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Making a permanent visual record is generally considered a form of "writing"; this includes film photography. From http://www.yutorah.com/_materials/Source_Sheet-510279.pdf : ר' יצחק וויס, שו"ת מנחת יצחק חלק ג סימן כ בתשו' קרן לדוד שם, כתב בפשיטות לענין המצייר צורה על ידי פאטאגראפיע דחייב משום תולדה דכותב Minchat Yitzchak (Responsa of R. ...


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Rav Nissim Karelitz writes in Chut Shani that it is prohibited "lehistakel" at pictures of women and that it's included in the prohibition of "lehistakel" at women's clothing (Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer Siman 21 Seif 1). He also mentions that it could be more problematic than being mistakel at women's clothing. Based on this, the religious publications ...


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Rabbi Yosef Chaim Ben Eliyahu from Bagdad paskens here that it is improper and unworthy of her Jewish liniage for a woman to model for pictures for publication. (H/T footnote #7 in the blog post referenced here). (I somehow doubt that this posek is the Halachic basis of the magazines in the question, but it is at least a relevant source to the question).



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