September 21st, 2011
10:37 AM ET
Sean Diddy Combs is expressing his appreciation for a certain part of a woman's anatomy with a coffee table book.
According to the New Yorker, the entertainment industry mogul has teamed up with photographer Raphael Mazzucco and record exec Jimmy Iovine to craft a 248 page tome filled with artistically rendered images of women's rear ends.
The website for the $65 coffee table book says it derives its title, "Culo by Mazzucco," from the Italian word for buttocks, and carries the tagline, "The World Is No Longer Flat."
The site also explains that "Culo" is "an art, fashion and pop culture movement. No matter if you were raised to call it derriere, tush, rear end, or booty, culo is the new epicenter of female sexuality, desire and empowerment." Adds Iovine, "Fashion needs fewer women who look like boys and more women with some 'Boom Boom Pow.'"
If you're an "Entourage" fan you've actually already seen a few of the images - some of the photos were in the August 28 episode, as Adrian Grenier's Vince was being photographed by Mazzucco, according to a statement.
The photographer admits on the website that "the conversation about creating a book of asses is not your garden variety, cocktail party fare," and says in the statement that he had to think carefully about his approach.
"I wrestled for weeks about how to attack this concept," Mazzucco says in a statement. "I have relished every brush stroke, every hypnotic flash in which I reach deep down in my gut and pull out a glimpse of the world as only I see it."
To see for yourself, the website also offers a video preview of some of the book's images. (Depending on your workplace, you may want to wait until you're off the clock to view.) The book itself will be available on November 22 (just in time for the holiday season).
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