I think I might be banning SELF magazine … not because they photochopped Kelly Clarkson and admitted it, but for the reasoning/thoughts behind it. Click here to read editor Lucy Danziger’s post about why she chose to so drastically retouch it.
Sure, we all have good and bad pics … I only show the best of the best, myself — I think most people do. We aren’t going to make an album with the ones with our eyes closed, where our hair’s a mess, where we look terrible from that angle … that’s human nature, to want to put our best foot forward.
But listen to what she says:
“This is art, creativity and collaboration. It’s not, as in a news photograph, journalism. It is, however, meant to inspire women to want to be their best. That is the point.”
Um … OK, but then this implies cover-model Kelly isn’t her best as she is, and needs to be retouched, and not just minorly retouched.
We’re not talking about seeing the best pics of her and just picking the cream of the crop for the cover; we’re talking about trimming, slimming, chopping the hell out of this woman — to the point where she’s not even HER anymore.
Fortunately, Kelly’s very self-aware and knows that they chop her to death, but still … it’s mind-numbing!
Oh, and she goes on to say, “A cover’s job is to sell the magazine, and we do that, every month, thanks to our readers.”
Well, she lost one reader today. I won’t be renewing this subscription.
Is anyone else as outraged as me?
*Interesting side note, it was SELF magazine that led me to realize I was, indeed, a disordered eater.