Saturday, August 22, 2009
As we all saw from the brilliant Dove 'real beauty' campaign, excessive airbrushing and false imagery is taking its toll, and it has becoming increasing important to distinguish between fact & fiction. Currently in England, momentum has been building to do something about it, with people like Kate Winslet speaking out, and now liberal lawmakers are trying to ban airbrushed images in general, concerned about the effect this has on young women and girls. Even A-list photographers Peter Lindbergh and David Bailey are supporting the cause, with Bailey stating: "They always have the same kind of dead-looking girls. It isn’t interesting and the girls aren’t interesting. Because they aren’t girls. They’re androids. Airbrushed and cleaned up and not real." Lindbergh recently photographed supermodels Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen, and Amber Valetta, without makeup or excessive retouching for the September issue of Harper's Bazaar. As Dove said, "No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted."