Over the last couple of months there have been a number of shocking magazine covers, both for good reasons and bad. Here Models Direct reviews these surprising recent covers.
Firstly, the bad. One of Models Direct’s current favourite fashion icons, Michelle Obama, features on the 125th edition of Good Housekeeping. This would normally be great, but unfortunately someone has gone a bit overboard with their Photoshop skills. This results in a rather plastic, almost computer character-like, picture of the beautiful first lady.
At the other end of the scale we have the French, Australian and US Marie Claire magazines making a statement by offering more natural pictures in ‘non-airbrushed’ editions. While this seems like a great move in the fashion and modelling industry, as well as something for ‘mere mortal’ women, the photo shoots have been met with some negative responses, mostly concerning Jessica Simpson in US Marie Claire.
The magazine claims that Simpson is not wearing makeup and hasn’t been airbrushed for her cover shoot and inside pages, but some people remain sceptical. “No makeup? No retouch? Thanks for insulting both my eyesight and intelligence,” boldly states one reader of a news article about the photo shoot.
On the opposite side of the argument, another comment reads “A little eyelash curling and a little cheek pinching may have given her a look that seems as though she’s wearing makeup. So, I definitely buy the “au naturel” look. I know many girls that don’t need concealer or chapstick, so why not Simpson?” Whether the images were edited or not, Models Direct thinks she looks great in the photos and like the natural feel the magazine has gone for.
On the cover of French Marie Claire’s anti-airbrushing edition is French actress Louise Bougoin, while Miss Universe 2004 winner and model Jennifer Hawkins who posed nude and un-airbrushed for Australian Marie Claire.
The latter caused a negative reaction when people questioned why it wasn’t ‘real’ women being featured, rather than the almost flawless Hawkins. General Manager of eating disorder charity the Butterfly Foundation, Julie Parker, made her comments about the cover picture and airbrushing.
“It’s so excessive in magazines these days and young girls and women are constantly telling us that they don’t even know what they’re looking at any more, and what they want to see is more real, untouched and natural photos of celebrities and people in magazines, and I think this delivers that.”
“The thing is unfortunately it doesn’t make the same point, because Jennifer sells magazines and she creates awareness,” Ms Parker said when asked why everyday women weren’t used. “If Marie Claire had chosen to put on their cover an ordinary woman, say myself or a friend of yours, it would not have created the awareness it does.”
Of course Ms Parker has a point; it just seems that there will always be a divide in this debate. Either way, Models Direct love seeing both celebrities and beautiful real women being portrayed naturally in magazines and hopes that it’s a trend that continues.
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