I guess that the one most ironic issue that bothers me when it comes to Reality TV (which I also happen to love, because it doesn't require any thought) is the fact that it claims to be reality, when in fact, it is staged and acted out for the most part. Same thing with these gossip magazines like STAR, that bash out on the lives of celebrities, trying to show the real side of what it means to be famous (read: how much money these celebrities have, what they spend their money on, who they sleep with, and what "normal" things they do). As I looked through this week's STAR magazine, I wasn't surprised by the content that talked about the lives of celebrities. Same thing that happens every week. But there was one single thing that threw me off completely: that is, the back cover of the magazine. As we all pretty much know, these gossip magazines show the lives of celebrities, and how perfect (or screwed up) they are. But the thing that shocked me was the Fruit of the Loom underwear ad at the back cover of STAR magazine. I would usually expect an image of a skinny model, trying to encourage the readers to look just like her in order to be able to fit into the amazing clothes she is trying to sell. But this week's ad represents a plus size model, or even a regular girl from the street, who tries to show that the Fruit of the Loom underwear is perfect for her curvy body. Although I am glad that ads like this appear in the media, and not only the ads of the skinny models, I am also shocked that such an add appeared on the cover of STAR magazine, because I would normally expect a different visual.
I've scanned and uploaded the image below.
What do you guys think? Agree, disagree? Or am I just going crazy? :)