“Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner. The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the duke and duchess for being so. Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them.” [Official Statement]
WOMEN ON WOMEN… otherwise known as WoW. It’s a new subject around here, the politics of sex looked at through a wider lens.
Caught by French paparazzi, Kate Middleton is enjoying herself in the sun, sans top, which was blasted across the front pages of Closer. If it was good enough for Jackie O., why not Kate? One can only imagine what would happen in the so-called modern era if Laura Bush or Michelle Obama had done the same.
When archivists dove into Andy Warhol’s treasures recently, they even found an autographed nude picture of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, reportedly sent to him as a joke.
“For Andy, with enduring affection, Jackie Montauk” [Weekly World News]
There are several full-frontal nude shots of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis circulating on the web, which reportedly popped up in the Warhol dive.
People really haven’t taken the time to know what’s in the public record about the late Mrs. Kennedy, which the family will not share. What’s left of the Kennedy clan convinced Teddy not to write candidly about some of the things in his past when he wrote his memoir. When I revealed much of it in my 2005 one-woman show, “Weeping for JFK,” talking about the details of Jackie’s life with JFK, I learned most people didn’t know what an independently powerful non-conformist she was.
But seriously, what young woman doesn’t or hasn’t sunbathed topless? Oh, strike that. Americans are notoriously tight-ass about the human body and this distinctly natural state of sunbathing.
The latest revelation about Kate Middleton makes me like her even more.
Anything that topples the notion that women in positions of power are somehow different from your average girl is worth highlighting, especially where female sensuality is concerned. Some of our most powerful females are bleached of all rebellious characteristics in public portrayals, which was certainly the case with Jackie Kennedy, painting a portrait of powerful women that is fictional and less flesh and blood than they are.
Of course, the other issue in all this is privacy. We don’t have any anymore. Famous people have even less.
Note: Circulating photos replaced with licensed Shutterstock image.