What is real beauty?
Magazines seem to think that it's overly photoshopped models.
Today is day two of Miss Representation, SPARK Movement, LoveSocial, Endangered Bodies and I Am That Girl's Keep It Real Challenge. Inspired by Julia Bluhm's petition to Seventeen Magazine, the Keep It Real Challenge asks for one simple request to magazines: contain at least one unphotoshopped image of a model each issue. Is that so much to ask?
Frankly it disappoints me to know that every photograph that I see in a magazine of a model is fake. One of the worst examples of magazine photoshopping was when Cosmopolitan altered an image of Demi Lovato to make her appear thinner. Accompanying the photo was an article about Lovato's battle with eating disorders and bipolar disorder. Now that's a slap in the face.
What magazines do with photoshop is disgusting. Did you know that three out of four girls feel depressed, guilty and shameful after spending three minutes leafing through a fashion magazine?
It's no surprise because twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average women. Today that number is 23% less.
This needs to change. Tell the magazines that it's time to #KeepItReal.
It's not too late to join in on the challenge! Write a blog post or film a vlog post by midnight and post it on the Keep It Real event page. And for tomorrow, post a photo of what you believe real beauty is on Instragram using #KeepItRealChallenge. Feel free to favorite/reply to my #KeepItReal tweets from yesterday. My twitter handle is @corinne_fal. And it's not too late for you to tweet at magazines too!