Dear Magazines, Why?

Lately I’ve realize that most of the times I start with a happy Mon-Tues-Wednes-Thurs-Friday. It seems like I’m the happiest girl on Earth, or that I’m not that creative at my intros? Anyway, I’ll practice.

You may be confused by the title: Dear Magazines, Why? Well, this post comes after reading the story of Brooke Birmingham on why she refused to put a shirt on. In today’s media, photos of models (of course retouched with Photoshop) are all over the place. You will see their flawless skin, their skinny body (without cellulite or muscle), and their “perfect” face (without acne). However, we don’t usually get what a real women looks like.

Most advertising campaigns use a model, which being honest is not a representation of the majority of us (at least I don’t feel identified). I am a woman, I have acne, I have cellulite, I’m 5’3″ tall, but I am real. I love myself, and my body the way it is. Knowing how much I’ve struggle with body image, I’m happy to say that I’m finding balance, even in a 24/7-Photoshop world.

I’ve been in places where people is really mad at media. They consider that skinny women aren’t a portrayal of reality. They, and I, wonder why? If you are having a negative effect, why do you keep body shaming people? (That’s what happened to Brooke to be honest!!) Why do you keep using models, instead of your every day woman, with what are call “imperfections” (which I don’t think they are). Don’t media see that this beauty ideal isn’t realistic? Don’t they see that we can’t live in a world where either you are a certain type or you are not good enough?

Dear magazines: I am good enough, I embrace and accept myself the way I am. Your idea of beauty is fake, false, and requires lots of money (hello surgeries!). It is not ok to call acne, cellulite, stretch marks, wrinkles, and so on “imperfections”. They are part of who we are, and either you accept it, or you will need a dermatologist for husband (and lot’s of Botox, yuck).

My point is, magazines (and the beauty industry) make a profit out of what beauty and perfection should be (that’s why they use models, to keep us believing that we should thrive for their looks), but that is far from real. Brooke’s story is a real representation of what happens to your body after a massive weight loss. We should thrive for health, not perfection, because we are perfect the way we are.

I’m hoping that more and more voices speak out, to STOP BODY SHAMING, as well as to present REAL WOMEN in magazines.

Have a wonderful day, almost-weekend :P

Thursday question:

What are your thoughts on the topic?

Do you think Brooke’s story is body shaming?

Do you feel represented by models in ads?

Xx Jess

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16 thoughts on “Dear Magazines, Why?

  1. Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    What I hate the most is not the blatant photoshop work but the little tweaks here and there. It’s one thing if it’s obvious that a model’s skin is too perfect to be real but it’s awful how they magically shrink down models’ waists and arms/thighs – I think that is the worst thing because it still looks real but in reality isn’t achievable. But girls pick up the magazine and see that and think it’s real, and then wonder why they can’t have a 22inch waist. Ridiculous!

    1. Jess Post author

      That’s the main problem, most people look at magazines and see this super tiny waist, thighs, arms and body in general that they believe it’s what they should look like, specially girls… This leads to eating disorders among other patterns…

  2. GiGi Eats

    I have known for a long long time that magazines air brush ALL photos and sometimes create completely NEW PEOPLE out of different people’s body parts. I have NO CLUE whooooo comes up with the “ideal” person… But really there is no idea. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

    1. Jess Post author

      Have you seen the pizza transformation into a model? That’s amazing and ridiculous at the same time!! As you just said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder!!

  3. Cailee

    This is a great post! I just checked out Brooke’s website and am excited to see more of it! Soooo true… theres no need to cover up her hard work!

    1. Jess Post author

      Yesss! That’s the thing, why cover up something that was a result of hard work?! Not all bodies are the same, and magazines need to undestand it ;)

  4. Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa

    Totally agree with this post Jess! As if it’s not enough that all the women in the media are already top models representing a small percentage of the population, but then they’re photoshopped on top of that!! Such an unachievable standard of beauty and it bothers me so much because alot of girls are influenced by it in such a negative way :(

    1. Jess Post author

      Yup, many girls now think that they should and have to look like the victorias secret girls (when as you said, the represent a small percentage of population)

  5. Jordan @ The Blonde Vegan

    I looooove, LOVE that photo of the real sized model holding the Barbie doll. It’s seriously one of my favorites. And your words are beautiful and so true, Jess. Thanks so much for sharing this amazing post. Did you read about the girls from Pretty Little Liars who posted all of the original, untouched photos from their photo shoot on their Instagrams? Pretty amazing– they are all examples of true, radiant, REAL women!!

    1. Jess Post author

      Yess! I saw all the fuzz regarding their photoshoot, and I believe that posting the unretouched versions shows that true women are beautiful without the need of editing programs!

  6. Sunnie@ModernGirlNutrition

    This is such a fantastic post Jess! I sometimes spend too much time on Instagram, where everyone’s photos are filtered and positioned just right, and then compare them to my body without realizing it. And hehe yay another member of the 5’3″ club! ;) Thanks for the awesome post- needed it :)

    1. Jess Post author

      Yay the 5’3″ club is a high quality one ;) Instagram can be a torture and if we fall in the comparison trap will make us feel like we have to do so many things to achieve that body (that was filtered and positioned to look that way), when in reality we all have unique and amazing bodies!!

  7. Yasmin

    Ahh omg LOVED this!
    And imagine opening a magazine and seeing smaller woman next to bigger woman, all ethnicities, all hairstyles, big boobs, small boobs, tall, short…..just real woman! Real woman being celebrated for who they are and everyone and everybody being embraced….yup yup that’s what I’m hoping to be able to see in a magazine one day!!

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