Summer is definitely in the air as two (fashion) magazines go for clothes-less pictorials. Harper’s Bazaar’s Naked Truth with Kim Kardashian has made quite some waves given the specifications: unretouched, not-photoshopped.
Kim Kardashian’s un-airbrushed body, however, doesn’t hold many secrets anymore (neither does she en entier, but that’s another story) so it’s pretty unfair that she got all the attention even though there’s also Joy Bryant and Amanda de Cadenet in the same story, authored by Amanda herself. (the story continues right after the jump with more images, click here for the gallery!)
The story appeared in Harper’s Bazaar May 2010 issue with Gwyneth Paltrow on the cover. A safe cover, I might add, with no aesthetic or stylistic risks, which is pretty much Gwyneth. The interview doesn’t bring the Moon closer, either, it’s just good ol’ gal pal Gwynnie making her way through paparazzi and movies all that while taking good care of her family and her beloved Goop. You know, safe playing Gwyneth. Getting back to Kim Kardashian – we’ve been up this well before and it won’t get us anywhere else but their fame for nothing and their money for free. And this is just another way to put it. With or without clothes.
Yes, good for them! They’re courageous and they’ve embarked in this bet with full power, but does it really work? Does it inspire you to make peace with your body just because this and that celeb don’t wear their clothes on (and don’t get tons of Photoshop) for just one photo shoot? Well, that…
Now let’s take a step further and look at Allure’s May 2010 issue. With yet another clothes less story with clothes less celebs. Only this time, nobody tells you there’s no Photoshop involved. Catherine Zeta-Jones’ move, to show her body it’s a brave act because of her age, not because of what she’s standing for doing this pictorial.
And what a stunning woman she is, no doubt about it! Had no interest or desire in seeing her with no clothes on, but I guess someone must have had! Alongside Catherine (not physically/photographically but side by side in a page matter of speaking) more famous faces (and bodies) joined the no-textile wave by showing off their physical assets: Emmanuelle Chriqui, Colbie Caillat, Kara DioGuardi, Jessica Capshaw, Regina Hall.
Since there’s already so much talk and so little clothing, I’ll repeat my question: seeing famous people being photographed without clothes does it make you feel more liberated when dealing with your own body/image? Seeing famous people with no Photoshop (for one photoshoot or one groceries/gym run) does it make you feel better about yourself? What’s the actual point (besides selling magazines) of doing stories like that? (more from Allure here, from Harper’s Bazaar cover story with Gwyneth here, more about HB’s Uncovered story here and here)