The image is causing a ruckus in the blogosphere, and not because her nipples can be ogled through the thin triangle of pink chiffon she clasps with her mouth like a schnauzer. The photo and eight more inside the magazine mimic, frame for frame, a handful of the fabled and ubiquitous pictures known as “The Last Sitting” that the photographer Bert Stern took of Marilyn Monroe in 1962, six weeks before she died of an overdose.
The Feb. 25 issue of New York magazine welcomes this spring fashion season with a cover image that doesn’t bother trying to promote the Op-Art prints of Miuccia Prada or the free-form gowns of Missoni or Lanvin. The marketing of fashion has had little do with clothes for a long time, after all. At play instead is a commercialism that is both creepier and more compelling: a picture of a nude Lindsay Lohan, less than a year out of her third go at rehab.