Scarlett Johansson: Glamour Mag Cover November 2009

| 5 October , 2009 | Reply

Scarlett Johansson or Scar-Jo is front and centre for Glamour‘s November issue (on newstands October 6th in the US) but she’s not what has everyone talking about this issue (although I do love this front cover).


This photo is what has everyone talking.  I love that everyone is embracing ‘real’ bodies in the magazine world (okay, not everyone but there is a lot of chatter going on about it – and I prefer they not use the word ‘real’ but ‘everyday’ because everyone is ‘real’), we’ve set up our own Body Image Committee and there’s talk in France of regulating airbrushing.

But can I just say, this picture reminds me of Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty which they have been running successfully now for the past few years.


Seven total knockouts From far left: Crystal Renn, Amy Lemons, Ashley Graham, Kate Dillon, Anansa Sims and Jennie Runk. Bottom Center: Lizzie Miller.

And it all started with this picture of Lizzie Miller on page 194 of their September issue, she become known as the pg.194 girl.  This image resonated with women across the world because it was ‘real’ …


Glamour pledges that this is not a stunt and that they will show:

A continued commitment to showing a wide range of body types—and, of course, racial diversity—in our pages, including fashion and beauty stories.

A promise to give the best plus models not just work, but the same great work straight-size models get, partnering with top photographers, stylists and makeup artists. Because a generous helping of fantasy, in our view, is fabulous—as long as it\’s extended to women of all sizes.

Enthusiastic support for any designer who manufactures chic clothes we can photograph on full-bodied models. Isn\’t it time for changes like these? Reality, after all, is everywhere. On Twitter, Demi Moore tweets matter-of-factly about her body: “I still have excess skin & stretch marks!” And then, “Comes with having a few kids 4 some of us!” Scott Schuman, a.k.a. the Sartorialist, has attracted a cult following by photographing real people with great style — and quirks.

You can read about the photoshoot here.

What do you think about the debate going on around the world?  Do you think we’ll really start to see some changes from the designers?


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