Today I’m asking, what if media looked different? What if instead of publications filled to the brim with aspirational content it looked a little more real. A little more like blogs. The good ones. Not the overly shiny perfect ones.What if everything we knew about media was turned on its head. Beautiful images of models were left at clean edit stage instead of full photoshop, glossed up, stretched out, slimmed down version. What if aspirational images featured women as the best of themselves in reality?

Or are people bored by reality and want the gloss?

What if when you opened a newspaper, style section or magazine there was the woman who lived in your street showing off her recipe for the best scones ever that she procured while working abroad in her twenties in the kitchen of the Queen? What if magazines were full of interesting people. Not created interesting, the spin doctor version but genuinely interesting people who had lived their lives and wanted to share their adventures. Isn’t that what it’s meant to look like anyway?

What if when you flicked on the television or watched a movie and there were people you could relate to. All sorts of people. All sizes, colours, shapes and conditions. What if that happened? And accents!? What if Australian’s didn’t use some sad version of the American accent and just spoke? Put aside for a moment plot lines and themed story lines and consider it. What if we saw diversity every single day?

Yesterday I was so moved by a photo of Oprah in her home, make-up free bbq’ing that I share it on the Facebook wall for my blog page. Real women are the possible upside of social media and blogs. Less shiny, more real women. Diversity because all people have a beauty that needs to be shared. All people dress up sometimes, all people have days in a tracksuit and bare feet. And not in the glossy feature editorial ‘welcome to my beautifully lit home’ way. We all owe it to someone out there struggling to share our moments of reality. Of diversity. Maybe then we could change the way media looks.

I mean, look at Fifi Box {well, you know, pre-atkins thing}.

I don’t know, maybe it’s too late at night to write this post, maybe I’m only making sense to me. But imagine what life would look like without the reinforcing of the idea that there’s a perfect, then there’s you. There’s her, and there’s you. It makes me wonder about how it got like this, by whom {and when} it was decided that we are going to be feed this diet of cookie cutter perfect.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million times, there is no other version of perfect but the one you already are.

How would you like to see media look different? 

  • Erin Cox

    I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. It’s a great era for taking control of the media you are exposed to. With the internet you can create your own media channels, easily listen to the music you want, look at blogs, news and t.v. shows, that you want, at your leisure. Exposure to media that is entertaining, challenging and filled with acceptance and diversity, has scaffolded my own journey to body acceptance. Main stream media doesn’t dictate how I should be feeling or thinking!
    It wasn’t until the other morning when I turned on the TV and took in a small dose of commercial morning television, that I realised I had created my own bubble of normality. I was shocked at how skinny everyone was. That day I found myself feeling deflated, a side effect from the little TV exposure I had? How would I feel if all my media exposure was of this narrow frame? I think I know which I prefer, a media of my choosing. A media where I am accepted and everyone else too, on face value, as I am and they are now. I wonder how many others feel the same?

    • I think you’re SO right on that Erin. I’m often taken by surprise by the main stream media coverage and have to switch off. Give me DVD’s and the interwebs any day! Thank you for adding this, it’s such a great addition.

  • what an awesome world it would be, the one you are describing xo

  • pioneerpat1

    Got to see the movie Miss Representation. I have used it as part of health class. It is so powerful.

  • Love this post. I am always very interested to find new blogs and magazines that tell real-life stories (but not in a Take 5 kind of way) and recently discovered “Ruth”, a mag produced by the CWA. After finding even Weight Watchers magazine uses the odd bit of airbrushing, it was a breath of fresh air!
    One of the things I love about Pinterest and plus-size fashion blogs are I *can* find real fashion on real ladies – I look for non-touched up, non-model outfits to give me style inspiration in my everyday life 🙂

    • Ruth hey, thanks for sharing! I’ll check it out. And real is what makes it so interesting, truth is stranger than fiction and all that. Haha.

  • Gosh I love this post. I really really do.

  • Awesome! Thank you for sharing that. I can’t wait to check it out.
    And you’re right, bit by bit it changes. Thank goodness!

  • sheribombblog

    Fist bump! That is all ♥

  • Amy

    I don’t even buy magazines anymore, blogs have totally replaced that genre for me as an avenue for reading and advice- receiving.

    I particularly agree with you here for media exposing us to more people from different cultures. After living in Brisbane for some 25 years, I moved to Melbourne. I remember so clearly one time I ducked into an Officeworks near the city, and was startled to realise I was the only ‘white’, blonde haired person in the entire store (well, except for my two blonde haired children!). It made me realise that I’ve had such a sheltered upbringing with people who looked exactly like me, and I didn’t even realise it. A big high five for diversity.

    • Indeed! I found the same thing leaving my small town {though there is a large population of Samoan and Thai people here and a growing Indian population}. I’ve never been in the racial minority unless travelling overseas. Always important to diversify your experience with people. Always. Diversity is such an important gift.