Demi Moore is picture imperfect for “V Magazine”

I’ve decided that Photoshop
has destroyed our perception of beauty. There, I’ve said it. Many
of you might disagree, but please hear me out. Photoshop is am amazing
invention. I bow to all those with superior Photoshopping skills. Heck,
I wish I had them. But at some point, when it comes to representing
actual human beings, enough is enough. This isn’t a new complaint,
of course. Poor Faith Hill was so thoroughly nipped, tucked,
sucked and plucked by Redbook in that now-famous
Jezebel expose

that she probably half expected to get a plastic surgery bill in the
mail. But after seeing the recent shots of Demi Moore
for V Magazine, my eyes glazed over again as I looked
at what some photo editor thought an already beautiful woman should
look like.

Apparently, she’s supposed
to look like Lucite. Demi Moore is a great looking woman, period. At
45, she is probably in better shape than most women half her age. But
these shots, these shots don’t show a healthy, vibrant 45-year-old
woman. They don’t show a real woman at all. At any age, our faces
— our entire bodies — have lines and contours, ripples and bulges.
They have depth and dimension and, yes, imperfections. And often times
it’s those imperfections that make us more beautiful. Can you spot
an imperfection here? Or any glint of humanity, for that matter?

 

Now, I’m dating myself,
but I clearly remember the first school pictures where we could have
the option of having any “blemishes” removed. Touch-ups were extra,
but oh, how we all begged our parents to spring for the possibility of
perfection. It was a luxury then. But today, it’s standard practice
and, might I add, way the hell out of control. Yes, every magazine cover
in America (save, perhaps, the news magazines) gets touched up. I understand
that. And there is nothing wrong with zapping a zit here or a smoothing
a puffy eye there. But must we distort the image of what it means to
be beautiful so much that even the most beautiful among us cannot adhere
to them? If Demi Moore isn’t pretty enough for V Magazine au naturelle,
who the heck is?

Some might ask, what’s the
harm in perfecting perfection? Why get all upset about making our
most beautiful even more beautiful? Well, there is a lot of harm to
get upset about. We live in a society
where
1 in 5 women
struggles with eating disorders or disordered eating and where 90 percent
of people with eating disorders are women between the ages of 12 and
25. A society where half of all girls between the ages of 11 and 13
see themselves as overweight. So for magazines aimed at young women
to purposely destroy the beauty standard with their unattainable images
is not only wrong, it’s downright evil. If a picture speaks 1,000
words, just think about what kinds of words those Photoshopped pictures
are speaking to women everywhere. Well, there is one thing V Magazine
got right. When it comes to Photoshopping, it should be that less is
more.

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