Monday, January 4, 2010

Ok, so I'm sure you've heard the hoo-haa about former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins appearing nude, unretouched and airbrush free (!) on the cover of Marie Claire.

I am still unsure of what to think about all this.

It is evident that ol' Jen is not the body image spokesperson herself and the magazine were hoping her to be. Wow, that's a surprise.

I mean, good on her and the magazine for exposing her flaws (yes, all three of them!), but is Jennifer Hawkins, a rail-thin supermodel, really a poster girl for this sort of thing?
Not really.

A couple of months back, Sarah Murdoch appeared on the cover of Women's Weekly unairbrushed. The nation cheered. Here is a woman approaching middle age, not afraid to show some freckles and crows feet on the front of a magazine. A good spokesperson.

Unfortunately I cannot say the same for Jen, a supermodel with a somewhat perfect body.

A Marie Claire spokesperson today defended the shoot, stating that Jennifer was 'putting her career on the line' in this particular cover.

It is most unfortunate that the shoot has not only raised concerns about body image aomongst young girls and women, but has also exposed the pressure and strictness (I think I just made up a new word!) in the fashion industry.

Thoughts? :)

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