Eva Herzigova, Monica Bellucci and Sophie Marceau grace three different covers of French Elle April 2009. Photographed by Peter Lindbergh in the best light with the best background so we don’t see how pale they are, how different they really are from us, even without makeup! (the story continues after the jump! Don’t miss the gallery with Elle’s Sans Fards April 2009 issue!)
Joining Eva Herzigova, Monica Bellucci and Sophie Marceau in the Makeup-less parade are: Karin Viard, Charlotte Rampling, Chiara Mastroianni, Ines de la Fressange, Anne Parrilaud. Monica Bellucci thinks Lindbergh brings her “italianity” to light, just like in a Rossellini movie.
The idea behind this issue is not the crusade against retouching but changing the perspective we use to look at the feminine beauty. Valérie Toranian, editor in-chief of Elle France chose Peter Lindbergh because he has a way of showing “a real beauty, proof that these women, permanently retouched in the magazines pages can be just as beautiful au naturel.”. Sophie Marceau’s confession that “When they’re retouching one of my photos, I can’t find myself” is rather tricky. Why go on and accept photoshop/airbrush/photo retouching of any kind if it’s not you?