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NATURAL BEAUTY: Cate Blanchett Forgoes The Photoshop Treatment

  • by Corrie Shenigo
  • posted at 5:19 pm
  • March 21, 2012

Award-winning actress (and my own girl-crush) Cate Blanchett recently went completely au natural, gracing the cover of Economist offshoot Intelligent Life with nary a hint of photoshopping to enhance her naturally stunning face. At 42 year-old, the Aussie looks staggeringly lovely down to her gorgeous laugh lines and flawless skin.

Editor-In-Chief of Intelligent Life, Tim de Lisle expounded on foregoing today’s all-to-often overdone touch ups:

Publishers want a recognizable person on the cover, with a real career; but they also want an empty vessel—for clothes and jewellery and make-up, which often seem to be supplied by the advertisers with the most muscle…Cate Blanchett, by contrast, appears on our cover in her working clothes, with the odd line on her face and faint bags under her eyes. She looks like what she is—a woman of 42, spending her days in an office, her evenings on stage and the rest of her time looking after three young children.

Huh? Imagine it. You mean… just like a real woman? *Gasp!

The controversy surrounding the frequency of airbrushing and photoshopping and how it affects women’s self-images has long been in the fashion zeitgeist, with Glamour magazine recently putting the question to their own readers, who urged the magazine to refrain from “manipulat[ing the] body size in the photos they commission.”

Let’s hope this is one more step towards celebrating the beauty of women of all ages in all of it’s glorious reality!

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