UPDATE: Read Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive’s response here…
Now, don’t get us wrong — it’s painfully obvious that Crystal Renn, Alessandra Ambrosio and Brooklyn Decker all look super striking posing for the June issue of Glamour. More, we’ve got to applaud the trio of babes for having the guts to sport bikinis with gusto (never an easy task, right?) and the forward thinking mag for representing different body types on their cover. But based on these behind the scenes candids from the on location shoot, it looks as if though someone took some liberties with their retouching. Of course, it could just be really, really good lighting — but Brooklyn especially looks a little different than the image that catapulted her to the cover of Sports Illustrated. And you know what? That’s really, really nice to see.
On finding her place in the industry, Decker told Glamour, “I got successful once I accepted I’m athletic, I have boobs. I set my own standard.” New mom Alessandra Ambrosio told the magazine, “You see the transformation of a young woman to a [mom]. People relate.” (Sure… people like Gisele maybe.) And speaking out about her own body and diversity in the industry, plus-size model Crystal said, “Women will accept themselves when they see more [body] types….This is the new normal.”
We’ll give you that it’s closer to normal. But as a reminder of what normal actually looks like in its harsh lighting and non-body elongating poses, we think it’s always helpful to see the real, unadulterated versions — in all their natural beauty.