It’s a window into the private lives of musicians that we can’t see on TV or in print.But even as Twitter officials are hunkering down on a serious dialog about Internet harassment and women, no such wide-scale discussion exists regarding the Instagram community and the trolls, pervs, and stans that female musicians tend to attract.
An interesting dimension of fame is that female musicians are in the unique position of having access to photos that other people of take of them; as such, their choosing to include photos from the press alongside, say, selfies with their dogs represents a new, highly-tailored way to curate their image.It says something about what women want to add to their own narrative every time a distinction is made between what does and does not get shared.The Metro even reports that Cara has gotten a little tattoo of the initials “AC,” which could stand for AC Slater or Atlantic City but could also stand for Annie Clark.On Monday afternoon, the pair were spotted walking around lower Manhattan, probably looking for the Whole Foods that Ellen Page and her mystery blonde shop at.Airbrushing is designed to flatter and romanticize reality—but it’s also an act of deception, however benign.
As a contrast, the impulsive, documentary-quality of Instagram makes it feel like the only corner of the Internet where women can choose how they are portrayed; they can flatter the male gaze or subvert it.
From Kim Gordon to Beyoncé and the leagues of female artists in their wakes, women have never had such an honest and real opportunity to portray themselves in the media: In a culture rife with airbrushing and paparazzo, Instagram is perhaps the only place on the Internet where women can project an image of their own design and control.
But Instagram is also an excellent case study in the "myth of self"—offering a chance for women to tell a story about who they are that is nevertheless subjective and crafted (consciously or unconsciously) by an understanding that they are .
And yet, the aforementioned trio of artists seem just as obscured by Instagram as by popular media. Vincent rarely appears in her own photos, often choosing to hide behind pictures of humorous objects that make it feel like the image is a shield—there are no personal incursions here. " she comments under a photo of a can of Easy Cheese™.) Carrie Brownstein and Kim Gordon are similar in that how they are presented in social media fails to square with their archetypal presentation in the media, although the two go about it in different ways.
When she makes jokes about a "butt[hole] repair shop," her corny charisma gives viewers the impression of intimacy through what is actually a smartly crafted, albeit sterile collection of photos. For Brownstein, Instagram feels like a sanitized echo of the mainstream media that an older version of herself may have rebuffed: There are photos "behind the scenes" of the television shows, photo shoots, and vacations that Sleater-Kinney’s music seems to implicitly reject.
Kim’s audience often meditates on her looks because she posts a lot of glamour shots; St.