This was on the news this morning [January 9, 2010]. She’s former Miss Universe in 2004, Jennifer Hawkins. Reportedly the airbrushing would have retouched the “crease” (not a roll) on her waist and a “dimple” on her thigh (which I cannot find). She obviously has to work extremely hard to stay in great shape and it’s nice to see how she actually looks! She looks perfect to me, even unairbrushed. Just my opinion. She doesn’t need airbrushing and I’m glad she didn’t have any.
Personally, whenever I see a woman that I think looks amazing and then I see that she looks “chubby” [in our American terms] when she turns or bends a certain way, JUST LIKE ME, I feel better. I realize that the ideal that I have been looking for since I turned 14, the ideal body fat % that I’ve been dieting to maintain forever will still have me looking a bit chubby at this angle or that bend or whatever….because we are human and we will not look like the models in the magazines…ever…because they don’t! I feel more normal when I see how “she” [one of my body-role-models] looks unretouched. “She” isn’t perfect and nor will I be…ever…ah! The key to happiness. I’m not perfect and never will I be!
Can you believe she is getting criticism for this cover?! Well, ok it’s not that surprising…. She looks AMAZING!! She’s in great shape. She’s beautiful. She’s a model. Women hate her! Why, ladies, do we hate her? Stop it! Women everywhere are saying that she is tall, skinny, and in great shape so she doesn’t represent most of America…why not??!! WHY NOT??!!
That is a whole different issue to me….the hatred of women in great shape! Why can’t we embrace women who have figured out what are trying to figure out – how to get and stay in shape – and work with them to be like them? Why can’t we learn from each other? Grow with each other? Encourage each other?
Why do we have to hate women who have it figured out? Why do we have to hate women with better genes than us who can eat whatever they want and never gain an ounce? Why hate women who are suffering with eating disorders and hating themselves every day? Help them! We’re women and we need to stick together and work together and embrace each others’ strengths and weaknesses. We need to learn from each other and surround ourselves with women who make us better!!!
Model Jennifer Hawkins spoke of supporting her charity of choice The Butterfly Foundation and I had the youtube video but it’s off msnbc.com now so…..if you want more info you can check out the link. The Butterfly Foundation provides support for Australians who suffer from eating disorders and negative body image issues and their carers.
A similar conversation was started when Jamie Lee Curtis posed in More Magazine in 2002. It was her idea to do a photoshoot without airbrushing those photos. Prior to this photoshoot she had been in many movies showing her fit figure. So, seeing her in this way was nice for many women.
Another, more recent model who hit the news was plus sized model, Lizzie Miller, in the Fall of 2009 regarding unretouched photos of herself in Glamour Magazine. And, even she says she cringed a bit when she first saw it. But, women everywhere have been talking about this ever since. It made women feel better about themselves rather than worse!
I have mixed feelings about this. In general, you all know how I feel about accepting and loving yourself and your body. You also know how I feel about health and that includes weight. There is a healthy weight everyone should be BUT you can be that healthy weight and be unhealthy. You cannot say that everyone who is x size is healthy or unhealthy…it’s just not that simple!
I have always been concerned about women in the public who proclaim they are healthy when they are clearly obese….Obviously this does not pertain to Lizzie Miller [photo to the right] but that’s always bothered me. I feel like we should love our bodies in whatever stage they are. I feel like we should accept why we are there, whether it is our fault, meds, disease, pregnancy, etc. It’s not ok to blame but accept and embrace where we are at that moment. BUT, to say someone is healthy when they are not has always bothered me. There is a particular waist size and body fat percentage that puts people at risk for tons of diseases and is simply unhealthy.
What do you think? Am I being unreasonable?
Do you want to see more “normal” and unairbrushed images in magazines?