Tuesday, April 14, 2009

au naturel

Monica Bellucci and Eva Herzigova are two of the eight celebrities featured in the April issue of French Elle magazine, all without makeup and entirely without Photoshopping, retouching or digital editing. This is a huge step of the fashion magazine industry, which is more famously known for its aversion to a woman's curves, digitally whittling bodies down to appear several sizes smaller in their editorials. Curvy celebrities who are usually heralded in the media for showing another size of women (Beyonce, America Ferrara, Alicia Keys, Scarlett Johansson, etc), magically appear thinner in magazines with slimmer waists and thinner silhouettes. It was only a few years ago, when Renee Zelleweger was bumped off the September cover of Harper's Bazaar due to the amount of weight she gained for her role in the movie, Bridget Jone's Diary. There was a huge debacle over it, but really, once the dust settled, the magazine industry continued to churn out the same digitally enhanced model/celebrity on their covers.

All I can say is that it's about time. But I can't help but wonder...

What does Anna Wintour think of all this?

Photos courtesy of http://shine.yahoo.com

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