Last month I blogged about Self Magazine’s extreme overuse of digital airbrushing for their Kelly Clarkson cover. So I’m glad to see that Glamour Magazine has decided to publish an un-airbrushed photo of plus-sized model Lizzie Miller.
My only objection is calling Ms. Miller “plus-sized.” I’ve seen plus-sized models. And she isn’t it. On the contrary, Miller is quite thin, with only a slight bit of healthy belly fat that would go entirely unnoticed if she wasn’t posed in a position that deliberately and proudly shows off her curves.
This is reminiscent of Dove’s Campaign For Real Beauty. And although this doesn’t overtly fit in with the topics I usually discuss on this blog, I consider my job to be fighting distortions of reality wherever I see them, and this includes the media’s extreme measures in distorting the public’s view of how people look and distorting the public’s body image expectations.
So I would like to commend Glamour for doing this and I hope this is the start of a new trend (though somehow I doubt it).