In my previous post about Julia I wrote about how I wondered if Photoshop was really all that negative. (I’m not saying it’s right, either.) We all know it’s fake. No one is poreless and glowing. Although, I still thought/think what Julia did is amazing. Starting a conversation about how women and young girls are forced to buy into this idea of “perfection” is powerful.
I know that many of you agree that the fashion and beauty industry, with all its crazy images and advertisements, sends “hidden messages” of impossible standards to women. This is completely true. Nevertheless, photoshopping makes people look so far from human that I honestly don’t know how anyone is fooled.
Yes, the message is negative because it suggests: we’d like you girls better if you’d like this. However, everyone seems to be aware of how absurd it is that I can’t imagine it affects girls’ body image the same way only having thin, mostly Caucasian women featured on covers of magazines does. There’s nothing fake or elusive about that.
What Julia did was a massive win for girls and women everywhere. It will drive the discussion about how magazines give young women a negative self-image and impossible ideas of what beauty is.
I am dying to know what you girls think! Let us know in the comments!