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Airbrushed Nation: The Lure and Loathing of Women's by Jennifer Nelson

By Jennifer Nelson

Glamour. Cosmo. SELF. Ladies’ domestic magazine. Vogue. In an that has been in a downward spiral for years, those magazines—and different women—focused magazines like them—have not just retained their readership, they’ve elevated it. each month, 5 million-plus girls peel again the slick conceal in their favourite journal to thumb via pages packed with tidings and recommendation approximately model, attractiveness, intercourse, relationships, eating plan, future health, and way of life. yet do women’s magazines supply important info, or do they in simple terms peddle fluff and fantasy—and in both case, do girls take their messages to heart?

In Airbrushed Nation, Jennifer Nelson—a longtime insider—exposes the bare fact at the back of the sleek pages of women’s magazines, either strong and undesirable. Nelson delves deep into the realm of glossies, explaining the ways that those magazines were optimistic for girls, highlighting the ways that their agendas were erroneous, and asking the questions that experience gone unasked: What do girls imagine and think in regards to the retouched images, the ever-present intercourse suggestion, the consistent offensive on getting older, and the myth model spreads that includes unaffordable clothes and accessories? Do the unrealistic advertisements, photographs, and beliefs that permeate glossies harm women’s vanity . . . and is it intentional?

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Tickets cost £50* (£40 of which is redeemable against products on the night), and include a bespoke Laura Mercier goodie bag and a 12-month subscription to Bazaar. Visit the Covent Garden L’Occitane store on 13 May to see Bazaar’s Justine Picardie in conversation with L’Occitane’s Chelsea Flower Show designer James Basson. Tickets cost £40*, including a Nyetimber drinks reception, entry to a raffle to win two tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show, a goodie bag worth £50 and treatments. UK/ VIPEVENTS PHOTOGRAPHS: © THE WALLACE COLLECTION, LONDON, HUSH, LAURA MERCIER, FELIX CLAY/L’OCCITANE.

Harper’s Bazaar is distributed by Condé Nast and National Magazine Distributors Limited (COMAG), Tavistock Road, West Drayton, Middlesex UB7 7QE (01895 433600; fax: 01895 433602). Managing director: Mike Mirams. Sole agents for Australia and New Zealand: Gordon & Gotch (Australasia) Ltd. Agents for South Africa: Central News Agency Ltd. Copyright © Hearst Magazines UK, June 2015, Issue No 6/15. We regret that any free gifts, supplements, books or other items included with the magazine when it is sold in the UK are not available with copies purchased outside the UK.

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