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"The Naked Truth": Most Women Don't Look Like THIS Either

Model_1 The cover of the February 2010 issue of the Australian edition of Marie Claire magazine features 2004's Miss Universe -- Aussie Jennifer Hawkins -- in what they're calling an "un-retouched nude photo... to encourage positive attitudes [regarding] body image" in women.

ORLY?

Here is that photo on the magazine's cover -- the edition supports the Butterfly Foundation, an Australian organization for people with eating disorders :

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Butterfly Foundation general manager Julie Parker... said the photo, which apparently shows 'flaws' including a slightly dimpled thigh and a tiny crease on her waist, was intended to get the discussion on body image rolling.

"What we're talking about here is just one small part of the much wider spectrum of body image, self esteem and eating disorder issues and that small part is actually about digital enhancement and retouching of images", Ms Parker said.

Ooookay. So call me cynical (it's okay, many have -- I can take it), but THIS PHOTO is supposed to be some giant leap in Truthiness with regard to the representation of women's bodies? THAT'S MISS UNIVERSE, PEOPLE. Her *JOB* is to have a perfect body ("perfect" relative to the prevailing insane and practically unachievable cultural standard). I CALL CHEATING.

Listen, I get the thinking behind this: Look, even Miss Universe isn't REALLY "perfect"! Right. Gotcha. Nevertheless, a bit flimsy when I'd wager that pretty much any woman would still give a kidney to look anything even vaguely close to that good. Or that "flawed," rather. Whatever, you know what I mean.

Am I being too harsh? Do I perhaps just need to shut up and eat more pie?

Mmmm... pie....

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Stimey

Which kidney do you want?

daisybones

Well put.

It *IS* kind of groovy to see normal (if close to the "perfect" end of the normal spectrum) human thigh skin textures on a magazine. But yeah. Show me a naked size 18 and we'll talk.

ozma

Hey, I belong to an all- woman's gym and some women (a few) just have KILLER BODS. One woman, I think I audibly gasped as I walked past her in the showers her body was so fantastic.

So, they exist and live within driving distance of my gym.

It is absurd to think that avoiding re-touching is going to have some social effect. But I myself am socialized to fully understand why super young women with extremely remarkable bodies are on the covers of magazines. What would be nice is if there was some general recognition of the general beauty of bodies without the addition of sexualization. And magazines will never accomplish that goal. Art could do that (but won't). Women's magazines? I won't hold my breath.

Renee

I'd give a kidney too, but the scar involved just leaves me right back to point A. You know, minus the awesome boobs. And the not looking like a shellless turtle.

Deb on the Rocks

She's so BRAVE!

JennyJo

I love this. Think how this picture will look in contrast to the others on the news stand? Yes, she is beautiful as she is, but her body does look real, not like plastic. Sure, we 30-something's can only dream, but a teenager or a 20-something looking at this picture? There are so many young girls & women out there with bodies some of us can only dream of, who still think they are not good enough. This is a step in the right direction.

Ashley

This reminds me of the "plus-sized" model who was featured in a magazine (the name of which escapes me) last year. I remember thinking, if *that's* plus-sized what am I? (And then I remembered -- oh yeah, I'm "normal.")

I liked it when Jenny McCarthy went on the Tonight Show with an un-retouched photo of her face, showing pimples, wrinkles and a fever blister that had been removed in the final product. That's a reality that I'm a bit more in touch with.

Hope

Well, I do think that not airbrushing someone who already looks amazing into a state of complete unattainability is a great first step. It's just not nearly enough.

Mrs. Kennedy

Here's the photo Ashley mentioned, and I love it.

http://ethicalstyle.com/2009/08/glamour-runs-unretouched-photo-of-plus-size-model/

Sweetney

@Ashley, @Mrs. Kennedy - I remember that photo. SO awesome.

annie

No you are not too harsh. I suppose the fashion mag world has to start their atoning somewhere.

helenel

There was also this, with Jamie Lee Curtis:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/08/27/ED242187.DTL

Suebob

I read JennyJo's last line as "A slap in the right direction." I think that is what this feels like. Except for the "right" part.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

I would give a kidney and some bone marrow for her stomach alone.

Jessi

I am astonished that this is supposed to make "normal" women feel better about themselves. I guess I am horribly, terribly abnormal because I may crawl in a hole. And I am a fairly media-savvy adult.

Suzy Q

This is depressing.

Bec

Jennifer Hawkins is pretty awesome but I think Bianca Dye had the best take on it (and a fab body herself)

http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/bianca-dye-slams-nude-jennifer-hawkins-body-image-shoot-for-marie-claire/story-e6frfmqr-1225815737526

JellyBean

You want to see real thigh dimples? Meet me on the beach in 10.

funda62

When they let Rosie O'Donnel pose nude on the cover of a magazine then we'll talk about reality and a step in the right direction.

Mrs. D

Wow. A crease in the waist and some dimpling on the thigh. When you've got seventy-nine waist creases and dimpling on your elbows, call me and we'll talk.




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