Miss Universe 2004, Nude And Un-Retouched

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One of the biggest controversies in Australia right now centers around a model named Jennifer Hawkins, who has agreed to pose naked for a magazine. This wouldn't even be news there (even though Hawkins was Miss Universe 2004), if not for the surprise twist to the story...

Hawkins' cover shoot for this month's Marie Claire was not touched up, Photoshopped, photo bombed, photo-anything besides -graphed:

The 26-year-old model appears “all natural” on the cover of Marie Claire as part of a campaign to promote positive body image among women.

"I'm not a stick figure — I thought it would be great to tell women to just be themselves and be confident," Hawkins told the magazine.

Marie Claire editor Jackie Frank said the new shots of Hawkins will raise funds for the Butterfly Foundation, an eating disorder support group. [9News]

Are we finally going to start on the road to healthy body images this year? Popular radio host Bianca Dye, for one, says she doesn't want this project to succeed:

[Dye] objected to the nude pictures of Hawkins... saying it “is just not right” for the magazine to be pushing her as the pin-up for female body confidence.

“She was born beautiful. She has not had to go through any stress to look like that." [Sify]

Here's the untouched cover:

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Commentarium (10 Comments)

Jan 04 10 - 2:58pm
Winnie

Even if it wasn't phoot-shopped, she still like kind of inhuman. Its her job to look beautiful.

Jan 04 10 - 3:12pm
Winnie

*photo-shopped* I don't want to find out what "phoot-shopping" is.

Jan 04 10 - 3:12pm
Miles

If this is what "real" women look like, I don't have a chance with anybody.

Jan 04 10 - 4:15pm
jane

That's awesome. Photoshop body modification is really so psychologically punishing. Straight photog is hot.

Jan 04 10 - 4:27pm
Mandy

It's nice to see the creases in her skin. Damn, we don't usually get that and it shows that even skinny chicks bend and fold.

Jan 04 10 - 7:58pm
SR

HOT!HOT!HOT!

Jan 05 10 - 5:44am
lilhuna

yay, folds!

Jan 06 10 - 8:29pm
M

I kind of like it better when I can tell myself that people who look this good WERE photoshopped . . . .

Jan 12 10 - 10:29pm
Livlah

Well i live in Sydney, and this is the first time i've seen or heard about this...it really hasn't been a big deal over here at all actually.