,they must stop drinking water for a long period in order to define every facial or body muscle.This is part of the game to be a bodybuilder.Well this explain the droll look.And not every femalebodybuilder look that way.Live those people alone, they have made a choice to feel well in their body and they dont try to seduce you but themselve

tablet for drawing said...

toned, yes. but this is a bit much. nothing natural there.

Martina Rosenberg said...

Uaahhh! Never before I did see such a collection of denaturated humans!!

These are not female. OK.
They are not beautiful. OK.
They are not NOT - I say NOOOTTT healthy, fit or anything positive...

They look like potatoes from last year, forgotten in some sombre corner of my cellars..