For those of you who haven’t heard, a 14 year old girl caused a major disturbance in her campaign to Seventeen Magazine asking for at least 1 un-Photoshopped model per issue. She felt that this would help her and her peers feel better about their own imperfections. WOW! That is one bold and thoughtful girl. I love it!!
Since that time there has been an uprising towards Seventeen and many other magazines. There is even a Twitter campaign #KeepItReal started in support of this young trailblazer.
Just for the record: I am fully on board. (Well, duh!)
Recently I stumbled upon an article in Glamour magazine from November 2009 (ok, so I’m not the best at staying on top of paperwork). It was a 6 page spread on plus-size models titled “Oh. Wow. These Bodies Are Beautiful”. The piece was so well written and cutting edge that I, doing what I do, felt compelled to cut it out.
I’m so glad I did!
Thoughtfully written by Genevieve Field, she starts the article with, “(These women)…have been assembled to help Glamour continue an extraordinary dialogue on body image that you, our readers, began.”
She covers a wide range of topics from the models back-stories, waxing philosophic on the role of modern eye candy, and shares what Glamour readers want to see in the women on their pages.
The most important part of this article, however, was in the last few paragraphs where they lay out their plan to support a newer, healthier image for their magazine.
Here is what they promise:
1. A continued commitment to showing a wide range of body types – and, of course, racial diversity – in our pages, including fashion and beauty stories.
2. A promise to give the best plus models not just work, but the same great work straight-size models get, partnering with top photographers, stylists and makeup artists. Because a generous helping of fantasy, in our view, is fabulous – as long as it’s extended to women of all sizes.
3. An ongoing celebration of the so-called imperfections, from nose bumps to gap teeth smiles, that make us all unique.
4. Enthusiastic support for any designer who manufactures chic clothes we can photograph on full-bodied models.
And they finish with: “Isn’t it time for changes like these?”
I say yes. A resounding YES!
And I for one, will keep checking in on them to make sure they are keeping up with their promises.