Marginalia, no.298

These models invariably begin by liberating people from error, from confusion, from some kind of unintelligible world which they seek to explain to themselves by means of a model; but they almost invariably end by enslaving those very same people, by failing to explain the whole of experience. They begin as liberators and end in some sort of despotism.

~ Isaiah Berlin, The Roots of Romanticism

Back in the 1980s, the models in question were Cindy Crawford and Elle McPherson. Revolutionaries whispered their names in back alleys, and soon whole nations rallied to the banner of liberty. The error and confusion of Farrah Fawcett’s philosophically debased 1970s vanished like a dream in sunlight. But where is Cindy today? Whither Elle? There were still unanswered questions, so we broke our shackles and moved on to Gisele Bundchen.

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