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Brooke Shields, Cougar (Slightly NSFW)

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So our Miss Brooke did a shoot for the new issue of Australian magazine Kurv, and we're kinda scratching our head over the whole thing. Take a look:







We're all for someone doing a little image management and trying to break out of their own mold, and we applaud her for her daring, but does anyone really think this is serving her well? She's Photoshopped to death in some of these shots and she doesn't look particularly comfortable in any of them. We WANT to like these, really we do. We'd love nothing more to exclaim, "You fabulous bitch! Look at you, sticking your face in some boy's crotch and putting your hand on naked boy ass!" But it's just not working for us. It all looks way too posed and art-directed. If she gave some glimmer that she was enjoying herself it might've worked.

Photographed by Tony Duran
Model: Chris Fawcett


[Photos: Tony Duran/Kurv Magazine]


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yeeeah. Her bod is smokin' or, more likely, really, really well photoshopped, but I'd not have known that was Brooke if you hadn't told us. I'm not sure why they even bothered with the tired "cougar." It's far more B&D than "Oh, pool boy!"


I thought the point was more to paint her as a steely, experienced, domineering bitch type, and on that level I think it definitely works. "Photoshop" can't really be a criticism when everything is photoshopped to death these days. They're not amazing or anything but I like these pictures. Brooke could really stand to expand on her image a little more, and I think these do a good job of that.


" Bailey said...
"Photoshop" can't really be a criticism when everything is photoshopped to death these days."


I agree with you - everything is photoshopped these days - but in this case she's unrecognizable in some of these shots. I mean, look at that last shot, it doesn't even look like her.


Interesting concept, but I'm not feeling it. The model is HOT : )


""Photoshop" can't really be a criticism when everything is photoshopped to death these days. "

It can be when it's so obvious.


overdone accurately expresses the theme here. also, YAWN.

that one picture looks like she's about to grind that man up in tiny pieces with her corset spikes!

()_0


yeech...


Any photoshop is obvious, if you know what you're looking for. This was obviously photoshopped, but I don't know if I'd call it "poorly done." It doesn't look like someone edited the images in Paint or something.


I would not have recognized her. And you're right, she doesn't look like she's having fun at all. And why be a cougar (or even pose as one) if you can't have a helluva good time?


Love Brooke Sheilds from the time she was a "beautiful doll", I would LOVE to see her make another comeback in a way we have never seen her, but this is NOT it.

As someone into BSDM, she is not selling it. Heck she is not even selling it as as art form ala Betty Paige. I KNOW she can do better.


Brooke is everywhere these days. Does she owe back taxes or something? She's doing commercials for toothpaste, shampoo, and goodness knows what else. In those she is all motherly and wholesome. This shoot just seems a bit strange, given the image she's trying to convey to the American public. Thank goodness this is not for an American magazine. I'm sure she's thinking what would my daughters think if they saw mommy doing this.


bitchybitchybitchy

I can't wait for this whole "cougar" mania to just die, die,die.

Do women really need more stereotyping? first we're bimbos, now we're desperate, aggressive women chasing boytoys....


I wouldn't mind if she didn't look so uncomfortable in every shot. If you want to change your image, girl, look like you're having fun romping around dominating all that man ass. Not like you're waiting until they finish so you can go get a latte.


Okay, I take it back, there is one pic where she is "selling it". Where she is laying on the boy's notexistent lap. The way her hair is messy and her eyes makes me think that she is her character in "Blue Lagoon" who grew up and wanted to relive the wonderous life she before.


Is she trying to get the part of Mrs. Robinson in a remake of "The Graduate"?

I just keep hearing Dustin Hoffman's voice: "Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to secude me?"


I never never never would have guessed that is Brooke Shields. Never. Not even if you gave me a thousand guesses.

Holy crap. Photoshop got a workout, didn't it?


forgive me if i'm wrong, but is she even old enought to be considered a "cougar?"


Ya know, the Brooke as Madonna (before she became Madge) doesn't bother me (as mediocre as it is) but what blows my little stuck-in-1982-mind is the fact that BROOKE SHIELDS IS SMOKING A CIGARETTE!


I think the whole thing is hilarious. She looks bored to death. Beautiful, but completely bored. The only pic I like is the one where she's kissing the guy, because at least there's a little passion.


Love it when Brooke does stuff that's not expected of her image, like those car commercials she did recently where she disparaged the supposed "real" people. As for these images, she looks fabulous, but her discomfort is definitely apparent, especially in the one of her with her face in the guy's crotch. If she'd let herself go, the pics might be more memorable.


"forgive me if i'm wrong, but is she even old enought to be considered a "cougar?""

She's 44. That seems about right.


Uh... Um... Hmmmm........


They could have posed mannequins and the photos would have had more electricity to them.


This entire spread looks like she's saying "okay, bored now."


She looks hot. And bored. Maybe that was the plan. Except in that one photo where she's staring off into the distance. WTF is she looking at, and how COULD she take her eyes off his ass?


I would have never known that was Brooke Shields unless I saw her name on the magazine cover. LOL!


bitchybitchybitchy
5/20/09 12:12 PM I can't wait for this whole "cougar" mania to just die, die,die.

AMEN!!! I just find the term insulting. Just me, just my opinion, but I don't like it.

SisterZip


Brooke is an amazingly beautiful woman, but these pictures are flops. They're stiff and overly posed. And the male model? Yes, he's attractive but also (my guess) homosexual. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with being gay, but there's no sexual chemistry between these two. They're just flat. Of course if they were going for a "mommy" vibe, then I guess maybe they succeeded.


I love Brooke, but they could have photoshopped her out of the pics completely, and I would have enjoyed them a lot more:)


I guess they were going for shock value, but come on it's Pretty Baby. She can't shock anybody ever again. The pictures themselves are kind of flat.
Fail.


bitchybitchybitchy said, "I can't wait for this whole "cougar" mania to just die, die,die. Do women really need more stereotyping?"

I agree. Everything that doesn't fit some narrow idea of "normal" has to be labeled and categorized. It's so stupid.


Cougar is right! They replaced her face with a cat's.


As for the shoot, hmmmm..... mixed.

For one thing, is that really Brooke Shields? I mean, yes, sure, it is, but she must have gone on a starvation diet for several weeks to prepare.

The pictures do look very stiff, as if the direction was, "okay, get into position. Now, hold. Don't move!" Click. Okay, now you can move. But I think that may have been intentional, as you do see a number of high fashion ads that have the same kind of very posed and unnatural look.


I thought the whole point of being a "cougar" was to have fun, but in these shots Brooke looks just uncomfortable. Embarrassingly so.

I'm all for changing up your image at a certain point, but this smacks of failure and desperation.

Try again, Brooke. You can do it!


Just because an older lady gets with a younger guy does not make her a "cougar," even if some people use the word that way. A cougar is used to describe forward, sexually voracious and often tacky women who aggressively go after young guys. AKA much more along the lines of Linda Hogan dating a 19-year-old dude and not so much Demi Moore who is relatively conservative and just happened to marry a younger dude. Why would they be called "cougars" if it included docile women bored by their boy toys? Where is the association there?

These pics have nothing to do with cougars, and everything to do with icy dominance. They're still not great, but envisioning it as a "cougar shoot" is the wrong approach...by far.


They should have titled it "Brooke Shields, RealDoll."


While I appreciate the male eye candy, I can't help but think that one shot of her face that close to his crotch was sleezy, not artistic.


I completely agree. I find myself trying really hard to like them, but I just don't. It all seems to contrived and un-real (even for a fashion photo)...


HATE IT! For being the "cougar" she doesn't look in control at all in half of these pictures and in none does she look like she's having fun.

And can someone tell me why she is everywhere? Is Lipstick Jungle even still on air? Prescription lash growth product Brooke, really?


So, it's been said (and said) but:

Bailey said: "Photoshop" can't really be a criticism when everything is photoshopped to death these days."

Except when a face that's been recognizable for 30 years doesn't even ring a "gee she looks familiar bell." Grounds for criticism.

But hell, not that it really matters. Hope enough of the shots are her that she's enjoying looking great, and that she's raking it in. I've never found her riveting.


She looks gorgeous, but it's not really a change of image; more like, back to her original image.

And oddly enough, 30 years later, she's got the same emotionally removed expression on her face.

--GothamTomato


Amanda in Austin said...
"I never never never would have guessed that is Brooke Shields. Never. Not even if you gave me a thousand guesses.

Holy crap. Photoshop got a workout, didn't it?"

5/20/09 12:21 PM

Same here. In addition to shaving some of the squareness of her jaw, the final pic just highlights the increasingly Cher-like super-stretching of the skin across the face. Enough with the botox, fillers, etc. I'd like to see some of these women actually age gracefully.

"Plastic-face" doesn't do it for me.


Ick. In maybe one picture, she sort of looks like someone you might see walking down the street, and say to her "has anyone ever said you look a little like Brooke Sheilds?" In the rest it looks nothing like her, and she's miserable.


Another Anonymous

Good lord. Her face is as square as a cinderblock, yet here her jawline has been considerably narrowed.

I for one am disgusted at the notion that everybody's face and body is being freely changed to sell mags and rags. Fer cryin' out loud, let's see the real woman. Would it kill us to see them as they actually are?


desertwind
5/20/09 1:34 PM Cougar is right! They replaced her face with a cat's.


LOL!


Is she auditioning for another "Housewives" edition? Like maybe "Housewives of Sun City"?


I think she looks hot. Her body looks amazing.


Uh, my comment really got deleted? I can't respond to people who respond to me? Alright then. And before you say I was rude, no, I wasn't. I actually intentionally used the same tone she used with me. Whatever. I guess maybe if I exclaim that photos have been photoshopped, complain about models being thin, and talk about how PR is different than TFS in every post my commentary will be deemed worth keeping. Fun times for all.


Now that wins the prize for photoshopping of the year.


" Bailey said...

Uh, my comment really got deleted? I can't respond to people who respond to me? Alright then. And before you say I was rude, no, I wasn't."

Well despite your orders, we're going to go right ahead and say that yes, you were rude. You couldn't just disagree with the other person, you had to add a "that's all on you" for no good reason except to be bitchy.

Case in point:

"I guess maybe if I exclaim that photos have been photoshopped, complain about models being thin, and talk about how PR is different than TFS in every post my commentary will be deemed worth keeping. Fun times for all."

You can't just make a point, you have to make a snotty comment about anyone else who makes points with which you disagree. If you can't see the difference, well..."that's all on you."


"sixgables said: but I'd not have known that was Brooke if you hadn't told us."



I don't think it's photoshop that makes it not immediately apparent it's Brooke.

It's actually something very low-tech: The wig.

--GothamTomato


I think the crotch shot is a bit much, but I think Brooke did a great job in many shots. I think she gave good face and I recognized her. IMO.

Thanks ladies for the posts!


No, actually, I just said that many people could tell it was Brooke. I said that if she couldn't, "then I guess that was [her.]" As in, not everyone felt the same. It's ok though. I see how it is.


Totally Mrs. Robinson. Anne Bancroft had a smoking hot bod, too.
momica


Golly gee whizzikers. I wander off to do what they pay me for and miss some cranky back and forth.

Sorry if you perceived me to be baiting those who disagree with me, Bailey. OTOH, if you just think I'm not visually discriminating, well, maybe you're right. TLo graciously lets us air our amateur opinions, tragically mistaken or not.

A round of soothing giggles perhaps? - I prescribe Musical Mondays film of choice, on the house. (Easy to say, since our hosts don't charge for playing in their sandbox.)

White Christmas for me. Maybe a double!


Ok, it was hard to focus on Brooke Shields with that nice piece of ass in every picture : ) She looks great but there's something missing and the photoshopping is way over the line. Waaaaaaaaaaay over.


I don't think she looks bored at all, I think she looks miserable and a bit sad. What was she thinking? I agree with the earlier post, mannequins would have done a better job!
This whole series illustrates that there's a lot more to modeling than just showing up with a gorgeous face, great body and some assistant with photoshop skills ...


Agree with the above poster who says there's something missing. These just aren't hot to me. The one where she's sniffing the boy's crotch is just... ew. I don't have a problem with crotch-sniffing, BDSM, older women with younger men, or any of the other many allusions seen here, but they're just not working in this case.

Maybe that's it: there's TOO much going on, too much mixing of metaphors. It's so over-the-top that it's ridiculous, not sexy.

I applaude Miss Brooke for making the attempt, however. I wonder if she'd go this far in an American (U.S.) magazine?


What was she thinking? I would have never recognized her, and that dead, vacuous facial expression is very depressing. I like Brooke, but this is bad. Nice hot bodied guy, but whoaa.


Never in a million years would I have said that was Brooke Shields.


i'm not dorothy gale

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Oh Brooke. Really, must you?


Formerly Anon said, "TLo graciously lets us air our amateur opinions, tragically mistaken or not."

This is one of my favorite comments ever.

I'm always surprised when one of those "If you can't see it you must be blind" comments turns up, and I I think Formerly Anon's comment captures the spirit of this board, where opinion and good humor matter more than expertise in fashion design. I mean, sheesh, it's supposed to be fun, as in not to be taken too seriously. I can't imagine it's fun for TLo to have to come in here and break up fistfights.

Peace, my brothers & sisters.
Love, Bomber


I'm curious as to what the was for, in a way. Was it supposed to be fashion, artsy? I guess I'm wondering what it's actual intent is and why the magazine wanted to feature it other than "Brooke Sheilds bringin' the sex."

That is, if there is another reason.


What the spread was for, that is!


I think there is a widely held image of "sexiness" as being a bored, sulky, even angry look. If she were pictured having a good time, i.e., smiling, panting, looking like she was experiencing pleasure, it wouldn't be fashion. (jk)

It seems so much of fashion depicts beautiful people looking sad, mad, pouty, crampy, mentally disturbed, etc.

I think the crotch shot is the most interesting, and in the rest she looks like a beautiful doll. That seems to me to be the way many models are depicted in fashion mags. The guy isn't much different.

It does make me wonder what she was trying to accomplish here. Is that a big time magazine in Australia?


I couldn't agree more, in the racier pictures she looks so uncomfortable. I wouldn't expect Brooke to take such awkward looking pics.


In the first photo, cover her eyes and look at the rest of her face - Katherine Hepburn.

In the last photo, I don't think she looks like herself AT ALL. I think this is her stand-in from the shoot. Ha!


Sorry, all, this is not fashion. She missed the proverbial broad side of the barn, and even she would say so, I think! For gosh sake, just do Playboy, smokin' it one! She is way too old to be working around all that and not participating. I recall her from act 1 scene 1, she was an excellent model (tho a mediocre acress and I am sick to death of her as a wholesome pitchwoman, stop already).

It is the time tested switcho chango to take middle aged, kid-totin', uninspired woman actor and do some naughty pics, even if it is Betty Page Brooke. The swaddeling oiled butt boy was my least favorite. Puhleeze. These were junk. There, I said it. Not bizness, which if it worked, O.K.! I see nothing gets inbetween you and your... nothing...earth to Brooke...

As said above, try it again Broke, if you actually care, and this time COME AS YOURSELF.


No one mentioned this, but I think, from things I've read and that she has said, is that Brooke is a pretty modest person, maybe traditional and somewhat conservative (not politically or socially), but not an out there kind of gal. SHe has always had attention and has never seemed needy of it like say, Madonna. Maybe she needed the job and the money. SHe is supporting her mother with dementia now. As well as her family. The photographer had an idea, and it seemed fun and racy, but Brooke has never really denied her personality and she has never seemed to me a major attention seeker.


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Jennifer A on 5/20/09 at 2:28 PM said: And can someone tell me why she is everywhere? Is Lipstick Jungle even still on air?

No it is not still on th air.

TampaBay


Amy said...
In the first photo, cover her eyes and look at the rest of her face - Katherine Hepburn.


No way, dude! LOL!


She's gorgeous as ever, but a little "am I done yet?"

Definitely no joy in this shoot.


I wonder what that key opens : )


She just looks like she doesn't want to be there. It's awkward and uncomfortable to look at.


1, 2, 3, and 5 are pretty hot from where I sit. I think you're totally right about the photoshopping in #4 & #6 . In those he definitely looks a little to posed and stiff. PLUS the model, in my humble opinion, looks a little too fey for this "cougar" to really have been interested.

All that said, I loved that she decided to go back to her roots in modeling. From Calvin Klein Lolita to Kurve Cougar. Good for her!


I don't like these at all. She looks uncomfortable.


WTH???


Don't like the pictures. She looks awkward and uncomfortable.


LOL @ Brooke smoking a cig! Dating myself a bit here, but I remember those anti-smoking commercials where she compared kissing a smoker to licking an ash tray!


What is this magazine and what was this supposed to be "selling"?

Totally not clear.


what is up with that guy's package? it's frightening looking.


There's a serious case of Demi Moore syndrome going on here.





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