Monday, January 4, 2010

Airbrushed Philosophy

Apparently it takes a picture of a naked model on a magazine for us to be inspired to feel good about our bodies. Jennifer Hawkins doesn't inspire me clothed or unclothed in fact I can't think of one thing she has said that I can even remember. She's a model. She's paid to hang clothes on. She's paid to walk along a runway, turnaround and not fall off the end. She's paid to be photographed. Whether her picture has been airbrushed or not is not the issue, it's whether as women we care. When I hear about women getting botox for Christmas and I see television newsreaders with so much foreign matter injected into their faces they look like a shiny letter box I think we've got a long way to go before we can feel anything at all let alone feeling good about ourselves. I've posted a very famous photograph of Simone de Beauvoir whose birthday it is tomorrow, as someone who did and still does inspire. She lived her life by her own thought out principles. She questioned things that were not as they seemed and refused to follow. I question whether this is just a way to advertise a magazine?


  1. I see your point. Look, even Jen can look gorgeous without re-touching. Still, it puts the issue out there even if it has been done in a glossy magazine's typical wrongheaded way. Fabulous image to go with your post.

  2. I would agree that it is just a way to sell a magazine. It's gotta be the first dumbest idea of the second decade of the 21st century.

  3. I don't do magazines. Care factor zero! That's one gorgeous photo, I haven't seen it before. And to quote Mdme Bouvoir: "Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable."