Unairbrushed Model? Not Groundbreaking

Jennifer Hawkins not 'brave' for showing off tiny flaws, say critics
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2010 1:54 PM CST
Jennifer Hawkins is shown, naked and not retouched, on the cover of Australia's Marie Claire.   (Marie Claire)

(Newser) – Australia’s Marie Claire took the oh-so-courageous step in the fight for positive body image of featuring a naked, unretouched woman on its February cover...a woman who just so happens to be supermodel Jennifer Hawkins. The issue will benefit an eating disorder organization that defends the choice, saying the photo reveals Hawkins’ flaws, but you may have to squint to see them, writes Amy Odell in New York.

Those flaws basically boil down to a somewhat dimpled thigh and a tiny crease on her waist. "We appreciate the efforts here," writes Odell, "but when we look at this cover we don't think, Hey! She MIGHT have cellulite! I feel so much better about myself! We think, Damn, she's got a flat stomach. Why did I drink so much over the holidays?"

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