The lovely Oscar-winning Cate Blanchett was featured on the March/April 2012 cover of Intelligent Life magazine… un-Photoshopped. Her face is void of heavy makeup and reveals the faint bags under her eyes and weary lines across her pale face. When placed along side any other magazine on the newsstand, this one is sure to stand out most.
While Blanchett is still very charming on this cover, other women featured on women’s publications such as Cosmopolitan or Glamour look much different. They have glowing skin, large breasts, caked on makeup and blowing hair (as if a perfect gust of wind just came in and hit them straight on during their photo shoot). We see them as beautiful people, but are they real?
In comparison to Vogue’s March cover of Adele, Blanchett’s cover is a true depiction of herself – a 42-year-old working mother and actress. Every wrinkle (of maybe the three that she has) is shown. She is wearing work clothes and has her hair down in a natural wave.
Looking at Adele on the cover of Vogue is like looking at an after shot of someone who’s just had plastic surgery. It appears as though she has just lost a significant amount of weight, reduced the size of her rib cage and gotten rid of her normally rounded cheeks. Photoshop has the ability to make someone who is real, fake. What was wrong with the authentic Adele (the photo on the right of her at the Grammy’s)? Does this suggest to young girls that being a little curvier is not okay? Not beautiful?
Tiny Fey is one celebrity who opposes Photoshop. In her recent book, Bossypants, Fey writes, “ I feel about Photoshop the way some people feel about abortion. It is appalling and a tragic reflection on the moral decay of our society…unless I need it, in which case, everybody be cool,” (p. 157).Kelly Clarkson and Jessica Simpson are other celebs opposing Photoshop. Read 5 Real Women Being Real About Body Image by Lovelyish blogger to find out if any of your favorite public figures are too.
Magazines are considered journalistic publications so the public expects a magazine’s staff to report truthfully. Shouldn’t that include photos? What do you think about Photoshop and to what extent should it be used in magazines (entertainment or scholarly)?