I remember as a young woman looking at magazines not realising the amount of retouching that had taken place on every photo. How I longed to look like that! I also didn't realise that the model had three hours of hair and make-up and another three hours in wardrobe to attain that look. No wonder I had low self-esteem issues because I looked nothing like the beautiful women in the magazines. I remember feeling so ugly and inadequate. At least nowadays, photoshopping is very mainstream and talked about. A great video to watch about the magic of photoshop was made by Dove:
This video and many others nowadays show what goes on after an image is shot and what goes on "behind the scenes" at a photoshoot.
Yes I still model, however I am very concerned about the message it sends to young women. I recently modelled and was interviewed for Lane Jensen's I Feel Beautiful When... project. I chose I Feel Beautiful When I Model in order to discuss my childhood low self-esteem issues and try to debunk the beauty myth:
Remember, you can't have style if you look sickly because you're starving yourself. eat healthy and always do some sort of exercise in your life daily - even if it's power walking/shopping for those great deals at your favourite mall! And above all love yourself because "We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle." - Marilyn Monroe.
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