According to the NY Daily News, Zooey Deschanel talks in her September cover issue of Marie Claire about her efforts to help inspire her young fans to be fearless and to stay true to themselves. I think that’s a wonderful message and you might, too, but it doesn’t matter because Marie Claire is like “nope, not in my house! In fact, how would you like a new face and hair that looks like it doesn’t even belong on your head?”
About being judged and dismissed because of her looks, Zooey expressed disappointment, a sentiment that a majority of people —especially those as adorkable as she— can probably get behind.
“I just felt it’s important to teach young girls to be strong people, to not think, ‘I can’t do this because I’m worried about what people will say.’ We can’t have the next generation be so afraid because they have been attacked.”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that message a little overshadowed by the fact that she is photoshopped into oblivion on top of wearing several hours’ worth of makeup? Oh, who am I kidding? Zooey’s message is completely buried by that fact; like, dogpile-involving-1,000-people buried. And it isn’t her fault at all because the only thing that she can control about these photos is how much she will decide to pout her lips. Unless she does that wrong, of course, at which point the powers that be will correct it with their handy dandy digital paintbrushes.
I’ll never understand the obsession with altering the images of celebrities to the extent that they look like mounds of clay that were pored over for weeks in order to get them to vaguely resemble humans. Do they not realize that we see normal, un-Photoshopped human people all day, every day? We are aware that some people have freckles or slight wrinkles around their mouths. Most of us have those things.
So, in conclusion Marie Claire (with a cc to all other Photoshop-dependent people and publications), stop it. Please, if not for Zooey and her youth assurance crusade, do it for the sake of the collective self-esteem of the world. You’ll be everyone’s hero, I promise. Well, I can’t actually promise that but, at the very least, you’ll get an honorable mention here and there and even a few @ replies on Twitter applauding you. Do it for the honorable mentions. Do it for the @ replies.
(Lead Photo: Maire Claire)