Well, one well-known photographer is taking pictures of unpainted supermodels to challenge our beauty standards. He has had a long and varied career, working with the New York Times and magazines, book covers, movie posters and adverts.
But he saw the pressure on young women to conform to airbrushed, unrealistic beauty standards and wanted to depict women in a positive authentic way—in black and white without any make-up, jewellery or retouching. Now, he has photographed women ranging in age from 35 to 104.
Women's value should not be determined by whether they were deemed young and pretty enough to grace the covers of magazines.
Along with the successful women's portraits, their accompanying stories, covering personal milestones and professional achievements, have been collected into a book called 'Prime'. All proceeds from sales will be donated to charity Women in Need.
The women’s essays are filled with the challenges life has thrown them and the choices they have made... defying the conventions of how a woman, at any given age, should look, act and love, redefining what it means to be 'in your prime'. Source i100.
I applaud this man's foresight in his own field. If each of us could take a step back from accepting gaudy make-up as the norm, and consider real beauty we would see a person's true worth.
Women and men should be proud to present themselves clean and well-dressed, just the way they are. If their hair is grey, so be it. Nature uses colours that blend together. Have you ever seen dyed black hair on an older woman—so wrong.
My beauty has faded, but I'm still here. I've had my turn at being young. Now, I've reached maturity. I refuse to change the way I look with any artifice.
How about you?