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Steven Barnes
Author, life coach, martial artist
11:33 AM on 04/22/2010
Men are visually triggered by certain images, which hit us on an unconscious level. Women have learned to manipulate us by emphasizing certain traits, downplaying others--its a power game. I doubt that we will ever be satisfied by the "natural" if a nip here, a tuck there, makeup, lighting, dieting, whatever, gets a more powerful unconscious reaction on the job or in relationships. As a man matures, he cares less about these things (a bit) just as when women mature they don't care about overt power symbols in their men quite so much. But most of the human race concentrates on creating bonds at peak fertility/power years (17-35?) not so much the "mature" phase of human experience (35>?). I think that rational discussion of these things is well and good, but we can't expect unconscious preference for "beauty", even exaggerated to the point of parody, to stop being a factor in human relationships any more than we can expect unconscious aversion to "the other" to stop producing racist tendencies. Human beings aren't angels--we like what we like, and men and women both manipulate this to their advantage. The immature scream that "they" make us do it. Posh. We do it to ourselves, because we believe it will get us what we want. Women who don't play the beauty game and men who don't play the "power" game are each other's natural partners.

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11:20 AM on 04/22/2010
All natural, my eye. You can see the eyeliner and mascara. Maybe a "natural" look, but certainly NOT devoid of makeup. This mag. photo shows more makeup on the model than I wear to a cocktail party.
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jazabelz
12:44 PM on 04/22/2010
Completely agree -- she has plenty of makeup on and they obviously used filters and great lighting!
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ittybittykitty
11:14 AM on 04/22/2010
I think she is more beautiful without the makeup.
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Nelson Montana
Artist, Author, Composer
11:04 AM on 04/22/2010
Yeah, untouched -- except for perfect lighting, filtered lenses on $10,000 cameras and the best shots out of hundreds taken.
12:48 PM on 04/22/2010
HA! Good point...
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philohooke
Artist Writer Blogger
10:54 AM on 04/22/2010
Lovely.

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simplemee
Tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool.
10:38 AM on 04/22/2010
I think she looks great. Now, she is wearing make-up, but the picture has been air-brushed and I think that must be what they meant by all natural. A lot of women wear make-up, but hardly any of us walk around air-brushed.
10:31 AM on 04/22/2010
These magazines would have better luck photographing all natural women of color.
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kurios
Cogito, ergo sum verus Americana!
10:26 AM on 04/22/2010
i think its a good think because it will propagate less of a worship of celebrities, because the unreachable beauty will be proven a myth, It wont last though...the unrelenting vanity of celebrities will prevail over this fad.

Quoth George Michael in 'Star People'

'just look at all the wonderful people
trying to forget they had to pay for what you see

it's a dream
with a nightmare stuck in the middle
but where would you be
without all of that attention
you'd die, I'd die, we'd die
wouldn't we'
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KIVPossum
Moldova Marsupial
10:08 AM on 04/22/2010
The picture is NOT all natural.
10:02 AM on 04/22/2010
Yeah, she has some make-up on. She's not au naturelle on this cover, but she's not airbrushed made-up to the kind of perfection that distorts reality for so many young girls and boys. It's good for these celebrities to tone it down every once in awhile just to keep things closer to real. Besides, their skin must be begging for a break. It's the reason why I never wore foundation and make-up on a daily basis. It's really bad for your skin. It's hard I know, but trust me, your aged skin will thank you.
10:02 AM on 04/22/2010
The hair isn't real.

"And we did do the nose."
10:01 AM on 04/22/2010
Natural is true beauty. The amount of prep they put into a model and the photoshopping just add to the perception of what is supposed to be beautifull in this country. Personally very few of the models I see are even pretty. Most are around 6 foot tall and weigh maybe 110. They have the body of a 12 year old boy. I love my fellow gay Americans but maybe a gay male designer, model scout, makeup artist, photographer, or editor is not the best choice for deciding what looks sexy in a woman considering that is not who they want in the sack. It would be like asking a vegetarian which burger is the best one.
09:54 AM on 04/22/2010
not if heidi montag can help it
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Queen Cassandra
Nothing but the Truth people
09:49 AM on 04/22/2010
Natural is not a trend....., It's a lifestyle......, and I love it !
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ChaiKat
Just trying to keep what little I have.
09:05 AM on 04/22/2010
This isn't natural though. Natural to me is no make-up, period. Like the photo's you see on sites like "Celebrities without make-up". But of course, no celebrity is going to willingly allow themselves to be photographed for the cover of a magazine like that.