More along the lines of what I blogged about yesterday: “Miss Universe 2004 and model Jennifer Hawkins agreed to pose nude and un-airbrushed on the cover of February’s Australian Marie Claire” (story). Of course, putting a Miss Universe on the cover, airbrushed or not, hardly qualifies as major progress, does it?
Well, maybe it does. Here is an interesting follow-up/comment: “The 26-year-old wears only make-up on the cover of the February issue of Marie Claire, which supports the Butterfly Foundation. The organisation provides help to Australians suffering from eating disorders and negative body image issues and their carers. […] ‘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,’ [Foundation manager] Ms Parker said. ‘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.’ When asked why the foundation did not put forward a more average Australian woman, Ms Parker said magazines had tried that tactic in the past, to no avail. ‘The thing is unfortunately it doesn’t make the same point, because Jennifer sells magazines and she creates awareness. If Marie Claire had chosen to put on their cover an ordinary women, say myself or a friend of yours, it would not have created the awareness it does.’”
So it really seems that things might finally be changing, and it’s about time. When will the first major US publication offer something? (A tiny photo on page 194 doesn’t count)