Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Allure Must Think We're Dumb

I know everyone has already covered this, but I was thumbing through the September issues of Allure, and man--what an insult. I know Allure is a magazine all about beauty, fashion and makeup, and that all of these things are tools in the art of deception--tools most of us use on a daily basis. But the one thing the average woman doesn't have at her disposal is an overly zealous retoucher who spends hours painstakingly removing every pore, every line, every flaw, every extra pound.

When I look at Britney Spears on the cover of Allure and see her shiny, wavy (wig) hair, her porcelain skin, and her smaller frame, it just frustrates me. Real women can never live up to this false standard of beauty...hell, Britney Spears herself can't live up to the standard she is setting, and it really does a disservice to us all in the long run. Why bother having a real person on the cover of a magazine? If what we want is perfection, why don't publishers and advertisers just use Barbies in their shoots? Barbie probably doesn't require Photoshop, after all!

4 comments:

Serendipity said...

Ya know--i totally agree with you. I hate brittney spears, but i do love this picture. and i have to remind myself that it isnt real.

Judy Mi Cha said...

Yes, I agree somewhat. But I tend to think of the pictures seen on magazine covers as some kind of form of art. What is more important is that females, especially young girls, understand that no individual looks that perfect in reality.

bkjade said...

yea - I just looked at the cover and said to myself - seriously?

finding the filth said...

you know, even though it has her name in big bold letters on the cover, i took me forever to realize that that was britney spears. i honestly thought to myself - "oh wow. they put a model on the cover instead of a celebrity. janice dickenson is finally getting her wish."

it doesn't look anything like her.

ps - i used to work in magazine production. so, i have seen some miracles happen in retouching! one cover, my boss took a picture of an actress that had tiny saggy boobies, and photoshopped in big giant plump round ones. she went from barely more than an A cup, to a voluptuous C with just a few carefully placed pixels. it was astonishing. and not for nothing, you'd never know they were so fake...

that job proved to me that not a single photograph in any magazine is to be believed. everything is retouched. everything!