Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

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A New First?

March 14, 2014

I think I just wrote my first letter to the editor! If you’ve read my blog long enough or know me on FB, I don’t try to get political. I have my views, I speak up when necessary, and I let my actions speak for themselves. But this time I just felt I needed the editors to know I was disappointed.

The magazine in question is Outdoor Photography. I got a subscription because my children were selling magazines for a fundraiser and I didn’t like too many of the choices. I’ve always wanted to get into photography but, well, like most of my endeavors unless pushed I rarely move forward with it. But I like this magazine and all the amazing outdoor photography and photography tips.

To my great disappointment in the April 2014 issue is an ad on page 19 for photo editing software that extolled the virtues of taking a photo of a rather pretty young lady and manipulating it to the point that I was left shaking my head and wondering what on earth was wrong with the first picture?

I know editing software is a must. I play with the lighting effects; I’ve cloned out a stray foot or wonky background. Heck, I’ve even blended out a pimple on my nephew’s forehead. I’ll even agree to whitening the eyes and teeth (haven’t figured out how to do that yet). But to give this beautiful young woman a nose job, new cheekbones, and new chin and reduced jaw line to try to achieve some fake and unrealistic view of beauty is just wrong. They even played with her beauty mark and removed a mole on her neck!

“Transform your portraits into polished, cover-worthy images. Capable of sophisticated enhancements, yet extremely easy to use.” Digital Photo Buyer’s Guide Nov 2013 said of Portrait Pro’s product.

Wow.

I felt compelled to write to the editors because I have recommended their magazine to the girls I mentor through scouts as they work on digital photography. I will think twice about recommending the magazine. There are other ways of demonstrating the value of retouching than saying “your everyday subjects just aren’t good enough.”

Seriously, what message does this send? And trust me, I’ve been watching the friends of T1 play with such “enhancements” to their photos that they post on Instagram and I’m heartsick about it. Is it any wonder they think less of themselves and think they have to market themselves as pieces of meat with ads like this and so many other horrible images out there?

I encourage anyone out there with a photography interest to contact not only Outdoor Photography but Portrait Pro to ask them to change their advertising messages. I also encourage you to support forward thinking projects like the Eleanor Project and get their message out to girls and women of all ages that beauty radiates from within.

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Empowering and Powerful Women

January 3, 2013

I am cautious about who I “Like” and “Share” because of the implication of association. Personally for the Chief’s job I have to be careful to never mention his company, etc. Other times, yeah, that picture maybe the funniest thing out there but don’t you see the profanity in the source name? I’ve had to out of necessity accept friend requests from scout parents and therefore need to watch these things (because I’m social network unsavvy–just NOW realized I could have created an entirely separate FB profile with my scout e-mail address for all those parents to friend–duh! I really need a face palm on this one!)

A great deal of the time those “Likes” and “Shares” also connect you with people and organizations that while that one picture was funny may on the whole have views and agendas quite contrary to your own. Again, I have to make sure the Chief is not associated with things. Whether you agree with that or not, believe it is an infringement of rights or totally agree–it is in his contract. Those are the rules. So I live by them. And I live by my conservative religious beliefs too–or try to as I often fall so short!

But I am going to share with you three projects and organizations started by 4 very strong and amazing women. All three projects were launched on New Years. While I don’t always agree with some of their views or political stances, the good they are doing and will do is by far the most important thing.

The Eleanor Project: We Are All Beautiful
We are two women — mothers, wives, daughters, friends — who want to change the perception of what is beautiful. We don’t buy into the ideal of beauty pushed by Hollywood and glossy magazines; not when there are so many incredible women all around us.

Christian Aid Network
The Christian Aid Network is committed to making a difference in the fight to end hunger, homelessness, and hardship by empowering people through nutrition, education, resources, and support while encouraging self-sufficiency. *Currently only on FB but give her some time!

365 Days of Random Acts of Kindness
While there are a few groups with the same name on Facebook, this is the one started by Hillbilly Debutante. She is encouraging everyone to share their Random Acts of Kindness, not for praise but for inspiration. If you’ve read HB’s first book, you know that she was subjected to the worst in humanity and yet she has risen above that and the generosity of her and her husband is truly uplifting.

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