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Natalie Portman’s DIOR Mascara Advert Banned In The UK

Hiya Poutlings

Photoshop doesn’t really bother me that much. I am a photographer, I know what photoshop I like and what I don’t. In advertising of beauty products, it is annoying but undeniably rampant practice for sure, but at this point, I always think “nobody looks like that” and “the proof is the pudding, just buy it and test it out” – which can be an expensive practice as a makeup artist too. It’s got to the point where the general public without a knowledge of photoshop know what is real or not and I’m apathetic to that, apart from beauty advertisements! Are we seriously supposed to look at these pictures and say “wow, this foundation looks great” when the model has been subjected to hours of professional hair and makeup but has also been Photoshopped to the point of no recognizable human features?

For reference to my above statement, open any fashion magazine to any page selling a cosmetic brand or product, bonus points if its a well known celeb. Does she look like a woman wearing makeup or does she look like a woman-alien hybrid who is wearing makeup also eigh hours worth of post-production photo enhancement and might also slurp out your soul to steal your youth?

What is the purpose of photographic advertising if it has virtually nothing to do with the product being advertisted?

So, heres the deal, in the States (and generally the rest of the world follow them like sheep, BAA), they turn a blind eye to this type of consumer manipulation. In the UK, they answer it with Advertising standards Authority, which is exactly as it sounds. The Authority addresses everything from over-sexualization, such as Dakota Fanning’s underage advert for Marc Jacobs and extreme thinness to the very sort of dishonest, aspirational punting that occurs in said beauty adverts. They’ve cracked down on adverts featuring Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington in the past, and their next target is Dior Diorshow mascara starring Natalie Portman.

OH LOLA, Dakota Fanning for Marc Jacobs was deemed too sexual

Model, Christy Turlington & Julia Roberts – both women in their 40s. not the dewy, fresh-faced nymphs these ads for Maybelline and Lancome would have you believe.

The latest banned advert, Natalie Portman for DIOR.

The advert which is now banned is egregious in its use of capitalized emphasis, FALSE EYELASHES to advertise MASCARA. Taken at face value, it’s a beautiful image that I don’t mind looking at, but really, don’t you think it’s an insult to our collective intelligence as human beings that brands actually pull this kind of bullshit? Ever more disturbing… the general public fall for it.

Think about it.

That’s all I’m saying.



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WHO got offered that role??!!

Good afternoon Pouting Darlings,

Have you ever regretted something? And I don’t just mean regretting not asking that hot guy out that your best friend is now engaged to (although, I’m guessing that would suck…), but $22million worth of regret…?

Well, some of these actors and actresses have turned down EPIC box-office crashing films and probably regret it to this day.

But seriously, I don’t think most of these films would have been as awesome if these actors did decide to take the roles… what do you think?

  • Julia Roberts turned down the leads in Sleepless in Seattle, Basic Instinct, While You Were Sleeping and Shakespeare in Love.
  • Will Smith turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix and later said this about it; “You know, ‘The Matrix’ is a difficult concept to pitch. In the pitch, I just didn’t see it. I watched Keanu’s performance — and very rarely do I say this — but I would have messed it up. I would have absolutely messed up ‘The Matrix’. At that point I wasn’t smart enough as an actor to let the movie be. Whereas Keanu was smart enough to just let it be. Let the movie and the director tell the story, and don’t try and perform every moment.”
  • Sir Sean Connery was also offered the role of Morpheus in The Matrix, but also turned it down. I’m guessing him and Will thought the script was much too confusing (or crap, like I think, but that’s just my opinion) and he turned down the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • Bruce Willis turned down the role in Ghost that was instead played (and epically at that!) by the late (and friggin great!) Patrick Swayze. Bruce later played in The Sixth Sense – probably realising that playing a ghost can’t be too bad?
  • Johnny Depp has turned down the role as Lestat in Interview with the Vampire (I think he would have saved that movie personally), Legends of the Fall and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to name a few. He says that he’s not a “Blockbuster boy”. Fair enough.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer was offered the lead role in Pretty Woman, but didn’t like the tone of the script, so rejected it.
  • John Travolta turned down both the roles in Forrest Gump and James Bond Casino Royale. Thank God! I can’t imagine John Travolta as sexy and suave Mr Bond? I don’t think so. OK maybe 50 years ago when John was still sexy… not so much now.
  • John Cusack turned down the role of bad boy John Bender in The Breakfast Club and this is another sigh of relief from my side, because that is one of my favourite movies and although Judd Nelson is not so sexy now, he was hot back in the day and he did the role justice.

See what I mean?

Happy Hump Day Pouters!

Peace and love xoxox


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