Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Inspiration-Real Women Have Pores

I think the thing I love about independent fashion blogs is that we are all real women. What you see is what you get. Don't get me wrong, I love magazines. They are beautiful, however unatainable, depictions of style and beauty. As I get older I'm having to deal with my changing face and body. If I walk in a room with a twenty year old girl, the men are going to be checking out her. I know that. I was that girl at one point.

I think blogs are giving the fashion industry a run for its money because we are getting used to accepting regular looking girls and women as stylish and cool. This is profound. I'm glad to be part of it even if it's in a small way. I love the community of women I've met here.

I posted this short video from Dove on Facebook about a year ago and came across it again. I used to work as a wardrobe stylist assistant on fashion photo shoots when I was younger. It reminded me of all the work that goes into a fashion photo even before the airbrushing. Have you seen this video? What are your thoughts on the messages we're given about beauty and perfection?

And here's another one just for fun.


  1. Good post. I was never somebody that the guys checked out, even when I was 20, but I'm still having a hard time coming to grips with getting older. It's been hard for *me* to deal with -- it's as if my body is betraying me with all these lines and wrinkles and white hairs and sagging skin. What did I do to deserve it?!

  2. I so agree about how bloggers have helped me deal with the realities of mid-life! We *are* what "real women" look like, and there's nothing wrong with that. Kari- I've had the pleasure to meet you in person, and you look lovely, truly!

    If Faith Hill "needs" photo-shopping, I reckon I'll never appear un-retouched on the cover of anything : >

  3. I'd seen the Dove video before, but not the other one. One of the inter-blog "conversations" we've been having for a while is about the (presumed) invisibility of women over 50. I think our generation of women won't take that lying down, and am happy to see so many 50+ style blogs out there now.

  4. I will say that it PO's me. I see pictures in magazines of women with the most beautiful eyelashes. The ad's say their mascara will make yours look like that too. Do they really think that I am that stupid? Evidently so, because it is rampant. And showing Diane Keaton with perfect skin and almost minimal crows feet. Nope, that is not how she looks and the cream being pushed with her face is not going to take away the wrinkles for anyone except maybe a 30 year old.
    Like Patti said, we are real women. I think that the more of us that are out here showing ourselves as we really are, the more other women will feel that they are not alone and in fact are quite normal.

  5. I have used the Dove video in some of my classes. It is always a revelation to my students. Have you seen the one that is a parody of it--featuring an "average Joe" in his early 20s?


Thank you for your comment, friend.