Alice Shaw

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Royal Wedding 2011

In News on April 30, 2011 at 2:18 am

Well it’s over and now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can start their married lives together.  I didn’t really give much of a hoot about the whole thing I have to admit.  Yes, I was interested in the dress and what the bridesmaids would be wearing but other than that, I just couldn’t get involved in all the pre-wedding hype.

 And then the big day arrived.. and I was smitten.  I started watching coverage in the morning and then tuned in and out as the day went by.  As time crept forward and the big reveal drew ever closer I began to get excited.  Twitter was abuzz with wedding commentary and I very much got into the whole thing.

 Watching the guests arrive, I enjoyed the gorgeous hats, and critiquing the outfits. I felt the pain of the several pregnant women who would be sitting in a relatively chilly church with no hope of a toilet break.  I marvelled at the mess that was Tara Palmer Tompkinson’s poor nose and I was amused by Posh and Becks, having to arrive amongst the crowds, no special arrival door set aside for them.  Speaking of Posh, how she wore those towering heels whilst so very pregnant is beyond me.  But she looked stunning and if you can manage the heels, well why not I say.

 Not so long ago I was at the Victoria and Albert museum in London, gazing in wonder at an exhibition of Grace Kelly’s dresses, so I was thrilled when Katherine (is it a K or a C?) emerged wearing a dress that was so similar to that worn by Grace Kelly on her wedding day.  Such elegance, such style, just gorgeous.

 Much has been said about Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who have access to the best of the best and yet seemed to get it terribly wrong on the day.  It appears that they may have inherited their mother’s sense of style.  It’s a shame they didn’t take advantage of their privilege and wealth and hire a stylist for the day.

 I felt for William and Kate as they were sitting listening to the priest go on and on and on.  He sure enjoyed his 15 minutes!  They both looked as though they were dying to gaze at each other but at the same time, they seemed very aware of protocol.  It was lovely to see them visibly relax as they left the church and waved to the crowds. 

 Much was made of the first kiss.. it was so brief!  But we got a second one and that was fantastic.  I don’t blame them both for being nervous about it – knowing that is what everyone was waiting for and so many eyes upon them!  Kate’s uncensored “oh wow” when she saw the crowds was magnificent and maybe I have a little rose tint to my glasses but I saw a happy young couple, very much in love, who I genuinely hope remain happy and in love for their entire lives together.

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Enhancement, Post Production

In News on July 24, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Photo:  Glen McCurtayne

I can’t help but wonder whether Sarah Murdoch regrets appearing on a Women’s Weekly cover without airbrushing, or whether she regrets her heavily airbrushed promotional images for Australia’s Next Top Model.  I suspect the former.

 Ms Murdoch appeared during a flurry of media exposure regarding the Body Image Advisory Council, of which she is a member, which was formed to help find a way to combat negative body image.  The Council has since produced a Code of Conduct which suggests, among other things, that magazines provide clear information regarding enhancements via airbrushing of the models which appear in their magazines.  It should be noted that this Code of Conduct is voluntary and therefore magazine editors can choose to expose whether or not enhancements have taken place.  Much the same as they had that choice before the Code of Conduct was introduced.

 Sarah Murdoch is one of those women who is blessed with natural beauty.  She was bestowed this gift and has made the best of it.  She looked beautiful on the Women’s Weekly magazine cover and did not need enhancing, in my opinion.  In her ANTM promotional photos, she looks breath taking, and slightly unreal.  Her face is completely smooth, not a line nor a blemish to be seen and she looks ravishing in a red gown, slim and perfect.  Which I think is the point.  She’s a model advertising a television show about becoming a model.  Her publicist has come out with a rather snooty statement about Ms Murdoch never having stated she would not be airbrushed again in the future.   To be honest, I can’t really blame her.  Looking gorgeous is what she does for a living.  She makes money from it.  The object of her job is to be so beautiful as to inspire others to seek to attain that beauty by the purchase of the products she advertises.  I’m not saying it’s right, I’m saying that it is her job.  The possible mistake that Ms Murdoch made, was to be a on a committee which is pushing for a more realistic portrayal of women in the media.  This is surely something she could never fully commit to.

 I recently purchased some well known fashion magazines whilst in the United Kingdom.  I noticed that a few of the advertisements have begun to acknowledge that the finished product is not quite what it looked like on the day.  For example, Eva Longoria appears in an ad for L’oreal Volume Million Lashes.  In very small writing at the bottom of the page it acknowledges that “Eva’s eyes styled with lash inserts and millionized with Volume Million Lashes”.  So basically, unless you use lash inserts no amount of “millionizing” is going to make your lashes look like Eva’s.  In Maybelline’s “the Falsies by Volum’  Express” advertisement, the very small writing states that the model’s look was “enhanced post production”.  It’s not much but it’s a start.  However, I would suggest that L’oreal needs to take a leaf out of it’s own book because in an ad for Collagen Micro-vibration eye, we see a heavily airbrushed Linda Evangelista without a line to be seen, and no statement about enhancement.  Although curiously the ad does state that the lineless and blemish free Ms Evangelista is 45!

 Perhaps a little less mud slinging at Ms Murdoch and a little more attention to those magazine editors who continue to endorse heavy airbrushing without acknowledgement, is in order.