Modeling Nude With No Airbrush: Is She Still Hot?
Jennifer Hawkins – one of Australia’s most popular models (alongside Miranda Kerr and Megan Gale) – posed nude and even more shockingly, with no airbrushing, for the cover of February’s Australian Marie Claire magazine.
The natural beauty, crowned Miss Universe in 2004, tells the writer, “I’m not a stick figure. I thought it would be great to tell women to just be themselves and be confident.”
While the magazine and Hawkins herself had good intentions, some are slamming their anti-Photoshopping efforts, claiming the cover star doesn’t represent “real” women.
According to HuffingtonPost.com:
Editor Jackie Frank told The Australian the images were inspired by a survey of 5500 readers, which showed that only 12 percent of women were truly happy with their bodies. Marie Claire put Hawkins on the cover to make a positive statement about body image and the photographs of Hawkins will be auctioned later this month, with the proceeds donated to the Butterfly Foundation, an eating disorders support group.
Apparently the cover sparked an outcry from readers such as “She wants to make [women] feel more comfortable about how they look, gee thanks, I now feel worse! I’m a size 10 and I still have more rolls than her!” and “If anything is going to have me running to the toilet with my finger down my throat it’s a picture of Jennifer Hawkins naked.”
Hawkins does have some flaws on show – including her dimpled thigh, creased waist and skin-tone changes. Are they enough for her to be a “real” woman – and in your opinion, what is a “real” woman anyway?
Check out the famous video of Jennifer Hawkins’ wardrobe malfunction a few years back: