This week, one of the high profile stories here has been Deborah Hutton and her decision to have sunspots and scars Photo-shopped out of a nude cover for an Australian magazine.
So, here’s my take:
1> The woman is 50, and looks damn good – Photoshop or no!
2> She was still recognizable as herself.
3> It was HER decision.
4> She removed sunspots and scars – whoopee!
I saw on a ‘news’ show the other night, several high profile women saying that she should have left the sunspots and scars visible, because then she was presenting an accurate and honest image. Right. So, someone who is in the public eye all the time, should never wear makeup, never have botox, or fillers, or anything else and should never wear clothes that hide body parts they dislike – untouched bare faces and lycra all around?
I can tell you now, if I was going on the cover of a national magazine in the nuddy, I’d be calling for Photoshop – and not (just) for the squishy bits. I’d want my dark under-eye circles minimised (not erased, I would want to look like me), and the 4 inch scar on my right shoulder obliterated. They may be part of me, but they are parts I don’t like a whole lot, so why (should said event occur) would I not want them made less visible, particularly when the image will be preserved for a long time, and will be seen by a lot of people?
Not a snowflakes chance in Hell of me rejecting Photoshop in that instance, and I defy anyone else to knock it back, if faced with that particular conundrum.