On the same day that page 3 is rumoured that its going to be shelved, Kim Kardashian reveals she is selling a book filled with selfies of herself. How wonderful. NOT.
I have two young daughters and whilst girls posing with their breasts out in a “family newspaper” is now finally being deemed unacceptable, the fact that we are closing one door but opening another equally sad one kinda bothers me. It bothers me that a book filled with self obsessed photographs of an A List celebrity are going to be hitting the shelves. That this lady has become such a phenomenon from… A sex tape. Then progressed to a reality star who sold her wedding then “broke the Internet” with her well oiled rather voluptuous rear end. Now this.
Now quick opportunity to say – although it may seem it – I have nothing against Kim K. I don’t follow her career and don’t particular know the ins and outs so all your super fans and trolls – bear that in mind!
Anyhoo. I cannot grasp the fact that a book filled with “selfies” is even a thing! Surely there’s only a few ways you can pose? We buy newspapers and magazines often because of the visual aspect. No one wants wall to wall text and yes I like to indulge in them to see what clothes people are wearing but a book of full of narcissism?
Are we really that lost nowadays for substance? Does a book filled with your iphone camera roll really give something back to the fans? Is this what celebrities now are expected to do? Before they would pen an autobiography; give the reader something to take from a book but instead we are greeted with not even professional photography…or are we?
I’m sure for every photo in the book there was 20+ (probably times that by 50 for Kim) deleted for being dodgy. And I highly doubt she took them in her downstairs loo as that’s the only tidy room on her old iPhone 4…
I don’t want my girls to feel they need to stick on a face full of make up and sit for hours posing and perfecting their pout. Why have we so quickly become obsessed with portraying an inaccurate picture of ourselves? Instagram airbrushes all imperfections and takes 5 years off you (if you’re lucky) and that’s the tip of the editing iceberg!
So we are saying bye bye to boobs on page 3 of The Sun yet in sweeps yet another form of judging women by their beauty. They may not be baring their naked boobs and certainly aren’t showing their naked faces – but essentially they are still being judged. Kim Kardashian with her perfect beautiful flawless selfies is setting the bar. You need to look this effortlessly beautiful in your camera pictures because look how well Kim has done – Queen of the Selfies equals a luxury lifestyle?
So whilst the removal of topless models is perceived as a positive for women – are we simultaneously shooting ourselves in the foot by accepting that posing for photos for an ego boost and to show everyone how amazing you are is the way forward? (I felt like Carrie Bradshaw writing that!!)
Sigh. I don’t know. I don’t know where I’m even going with it! But please. Let’s try to knock this self obsessed ideology of beauty to gain comments via your mobile phone camera on its head – you just look a smidge vain posting 50+ shots of yourself a day!!!