Molly Crabapple writes about her time as a “professional naked girl,“ reflecting on the complicated relationship between beauty and power.
“…I was doing my best to escape the trajectory of art school-retail-professional failure that, as a broke student at a bad school, I was marked out for. I wanted to make money fast, shove it into my business and then get out of here. I was young, which meant I had nothing to interest people with besides my looks. While those held out, I wanted to use them to get other, more versatile trading tokens.”
In 2009, we spoke with the artist about her graphic novel debut, Scarlett Takes Manhattan.