Monday, November 30

{conspiracy theory}

I think Demi looks amazing on the new cover of W magazine. At least that is what I thought until I found out that there is a huge controversy over whether she was photoshopped, and some are questioning whether it is even Demi's body at all. Why in the world do magazines do this to women? It makes me so mad.
Here is the model next to Demi's cover. Their bodies do look eeerily similar, but I am sure that Demi's body is in pretty awesome shape as well.

I think Demi is beautiful and it is a shame that she can't grace the cover as is without being altered. There is now even a term for it--they are saying she was Ralph-Lauren'd! Ugh!!

Lots of companies make their fortunes by keeping women afraid to look old. Imagine just for a minute...if W regularly put women on the cover who had a few wrinkles (or a zit or two). Haha! Their many cosmetics company sponsors would NOT be very happy that they were seemingly making it seem okay---or worse even---stylish--- to have these flaws. Who would continue to buy their $300 creams and serums if this happened?
I think it's a conspiracy!
The anti-wrinkle cream--it's a multi-million dollar industry in this country & the world over.
People ask me what skin care I use for my face, and I have tried many different kinds. My Twitter friends will remember when I first tried Creme de la Mer a month or so ago. It smelled so awful to me to the point that I wasn't sure I would be able to fall asleep. No problem there, because 15 minutes later my entire face and neck started itching so badly that I had to run to the bathroom and wash it off of my skin! I do love to try a new product, but it seems that I always go back to my good old standbys because I have yet to find a single product that does what it claims to do. Then again, maybe I'd look a lot worse if I weren't using them--haha.
I subscribe to Consumer Reports and found this article to be just what I've always wondered:

Consumer Reports’ (CR) first test of wrinkle creams finds that on average these products made little difference in the skin’s appearance and there’s no correlation between price and effectiveness. The luxury-priced skin-care offerings didn’t work any better than the drugstore brands in CR’sindependent, unbiased tests. Further, CR’s tests found no relationship between the types of active ingredients in the products and their overall performance.

Olay Regenerist, which is available in drugstores, was the top performer by a small margin. One of the less-costly products tested, Olay Regenerist, sells for about $19 apiece for the “enhancing lotion,” “perfecting cream,” and “regenerating serum” combination recommended by the company. Lancome Paris Renergie, $176, performed nearly as well. The most-costly product tested, La Prairie Cellular ($335 for an ounce of day cream and 1.7 ounces of night cream), was among the least effective. The wrinkle creams CR tested ranged in price from $38 to $335.

In CR’s tests, the top-rated products did smooth out some fine lines and wrinkles after 12 weeks. But even the best performers reduced the average depth of wrinkles by less than 10 percent, a magnitude of change that was barely visible to the naked eye.

That last line really gets me. BARELY VISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE. So, in other words we are wasting our money?!
What do you think?

19 comments:

Through Rose Colored Glasses said...

The similarities in those two photos is enough to convince me that is not Demi's body. I mean her body is bang'n but all those similarities are just too much to be two different bodies.

That makes me so mad too!

Patois said...

You ask "Why in the world do magazines do this to women?" I grant you that they do, but you can't tell me she isn't as complicit with the deceit. She is an amazing HOT woman. If she's compelled to have her body photoshopped, where does that leave me, a "regular" older woman?

short southern momma said...

You are so right girl! I am with TRCG....they sure are similar. She is smokin' but Im just having a hard time believing that its her. Hope your having a great night! = )

The Mrs. said...

Good God that annoys me. They always photo shop. Magazines and movies are fake! No reality at all!

Preppy 101 said...

As a woman of 59 with a few lines - beauty lines of course - I love this post!! Thanks darlin'. That's not Demi's bod. What a shame, too. xoxo

midnight macaroons said...

I don't really care if it is or isn't her body. What I do know is that she's not a very nice individual. My cousin has worked with her and she's truly a...well it rhymes with itch.

Over the years I find that inner beauty often exceeds the outter. I've met very many beautiful woman who've spent fortunes on their bodies and they are the most ugliest people I've ever met. Then I've met others who are just average and watch the men drool over them. That's why you see a husband cheat on their beautiful wife with a ugly woman. Plastics can't fix an ugly heart.

As for skincare products, I'm addicted. I have my favorites but the best way to keep young looking is to live a clean and healthy lifestyle; drink water, exercise, eat a healthy diet, and get enough rest. So many of us are dehydrated and loaded with toxins. And our skin shows it.

M.Lane said...

I don't think that photo looks like her at all...I wasn't surprised when this all started bubbling in the press.

As for your skin care...whatever it is you use or don't use...keep on doing it, it's working just fine.

ML
mlanesepic.blogspot.com

Britney said...

I totally agree with you 100% about the skin care creams! It is crazy to think a $19 cream is as good as $176 cream. Who would spend that? Not this girl! For me it is Dove soap and moisturizer with SPF then I am good to go:)

Pamela said...

wow. those two body pictured do look awfully similar. Such a shame. Demi seems to take care of her body it'd be sad to know that even she isn't good enough.

I love Oil of Olay products and Aveda Tourmaline products. I have tried other regims and given them well over 60 days but after clogging my pores and breaking out, I always return to my basics.

Cari -The Brooks Family said...

I have found that the Olay products are better than any of the expensive products that I have tried.

I'd like to take my head and put it on that body!

Happy Daily said...

Oh, this is totally shaking me because I have totally bought into the fact that the right beauty products would change my life. Hmm...interestingly, I have found that it is a lot more about what I eat and how I feel than what I am using on my face! Great post!

Julie said...

I used to buy Lancome's wrinkle creams. Of course they have different ones for different parts of the face so you need a few of them, then one day I read an article that you're better off spending your money on Botox/Radisse treatments. Think about it, the eye cream alone for the small size is $70.00 a bottle. It lasts about 4-6 weeks. The bottle for the forehead and cheeks was about $85.00 and lasts about the same. Had Botox/Radisse 2 weeks ago(love the results) and the Botox was $220.00(lasts 5 months) and the Radisse was $525.00 and lasts up to a year and a half. Now all I use is a face cream with SPF. Very Happy!

Landlocked Mermaid said...

oh poor demi. she is an enigma wrapped up in a riddle if you ask me. I use moisturizer every night-- from neutrogena. it works for me and makes me feel like I'm doing something right.. and lots of retin-a too. :)
That is not her body.. no freaking way xo

OneFashionistaDiva said...

Hey! I saw your concerns about skin care, and I am so sorry that itchy episode happened to you. There is a product by Arbonne, which is a botanically based company, that is awesome! It's called Nutrimin C RE9. It's loaded with the good stuff, without the chemicals. Check it out on Arbonne.com. If you're interested, let me know.

Pink Julep said...

AMEN sistah!

misslily said...

I bet it's her body, but photoshopped within an inch of her life - just like EVERY other magazine cover. I bet even those Dove 'Real Beauty' ads are photoshopped a little. It's just business. I don't feel that I can cry 'foul' when I BUY those magazines and thereby support the whole industry. It's an illusion - I know and accept that when I buy 'em. If I expect real, I look somewhere other than a magazine cover (or to the television,film, modeling, fashion, diet or beauty industries)...unless it's National Geographic.I agree about products. I've found the amount of water I drink (followed closely by the amount of sleep I get) has the biggest impact on my skin. I also think genetics plays a huge role. I hope I don't sound grouchy and negative. I love your blog Petunia!!

Jaina said...

It's a tough call. There are definitely differences in the pictures...but I could probably duplicate that in Photoshop, and I'm no professional. I can't imagine Demi letting them do that though. Hmm.

As for the products...I just don't know what to think. I'm kind of hung up on the $335 price tag on some. Seriously? That is beyond ridiculous. I could buy my entire wardrobe AND makeup and probably a few dvd seasons for that price.

december3rd said...

First time commenter...

I despise photoshop in magazine covers, advertisements, catalogs, you name it. Totally deceptive and that perfect lip color you saw in a magazine ad? Looks completely different IRL due to photoshop. And don't get me started on mascara ads that use false eyelashes on their models...

I think once you get a wrinkle you're pretty much stuck with it. You can fill it, you can plump it, you can resurface it... but it's still there. Sunscreen and preventative measures are probably your best bet.

yogagirl said...

Demi's had a TON of plastic surgery so whether photoshopped or not she 's--not quite herself anyway! She's done quite a few things to stay looking young--hey her boyfriend is what 20 years younger than her--GO GIRL!
She is starting to look a little too like
"plastic woman" though.