“I just felt it’s important to teach young girls to be strong people, to not think, ‘I can’t do this because I’m worried about what people will say. We can’t have the next generation be so afraid because they have been attacked.” ~ actress Zooey Deschanel for Marie Claire magazine
The September issue, indeed. The more Zooey Deschanel crusades for individuality and personality, the more the media tries to churn her out as another cookie cutter celebrity. According to the NY Daily News, when the actress sat down for an interview with the September edition of Marie Claire magazine, she once again spoke out about her strong feminist leanings, explaining that her femininity and intellect are not in conflict with one another. Tired of being undermined and dismissed for her twee appearance and sweet disposition, she says of her darling girls’ destination HelloGiggles.com, “I just felt it’s important to teach young girls to be strong people, to not think, ‘I can’t do this because I’m worried about what people will say.'” She goes on, “We can’t have the next generation be so afraid because they have been attacked.”
But does Zooey’s important message of empowerment lose steam when her cover appearance looks less like her familiar friendly face [below] and more like a Fembot?
Yes, the Photoshop phantom struck again and in addition to the forced perfectly porcelain facade that we’ve come to expect from our magazine covers, this heavy-handed artist also airbrushed the actress’ features into a flat mask. The result is a pinched, pouty, and hard-looking harpy. All the softness is gone from her cheeks. Her normal-looking nose with a tiny bit of width and a tweakable lil bulb at the end is chiseled down to a statuesque W.A.S.P.-y wisp, as is her chin. And yes, the lines are gone from her face and the “bags” from under her eyes, reshaped smooth as silk to support the slits where her wonderful wide eyes once shone– even those signature beautifully ballooned baby blues of hers weren’t safe from shapeshifting.
Crushable’s blogger Olive Wilson lamented, “I’ll never understand the obsession with altering the images of celebrities to the extent that they look like mounds of clay that were pored over for weeks in order to get them to vaguely resemble humans. Do they not realize that we see normal, un-Photoshopped human people all day, every day? We are aware that some people have freckles or slight wrinkles around their mouths. Most of us have those things.”
Did Marie Claire go to far with their rampant retouching? Shouldn’t a celebrity’s own integrity be considered when a magazine features them on its cover? — Casandra Armour