I’ve been reading the debates about the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and enjoyed the many responses to the cover and inside photos. I particularly liked the reader who suggested that “small print” be applied. Ultimately I’d like to end up on the side with the commenter who asks why we can’t just appreciate real bodies but in truth we rarely ever present ourselves untouched. Every time we apply makeup, style or color our hair, shave our legs/pits/bikinis, wax our brows, whiten our teeth, paint our nails, or wear our spanx we are presenting a retouched version of ourselves. So since we all enjoy the desire of seeing the fantastical I think the label of all parts retouched is a brilliant idea. Might keep us in the reality that NOBODY is quite this perfect.
On a side note, I appreciate that SI chose a young woman who has some sag to her breasts (not that I don’t still envy the little bit of sag she has) but it’s a nice change not seeing youthful, silicone breasts that are up to her chin…you know another part of the fiction they usually like to sell men and women alike.
Here are the comments from The Good Men Project.