Australia’s Marie Claire magazine is weighing in on the Photoshop debate. The February issue of the magazine features an unretouched image of ex-Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins posing nude, in a bid by Hawkins and editor Jackie Frank to encourage positive attitudes to body image.
Although Hawkins is naturally slim and has a fantastic body, even minor flaws, such as the crease on her waist and her uneven skin tones, would normally have been retouched for the cover. “I’m not a stick figure – I thought it would be great to tell women to just be themselves and be confident,” Hawkins told the magazine. According to Frank, the shoot never would have happened if Hawkins hadn’t been “brave enough to say she didn’t care about the little lumps and bumps and creases.”
The February issue of Australia’s Marie Claire is on sale from January 6. An auction of the images will also begin on January 6, with proceeds going to The Butterfly Foundation, who provide support for Australians suffering from eating disorders and negative body image issues.