You’ve seen them on billboards, magazines, and TV—images of young, thin, overtly seductive women posed to sell. Herb Ritts photographed the world’s top models for ads and fashion spreads, but his women are different. Though beautiful, they have strength and self-possession. When nude, they combine the dignity of marble sculpture with flesh that sweats, moves, and breathes.
...This diversity appears across Ritts’s women—Elizabeth Taylor with a scar from brain surgery, Juliet Man Ray with an eye patch, Jackie Joyner-Kersee in powerful stride.