Forgive me for being late, I’ve been out of the country, but I wanted to address the issue of Sarah Palin and her untouched photo on the cover of Newsweek last week. The uproar is that the magazine has published an untouched photo of Sarah and *gasp*, the woman has pores and…I can hardly bring myself to say it…facial hair. What has this world come to? A VP candidate with human features?!
From my very limited experience with TV and my zero experience with cover shots, I do know that your beauty team is of up most importance. Cameras pick up all the flaws, if you will, and give a little too realistic of an appearance. After all, meeting someone on the street and stopping to chat, they likely won’t notice a little upper lip fuzz but posting a close-up on a magazine cover for all to analyze is obviously a situation in which your beauty team needs to be present.
Whip out the tweezers or epicare, bring on the concealer.
Sarah has, no doubt, a team of professional beauty and style experts. Maybe she just isn’t concerned with looking perfect since she knows she’s not. Maybe she’s just too busy running a campaign to stop for a wax.
Sometimes moms have that problem too. PTA, soccer, church, making lunch, running at home businesses or going to a job and tucking in the kids can get in the way of our own beauty routines. We can not look picture perfect every day (oh, don’t we wish for the airbrushed affect!) and when we don’t we just have to laugh and leave it for another day. It’s not ideal but you do the best that you can with the time that you have.
While I don’t think it’s a sin for Newsweek to have left the cover shot untouched, I do think it is biased since they touch up every other cover. I bet they’ve sold a lot of copies simply for the fact that it is untouched. I think if they left Heidi Klum’s face untouched, she might just have some “flaws” too. Humans are not, after all, porcelain dolls.