I’m so excited to reveal the untouched images of Miss Universe 2004 Jennifer Hawkins baring all for Australian Marie Claire’s February 2010 issue.
Jennifer Hawkins appears both naked and un-retouched on the cover of Marie Claire\’s February issue, to encourage positive attitudes to body image and support the Butterfly Foundation.
I know everyone is going to say the same things that they did when Sarah Murdoch went ‘untouched’ on the front cover of the Australian Women’s Weekly that Jen is beautiful anyway and doesn’t represent ‘real’ people but it’s her job to be beautiful and keep herself in shape, that’s what she’s paid to do!
As you know I’ve met Jen and she looks amazing in real life and I cannot imagine the pressure that she would be under to maintain that perfection of beauty!Â She doesn’t look too skinny, she looks incredibly healthy, espouses a healthy life style in every way and I think that is what we should focus on as a positive role model rather than her actual body per se.Â Yes she is genetically blessed but she’s still human and has the same insecurities as us!Â And that’s what the Butterfly Foundation supports, healthy living in all facets of our lives!
And as I’ve said previously, we do not want to see ‘real’ people on the covers of our magazines, we see them in our lives everyday, magazines are about aspirations!
In an exclusive 5 page feature, Jen not only reveals her amazing body but also the pressures she faced since being crowned Miss Universe in 2004 and rising to fame.
In marie claire\’s exclusive interview with Jackie Frank, Jennifer Hawkins confesses that she never could have done a shoot like this two years ago.
“I would have been worried about what people thought, whether it was the right decision â€“ a thousand different things& But over the past year and a half I\’ve grown into myself, and I\’m more confident and comfortable within the modeling industry. I did it for the experience& It felt quite sensual and sexy. I felt empowered”.
While naturally slim, and with a body most of us would do just about anything for â€“ Jen tells marie claire about the hard work that goes into her success, which includes keeping her body in great condition through regular exercise and a balanced diet. Jen speaks candidly about the highs and lows she has experienced in her rise to fame and her plans for the future, which includes moving in with her boyfriend Jake Wall in the year to come.
On Australian newsstands January January 6th 2010.
4th January Update: Of course this has created a big debate going on about positive body image.Â There are talks of this just being a stunt by Marie Claire, of course it is we know that we’re not dumb, for me what I don’t understand is why can’t Jen be a positive role model?Â Bianca Dye made some really great comments this morning on the Today Show (Jen bares all video front page) and I agree with her and think she’s incredibly brave to bare all herself (and she looked amazing and she always does when I bump into her out and about), but I also think we are smart enough to know that us ‘normal’ everyday people know that we will never be able to look like Jen and that we are just looking at unphotoshopped images which is what we’re all supposedly demanding from magazines.Â To me this ‘stunt’ is not about presenting Jen as your everyday person and that we can look like her if we live her lifestyle, it’s about showing us unphotoshopped images of someone who looks amazing but I concede may be they could have used someone else that looked really different un-photshopped, she doesn’t really look different!
FINAL UPDATE: What has come out of today’s debate is that people ‘blame’ images for how they feel.Â Images cannot make you FEEL anything, if you feel ‘bad’ about yourself after looking at this picture of Jennifer Hawkins, that means you need to look at why you do.Â You have take ownership of your feelings, magazines are not responsible for how you feel and boosting your self esteem!
Read Julie Parker the General Manager from the Butterfly Foundation’s thoughts on the debate.
And read my gorgeous friend Erica Bartle from Girl with a Satchel’s thoughts.
Images courtesy of Marie Claire.
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