Growing up I loved reading magazines. I still do! Back in the day I would read Seventeen, Teen and YM. Like many girls I would look at the beautiful, thin ladies on the cover and wish to have their bodies. My body was changing and becoming more womanly with hips and curves. The models seemed to be thin and still have a chest. Their hair was perfect and their clothes were cool. They were confident and I was not.
It was not until later that I thought about and realized all the work that went into making the models look that PERFECT! I feel like a lot of people could look model-like with a someone to do their hair and make-up and select their clothes. Perfect lighting and the right angle always helps too! And of course let's not forget photo-shopping. Faith Hill was photo-shopped for RedBook.It has been suggested that Kelly Clarkson was photo-shopped on Self's cover. Now both women are beautiful! Why not just leave them alone? The average woman has wrinkles and curves. Why not show them?
As a teacher and future mother, I worry so much about trying to instill good self-confidence in my girls/daughters. I want them to value their body but know they are so much more than their body. I teach in the lower grades (thank God!) and don't have to do deal with too many body-issues but am always cognizant of comments about I hear about Miley Cyrus or the cast of High School Musical. I try to stress their inner beauty and accomplishments. I wish there was a way that I could shield girls from these kinds of influences. I wish there was a bane on photo-shopping. Real life can't be photo-shopped so why do we allow these images to seem like reality to readers? Can we add a warning to every picture (much like the Surgeon General warning on cigarette's and alcohol) stating that this image is not real and if you think it is real it can have a detrimental affect on your view of your body and self? I would gladly subscribe to a magazine that promises no photo-shopping on any of their stories, models or advertisements. Let's show some cellulite, wrinkles, and reality!
(image borrowed from jezebel)