I know these photos are getting ragged on by a lot of people for being a cheap gimmick, but I think it highlights the fact that magazine editorials are often over-photoshopped and create unreasonable expectations around beauty. The photographs are for People Magazine’s “World’s Most Beautiful” feature.
Zooey Deschanel told People: ”I’ve gotten more comfortable with my looks as the years have gone on. All the things I like about myself go along with my flaws. I just have to accept those things.”
The “New Girl” star (sans falsies) was photographed with Mad Men’s Jessica Paré and starlet Lily Collins (below), as well as Julie Bowen, Paris Jackson, Paula Patton and Sandra Lee.
Although the spread drew criticism, I appreciated that it promoted discussion. Jezbel’s Dodai Stewart wrote: ”It feels like a set-up, in a way: If you think she looks bad, aren’t you just thinking as a member of the oppressively rigid society that keeps women feeling that they have to be flawless? And if you think she looks good, which, by the way, I do, then what is the point?”
I also believe these ladies all look fab without makeup and that the photos humanize them. No, celebrities weren’t born with perfectly contoured cheekbones and full eyelashes. The unfortunate part is that we have to be reminded by photos like these that natural can be beautiful too.