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No makeup, no airbushing, no problem! Jessica Simpson goes natural on the cover of Marie Claire.

Date: April 13, 2010 | Posted By:

 

Jessica Simpson goes natural and untouched in this month's Marie Claire

Jessica’s Simpson is on an ambitious campaign to change Hollywood’s perceptions of beauty: one step was with the release of her new reality show, now she’s bravely going where hardly any celebs have gone before.

She appears on the cover of Marie Claire with, according the magazine’s reps, no makeup, no special hair prep and no photo retouching. Along with the cover, there are several photos of Simpson from a photo shoot in the same style—natural.

It’s a beautiful sight.

Simpson has been criticized harshly in the tabloids for years about her slight increases in weight. The singer has now launched her “Beautiful Me” campaign, a program designed to boost young girls’ self esteem.

Speaking of past magazine appearances, Simpson told the Associated Press, “I don’t look like the girl on the cover of the magazine. I do not look like my covers…they airbrush me.”

The Marie Claire cover photo is refreshingly natural. Whereas typically every blemish would be smoothed over and under-eye shadows erased, Simpson exposes her natural face. Whereas hair would be prepped for hours beforehand, Simpson lets her natural locks down. And you know what? It’s stunning.

In photos that appear inside the magazine, Simpson poses again completely naturally. It is so amazing to see some normal arms, arms that aren’t electronically toned, tanned and trimmed.

Controversy exists of course. Some people don’t believe she’s actually 100 percent natural. At the Huffington Post and other sites there are surveys determining whether or not people believe the magazine’s makeup-free claims.

But to me, it doesn’t matter if she’s wearing a little bit of concealer or blush. I don’t care if her hair was actually curled earlier that morning or even if she has fake eyelashes on. What matters and what is astounding is that she’s exposing herself the way she actually is and the way most women can understand. Every woman can put on some blush and walk out the door, but few woman can spend thousands on makeup artists, and no woman can zap her body to the impossible proportions airbrushers do to magazine models all the time.

On a cover of this magazine that typically flaunts extra thin, extra smooth, wrinkle-and-blemish-free models, Simpson looks like you and me. She’s just the beginning of changing norms, and I hope other celebrities jump on board.

Check out the photo shoot, and leave your thoughts in the comments!

–Kate




What Do You Think?

4 Responses to No makeup, no airbushing, no problem! Jessica Simpson goes natural on the cover of Marie Claire.

  1. gininitaly on 04-17-2010

    I agree, she looks wonderful! So nice to see in this world of mass whorification of females... personally I think we're at an all time low with respect for the female gender.
  2. respect on 05-23-2010

    wow that is a change from the norm...It is unheard of these days for a woman to be on the cover of or in a magazine with out air brush touch ups and photo shop. It is demeaning to women how they have to sit in the make up room for hours to then have a photo shop warp them into the impossible. If you have read the novel "The Bluest Eye" by toni morrison, the protagonist Pecola Breedlove, a 11 year old black girl has dreamed her whole life to have blue eyes and be the most beautiful girl ever. She thinks that she isnt perfect because of what she sees in magazine and she doesnt know that is 99.97% photo shop, so she always told herself that she was ulgy. This relates to real life because millions of young women beleive they need to look like the women who have sat in the make up room for hours.
  3. edward on 05-23-2010

    wow that is a change from the norm...It is unheard of these days for a woman to be on the cover of or in a magazine with out air brush touch ups and photo shop. It is demeaning to women how they have to sit in the make up room for hours to then have a photo shop warp them into the impossible. If you have read the novel "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison, the protagonist Pecola Breedlove, a 11 year old black girl has dreamed her whole life to have blue eyes and be the most beautiful girl ever. She thinks that she isn't perfect because of what she sees in magazine and she doesn't know that is 99.97% photo shop, so she always told herself that she was ugly. This relates to real life because millions of young women believe they need to look like the women who have sat in the make up room for hours.
  4. Natural organic cosmetics on 06-07-2010

    I always admire women who can go out without make up at all, for the simplier you are the better. And still believe that being natural is well appreciated by many.