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The New Naked: Aussie Supermodel on Cover Sans Photoshop

Can a naked photo of a supermodel help inspire positive body image among average women just because it's not photoshopped? Australian Marie Claire thought so when it put an untouched photo of model Jennifer Hawkins on the February cover wearing nothing but makeup.

Proceeds from the issue will go to the Butterfly Foundation, which supports people dealing with eating disorders or negative body image. In the magazine, Hawkins says: "I'm not a stick figure — I thought it would be great to tell women to just be themselves and be confident." It might be hard for the public to relate to someone with supermodel looks, but do you think the cover conveys a message of positive body image nonetheless?

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alexask alexask 7 years
i actually like this! this looks more like me! i think this was a good move.
ojodeazul ojodeazul 7 years
I think that is great to be able to look at a magazine and KNOW it isn't photoshopped. I think it makes you realize that healthy, beauty is attainable. And you don't have to look like a stickfigure with a HUGE head.
medenginer medenginer 7 years
I wouldn't mind not being photo shopped if I looked like a super model either. Show me someone who is average then I'll be impressed and saying we're making progress.
jessicaeden jessicaeden 7 years
I think this is great! It shows that even models don't have perfect bodies.
sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
I love it, simply because it's artistically a much better photo than the other Photoshopped-to-hell covers. As for conveying a positive body image, I'm not so sure. To be honest, I don't think that the media can do much about it. Pretty people will always be on TV and magazines, and modelling will always be for the prettiest and fittest, and there's nothing wrong about that. People just need to realize that they shouldn't be comparing themselves to those images, photoshopped or not.
lawchick lawchick 7 years
Totally agree with Yoga. Good for Jennifer Hawkins for doing this!
Veka Veka 7 years
I think it's a great idea. Show the world "real" women instead of photoshopped women!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I like it. I disagree that this girl is chubby! She's not super thin, but definitely not overweight in the slightest. I think she looks great sans photoshop, even with the imperfections. Sort of makes me feel that maybe my imperfections aren't as noticeable either.
Tiger bait ?
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
I don't see what the big deal is. She already looks perfect....wish they would show someone more "real", with more flaws. If anything, I think this might make some people feel worse, because they know that there are people who look perfect, without being photoshopped. Knowing they are photoshopped makes me feel a bit better.
ckeller825 ckeller825 7 years
She looks incredible!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
Regardless of photoshopping, next to her I feel like a heffer. (Tres, you also left the "e" of "Aussie". :p)
Venus1 Venus1 7 years
I would like to see more "normal" naked people in the media! In the UK the TV show "How To Look Good Naked" has done more to inspire Ms Average! I was brought up in France in a naturist family so used to seeing people of all sorts of sizes and ages naked. For me it was normal.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i love this!
kea718 kea718 7 years
I don't have a problem with photoshopping. I read magazines for entertainment and in a way for the fantasy of it. If I wanted to see real I'd look at myself naked. I don't like seeing models, celebs, etc. imperfections.... why the hell aren't I a model then? I guess good for her for being comfortable enough to show off her spider veins to the world but I wouldn't opt to see it.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
jocupcake, I'm more concerned with how women of color, especially black women, are portrayed in the media. A chubby white woman on a magazine does not make my life happier or easier. Hell, these women can't get as many covers, perfect or not.
sham28 sham28 7 years
Jocupcake, me too! I admire/ am slightly jealous of hot skinny b*tches of all backgrounds. :) And f* photoshop, I think it absolutely sets ridiculous standards for girls, there's no way we can all look that smooth and shiny and perfect all the time and it certainly hasn't done wonderful things for women. So I'm pleased with this step, let's see more of it!
jocupcake jocupcake 7 years
HoneyBrown, I totally disagree. I am not racially like the model either, but for me, seeing impossibly beautiful women of any race makes me feel bad. Thus, seeing an admittedly beautiful white woman who has some imperfections has just as much relevance to me as seeing a black, middle eastern, hispanic, or asian model with the same imperfections.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
I love everything about this!
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
good in theory, but i feel that readers may not be able to identify with her due to her obvious supermodel looks! it's a step in a positive direction though.
Ac2366 Ac2366 7 years
It's nice to see a body with bumps and folds of skin. It looks way different than the super smooth airbrushed bodies. It made me feel better about myself as well. I'm guitly of comparing myself to models and I guess I needed a reminder that models aren't perfect either.
Jess8902 Jess8902 7 years
Um, how is this supposed to make us feel better? She's still perfect. lol
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Big deal. Her body and sexuality issues aren't mine. She may help those racially like her; however, she's not doing anything for women of color. Big, fat deal.
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