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June 23, 2011 7:46 AM   Subscribe

"Broken Doll" - an article by DIS Magazine that heralds a new generation of Broken Doll pose aspirants.
posted by hermitosis (27 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Piss, she is taken.
posted by stavrogin at 7:58 AM on June 23, 2011


That's a pose that I always thought was a bit weird, but I never knew it had a name or it was an actual thing. I thought it somehow just sort of happened.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 8:04 AM on June 23, 2011


This crap reminds me of the heroin chic horribleness of some decades ago. Signs of the times.
posted by Hobgoblin at 8:07 AM on June 23, 2011


Would it have killed DIS to at least have included pictures of the thing that they're talking about (and not doing a terribly good job of describing) in TFA? I had to google the words "smize" and "prune" (w/ relation to the Olsens) to figure out what was being discussed. Fortunately, the tumblr link came through with the visuals, and introduced me to something that I'd seen but didn't have a name for.
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:08 AM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


You have to use the up/down arrows to get to the pictures. Of "tweens."
posted by zennie at 8:13 AM on June 23, 2011


I was unaware of the Olsen Twin "Prune" before reading this, though of course I had noticed their distinctive face-pose in the past. Is it just me, or do the twins look like miniature Faye Dunaways circa Network?
posted by hermitosis at 8:15 AM on June 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: I never knew it had a name or it was an actual thing. I thought it somehow just sort of happened.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:16 AM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Huh. I would've thought the "broken doll" pose was more like that "heroin junkies passed out" look that always twitches me out about pictures of RealDolls slumped around.
posted by rmd1023 at 8:17 AM on June 23, 2011


Would it have killed DIS to at least have included pictures of the thing that they're talking about

Rumour has it that clicking on the big weird paper clip down arrow reveals photographs.
posted by public at 8:17 AM on June 23, 2011


This just looks like "akimbo" to me.

"Broken doll" is a term that had been used to describe parts of some Fosse dance routines, where it was much more descriptive.

I wonder if the popularity of this new name is the result of a misunderstanding. I sure hope so, because that makes a better story.
posted by Western Infidels at 8:23 AM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thing I didn't know was a thing until someone told me about something showing it to be a thing.
posted by Panjandrum at 8:26 AM on June 23, 2011


I didn't know what this pose was, a timeline:

After looking at the first picture: Nope.
After looking at 2-5: Kind of.
After looking at more than 5: Nope.

Is it just having your hands on your hips? Because...umm...that's just a thing. Do we need a tumblr for "people with lips" or "sandwiches made with bread" too?
posted by DU at 8:32 AM on June 23, 2011


This just looks like "akimbo" to me.

Really depends on how hard they're going for it. Some of the examples are just sort of flirting with Broken Doll, it's the ones like this one that they're meant to evoke.
posted by hermitosis at 8:33 AM on June 23, 2011


fuckyeahpeoplewithlips.tumblr.com
posted by emelenjr at 8:36 AM on June 23, 2011


I always assumed this pose was about the model demonstrating that they could (nearly) encircle their waist with their own hands.
posted by Kitty Stardust at 8:37 AM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Is it just having your hands on your hips?

It's specifically having your hands on your hips with your elbows angling forward instead of to your sides. Your spine is bowed inward, and your hands almost touch, making your waist look tiny. I've always thought of it as the trying-to-keep-your-intestines-inside pose.
posted by katillathehun at 8:43 AM on June 23, 2011


Also, DU, some of the pics on that tumblr blog are sort of tongue in cheek. For example, no one really thinks that Doris Day is doing the Broken Doll pose, it's just sort of close enough that people who already know about the pose might get a smile out of it.
posted by hermitosis at 8:43 AM on June 23, 2011


Is it just having your hands on your hips?

Related.
posted by arm's-length at 8:47 AM on June 23, 2011


why's this a thing for tweens?
posted by rollerball at 8:52 AM on June 23, 2011


I always called this the augh-freaky-backwards-elbows pose.
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:40 AM on June 23, 2011


why's this a thing for tweens?

Because everything fashion-related in the mainstream media filters down to tweens.
posted by hermitosis at 10:18 AM on June 23, 2011


Let's do the Time Warp again.
posted by not_on_display at 10:39 AM on June 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


thingsineverheardofanddonotunderstand.tumblr.com
posted by tommasz at 10:42 AM on June 23, 2011


After looking at the photos all I have to say is get off the streets and find a bathrooom and let those poor kids take a shit. The damn MOMA will still be there tomorrow.
posted by GuyZero at 10:53 AM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


This crap reminds me of the heroin chic horribleness of some decades ago.

Decades, plural? I AM OLD!
posted by infinitywaltz at 1:04 PM on June 23, 2011


People are trying so hard to come up with "content" for their web sites, and be the first to post something, that I can’t even follow what they’re talking about, even after reading it and looking at the pictures. Some modeling poses are awkward? Sometimes kids imitate things they’ve seen? Someone thinks they didn’t do that in the past? What does Haute Couture have to do with this, isn’t this about modeling and kids or something?

Oh wait, someone else already said it much simpler and better; "This is a thing?"
posted by bongo_x at 8:01 PM on June 23, 2011


Everyone seemed to readily understand the complaints about "duckface" pictures on people's myspace pages. How is this any different?
posted by ShutterBun at 11:32 PM on June 23, 2011


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