Just a quick note to say head over to Julie Parker's blog, Beautiful You by Julie, to see pictures from the current issue of Australian Women's Weekly and an intriguing story behind them.
The cover story on model and TV personality Sarah Murdoch includes the usual array of photos of her, and she looks lovely, but the pictures have not been airbrushed or re-touched in any way, at her insistence. She 37 and looks her age - which is a refreshing change.
Sarah has been involved in the National Body Image Advisory Group, hence her interest in appearing natural in the media.
It is a toe in the water for the editors, who are waiting to see if their readers can handle the sight of a wrinkle or two on a woman over 25 in the pages of their favourite magazine.
Julie reports that the editor made this reserved comment: "it's a very competitive industry and I'm at this stage just taking a little baby step and seeing how this goes for now."
I'll probably buy a copy just to show my support for the baby step.
PS. the above photo is of one of my short-fingered, wrinkly, fingernail-chewed, hands. I like them. I'm hoping that the concept of celebrating actual, real bodies in the media (ie. ones belonging to actual people), really takes off.