Demi Moore is picture imperfect for “V Magazine”

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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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