India Salvor Menuez’s Version of Botticelli's The Birth of Venus Is Still Naked, but Much Snarkier

Botticelli's The Birth of Venus has lived on as a landmark of lily white, idealized femininity for centuries, but in the model-actress India Salvor Menuez's take on the painting—and on idealized images of women in general—she's much more than that, and in fact quite full of snark. "I just want lunch," Menuez says in the latest edition of W's Worn series, taking care to shout out the space heaters keeping her going hidden behind the plants.

Released on 5/4/2017

Credits

Starring: India Salvor Menuez

Transcript

00:02
[India] Nothing is beautiful
00:09
because there's nothing to hide behind,
00:12
simple, easy, honest, and perfect.
00:24
Just look at you,
00:28
just standing there so white,
00:34
so thin, so feminine.
00:42
Nothing is beautiful.
00:47
Even though they put little space heaters behind the plants,
00:50
it's freezing right now.
00:57
And you know,
00:59
no one paid me to stand here.
01:04
I guess this is what they mean when they say
01:06
free is the most expensive.
01:13
Three hours waiting, two hours in hair and makeup.
01:17
I just want lunch.
01:24
I can't see you.
01:28
Do you think you're seeing me?
01:33
Do you think you see what it really takes
01:35
to make nothing beautiful?