Standing in line at the grocery store can make you feel less than adequate when you sit staring at the half-naked women that grace the covers of most magazines. It is not that these women are so beautiful and perfect (of course, they are on higher level of beauty, but that is a whole other story), but moreover that their slim, trim, chiseled bodies and perfect hair, skin and nails are the result of hours of hair, make-up and photo shop.
It is true and none of the top models are in denial about it. In fact, Cindy Crawford and Elizabeth Hurley told the online magazine, Urbanette that many cover shoots have made them look less like the people they really are.
“On my last Cosmo cover, they added five inches to my breasts. It’s very funny. I have, like massive knockers. Huge. Absolutely massive,” Elizabeth Hurley said in a Details Magazine interview.
The hair, make-up and photo shop is one thing, but the very unhealthy, very, very slender physiques that most women are striving for is a more disturbing trend. Even in the midst of a population that is 60 percent overweight or obese, millions of girls and women and dieting, over-exercising and living in a constant state of obsession with perfection and thinness. This includes women who are a healthy weight for their height.
“I think women see me on the cover of magazines and think that I never have a pimple or bags under my eyes. You have to realize that’s after two hours of hair and makeup, plus retouching. Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford,” Cindy Crawford told Urbanette magazine.
In the 1980s, models, like Cindy Crawford maintained natural curvaceous figures – realistic, achievable and anything, but gaunt. Today, designers scoff at the thought of any woman larger than clothes hanger, adorning their garments, for fear it will ruin the delicate drape they intended.
Although many models and actresses live in a constant state of discomfort – over exercising and under eating to keep up with Hollywood’s standards – does not mean it is anything “real” women, or even men, should consider normal. According to a survey by Better Health Channel, 45 percent of women and 23 percent of men, who are of normal, healthy weight, believe they are overweight. While, 20 percent of underweight women are dieting because they too believe they are overweight.
For the sake of women everywhere and future generations of girls, women need to come to grips with reality rather constantly pining after slimmer thighs and flawless skin that is leaping from the photo shopped pages of most magazines. Kudos to stars, like Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett, who refused photo shop when they graced the cover of top-selling magazines – both of these women still looked incredibly elegant despite the lack of computer enhancement.