The Escape Hatch


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.

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →