Because that’s what a size 8 celebrity would do, right? Wear a bikini?
An Australian celebrity who is not a size 8 poses for a magazine cover. She wears a swimsuit. Everyone high fives that celebrity and the magazine she appeared in, for doing their bit for body diversity. …Except that they don’t.
Sunrise co-host Sam Armytage, 37, appears on the cover of this month’s Australian Women’s Weekly. It is the journalist’s first ever ‘swimsuit shoot’ and the reaction from the public has been in equal parts congratulatory and critical.
There are those who think the cover shouldn’t have been photoshopped so much. Or at all.
There are those who think an experienced journalist shouldn’t have to pose in a swimsuit. That it’s demeaning. Objectifying.
There are those who think it’s a cop-out Sam was wearing a one-piece and should have been wearing a bikini if she (and the magazine) are as serious about promoting body acceptance as they claim to be. Because that’s what a size 8 celebrity would do, right? Wear a bikini?
There are those who have noted Armytage was only shown from the chest upwards, which means she could have been wearing a singlet top. Brave? they say. Cop-out, more like it.
And then there are all those people who think everyone should just shut up and mind their own damn business.
Sam Armytage herself is no doubt captain of that team. She has repeatedly said how exhausted, bored and frustrated she is by all the running commentary on her body.
So why pose in a cossie at all then?
“If everyone wants me in a swimsuit, it might as well be on my terms,” Armytage, told the magazine, admitting to having been stalked by paparazzi desperate for a picture of her at the beach.
That cannot be pleasant, by any woman’s measure. Especially at a time when”bikini-body” and “beach-body” have become nauseatingly synonymous with “size-zero-body”.
“The Weekly called me and asked me if I would do it,” Armytage said. “I’m not vain enough to think I am Gisele, but I am also not lacking in confidence to think I’m not some type of scrubber who should not wear swimmers.”
“Plus, I’ve never done a swimsuit shoot before. They are terrifying words together,” she said.
For more magazine photoshopping: Every single thing about this magazine cover is a lie.
Terrifying for sure. With celebirty new mothers posting Instagram bikini photos of their flat stomachs four weeks after giving birth, it’s certainly rough out their if you’re a famous woman with a body of any kind.
The most articulate commentary on the Sam Armytage’s swimsuit cover has come from former magazine editor Wendy Squires who wrote a convincing column this week about her experience meeting Sam Armytage and explained why she was so disappointed by these new magazine photos.
“From the sidelines over the past years I have applauded [Sam’s] defence of her womanly shape, her single status at age 38 and those annoying alarmist “tick tock, tick tock” presumptions that go with it” writes Squires.
“On Thursday, I rushed out and bought my AWW, hoping I would see something revolutionary. After reading the piece and perusing the photos, all I saw was something spirit-breaking. Because nothing has changed!”