Times change, and so do social norms. Today, girls run around in shopping malls showing off their little belly buttons, plumber's crack (although it looks better on them than on my plumber!), and tons of cleavage. But there was a time when it would have been scandalous for a woman to leave the house without her bustle, or with too much of her neck showing.
Back in the 1870's, this image would have gotten me run out of town for being a pervert. Look at little Jessica!! Not only is she showing us her ankle, she's barefoot! What's funny is that in 1870, nobody would have cared about the fact that she was 17 years old when this image was photographed - they'd have been too fixated on her bare ankle. Today, the fact that she was 17 when this was shot meant that I had her mother at the shoot watching over my shoulder the whole time. Her mom had a sense of humor, too, and thought this was a fun shot.
Lit with a single softbox, model seated against a black velvet drape.