Sooo … this is awkward. In a provocative new photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar, supermodel Stephanie Seymour dons lingerie and strikes come-and-get-it poses while draping herself around two much-younger men.
Oh, and those guys just happen to be her sons, Peter Brant II, 20, and Harry Brant, 17.
One photo (see below) in the 11-page spread depicts Seymour wearing a black, backless, cleavage-baring minidress. She faces one son, whose arm is wrapped around her waist, while the other son’s hand rests near her rear end. Seymour’s own hand covers her crotch. In another photo, she rocks a corset, briefs, and lace-up boots, while her sons pull at her boot strings. And in a third (above), Seymour sports a sheer dress, while her sons kneel on either side of her body — one hugs her thigh, the other rests his head close to her hip. The rest of the photos are two degrees tamer: The family playfully poses while applying makeup, wearing funky headdresses, and brushing their hair.
Here’s the thing: It’s fashion — meant to titillate, provoke, and eroticize — not to be taken seriously. It’s almost creepy of others to point out the ick factor, right? Yet, given that most people would probably not want to see their own mom in her underwear, the in-your-face, S&M-tinged photos feel … off.
And of course, the response on Twitter has been a collective cringe.
To be fair, the Brant boys haven’t exactly grown up in a conventional household, with a world-famous supermodel mom (who was once engaged to rocker Axl Rose) and a billionaire art collector dad, Peter Brant, all living on a 300-acre Connecticut estate complete with 50 ponies and a polo field. The family’s attitude toward sexuality is clearly fluid — a life-size nude bust of Seymour hangs prominently in the Brant family home. And they’re clearly an affectionate bunch: Three years ago, photos surfaced of Peter Jr. and his bikini-clad mother hugging and kissing on the beach (see photos below). The images sparked outrage, with people calling their relationship “weird,” prompting Peter to defend their bond on his Facebook page. He wrote, “My mother and I are very close as she is with all her children … We have nothing to hide and with that in mind I would like to say that I am openly gay … and yes, our relationship may be different because of my sexuality.”