Katie Couric is the everyday woman that everybody loves, but lately she has been taking some heat for a digitally altered photo printed in Watch! Magazine last week. The photo alters Katie to look about 20 lbs lighter than she actually is. The new CBS Evening News host is adorable, approachable, and intelligent, but is that enough for the American public?
Weight has seemed to involve a need for control in American society. If one is able to resist the constant temptation of Dunkin' Donuts and Ben & Jerry's than you must have the power to do anything. Although I don't agree that the American weight surge is a good thing, why do we have to constantly fit women into a Hollywood ever-so-slim package?
Katie says that she prefers the heavier picture because she says, "There's more of me to love." People magazine is running a poll on which photo readers like better. Currently the race is neck and neck. Although stars like Nicole Richie are scarily thin, they are also the more desired body type than the athletic look of such stars such as Jessica Biel (although she was recently voted the sexist woman alive by Esquire). It is due to our weight-obsessed culture that Watch! felt the need to alter Katie's picture because it is not enough to just admire her for her accomplishments.
Although retouching is nothing new. It is well known that Mariah Carry, Janet Jackson, and Madonna all have retouching regularly done so they can look younger or thinner or both. In 2003, curvy starlet Kate Winslet complained that retouching done to her for the cover of GQ magazine (shown here) was excessive. At the time she said, "What is sexy? All I know from the men I've ever spoken to is that they like girls who have shape to them. So why is it that women think in order to be adored they have to be thin?"
Amen, sister. When I met Katie Couric in person for the several Today show segments we did together, she looked fabulous. So before we start dragging out our recent digital photos to press, "SLIM" for the family album, us Moms have to repeat the mantra that beauty is so vastly more than skin"ny"-deep.