Kate Winslet has absolutely no problem getting older or fighting for what she wants.
In a move that has body image advocates praising the 40-year-old actress, Winslet negotiated a unique contract with L’Oréal. If they wanted Kate’s beautiful, wrinkling face to appear in their Lancôme ads, they wouldn’t be allowed to retouch them, E! Online reported.
That’s right — Kate doesn’t want any of her crow’s feet or blemishes removed. Her philosophy: There’s nothing wrong with aging, and older women are bound to teach the younger generation to be proud of how they look.
And photo retouching is not the way to go about giving that lesson. Such practices do the opposite — they make woman compare their bodies to doctored images of actresses and models who, in reality, don’t even look like their pictures.
“We have a responsibility to the younger generation of women. I think they do look to magazines, I think they do look to women who have been successful in their chosen careers and they want people to look up to, and I would always want to be telling the truth about who I am to that generation because they’ve got to have strong leaders. We’re all responsible for raising strong young women, so these are things that are important to me.”
Kate has spoken out against the harmful influence of photo retouching in the past. Six years ago, she admitted to asking editors to return her edited shots to their original state, removing all their digitized smoothing and thinning effects.
Movie posters are a particular pet peeve for Winslet, who has pointed out her own wrinkles clearly during interviews and has said to the powers-that-be “‘You guys have airbrushed my forehead. Please can you change it back?’ I’d rather be the woman they’re saying ‘She’s looking older’ about than ‘She’s looking stoned.'”
Winslet seems to have rejected Botox and plastic surgery as much as photo retouching, which makes her a rarity in Hollywood. This summer, Kate Winslet spoke to USA Today and scrunched up her face to prove she hadn’t messed with nature.
“Look, I still have the skin, you see,” said Kate, who is a mom of three Mia, 15, Joe, 11, and Bear, 22 months.
And Kate isn’t afraid to get older. In fact, when Winslet hit 40 earlier this month, she embraced it with open arms as a badge of honor and an accomplishment, People added.
“It really feels fantastic actually. I mean I have to say, I was gearing up to it. I was getting ready for it and I feel like I’ve earned these 40 stripes. I made it. Does anyone else have the feeling? When you get to 40 and you’re like yes, I’m there! I really have that feeling, so yeah it’s lovely.”
At least one other actress has recently spoken out against the dangers of Photoshop, a woman of the generation that Kate Winslet is so determined to inspire. And she’s definitely someone you wouldn’t think had any flaws to erase.
That young woman is singer-actress-dancer Zendaya Coleman, who this week ratted out magazine Modeliste for retouching a cover spread to make her look thinner, the Washington Post reported.
Already skinny and beautiful, Zendaya posted both the edited photo and the original on Instagram, noting that her hips and torso had been “quite manipulated.” They had even made her hair look thinner.
And like Kate Winslet, the starlet wasn’t having it.
“These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have. Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love.”
The magazine’s editor-in-chief is now singing a much different tune, claiming that — despite the generous Photoshopping — Modeliste wants to encourage a natural body image.
“We stand to represent and advocate a message of positive body image, self love and embracing all aspects of individuality, natural beauty and the empowerment of women,” the editor stated.
They’ve pulled the cover and will print the original, untouched one instead, and have apologized to Coleman.
Looks like you have another advocate by your side, Kate Winslet.
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