Category Archives: Erotica

Linda Ruan: Imitation Kills


Photography and Brand Concept by Linda Ruan, Copyright 2018




simple . unique . stylish


ImitationKills is a clothing brand for women. The goal is to make simple designs without losing the ability to highlight one’s beauty. Like its name, the brand aims to encourage each woman to find her own style instead of purely imitating styles of others. Therefore, rarely do I promote the brand using an image that captures a whole outfit. Three main styles under this brand are Office Style, Street Style, and Night-out Style. However, each piece of design can be cross-listed and mixed together to create a different look.

I am using myself as the model and a tripod as well as a remote control for this assignment. Not being able to see and to control the image position each time during the shoot made the whole process longer and harder. Blurry images occurred because of the inability to position myself at the right focus point.

The lighting that I am using is a reading lamp that can point at a specific direction. Playing with light and shadow is one fun point during this shoot. I tried to use a flashlight but the result was too plain and flat. The reading lamp, on the other side, gave each image a richer texture and a more complex background. Since the location for this shoot was in my apartment where the space and body movement was limited, the reading lamp was in fact necessary.

In the editing part, I edited three styles in different colors. Black and white for the OL style to create a serious yet sexy mood. A warm red-yellowish filter for the street style to emphasize the energetic feeling that typically embodied in that style. Original lighting effect was used for the night-out style but a strong contrast was added to construct an ambiguous mood. The brand name was typed in bright red color and was placed at the bottom right corner of each image.


About The Author: Linda Ruan is a sophomore with Painting and Art History concentration at Bryn Mawr College.  To access additional articles by Linda Ruan, go here



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Jingyi Sun: Black Appeal


Photography and Brand Concept by Jingyi Sun, Copyright 2018



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Portrait of Jingyi Sun by Xiaonan Chen, Copyright 2018

About The Photographer: Jingyi Sun is enrolled in the Masters of Architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Alexis Masino: Werk It

Photography and Brand Concept by Alexis Masino, Copyright 2018




Clothes made for women are either too restrictive or too casual. You can choose between professional garments or athletic wear. But what if you want both simultaneously? What if you want a wardrobe made for work and play?

That’s the goal of WERK IT: clothes you can wear anytime, anywhere, for any occasion. Whether you’re at work or at the gym, WERK IT garments are guaranteed to bend and twist any which way you need them all while maintaining a snug, comfortable fit to your body. Our line makes different styles of pants, blouses, and sweaters for professional, casual, or relaxation wear. And with an array of colors and designs, you are guaranteed to find something you’ll love.

Finally, there is a universal, nonrestrictive brand of clothing for women. WERK IT gives you the flexibility to do anything – literally.

WERK IT: For women on the move.


About The Author: Alexis Masino is a freshman enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020.  To access additional articles by Alexis Masino, go here



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I Wear: Tony Ward Erotica

I Wear Tony Ward Erotica

I Wear Tony Ward Erotica

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Rongrong Liu: Looking for Sexiness


Photography and Text by Rongrong Liu, Copyright 2018




The literal definition of erotica is the literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire. The moment I received this assignment, the first thing popped up into my mind, just as the erotic imagery in mainstream media outletS, are women’s S-shaped body curve, lingerie and heels. Other than that, to me, the particular body parts that have the connotation of sexiness are women’s collarbone, lips and legs, so I determined to make those areas of the body as main components of my photos.

When I typed “erotica photography” into Google image, the results revealed that most of the erotica photos were done in black and white. The monotone makes the photos more sensual and lets our eyes focus more on the beauty of body parts and curves. However, I think in my project, the combination of background and lip color, together with sheer fabrics can create a strong visual impact and express more of the sensual feelings that I prefer, so I chose to produce the photos in color.

Moreover, to make the photos more playful, I used symbols such as an apple, which has the indication of the story of Adam and Eve, and a rose which is a widely recognized as a symbol of romance. The coins on the collarbone is inspired from the collarbone challenge on the Chinese social media Weibo, which girls put chalk, coins or even goldfish on their collarbone to see how skinny and alluring they are. I intentionally enhance the color contrast to build the moody atmosphere. Finally, the inclusion of the male form is another decision I made, because I think men’s muscles can be just as arousing as a woman’s curve, particularly when sweating or showering.

This project started off pretty hard because of the unusual subject matter I was attempting to take on. However, I love the process of the arrangement and photoshoot, because it lets me think more about the beauty of the human body, which I didn’t observe thoroughly before.


About The Author: Rongrong Liu is a Junior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2019. To access additional articles by Rongrong Liu, click here


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