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Steph Martin
Steph Martin

Stephanie Martin, a writer and editor in Colorado, has 20 years of Christian publishing experience.

New York—Gisele Bundchen, the world’s highest-paid model, is encouraging all women to embrace their natural beauty. After posing for a BLK DNM ad campaign without any makeup, professional hairdressing, or Photoshop touchups, she said, “We are women; we are so different. Our imperfections are what make us unique and beautiful.”

Bundchen said she enjoyed working with photographer Johan Lindeberg because “he’s not like ‘you gotta look a certain way.’ He’s like, ‘you are you.’ ”

Lindeberg, who called himself “a massive feminist,” said, “I’m anti-retouching and [anti-] plastic surgery. I think a woman is beautiful how she is.”

Bundchen, 32, said working with Lindeberg was refreshing. “I loved his approach,” she said, because it was “really real.”

But the supermodel, who earned an estimated $45 million in 2011, hasn’t always been against the use of Photoshop. She once asked that her baby bump be removed from an ad in order to keep news of her pregnancy under wraps.

Sources: abcnews.go.com, fashionista.com, huffingtonpost.com

Discussion Questions:

  • What’s your reaction to Bundchen’s message about natural beauty? How much stake do you put in such words when they’re coming from a supermodel?

 

  • How happy do you suppose Bundchen and other models truly are with their physical appearance? If you received a hefty salary because of how you looked, how much would you worry about real or perceived imperfections? Explain.

 

  • In what ways do people’s imperfections and quirks make them “unique and beautiful”? Why do we try to hide and change these things then?

 

  • Do you feel as if you need to look a certain way? If so, explain. What are the consequences when you don’t achieve that standard?

 

  • Can someone be a feminist and still be in favor of retouching photographs? Why or why not? What types of messages do fashion magazines send to young people?

 

  • What’s your definition of beauty? How does it compare to the world’s definition of beauty?

 

  • In what ways are charm, beauty, and appearances deceitful? How do you determine a person’s inner beauty?

 

  • How can you convince yourself—and your friends—that beauty is more than skin deep? What can you do to reinforce the concept that looks aren’t everything? Does that mean you can’t spend any time in front of the mirror? Explain.

 

  • When you read that God made people in his own image, how does that affect your perception of yourself? your perception of others?

Scripture links: Genesis 1:27; 1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 31:30; John 7:24; 1 Timothy 2:9-10; and 1 Peter 3:3-4.

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