Apologies for the lateness again! damn migraines.
The focus on Katie Holmes this week shouldn’t be too surprising – she absolutely dominated with six covers – and Nicole Kidman has already been dragged into all this divorce coverage.. Ms. Kidman’s publicist has gone on the record as stating that Kidman has had no contact with Ms. Holmes, and will not be commenting as she continues to maintain the silence she has kept since her own divorce.
Teen magazine Dolly has come under fire for its model search campaign, with Lydia Jade Turner and Melinda Tankard Reist claiming that it is torpedoing the government’s attempts to “set up industry self-regulation on body image”. The authors claim that the modelling competition re-enforces accepted beauty norms as far as size and attractiveness by allowing girls to vote for entrants based on a photograph, and requiring the contestants to meet specific requirements. Dolly may have avoided criticism had they not been awarded the positive body image award, with the writers stating that “giving Dolly the positive body image award is like awarding KFC a healthy food award because it started selling salads” – though, the winner’s age has raised a few eyebrows, despite Miranda Kerr being the same age when SHE won. Tankard Reist and Turner raise an important point though – how is allowing girls and industry professionals to rate young girls based on appearance who are competing for a modelling contract promoting positive body image?
Teens have protested out front of the offices of Teen Vogue to try to convince them to use less photoshopping, though Teen Vogue states they feature healthy models, and do not retouch readers and non-models who appear in the magazine. Sounds a lot like what Seventeen said – AND what Seventeens Healthy Body Image Pledge said what they would do. Seventeen’s flaky pledge continues to draw valid criticism.
TV Week has been dropped from the Magazine Wrap-Up.
A – Magazine cover has no mention of Beauty, weight, or appearance.
OK!, Grazia, Woman’s Day, and New Idea all win A’s this week, despite some controversy. OK! focuses on Katie Holmes – as does New Idea who, along with Woman’s Day, assert that Nicole Kidman is somehow involved through either support, or rescue – which her publicist has denied. OK!, also continues to have Jennifer Lopez on the same baby bump watch they have had going for a few weeks now. Perhaps this is a case of “if we claim it, it will come? “. Grazia have asserted that Posh and Katie have some kind of Divorce pact – I guess by Pact they mean one friend helped out another friend. Grazia also assert that a book has started a baby boom. I do hope it isn’t that pseudo fan fic 50 Shades Of Grey.
And Lastly, Oh… Woman’s Day – You guys really buggered up this time didn’t you with the the published photos that shocked the world – World Exclusive Photos! (yeah, because no-one else would publish them due to respect). Wills & Kate. Our Island Paradise. Their Romantic Getaway revealed. Plus 15 more Pics inside. Turns out these romantic getaway pics were actually their honeymoon pics in the Seychelles. And nobody is amused.
B – Magazine cover makes mention of Beauty Routines, and Fashion articles for maximising ones appearance – No shaming or promises of results.
Shop til you drop features Kate Moss on its cover, with the tagline Look sexier (without trying too hard) – because it’s your job to look sexy, guys. Don’t just make sure you look badass and wear clothes you love and feel comfortable in. You gotta look sexy as well.
C – Magazine cover prominently mentions Diet/ Health with no hard promises or time frames, Features weight loss stories, Features stories about Beauty Routines which promise results, Features stories on Slimming/ Sexy clothing, Focus on obtaining a particular type of desirable body. Magazine cover focuses on dressing for the male gaze.
D – Magazine cover actively promotes diets which promise fast results. Actively promotes Exercise for specific results. Actively assumes worth is determined by Male Gaze. Actively promotes youth for an audience over the age of 21. Actively promotes drastic beauty routines. Slight shaming tendencies.
E – Magazine cover actively shames celebrity/ media personalities’ appearance. Actively promotes unhealthy diets/ unhealthy weight loss/celebrity diet tips. Actively engages in fat/ thin/ age shaming. Shaming dominates the page.
NW – I am so bored and sickened at NW‘s stories every week, and now that I have noticed their little taglines under their Title such as NW – giving you the skinny on tomcat, I am even more disgusted. I see what you did there – a story on Skinny such as Stressed and Starving: Why Katie Fears for her life; 34kg Rachel: I’m not too thin – then relating it too the current celebrity shock divorce, WHILE MAKING SURE one of the leading characters of said skinny bashing story happens to be one of those involved in the divorce. And look – as is the current way – they very unconvincingly try to make it look like concern, but really – how often do you walk past someone you do not know and legitimately feel concerned at their appearance SPECIFICALLY DUE TO THEIR WEIGHT? And how exactly do they know that Rachel Zoe is 34 kg especially as she has never publically stated how much she weighs. Is this a case of some supposed expert making a guess? Or perhaps it’s a source? Like her hairdressers brothers housekeepers bestfriend? This is pure body policing, and it is heinous. I really wish that people would stop supporting NW, and start refusing to buy this horrid little publication.
Famous continues both the Katie Holmes coverage, and the skinny policing with their cover. The [size] zero diet – How a leaked email exposed the most disturbing diet hollywood has ever seen. Really Famous? The most disturbing diet? EVER?? Do you have the only email? Because the interwebs doesn’t have it. I like how you teamed that tagline up with pictures of all the old favourites – an Olsen, Mischa Barton, Rachel Zoe… some of those pictures are a few years old, aren’t they Famous? Oh. Dear. AND, Rob and Kristen are now on baby watch –so, when does their movie come out? Must be soon if they are back in the media…
Who round out the Tom and Katie Divorce coverage this week, and team it up with a plastic surgery story – Ruined by surgery: 23 star transformations. 50+ shocking photos. I love when the differences are makeup/ non makeup. Linsay Lohan and Carla Bruni are two of those who are featured. As with all these stories, it’s usually based on speculation by cosmetic surgeons who didn’t actually perform any procedures. It’s really just another way for the magazines to tear down high profiled women, and make those of us with non-high profile lives feel better about ourselves. And, that’s always a good thing isn’t it? When we tear down the appearance of others in order to make ourselves feel better? It is so goddamn high school, and it’s fantastic to see this mean girl behaviour perpetuated in the tabloids. /sarcasm
Best – Grazia.
Worst – NW
Honourable Mention – OK! – but can you stop with the baby watch?
What do you think? Did I get it Right? Did I get it Wrong?