I was in the grocery store today buying chicken, cheese and chips (my daughter's three main food groups) and I was waiting to check out and glanced at the magazines:
I wish the picture was better because I swear, I know both these actresses and like them both yet didn't recognize either of them from the covers. They were air-brushed so completely that those things that make them both interesting were gone completely.
I felt disheartened. I especially like Zooey Deschanel because she's quirky and cute but on the cover of Glamour, she's a fucking Barbie. And Seyfried? Any other Hollywood starlet. All the life brushed right off of her and she looks boring.
Is this what someone thinks sells? If they'd put Z.D. on the cover in bunny pajamas, I'd be more inclined to pick it up. And Seyfried as pretty as she is, belongs natural.
But it got me thinking about what women (you know, the ones who buy these magazines) really think of beauty. I know my own ideas are not so out of the ordinary. I admire a truly gorgeous woman (Elizabeth Taylor, Angelina Jolie, Catherine Zeta Jones) but I wouldn't go out of my way to pick up a magazine or read an article about them. Whereas Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Zooey are women I think are pretty but not gorgeous and interesting and would read more about them.
I know Madison Avenue has been trying to sell a certain type of beauty forever. I just wish we'd stop buying it and demand that they recognize beauty comes before airbrushing.
Let women look like women. Let stars be natural. Don't tell me that Barbie is the pinnacle of pretty. You might get some of my money. Then again, probably not. I'd rather read Better Homes and Gardens and look at pictures of kitchens.