Life Gives You Lemons


O Girl, O Beautiful, O Photoshopped Covers?
July 25, 2007, 6:00 pm
Filed under: odd random thoughts, rants, women

Reflecting again on the whole Jezebel/Faith Hill/Redbook thing yesterday got me thinking about…

Oprah.

Oprah on the cover of every single issue of O Magazine. Always looking pretty fine. Always. (I’m jes sayin.)

And then, I couldn’t help but notice, and love, O Girl, O Beautiful. The Revolution. Yeah! BRING it. It IS time for:

girls around the globe to realize how beautiful they really are… inside and out!

Only, you know what? I changed my mind. I’m NOT jes sayin’, I’m ASKING. POINT BLANK. Oprah, show us your before & afters.

Because, you have this big thing going on about girls’ self-esteem and self-love, and making the world a better place for them. And now I REALLY just want to know. Could you/would you on the cover? Are those images, or are they photos? Have you routinely been photoshopped within inches of your life? AND if you have in the past, would you take a stand against this and stop?

UPDATE: Penelope Trunk recalls seeing an issue of O Magazine “where [Oprah] devoted an issue of her magazine to talking about her befores and afters and showing them, and showing the process she goes through to look like that on the cover. She specifically did it because she said she didn’t want people to thinks he actually looks that good in real life.” There is a back issue of O Magazine where Oprah shows start-to finish what goes on to make the glamorous cover shots the public sees.

Anyone know which one and if it is online? We found these links at the O Magazine website, but they don’t give us much.

“Blowing Our Cover: Behind the Scenes of an O, Oprah Magazine Cover Shoot” ; “Behind the Cover”

In the meanwhile, we actually missed this somewhat related rant on Jezebel last week RE: Oprah in 1998 on Vogue cover

Frankly, I’m still concerned about the message it sends to women. Oprah has a tremendous opportunity here to change something in media for real and for the better… So why not?

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Right on, come on O, do it!

Comment by PBLUV

You know those are Photoshopped… nobody is that SHINY.

Comment by startlingmoniker

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If you take a look at the Sept 2007 issue, there is a line on the left side of her forehead. That is where they cut and pasted her face onto this body double. I used to work in magazines, and we did this stuff all the time.

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