I’d like to think that French Elle took a cue from my recent post, in which I showed you Before and After pics of myself on Today Show, in publishing their April “no makeup, no airbrushing” issue. Alas, I may just be ahead of my time, because the likelihood of French Elle knowing who I am are about as likely as, in the words of NeverSayDiet reader Alyssa, “the Pope hosting a Seder at the Vatican.”
Still, I am excited about what they’ve done here. Eight famous women - primarily European celebs – including model Eva Herzigova and actresses Monica Bellucci and Sophie Marceau – bare all in the issue: No makeup, no airbrushing (but yes, they are clothed). The cover proclaims "Stars Sans Fards," which means “stars without makeup.”
For reference, here’s what they look like WITH makeup (and, I’d presume, retouching):
Good for them for agreeing to be a part of such a daring (in the fashion, industry, anyways) project and showing what they look like when the mascara and foundation get wiped away.
Also, have you all been catching this story about Susan Boyle, a 47-year-old, unemployed, unmarried woman from Scotland who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent? The story, in a nutshell: Unattractive woman gets on show. Audience boos, assuming she will be horrible. Simon Cowell patronizingly asks, “What’s your name, darling?” Woman explains she’s never been kissed or married but has always wanted to sing. Eyebrows raise. Audience stands ready to pounce. Woman opens her mouth and sings like an angel. Stunned judgy-McJudgerson Piers Morgan announces, “That was the biggest surprise I’ve had in three years on the show.”
What is the surprise, exactly? It’s this: People in our society assume that if you’re big or have a lazy eye or bad teeth or aren’t conventionally good-looking, you must be lazy, stupid and untalented. A woman who looks like this can’t possibly sound like this or this.
Except she can. And she does. Book, meet cover. Stop judging.