Even Faith Hill is not perfect enough.

Faith Hill is a beautiful, tall, elegant woman, but even she needed to have her imperfections airbrushed out in order to be beautiful enough to grace the cover of Redbook.

I am posting these images HUGE so you can really see how totally ridiculous this is.

Why the facade?

Why do we accept this?

Why do continue you believe this to be true?

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Why are wrinkles ugly? Wrinkles are real, they are wise, they are security. They are softness, kindness.

I guess beauty marks have lost their appeal as well? They are called “beauty” marks for god’s sake. Forget about it, get rid of ’em. 

Natural womanly curves must be hidden at all costs. Only skin, only bones are allowed. Lob that disgusting layer of fat off her back.

Overall, she looks like a tub. We can’t have this. Iron out those creases in her tent dress, give her some dignity.

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Now, there’s the Faith Hill we can believe in!  

Guys, this is totally asinine. Why, why do you continue to believe these optical illusions? Illusions that torture you daily. Illisions that tell you that you are gross, fat, ugly.

 It’s all part of the game, and they gotcha. 

I guarantee you will walk past a newstand in the next 24 hours, compare yourself to the covermodel, and think about what you can do to measure up.

When you do, I want you to stop and think about this post.

Then, recite these words:

The fashion industry is demented. From today forward, they can kiss my ass.

-mamaV

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42 Responses to Even Faith Hill is not perfect enough.

  1. Gina says:

    OMGSH THAT’S SOOO SICK!
    I was just looken at that seconed picture thinking
    “why can’t I look like that!?”

    To me in a wayy I still see it as real =/

    i dont knoww…

  2. ishmael ahab says:

    I am glad that I able to find your site.

    Yeah your right…the current trend about beauty and fashion is so sickening. Many people force themselves to look like what the society deems as beautiful. Many men and women drink slimming medicines, do an operation so that they will look young.

    I admit that I am one of them (I have this feeling that I do not to grow and look old). But then again, I think that it is high time for us to stand-up and put a stop to this norm. Why don’t society accept a person the way he or she are?

  3. Beth says:

    It’s simple. The second cover looks better. A lot better. It will get your attention, keep you looking longer, and sell more issues.

  4. Gemma says:

    That’s really weird. It looks so different, her face is more perfect and shiny. Plus her arm has completely thinned down and so has the side of her waist. The thing I’m not understanding is, in the first unairbrushed, she has collar bones which are really visible, symbolizing she’s skinny. But in the second she has barely any, are they trying to make her seem less skinny and ill, just to show that she is beautiful without bones, even though they’ve completely airbrushed her.

    xx

  5. Lo says:

    wow! i can’t believe they airbrushed her…she already looked amazing in the first picture. They even made her arm look smaller. WHY?? Because the media, etc…is completely f***ed up! grr.

  6. Oh my bloody god! I’m so happy to have found your site! It made me laugh; you speak the truth. Do you care that I link to it via my own blog? I’m doing a new green project…. http://www.rrfchanges.blogspot.com

    Ps- wrinkles are lovely!

  7. She is beautiful in person. I’ve met her a couple of times and got to sing with her. Airbrushing is so out of freaking control. Too bad we can’t all be airbrushed!! I guess what I should be saying is, too bad we can’t all love ourselves the way we are.

  8. wanderer says:

    the pose is weird, too, like she’s trying to hide her (nonexistent) stomach.

  9. Jane says:

    I am glad that media doesn’t really influence me all that much, especially once i realised that the pictures on the front of the magazines werent real.

    I also thought about the collar bone thing Gemma, I had to look a few times to convince myself that i was seeing correctly. Whatever the purpose, it’s sickening… be it to portray the idea that haveing bones isnt beautiful (which is a kinda rediculous thing for me to guess since theyve made her arm and waist smaller) or for some other purpose. I just dont get it.

    I think that the aging process is beautiful – i know this sounds weird but i honestly cant wait to get my first wrinkle and grey hair… i think that is shows a sense of maturity, strength and most importantly to me is that by reaching this milestone i will know that i have survived. it sounds weird when I re-read this, but it makes perfect sense to me.

    However, i have to admit that i would be much more inclined to buy the magazine if i saw the second cover than if the first picture was on the front… psychologically messed up, but hey…

    Jane x

  10. sIM'One. says:

    photography is deceptive to begin with. i say if people are being paid so much to alter photos, they should be more creative and stop making demands on what models should look like. if they’re going to tweak it anyway, you might as well make it over-the-top. unfortunately i have to accept that the world is not going to evolve the way i want it to.

  11. PrincessAmie says:

    Hey Mama,
    I love what you have to say… i have been listening to this song like for the past week on repeat… and it well the first bit is about wrinkles… how like each one has a story to tell.. anyways yeah i hope everyone is having a good day :)
    Amie xx

    The Story by Brandi Carlile

    All of these lines across my face
    Tell you the story of who I am
    So many stories of where I’ve been
    And how I got to where I am
    But these stories don’t mean anything
    When you’ve got no one to tell them to
    It’s true…I was made for you

    I climbed across the mountain tops
    Swam all across the ocean blue
    I crossed all the lines and I broke all the rules
    But baby I broke them all for you
    Because even when I was flat broke
    You made me feel like a million bucks
    Yeah you do and I was made for you

    You see the smile that’s on my mouth
    Is hiding the words that don’t come out
    And all of my friends who think that I’m blessed
    They don’t know my head is a mess
    No, they don’t know who I really am
    And they don’t know what I’ve been through but you do
    And I was made for you…
    All of these lines across my face
    Tell you the story of who I am
    So many stories of where I’ve been
    And how I got to where I am
    But these stories don’t mean anything
    When you’ve got no one to tell them to
    It’s true…I was made for you

  12. Amanda says:

    that’s so demented.
    and yet i find myself wishing i was as thin as the second picture.
    even though her elbow looks like it could snap.
    i can’t believe i want that.
    People’s perceptions on beauty sucks.

  13. Lana/lani says:

    It’s so easy to manipulate the masses. it’s almost funny.

  14. Katie Jane Wennechuk says:

    I sent this to all my girlfriends today — sicko!

  15. Guest says:

    Wow, it’s like those “find the difference” pictures, they even added the second arm in the retouched picture.

  16. naomi says:

    i’ve never been a fan of women’s magazines like redbook. i guess that’s why i’m chubby. but to air brush a middle aged mother of several children is disgraceful. i mean, who are they fooling? her fans know what she looks like because of her album covers and live shows.

    it’s so sad that women’s can’t just be the way they are, regardless of age, colour, shape and so on. *sigh*

  17. Gina says:

    I’m absolutely freaking out!

    There’s this girl who I ran into at the mall today.
    She was in my class two years ago when I was admitted all the time for losing weight. When I had lost an x amount of pounds she asked me how and I told her what I did b/c I was so sick with ED I use to promote that stuff.

    So now I feel horrible for giving her ED. I know you can’t give someone an eating disorder but you can help promote it. I feel horrible! It’s my entire fault!

    I don’t even feel bad. I’m too jealous to even care really. I’m just pissed she is losing and I’m stuck maintaining or gaining!

    It’s not fare =[

  18. Jane says:

    I can’t cope right now, just need to vent some anger and hurt. So my appologies.

    My dad and step mum disowned me this morning. My dad told me to just “fuck off and die”, that I am “scum and deserve the miserable life I will have”. Basically he spent three hours calling me, my mum, my gran… everyone he could to explain what a “common whore” I am. He’s abusive anyway, and I can deal with that – there reaches a point where you don’t notice it, but somethings… I can’t forgive. I’ll be 18 tomorrow and it is just another day that I don’t want to face.

    Thankfully my mum and step dad have said I can stay with them. They went through hell with me and kicked me out when I was 15, so I’m on my last chance. If I mess this up, I’m well and truly alone. I’m scared. Really scared,

    The good thing that came out of all this is that I applied to do a degree in mental health nursing and have got in touch with a personal advisor who might be able to help keep me fighting for my life. I don’t want to keep losing people I love, I want to be normal, I want to be okay. I just don’t know how anymore. I’m scared I’ve fallen so far that I wont be able to get back up. I really cant deal with being knocked down so many times by people who are meant to be there for me.

    Jane x

    P.S sorry for the self pitying post :o(

  19. poeticmuslim says:

    Im shocked , she didnt even look bad ! i KNEW they airbrushed people on the front of magazine coveres but I didnt realise it was that bad . its so redicolouse and its true I used to always fall for it I use to think thats actualy how they look like until I grew up and reralize these arnt real women . real women have strech marks here and their and true beuty is truly in the personlality thats what keeps a person loved not heir looks .

  20. poeticmuslim says:

    jane I sort of maanged to read your comment soemthing about disowned ? ever need to talk ? just email me inshallah ABDULLAH_APRIL@HOTMAILCOM hope you managed to catch that I can hardly read any of these comments ! it does my head iin lol

  21. Janet says:

    My best friend is ana/mia, we had a talk and I told her that if she goes any further that I can’t protect her and I will go to someone, it breaks my heart everytime she say no to food. She is 115lbs and still thinks of herself as fat, I’m 180 compairing myself to her hurts so bad, 1) because compaired to me she is a stick 2) I would never have the self controle she has and 3) I want to be as skinny as her. I wish she would get help but she won’t and I can’t bring myself to tell someone because I’m afraid of what she will do. I can’t lose her, she is my rock, she is the person that has been there through my cutting and my changes. I just don’t know what to do anymore.
    Thank you so much for telling people what ana really does to girls.

  22. hagar says:

    HI JANET
    hey hehe =]
    My best friend knows about my eating disorder, I would like to share with you how it is for me, maybe it can help you with YOUR best friend (I hope).
    I have a few questions first if that’s ok:
    1)Does she come to talk to you about it or do you ask her about it?
    2)Does she ever make comments that are mysterious (for example: something bad happened yesterday. oh oh never mind… forget it) and seem that their purpose is to make you interested and ask more about it?
    3)How long has she had the eating disorder approx?

    I don’t think you should tell people about it, one of my friends tried to do that, let me tell you it breaks ANY connection of trust, because you are so deep into the eating disorder you don’t realise that it’s for your own good and think that the friend is just jealouslikes dramais a bitch etc.
    Uhhh does she deny having an eating disorder or does she admit that there’s a problem?
    I’ll try to help more when you answer the question lol
    But by the way, how is this affecting you? Isn’t it a burden for you (you said you cut and made changes stuff like that) to not only have to deal with your own problems but hers too? Do you feel somewhat responsible for her? I don’t think that you should not help her if her problem is a burden for you to carry, but you should find a limit to as just how much you can help her. My BFF tried to help me for so long, for nearly two years, of course it doesn’t work. You have to understand that if she gets angry or defensive or even starts INSULTING you she is only doing so to protect her ed. I don’t think that changing for a friend, no matter how much you love them is a good thing. I tried that and when I relapsed everything came back so many times worse. Don’t feel guilty if she’s not getting better, just be there for her and do the best you can.
    Good luck =]
    sorry it’s sooo long btw

  23. hagar says:

    HEY EVERYONE
    I have a question because my next meeting with my psych is in about three days and I feel that I can’t wait that long, I am going CRAZY.
    I want to ask please please if anyone is in this same situation please let me know I truly feel insane. I think I have ocd maybe, I’m not sure. I am going absolutely demented I am so messed up lately. Not even to do only with eating anymore! I can’t sleep, I’ve slept barely 7 hours in the last 48 hours… I can’t seem to stop moving I feel as if I am chasing after my own mind, I can’t concentrate, everywhere I look something isn’t tidy enough, I can’t control my impulses and the uncontrollable thoughts inside my head, which are so sick and perverted I feel like I’m a pedophile, which is nuts I’m not one, but I can’t seem to stop seeing images of horrible nasty things inside my head, I’ve tried looking at something sweet and innocent (like Spongebob) it only makes things worse, I haven’t cutpurged in over a whole fucking week I’m going crazy with all of this anxiety I feel like any minutes something dreadful is going to happem to mesomeone I love… I have hurt myself but as a compulsion not regular cutting so I’m also very confused… please if anyone also has this like washing hands, checking. counting stuff like that if u could reply that would be so great thank you =]

  24. Nathalie says:

    At first I didn’t see the difference between the two photos. When I looked at them again it became more obvious especially the fact that the freckles on her left shoulder are gone. Do you think the celebs who pose for these magazines are insulted when they see the final publication?

  25. Gina says:

    Monday morning my mom is going outta town for a whole week.
    I don’t think I’ll be able to keep myself in line this time.
    All the people I hang out are “busy”.
    My dad will work all day & come home then leave again, come home & go to bed.
    I am on my own…
    I know I’ll be doing every behavior.
    In a wayy I’m so excited but yet again not.
    I’m scared my body will shut down from a whole week of 247 behaviors. I’m scared.

    I don’t know…
    Does anyone have advice on what to do or anything?

  26. Janet says:

    I kinda bring it up but she openly comes to me about it, sometimes she does the “Oh god last night was bad.” and then nothing else so I kinda pry she has had her ed for about 4 yrs? Ya she doesn’t deny she has one (I watched her throw up a couple days ago…it was bad) But she deny’s that its bad.
    Its really hard on me cuz I worry about her, but I try not to feel like its my fault or anything but I feel as if something happened it would be kinda my fault. I guess thats how I have always been I let people lean on me…it used to affect me alot and thats why I cut but I learned how to cope. Thanks! 😀 And stay healthy with ur ed.
    How are u by the way?

  27. hagar says:

    HEY JANET =]
    Oh my god she threw up in front of you? Then it really does seem bad if she’s gotten to the point where she can’t control her urges infront of friends… I really feel for her…
    I sometimes cut too (haven’t in over a week, it was so hard, glad i’m trying so hard to stop yey) and I know what you mean, like, if everything is so hard and you want to scream at somebody then you don’t want to seem like a bitch or you just really don’t have anyone to let your anger out on because they don’t deserve it, then you let it out on yourself. Thank you for asking me about how I am, I think I’m worse in a way, but in a good way. What I mean is that for over a whole week I haven’t cuttaken pillsdranksmokedpurged… I still do binge a lot and sometimes delay eating but not over than 20 hours, 17 hours something like that. It’s just that I try to avoid binges so much… But now I know that it’s ok, it’s ok if I binge, I need to realize how I truly feel and stop suppressing the emotions… So actually what worries me most now at the moment is not the food thing, it’s the compulsions and obsessions I have. For instance, three nights ago I could only sleep for about three hours, then two nights ago I could only sleep for about five hours, then right now I slept from about 02:00-05:00 for three hours and I just spent an hour cleaning myself up (washing hands nearly ten times, washing hair, cleansins and moisturizing face, brushing teeth over and over again, washing feet, changing clothes etc)… I can’t really go back to sleep, anyways I have to be ready in four hours so what the heck. So oops I really got carried away with the subject, so what I mean is that I can’t seem to think straight, I can’t seem to STOP thinking I feel as if I am chasing after my own thoughts and mind just to keep up with it… I’m all twitchy at times and then I’m like half dead haha… I don’t know, some compulsions I can take such as cleaningtidying, I mean at least it doesn’t truly harm me, but some compulsions such as cuttingpurginghurting myself to “save” others are horrible and I really don’t like them. I don’t like any of them but I realize that I can handle some and others not. The worst part about all of this isn’t only the compulsions, it’s the unwanted thoughts that are so disgusting you wouldn’t even believe it, worse than porn movies it’s awful, molestation and pedophilia (same thing really) and rape and violent attacks and it’s just blah… Anyways whooo I’ve really written a lot lol

  28. mybeautifulself says:

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  29. PinkPowerSuit says:

    Thanks for posting this. I’m linking to it from my blog. Keep posting this stuff. I’ll try to check often and keep linking to it.

    Just finished listening to your podcast with Stephanie. It seems old, since the blog posts on this were a while ago. Got a new podcast coming soon?? :-)

    Natasha.

  30. Bryanne says:

    Wrinkles are beautiful. I will never get plastic surgery to get rid of mine when they do come.

    The way things are going, I will be one of only a few who won’t.

  31. sIM'One. says:

    what disturbs me about the process is the slimming down of her arm

  32. Catherine says:

    She doesn’t even look real in the second pic, like a doll.
    I usually can’t tell who celebs are on mag covers, I quickly have to look for the caption with their names, so I know who the airbrushed recreation is supposed to be.
    I bet I’m not alone.

    To”Beth” this is why I stare at the covers longer…

    To “Nathalie”- OMG, you totally brought up a point I hadn’t thought of, now I wonder if the celebs are happy with the airbrushing of their true looks, or are possibly sad cause it’s a false replication of them.

    To Guest that spotted the second arm, good job. This was a total like “find the difference” pictures from childhood. Ha!

    May all be well with everyone else!! Hang in there!!

  33. Sammeh says:

    When it comes to making money there are no ethnics involved. Anyway, it may be sad, but it’s true. Not everyone buys into the whole “inner beauty” thing. We’re all subconciously superficial.

  34. chicken says:

    What amazes me is how the hell they made that funny, brassy, spontainous outbreak of happiness that is so obvious on the first picture go away on the second?
    It is like happiness – cut in half…

  35. Francisco says:

    Her arm is WAY too long in the retouched picture. O_O

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  38. gemma says:

    omg …your so right its all so fake and i believed they actually all looked like tht for real …but then again she is still so beatiful and slim in the first picture.

    …but good point
    thanks mama v
    love gem xxx

  39. peachy says:

    she looks hotter in th first i think…hmmm…how old is she…wierd…wonder what her kids think xxx

  40. Meghan says:

    MamaV is completly right and amazing to give us her her time and wisdom. But before conquering any bad habit,whatever it may be, God must be the one you seek first. Other wise, every bit of “knowledge” that you gain or step that you take won’t work or will just backfire like the already millions of times it did already. Because one, we can’t do anything on our own or with our “willpower”, It’s impossible. It’s possible because we need God as our strengh and we need His strengh otherwise we will get no where. By taking it but with Him first and relying on Him when the going gets tough is the definately the way to success. After doing that, MamaV will just bring you to home plate, where you could be happy and satisifyed with the great “temple” (literally) that God has given to you as a gift! Use your temple. It is beautiful,awsome, and unique. No one else has YOUR body! How amazing. Strut what you got,because no one could ever have it no matter how bad they wanted it. Be role model to others. Showing others that they could love their bodies and be happy and gorgeous like you are, will allow them to do the same! And by doing that (actually helping others) you will be rewarded one day in heaven,God promised that!

    :]
    Love and use everything God gave specically to you no matter how old you are!

    To those that are atheist. If this message bother’s you,than just look away.

    But know that it’s never to late!
    And that everything happens for it’s reason’s!

    Have a Great day!

  41. Cherry says:

    Wow is all I can say…

    I think Faith is gorgeous in the original… honestly I never would have noticed the “fat” cuz she seems like a thin woman.

    Also… I want to point out that they air brushed the bones in her chest. Chances are, Faith is very thin (hence the collar bones in the original photo). It’s impossible to have such tiny waists and such low fat without looking bony in the neck area… but thats the trade off of being human and therefore “not good enough” for a cover shot without the aid of photo shop.

  42. Spongebob is really funny and hilarious. somebody says that spongebob is gay, is that even true?”*;

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