Have you seen the newly-released photos of Britney Spears, taken during a photo shoot for a Candies advertisement? Word has it that Spears herself wanted the un-retouched photos released, along with the digitally “perfected” versions, so that “people can see the difference,” according to an article in The Daily Mail.
I love seeing un-retouched photos, not just of celebrities, but of anyone. I especially love when I can point them out to my daughter, and my son.
It’s not about criticizing someone else’s appearance or mocking the “flaws” behind the perfect public image. For someone who writes frequently about body image, as I do, it’s about tangible evidence of the impossible standards to which we often hold ourselves. To be sure, our “standards” aren’t real, even for the people who are setting the standard so many are trying to achieve.
Whether it was her idea or not, I applaud Britney Spears for letting these photos be seen. If you look, you’ll notice that even without re-touching, she’s still a beautiful woman.
And that’s exactly my point. There’s no need to turn real beauty into impossible beauty.