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Monday, May 03, 2010

A while back there was a bunch of hoopla about a Faith Hill photo on a Redbook cover. Before and after photos showed the amount of touch-up/photoshopping done in the photo. Thinner arms, removed back-fat, thinner waist, disappearing wrinkles . . . it left the average woman thinking, "If Faith Hill doesn't even look like Faith Hill, what chance do I have?" (See the before & after photos here Scroll down to the side by side shot and look at the arms!)

So yesterday when I saw in our local paper that Jessica Simpson had done May's cover for Marie Claire without makeup and unphotoshopped, I was curious. I check out the cover, and while I'm skeptical on the "no makeup" bit, I'm delighted to see a real woman. Some think the cover is a sales gimmick. Personally, I don't care if it is. I'm just happy to see a cover model brave enough put herself out there as she really is. Enough trying to perfect what's already beautiful! Women have enough pressure today without adding physically impossible perfection to the list. Men think those cover models really exist and worse, so do women. It's an impossible standard.

I hope the magazine sets a trend. Magazines aren't going to initiate it, but I hope other models and actresses will catch a little of Jessica's courage and decide to put themselves out there. Literally.

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Denise Hunter  
posted at 9:00 AM  
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At 9:58 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I was just reading an article where they thought that women's depression was up because of lack of social circles that women used to have, and now we are more competitive and time-wise too busy for each other.

I think all these drive to "look good" on top of everything else, only exacerbates that issue. People's Beautiful People Issue had a bunch of stars with no makeup. It's refreshing to see, though I still say that had pretty good lighting at the very least.

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I hadn't seen that Faith Hill thing. Wow! Hope this new trend takes off.

At 11:32 AM, Blogger Michelle V said...

I'm also a bit skeptical about the no makeup thing, but I agree that I hope it starts a trend toward more natural cover models!

Michelle V

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

They took away Faith's personality when they retouched the picture. Made her look like a Barbie doll without a soul. I, too, am skeptical about the claim about no make-up, which to me means we can never trust the magazines either in picture or word. But I'm just untrusting.

At 7:20 PM, Blogger adge said...

I agree and then they need to move on to models on the catwalk. How is a woman supposed to look like a 13 year old?

At 11:36 PM, Blogger Cathy Shouse said...

I don't get why this is so bold of Jessica Simpson. She's as close to perfect as someone is going to get. This is brave?

When Jamie Lee Curtis was photographed at 50 or something, with gray hair, extra pounds, wrinkles and all, that was notable. Oprah did that, too.

To me, this seems like even more pressure, kind of a reverse message. Now we have to look this good, without make-up?

I feel a case of the blues coming on.....


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