The words about body positivity that come from Kate Winslet seem never-ending, and we love her so much for it. She has been our #WCW and we’ve learned so much from her. And to be frank, she just continues to slay when it comes to being a positive role model for girls.
Her latest foray into the world of calling out media for misrepresentation of female beauty ideals addresses something we know all too well: Photoshop (or really, photo retouching in general). At the Elle Women in Hollywood event that took place this past Monday, Winslet told E! News that the contractual agreement between L’Oréal and herself states that no additional editing will be done to alter her appearance in her Lancôme ads – because she wants to set a good example for young women who look to this type of media for guidance and inspiration.
“I think [younger women] do look to magazines. I think they do look to women who have been successful in their chosen careers and they want people to look up to,” Winslet said. “And I would always want to be telling the truth about who I am to that generation because they’ve got to have strong leaders. We’re all responsible for raising strong young women, so these are things that are important to me.”
And she’s so right. In a world of Instagram filters and the ability to touch up our photos at the click of a button, Winslet’s words are so powerful – especially since younger women are so in touch with technology and arguably the biggest audience of social media-targeted ads. It’s easy to tell girls what is real and what is fake, and that they should love themselves no matter what. But seeing retouched images over and over again can instill a big sense of “This is what I should look like,” regardless of what logic tells us – and as women, we have a responsibility to future generations.
This isn’t the first time Winslet has addressed photo retouching, either. In her August 2009 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, she said, “I have wrinkles here, which are very evident. And I will particularly say when I look at movie posters, ‘You guys have airbrushed my forehead. Please can you change it back?’ I’d rather be the woman they’re saying ‘She’s looking older’ about than ‘She’s looking stoned.’”
We applaud Kate Winslet (again – our hands are getting tired!), and other women who have spoken out against unrealistic Photoshopping and have taken similar stands such as going makeup-free, for reminding us that beauty is inside everyone and there is no such thing as an ideal face or body. And there doesn’t have to be, because we are all perfect and beautiful just the way we are.
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