Teenage girls seem to have a lot to say in the last few months about Photoshopping, especially on the heels of Seventeen magazine being more up front about their airbrushing policies. Actress Mila Kunis may not be any Change.Org petitioner, but as a teenager who found herself on the cover of many a magazine, the young woman has plenty to say on how one publication in particular distorted her young body.
Mila tells Interview magazine that at 16 or 17, in the throes of “That 70s Show” fame, she appeared on the cover of Stuff magazine. After the issue ran, the Fairfax High student was given an earful by her classmates about how the underage temptress in the magazines didn’t look anything like the Mila they knew:
“[It] was a horrible thing to do, because then you have these boys who assume that you look this way when you don’t…. So I showed up to class, you know, out of the shower and in sweatpants, which is the way I look when I show up to work at 6 AM and is not necessarily the way that I look when I walk out of the hair-and-makeup chair at 10 AM. But I think for a 15-, 16-, 17-year-old kid, that’s a hard thing to fully understand. It’s like, “Why are this girl’s tits not popping out and why does she have no makeup on?” It’s uncomfortable..”
She maintains that her figure was “enhanced,” a realization that wasn’t easy for the then minor to confront when faced with her peers’ criticism:
“…in real life, I didn’t wear push-up bras. [My male peers] were like, ‘You don’t look like you do in those pictures. This is false advertisement.’ And I was like, ‘I know, tell me about it.’ I don’t even think the boys spoke to me.”
Mila Kunis failing to field an array of suitors isn’t so much of a tragedy. But having to confront clearly manipulated images of her body while still just a kid herself certainly is — a standard in the entertainment industry, I’m sure. Yet, for the many young ladies who haven’t committed themselves to such a career, the standard of beauty is nevertheless the same. With so many lady magazines airbrushing countless images — and not even admitting to it — the disservice to our daughters is immense.